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Working: How a Professional Pen Expert Makes a Living

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This week, host June Thomas talks to writer and podcaster Brad Dowdy, who makes his living as a pen and stationary enthusiast. In the interview, Brad explains how he was able to quit his full-time job in I.T. and turn his passion into a career. He also breaks down the many facets of his job, from his “Pen Addict” blog and podcast to his newsletter and Twitch streams. 

After the interview, June and co-host Isaac Butler discuss what makes a great pen and how to schedule your days as a freelancer. 

In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Brad explains what “pen shows” are all about. 

Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com or give us a call at (304) 933-9675.

Podcast production by Cameron Drews.

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