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A Podcast for Every Story Teller

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A Podcast for Every Story Teller

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34 Ratings
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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.

iTunes Ratings

34 Ratings
Average Ratings
19
8
4
2
1

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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Story Makers Show

Latest release on Jan 21, 2020

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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.

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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