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A Podcast for Every Story Teller

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Incredibly good!! Love it!!

By kiwiwandering - Jan 19 2020
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In final stages of completing a suspense mystery — have found these podcasts incredibly helpful, from their lol stories about having mice and going thru all the steps to get rid of them — from denial to doing the least u can and into completely clearing up Their house—applying that to thinking about my protagonist and how she first tries to solve the problems of her life and career by the path of Least resistance in act one. Love how they applied Marie Kondo to assessing what scenes u should cut— is it beautiful and necessary and brings u joy???Have binge listened for four days now!!! From simplifying to the seven steps of story to dialogue, these two women are both hilarious and inspiring.

Tough listen

By digaaron - Nov 13 2019
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Some good topics, and I’m sure everyone involved means well, but the vocal fry of the host is so grating I can’t actually listen anymore.

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34 Ratings
Average Ratings
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8
4
2
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Incredibly good!! Love it!!

By kiwiwandering - Jan 19 2020
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In final stages of completing a suspense mystery — have found these podcasts incredibly helpful, from their lol stories about having mice and going thru all the steps to get rid of them — from denial to doing the least u can and into completely clearing up Their house—applying that to thinking about my protagonist and how she first tries to solve the problems of her life and career by the path of Least resistance in act one. Love how they applied Marie Kondo to assessing what scenes u should cut— is it beautiful and necessary and brings u joy???Have binge listened for four days now!!! From simplifying to the seven steps of story to dialogue, these two women are both hilarious and inspiring.

Tough listen

By digaaron - Nov 13 2019
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Some good topics, and I’m sure everyone involved means well, but the vocal fry of the host is so grating I can’t actually listen anymore.
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Rank #1: Episode 3: Jillian Lauren

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"I don't get stuck," Jillian Lauren says. She tackles resistance. Pray to write the most mediocre page, she told us. Write through your writer’s block.

Nov 10 2015

45mins

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Rank #2: Episode 115: Brain Training for Writers

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Today’s podcast is all about growth mindset, from the very beginning checking in about what they are working on. Angie is learning a lot as she re-created the Book in a Year curriculum videos, and Elizabeth teaches best when she is at her own edge. Brain plasticity is the topic, and how it applies to writers, filmmakers and other artists. They dig into giftedness v. the trainable brain. “You,” Angie proclaims, “could become the writer of your dreams.” It’s a matter of practicing to be better in your chosen field, expanding your brain’s capacities. Struggle is a key component to learning and growing, so find your challenge, your edge, look for it, and enjoy it. They touch on parenting as an art where struggle is a key component, and look at the power of being internally driven. They mention a tool they advocate: writing a letter to self about your book before getting input from others. Elizabeth claims that the theories and science Angie lays out would make a good Pixar film, a follow up to Inside Out but about neurology rather than emotions. You heard it here first.

Links Discussed:

Jo Boaler Limitless Mind: Learn, Lead, and Live Without Barriers

Carol Dweck Mindset: the New Psychology of Success

Nassim Nicholas Taleb Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

Daniel Coyle The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How.

Light This Location Contest

The Golden Girls

Writing advice was from https://twitter.com/Massawyrm

Don’t forget to send in your questions!

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

Oct 15 2019

37mins

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Rank #3: Episode 62: Story Problem: Concrete Goals for Writers, Filmmakers, and Characters

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May 18 2017

31mins

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Rank #4: Episode 29: Craft and Plot in Novel and Memoir. A talk with Janis Cooke Newman.

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We had such a rich and helpful conversation with the multitalented Janis Cooke Newman, author of memoir and novels, editor of the newly launched Technically Literate column of fictional short stories on CNET, and leader of LitCamp. We talked about the isolation of writing and ways to undercut that.

May 05 2016

44mins

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Rank #5: Episode 117: Horseshoes and Grenades: A Conversation with Author and Journalist Vanessa Hua

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Elizabeth and Angie were thrilled to talk with author and journalist Vanessa Hua about her award-winning novel, A River of Stars, her collection of short stories Deceit and Other Possibilites, and her work as a journalist. Vanessa is in the process of revising her actual first novel, which will be forthcoming from the publisher of her official first novel. Topics of dicussion include: Juggling and balancing projects and genres; thinking about a book of stories as an album not a series of singles; focused v diffuse thinking and the varying role of outlines or “scaffolding” for journalism and for fiction; the way the context of the present impacts the writing of historical fiction; and how and what to get right about, for example, the flow of time in your story. Research, Vanessa says, should be the floor and not the ceiling. They delve into the limits and freedoms of historical fiction and how to write about what is outside the historical record; platform, engaging in the conversation, building relationships with bookstores and festivals, as a fan and maybe as a volunteer; disclosure and concealments; theme; and to whom a narrator addresses a book.

Links in this Episode

Tana French

Phoebe Waller-Bridge

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua

Deceit and Other Possibilities by Vanessa Hua

VanessaHua.com

Twitter: @Vanessay_Hua

Vanessa Hua

Author and Journalist

Vanessa Hua is an award-winning, best-selling author and columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. Her novel, A River of Stars, was named to the Washington Post and NPR’s Best Books of 2018 lists, and has been called a “marvel” by O, The Oprah Magazine, and “delightful” by The Economist. Her short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities received an Asian/Pacific American Award in Literature and was a finalist for a California Book Award, and will be reissued by Counterpoint in 2020.

Photo credit: Andria Lo

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

Nov 12 2019

37mins

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Rank #6: Episode 5: Rhona Berens

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Rhona Berens is a life coach extraordinaire. We should know--we’ve worked with her, as have many “creatives.” She’s also got a background in film, screenwriting and writing for television, and writes poetry and other forms as well--so she was the perfect guest for Story Makers.

Nov 18 2015

45mins

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Rank #7: Episode 9: Lea Page

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Lea Page is a wonderful writer and long-time Book Writing World student whose first book--Parenting in the Here and Now: Realizing the Strengths You Already Have--was recently published by Floris Press.

Dec 09 2015

46mins

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Rank #8: Episode 83: Keep ’em Laughing: Irving Ruan

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Dec 11 2018

31mins

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Rank #9: Episode 106: Authenticity

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Jul 09 2019

41mins

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Rank #10: Episode 118: Audience, Stories and Syllogisms

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This topic of this podcast is audience–who you write for and how knowing that can help or hurt your efforts and your authenticity. But first, Angie is still excited about mindset and mathematics and what the artists and activists of us can learn from these ideas. And Elizabeth is once again waiting for response to her book(s). They start their conversation about audience by touching on corporate approaches to understanding audience, and how that can work and not work for artists. The belief in one’s own universality is born of privilege, but can you make it if you aren’t addressing the mainstream? What does it mean for a work of art to be accessible to a broader audience? If you are not in the dominant culture, you’ve learned to identify across differences, to engage with stories that are not “for you.” Can’t everyone do that? Also discussed: the truth and artificiality of narrative arc, what you leave in and what you take out,

Links in this Episode

SNL Wells for Boys

FitnessForward

Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout

The Parents’ Guide to Climate Revolution by Mary Democker

The Mario Effect

Feedback Study

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

Nov 21 2019

38mins

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Rank #11: Episode 69: The Drama of Ordinary Moments

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May 22 2018

26mins

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Rank #12: Episode 86: Let’s Talk About Goals

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Jan 08 2019

27mins

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Rank #13: Episode 72:The Girl on the Bookstore Train: What Authors Need to Know to Market Their Books

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Jun 20 2018

37mins

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Rank #14: Episode 79: Getting Lost to Find Your Theme: Laurie Ann Doyle

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Nov 07 2018

46mins

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Rank #15: Episode 63: Macro Despair/ Micro Success: Editing, Agents, Writing Retreats and the Shared Love of Story with Editor Molly Schulman

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Jun 02 2017

46mins

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Rank #16: Episode 34:The Permissive Writer: Ann Packer on Writing, Revision and Intuition

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Best-selling author of three novels and two story collections, Ann Packer sat down with us to talk about writing for herself on her own schedule, about two different kinds of revision, about having a sense of the emotional shape of a book before she begins.

Jun 09 2016

41mins

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Rank #17: Episode 93: The Love and the Hate (of Writing)

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Feb 27 2019

34mins

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Rank #18: Episode 65: Don’t Fear the Process

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Apr 24 2018

29mins

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Rank #19: Episode 98: Writing It and Reading It

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May 07 2019

20mins

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Rank #20: Episode 102: Improv and First Drafts

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Jun 04 2019

26mins

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Episode 124: Chapters: A Dinner Party

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This episode delves into the art and craft, indeed the very definition, of chapters–in books and a little bit in film, too. Angie and Elizabeth discuss what we need and want to know, narratively; how to play wondering out across a whole novel; the difference between a story and a novel; raising and answering reader questions and worries; making jumps; tension and release; scene v. chapter and chapter v. episode, unity of time and place, story question. They also touch on generating ideas and diffuse mode. In the end, what do you want your reader to feel? There’s a dinner party metaphor that really gets at some stuff. Hence, the title of the episode.

Email us at questions@storymakersshow.com

Links in this Episode

Sonoma County Writers Camp–sign up here!

Kenneth Atchity A Writer’s Time

Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache Series

Ann Patchett The Dutch House

Anthony Doerr All the Light We Cannot See

The Sebastopol Rialto

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

Jan 21 2020

30mins

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Episode 123: As Simple as Possible: a guide to story

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 discussion of simplicity in story and the room that gives for character and emotion, and the stakes these create. The need for clarity. Motivation. How to move toward simplicity. Also discussed: revision, pacing, resistance, weather. Family systems. The quote, possibly from Einstein: “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”

Email us at questions@storymakersshow.com

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Matt Bird on Story Makers Show

The Secrets of Story by Matt Bird

Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl by Andrea Lawlor

The Bourne Identity book

The Bourne Identity movie

The Wizard of Oz

Virginia Satir

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Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

Jan 15 2020

23mins

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Episode 122: Curiouser and Curiouser: A New Year’s Podcast!

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A couple of glasses of wine into a loooooong tween-filled vacation, Angie and Elizabeth launch a new year of Story Makers Show with some conversation and advice. Topics covered to varying degrees include: the possibly universal reaction to getting notes on your writing, the possibility of getting bored with your own work and how to get a fresh eye, taking time in the editing process, discipline and habit versus constantly questioning your choices, what you should do vs have to do vs need to do, what our migratory subsistence ancestors knew that we should remember, the 4-hour work day, housecleaning, beginner’s mind, originality, and happiness. Or not. Angie calls writerly bullsh*t on the idea that we are always beginners, and gives Elizabeth some unexpected creative advice. Pull up a chair and let’s talk. Email us at questions@storymakersshow.com

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Brilliant.org

Seth Godin

The Atlantic 1419 issue (2002)

Deep Work by Cal Newport 

Main Stage West in Sebastopol 

Barbara Oakley

How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollen

Milkman by Anna Burns

The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking by Oliver Berkman  

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

Jan 07 2020

33mins

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Episode 121: Unforgettable: Examples and Theories on What Makes a Story Stick

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What makes a story grab you? This episode grapples with that question alongside the challenges of making a best of the year reading or watching list. As they examine what makes a story unforgettable, Angie and Elizabeth discuss imperfect characters, clear goals, enemies, relationships, humor, compassion and the struggle to live up to impossible goals, stakes and power, as well as voice, vivid characters and worlds, structure and conflict that really matters and is relational.They also looked at what they hated until they loved it. Timing. Perspective. Paying attention. Metacognition. Pleasurable political art! And the incitement to be courageous in the way you most enjoy.

What was your top book of the year? Email us at questions@storymakersshow.com

Links in this Episode

Marvel movies

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Queen & Slim

Chloe Plus Olivia by Lilian Faderman

The Farewell

Jojo Rabbit

The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai 

Heavy by Keise Laymon

Normal People by Sally Rooney 

Chemistry by Weike Wang

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead 

Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout 

Cantoras by Carolina DeRobertis

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Possession by AS Byatt

Walt Whitman

Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir

Education website: the education foundation  UK

Ultralearning by Scott Young 

Side Chick Nation by Aya De Leon

Story Makers Show Episode with Aya De Leon: Episode 51: Creative and Political Action: an inspirational guide to momentum for the writer

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

Dec 31 2019

35mins

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Episode 120: What’s the Point? Why We Write

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In this episode, Angie and Elizabeth examine the importance of knowing why you are writing what you are writing—the core of your story. When do you need to know? How can you discover the point if you’re not sure? Why does it matter? Jumping off from a story boarding lessons Angie taught to some middle schoolers, the conversations covers responding to assignments, giving yourself assignments, digging deeper into what you want to say about what you want to write about, and strategies for improvising and brainstorming the next level of understanding of your story. Angie role models talking about the why behind one of her narrative film ideas, and then they consider how you move between idea and character/ story.

Links in this Episode

Meredith Meran on Story Makers Show about her Why We Write books

Imagine Dragons

Simon Syneck Start With Why

Cal Newport Deep Work

Danzy Senna New People 

Bong Joon Ho Parasite

Elon Musk

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

Dec 16 2019

24mins

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Episode 119: Shoe in a Cage: The Thanksgiving Episode

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Angie and Elizabeth begin this episode by musing on the ending of the film Home for the Holidays, and what it tells us about memory and story. Then they continue on to other stories in films and books for which they are grateful, from Jamie Babbit’s But I’m a Cheerleader from 1999 to Almadovar’s latest film, Pain and Glory, and Taika Watiti’s Jojo Rabbit and What We Do in the Shadows. This is a conversation about creative courage, increidble shots, taboo items and ideas, shame in storytelling and religion, and books that show you how it’s done or what is possible. The conversation delves into ho- to advice for nurturing your creativity during the holidays. Grow as an artist in the midst of challenging family gatherings by developing your understanding of character, dialog, body language, gesture, and action. Additional subjects include irony, the surreal, politics, newspapers, fake video footage, the uncanny valley and the suspension of disbelief, the high level juxtaposition of characters, tennis tips, and much, much more.

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Home for the Holidays

But I’m a Cheerleader

Pain and Glory

JoJo Rabbit

What We Do in the Shadows

Colson Whitehead The Nickel Boys

Carolina DeRobertis Cantoras

DuckDuckGo

Copperfield’s Books

Amitav Ghosh The Great Derangement

Mirian Toews Talking and All My Puny Sorrows

Matt Bird

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

Nov 28 2019

37mins

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Episode 118: Audience, Stories and Syllogisms

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This topic of this podcast is audience–who you write for and how knowing that can help or hurt your efforts and your authenticity. But first, Angie is still excited about mindset and mathematics and what the artists and activists of us can learn from these ideas. And Elizabeth is once again waiting for response to her book(s). They start their conversation about audience by touching on corporate approaches to understanding audience, and how that can work and not work for artists. The belief in one’s own universality is born of privilege, but can you make it if you aren’t addressing the mainstream? What does it mean for a work of art to be accessible to a broader audience? If you are not in the dominant culture, you’ve learned to identify across differences, to engage with stories that are not “for you.” Can’t everyone do that? Also discussed: the truth and artificiality of narrative arc, what you leave in and what you take out,

Links in this Episode

SNL Wells for Boys

FitnessForward

Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout

The Parents’ Guide to Climate Revolution by Mary Democker

The Mario Effect

Feedback Study

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

Nov 21 2019

38mins

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Episode 117: Horseshoes and Grenades: A Conversation with Author and Journalist Vanessa Hua

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Elizabeth and Angie were thrilled to talk with author and journalist Vanessa Hua about her award-winning novel, A River of Stars, her collection of short stories Deceit and Other Possibilites, and her work as a journalist. Vanessa is in the process of revising her actual first novel, which will be forthcoming from the publisher of her official first novel. Topics of dicussion include: Juggling and balancing projects and genres; thinking about a book of stories as an album not a series of singles; focused v diffuse thinking and the varying role of outlines or “scaffolding” for journalism and for fiction; the way the context of the present impacts the writing of historical fiction; and how and what to get right about, for example, the flow of time in your story. Research, Vanessa says, should be the floor and not the ceiling. They delve into the limits and freedoms of historical fiction and how to write about what is outside the historical record; platform, engaging in the conversation, building relationships with bookstores and festivals, as a fan and maybe as a volunteer; disclosure and concealments; theme; and to whom a narrator addresses a book.

Links in this Episode

Tana French

Phoebe Waller-Bridge

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua

Deceit and Other Possibilities by Vanessa Hua

VanessaHua.com

Twitter: @Vanessay_Hua

Vanessa Hua

Author and Journalist

Vanessa Hua is an award-winning, best-selling author and columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. Her novel, A River of Stars, was named to the Washington Post and NPR’s Best Books of 2018 lists, and has been called a “marvel” by O, The Oprah Magazine, and “delightful” by The Economist. Her short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities received an Asian/Pacific American Award in Literature and was a finalist for a California Book Award, and will be reissued by Counterpoint in 2020.

Photo credit: Andria Lo

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

Nov 12 2019

37mins

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Episode 116: The Fire (2019 Edition): Emotional Logic

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This episode was recorded before mandatory evactuations forced us south, and it is being released a week late! Is it ironic that we touch on the fires as our way into dicussing emotional logic in narrative? We delve into the importance of understanding why your character is making a particular choice. We understand character through action. When actions don’t reflect common sense, we readers want to undderstand where those actions and decisions are coming from so the reader can connect with the character. This taps into world views and limiting beliefs. Angie pokes Ebineezer Scrooge for what underlies his despicable actions and then turns to Thanos and King Lear to prove that complex motives create more interesting characters. Tools and techniques offered include flexible thinking and resisting the sense that you are going after a single right answer.

Links Discussed:

Elizabeth’s Tiny Love Story

Carla Lucero 

Monster (feature about Aileen Warnos)

Aileen Warnos: Life and Death of a Seriel Killer

Dexter

A Christmas Carol

The Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson

Screenplay of Alien

Dorothy Hearts

Jo Boaler Limitless Mind: Learn, Lead, and Live Without Barriers

Cantoras by Carolina De Robertis

Don’t forget to send in your questions!

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

Nov 04 2019

32mins

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Episode 115: Brain Training for Writers

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Today’s podcast is all about growth mindset, from the very beginning checking in about what they are working on. Angie is learning a lot as she re-created the Book in a Year curriculum videos, and Elizabeth teaches best when she is at her own edge. Brain plasticity is the topic, and how it applies to writers, filmmakers and other artists. They dig into giftedness v. the trainable brain. “You,” Angie proclaims, “could become the writer of your dreams.” It’s a matter of practicing to be better in your chosen field, expanding your brain’s capacities. Struggle is a key component to learning and growing, so find your challenge, your edge, look for it, and enjoy it. They touch on parenting as an art where struggle is a key component, and look at the power of being internally driven. They mention a tool they advocate: writing a letter to self about your book before getting input from others. Elizabeth claims that the theories and science Angie lays out would make a good Pixar film, a follow up to Inside Out but about neurology rather than emotions. You heard it here first.

Links Discussed:

Jo Boaler Limitless Mind: Learn, Lead, and Live Without Barriers

Carol Dweck Mindset: the New Psychology of Success

Nassim Nicholas Taleb Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

Daniel Coyle The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How.

Light This Location Contest

The Golden Girls

Writing advice was from https://twitter.com/Massawyrm

Don’t forget to send in your questions!

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

Oct 15 2019

37mins

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Episode 114: Breaking Down Burnout

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Oct 10 2019

25mins

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Episode 113: What Did You Expect? Set Ups and Reversals in Story ?

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Oct 02 2019

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Episode 112: Like a Novel, Like a Movie?

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Sep 24 2019

31mins

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Episode 111: The Same Tool: Planning and Intuition

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Sep 10 2019

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Episode 110:The Showdown: Summary v. Scene

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Aug 27 2019

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Episode 109: Free Class!

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Aug 23 2019

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Episode 108: Experiments in Storytelling

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Aug 22 2019

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Episode 107: Grocery Shopping and Making Art

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Jul 23 2019

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Episode 106: Authenticity

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Jul 09 2019

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Episode 105: Exit Your Comfort Zone

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Jun 25 2019

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Incredibly good!! Love it!!

By kiwiwandering - Jan 19 2020
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In final stages of completing a suspense mystery — have found these podcasts incredibly helpful, from their lol stories about having mice and going thru all the steps to get rid of them — from denial to doing the least u can and into completely clearing up Their house—applying that to thinking about my protagonist and how she first tries to solve the problems of her life and career by the path of Least resistance in act one. Love how they applied Marie Kondo to assessing what scenes u should cut— is it beautiful and necessary and brings u joy???Have binge listened for four days now!!! From simplifying to the seven steps of story to dialogue, these two women are both hilarious and inspiring.

Tough listen

By digaaron - Nov 13 2019
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Some good topics, and I’m sure everyone involved means well, but the vocal fry of the host is so grating I can’t actually listen anymore.