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)”

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)”

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)”

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)”

Welcome to the Cabin (Episode 0)

The Cabin Tales Podcast is like having an author visit every week. Only it’s absolutely free, and I bring talented friends with me.

Talking Tales: Characters (Episode 2.5)

A “talking tales” episode about developing fictional characters, featuring interviews with five guest authors for children and young adults: Caroline Pignat; Jan Coates; Lori Weber; Rachel Eugster; and Amanda West Lewis. Hosted by Catherine Austen. 46 minutes. All ages.  Listen to Episode 2.5: Read the full transcript of Episode 2.5: Shownotes: [0:00] Introduction [1:15] InterviewsContinue reading “Talking Tales: Characters (Episode 2.5)”

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)”