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0000017a-15d9-d736-a57f-17ff8f330000NHPR’s 10-Minute Writer’s Workshop offered a peek into how great writers conjure and craft their work. From creative rituals to guilty distractions, writers revealed what it really takes to get pen to paper.After more than two years and 60 episodes, the 10 Minute Writer’s Workshop signed off in December 2017, to make room for new projects and podcasts. (But our author talks will continue to live online if you’re looking for a dose of inspiration).Thanks to everybody who listened and learned from the show!For other literary offerings from NHPR, check out:The Bookshelf, featuring authors from around New Hampshire and the region, as well as books about New Hampshire by authors from anywhere.Writers on a New England Stage – an ongoing series of author talks in partnership with The Music Hall in Portsmouth, hosted by NHPR’s Virginia Prescott.

10-Minute Writer's Workshop: SCOTUS Justice Stephen Breyer


Legal decisions are rarely read for pleasure. And though read, re-read, excerpted and quoted, they are not always "quotable." Clocking in at an average of just under 5000 words, they can sound jargony, pompous and bone-dry in the wrong hands. But what about the right hands? Today's 10-Minute Writers Workshop asks an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States about what goes into writing an opinion.

Justice Stephen Breyer was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1994 and is an exuberant advocate for participatory democracy, animated explainer of the reasoning behind decisions and author of several books. We spoke with Justice Breyer in the green room at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, just before talking with him about his most recent, The Court and the World - American Law and the New Global Realities for Writers On A New England Stage.

Related Links

Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (Full decision)

Dred Scott v. Sandford (Full decision)

Benjamin Cardozo

Stephen Bryer

Above links lead to the fantastic internet database Oyez, a project of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. Oyez combines detailed records of Supreme Court cases throughout documented history with clear summaries and, where available, full audio of oral arguments and opinions.

Itching for more SCOTUS stories? Check out our previous Writers on a New England Stage event with Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Radiolab's supreme spinoff More Perfect.

Sara has been a part of NHPR since 2011. Her work includes data visualizations, data journalism, original stories reported on the web, video, photos and illustrations. She is responsible for the station's visual style and print design, as well as the user experience of NHPR's digital platforms.

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