Author Interviews about Tension (Episode 5.5)

Interviews with Canadian children’s and YA authors on the subject of tension and how to make a reader turn the page. With guest authors Kate Inglis, Lisa Dalrymple, David McArthur, Jeff Szpirglas, and Marty Chan. Hosted by Catherine Austen. 40 minutes. All ages.  Listen right here or from your favourite streaming platform. Read the full transcript of this episode. Shownotes: [0:00]Continue reading “Author Interviews about Tension (Episode 5.5)”

Squirm (Episode 5: Tension)

A “telling tales” episode about ways to build tension in fiction, with stories, excerpts, and prompts. Featuring guest authors Lena Coakley, Sarah Raughley, and Don Cummer. 45 minutes. PG.  Listen to the full episode right here or from your favourite streaming platform. Read the episode transcript: Listen to the “Fright-free” version of “Squirm” (not soContinue reading “Squirm (Episode 5: Tension)”

Talking Tales: Plotting (Episode 4.5)

Guest authors Cary Fagan, Philippa Dowding, Raquel Rivera, Ishta Mercurio, and Kari-Lynn Winters, talk about plotting fiction—how and when they plot, how they feel about tormenting characters with obstacles, and what they recommend to those who want to improve their own plotting.  Listen to the full episode here or subscribe on your favourite streaming platform:Continue reading “Talking Tales: Plotting (Episode 4.5)”

Bad Things Happen (Episode 4: Plotting)

An episode about plotting stories, with guest authors Robin Stevenson, Wendy McLeod MacKnight, and Amelinda Bérubé. Featuring an original story, “The Critter Cam.” With excerpts from Harold and the Purple Crayon; “The Band-Aid;” and Holes. 45 minutes. PG-13. (“Fright-free” version at 33 minutes) Listen on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, another streaming platform, or right here: Listen to “Bad Things Happen”: ReadContinue reading “Bad Things Happen (Episode 4: Plotting)”

Talking Tales: Inspiration (Episode 3.5)

Sep 18th, 2020 Guest authors Cary Fagan, Wendy McLeod MacKnight, Raquel Rivera, Ishta Mercurio, and Robin Stevenson answer the question, “Where do you get your ideas?” 40 minutes. All ages. Listen on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, another streaming platform, or right here: Read the full episode transcript: [0:00] Introduction Welcome to Cabin Tales: Spooky Stories for Young Writers. This is EpisodeContinue reading “Talking Tales: Inspiration (Episode 3.5)”

Spooky Stories are All Around Us (Episode 3)

A 50-minute episode answering the question, “Where do you get your ideas?” With an original spooky story about an insatiable animal; excerpts from All Quiet on the Western Front, The One and Only Ivan, and The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom; advice from guest authors Philippa Dowding, Amelinda Berube, and Kari-Lynn Winters; and creativeContinue reading “Spooky Stories are All Around Us (Episode 3)”

Welcome to the Cabin (Episode 0)

The Cabin Tales Podcast is like having an author visit every week. Only it’s absolutely free, and I bring talented friends with me.

Talking Tales: Characters (Episode 2.5)

A “talking tales” episode about developing fictional characters, featuring interviews with five guest authors for children and young adults: Caroline Pignat; Jan Coates; Lori Weber; Rachel Eugster; and Amanda West Lewis. Hosted by Catherine Austen. 46 minutes. All ages.  Listen to Episode 2.5: Read the full transcript of Episode 2.5: Shownotes: [0:00] Introduction [1:15] InterviewsContinue reading “Talking Tales: Characters (Episode 2.5)”

Nasty People Meet Nasty Ends (Episode 2)

Welcome to Cabin Tales: Spooky Stories for Young Writers. This is Episode Two: Nasty People meet Nasty Ends. It’s a long one at 50 minutes. I’m Catherine Austen. And my guests today are great Canadian writers Karen Krossing, Monique Polak, and Tim Wynne-Jones. Today we’ll be talking all about characters. Listen right here, or on the podcast host, Podbean,Continue reading “Nasty People Meet Nasty Ends (Episode 2)”

Talking Tales: Setting (Episode 1.5)

Interviews with 5 Canadian authors for children and teens about their favourite fictional settings, feared real-life settings, and exercises they recommend to young writers who want to develop effective fictional settings. With guests Karen Krossing, Jan Coates, Rachel Eugster, Amanda West Lewis, and Monique Polak. Hosted by Catherine Austen, with a story prompt at theContinue reading “Talking Tales: Setting (Episode 1.5)”