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)”

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)”

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)”

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)”

Things hide in the Dark (Episode 1)

A 40-minute episode for young writers interested in developing a strong setting. With an original spooky story, “The Sacrifice”; setting examples from Beowulf, The Scorpio Races, and The Incredible Journey; interviews with Tim Wynne-Jones, Lori Weber, and Caroline Pignat; and a story prompt set in a creepy basement. PG-13. A “fright-free” version for younger listeners is available below.  Listen to theContinue reading “Things hide in the Dark (Episode 1)”