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Author Interviews about Beginnings (Episode 6.5)

A “talking tales” episode — all interviews – about how to begin a story. With guest authors Frieda Wishinsky; Sarah Raughley; Don Cummer; David McArthur; and Wendy McLeod MacKnight, speaking about their favourite first lines, their advice to young writers on how to begin, and how they began to write professionally. 45 minutes. All ages. Listen right here. Or through yourContinue reading “Author Interviews about Beginnings (Episode 6.5)”

Begin in the Darkness

An episode about how to begin a story, with guest authors Karen Bass, Kate Inglis, and Chris Jones. Featuring an original story, great first lines from classic fiction, and suggested writing exercises. PG. Listen to the episode here or from your favourite streaming platform. Read the full transcript of this episode: Or try the Fright-Free version for young listenersContinue reading “Begin in the Darkness”

More Spooky Student Stories (Post-Halloween Episode)

The Post-Halloween Episode features four more student stories. Listen to tales about: a monster that demands sacrifice; a historic Halloween; teens in the deep woods; and a supernatural Air B&B. From young writers Aleina Wang, Olivia Beauchamp, Lexi-Jade McCowan, and Olivia Li. PG. You can listen to the episode right here or from your favouriteContinue reading “More Spooky Student Stories (Post-Halloween Episode)”

Halloween! Spooky Student Stories (Special Episode XX)

A special Halloween episode featuring 5 spooky stories written by students aged 11-17, including a terrifying musical awakening, a horrifying futuristic drug, a demonic yoga class, a pizza you don’t want to order, and a phone call you don’t want to answer. PG. Let the kids listen in. Listen to the full episode right hereContinue reading “Halloween! Spooky Student Stories (Special Episode XX)”

Picture a Story: Interviews with Illustrators (Episode X)

Interviews with five Canadian illustrators about creating narratives in words and pictures. Featuring guest author-illustrators Peggy Collins, Katherine Battersby, Farida Zaman, Christine Tripp, and Chris Jones. All ages. Listen to the episode here or from your favourite streaming platform. Read the full transcript of this episode: Show Notes: [0:00] Intro: You’re in for a treat. [2:15] Commentary on how pictureContinue reading “Picture a Story: Interviews with Illustrators (Episode X)”

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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)”

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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)”

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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)”

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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)”

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