Author Interview 2: Jan Coates

A 15-minute episode of interview snippets with children’s author Jan Coates from Nova Scotia. Listen to the Interview here or on your favourite streaming platform. Read the interview episode transcript: Show Notes [0:00] Intro [1:20] Interview with Jan Coates [1:30] CA:  Do you have a favourite setting from fiction, either your own books or otherContinue reading “Author Interview 2: Jan Coates”

Author Interview #1: Caroline Pignat

The first of a season of author interviews featuring creative writing advice and anecdotes not included in the core Cabin Tales Podcast. Edited into an entertaining 20-minute segment, featuring writing tips and anecdotes. Today Caroline Pignat speaks about following characters to an ending, overcoming shyness, and believing that good will prevail. Listen to the interview hereContinue reading “Author Interview #1: Caroline Pignat”

The Never-ending Story (Episode 8: Revision)

The final fall episode of Cabin Tales is about the final stage of creative writing: revision. You’ll hear 26 Canadian authors talk about their revision process, and their recommendations to young writers who want to improve their first draft. 45 minutes all ages. Listen to the episode here or from your favourite streaming platform. ReadContinue reading “The Never-ending Story (Episode 8: Revision)”

Talking Tales: Endings (Episode 7.5)

Keeping the focus on the subject of how to end your story, this episode features guest authors Lena Coakley, Karen Bass, Lisa Dalrymple, Ishta Mercurio, and Tim Wynne-Jones. 45 minutes. All ages. Listen right here or from your favourite streaming platform. Read the full episode transcript: Show Notes [0:00] Introduction [1:15] Commentary about endings The ending is the part of theContinue reading “Talking Tales: Endings (Episode 7.5)”

Just Get it Over With (Episode 7: Endings)

A “telling tales” format with guest authors Marty Chan, Jeff Szpirglas, and Frieda Wishinsky. Featuring an original story with an ambiguous ending; a famous twist from Ambrose Bierce; gorgeous last lines and satisfying summations; and a story prompt about a deus ex machina. PG. 50 minutes. Listen to the episode here or from your favourite streaming platform. Read the fullContinue reading “Just Get it Over With (Episode 7: Endings)”

Talking Tales: 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 “Talking Tales: Beginnings (Episode 6.5)”

Begin in the Darkness (Episode 6)

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 (Episode 6)”

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)”