Author Interview with Philippa Dowding

An interview with Philippa Dowding, award-winning author of 13 books for middle-grade readers, including Oculum, Firefly, and Quinn and the Quiet, Quiet. She is also a poet, a musician, and a copywriter. Hear about her attraction to weird plot possibilities, her occasional tendency to spook herself while writing, and her encounter with a gargoyle in a curiosity shop that helpedContinue reading “Author Interview with Philippa Dowding”

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: 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)”

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)”