Episodes

Episode 3.5: Author Interviews about Inspiration
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An extension of episode three, with more excerpts from interviews with more authors. Guest authors Cary FaganWendy McLeod MacKnightRaquel RiveraIshta Mercurio, and Robin Stevenson answer the question, “Where do you get your best ideas?” Guests talk about using their real-life fears in their fictions and advise young writers on where to put their great ideas once they find them.

40 minutes. All ages. Find a transcript, object-study template, and guest author bios on the Episode 3.5 Blog Post.


Episode Three: Spooky Stories are all Around Us
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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 DowdingAmelinda Berube, and Kari-Lynn Winters; and creative writing exercises and prompts. 

Original and fright-free versions, plus transcripts, shownotes, links, and guest author bios are available on the Episode 3 Blog Post.


Episode Zero: Welcome to the Cabin
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An introductory tour of the podcast. Episode Zero tells you about the purpose of the podcast, the origin of the Cabin Tales stories, the creative writing themes coming up this fall, upcoming guest authors, plus a submission call for the Halloween Special Episode. 20 minutes. All ages.

A complete transcript, shownotes, and links are available on the Episode 0 blog post.


Episode One: Things hide in the dark
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A 40-minute episode all about setting, with a spooky opening story, “The Sacrifice.” Then comes creative writing commentary on building and showing a fictional setting, with excerpts from great books — Beowulf; The Scorpio Races; and The Incredible Journey — and interviews with great authors, Caroline Pignat; Lori Weber; and Tim Wynne-Jones. A final story prompt, “The drummer in the basement,” will get listeners writing their own tales. PG-13; a “fright-free” version is available for younger listeners.

Original and fright-free versions of this episode, plus full transcripts, shownotes, links, and guest author bios are available on the Episode 1 blog post.


Episode 1.5: Talking Tales: Setting
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An extension of episode one, with more excerpts from interviews with more authors. Featuring five authors for children and young adults: Karen Krossing, Jan Coates, Amanda West Lewis, Rachel Eugster, and Monique Polak, who talk about their favourite fictional settings, feared real-life settings, and advice to young writers on setting stories effectively. 40 minutes. All ages.

Audio, transcript, shownotes, and guest author bios are available on the Episode 1.5 blog post.


Episode 2: Nasty People meet Nasty Ends
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A “telling tales” format all about writing characters. With a spooky original story, “The Spot;” excerpts from Dracula, The Universe vs Alex Woods, and The Bad Beginning; interviews about monsters and other characters with Karen Krossing, Monique Polak, and Tim Wynne-Jones; and a final story prompt, “Swimmer’s Graveyard.” 50 minutes. PG-13. A fright-free version is also available.

Audio, transcripts, shownotes, and guest author bios are available on the Cabin Tales Episode 2 Blog Post.


Episode 2.5: Talking Tales: Character
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An extension of episode two, with more excerpts from interviews with more authors. Featured guests Caroline Pignat, Jan Coates, Rachel Eugster, Lori Weber, and Amanda West Lewis talk about their favourite fictional villains and protagonists, their deep connections to their characters, and recommended exercises for young writers who want to develop memorable fictional characters. 45 minutes. All ages.

Audio, transcripts, shownotes, and guest author bios are available on the Cabin Tales Episode 2.5 Blog Post.


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