Author Interview with Amanda West Lewis

An interview with Amanda West Lewis, author of three novels and four non-fiction books for young people, and executive director of a theatre school. A 20-minute continuous segment not yet heard on Cabin Tales in which Amanda shares her preference for third-person point of view, her phobia of scary stories, and her love of Alice inContinue reading “Author Interview with Amanda West Lewis”

Author Interview with Lori Weber

An interview with Lori Weber, Montreal author of ten YA books including Lightning Lou, Yellow Mini, and Deep Girls. Interview snippets not heard on the Cabin Tales podcast, edited into a 15-minute continuous segment in which Lori shares her love of fictional settings, her aversion to moral messages in fiction, and her unease around squirrels in her own yard.Continue reading “Author Interview with Lori Weber”

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)”

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)”

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)”

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)”