Author Interview with Kari-Lynn Winters

An interview with Dr. Kari-Lynn Winters, associate professor of language arts and author of more than 27 books for the very young, fiction and non-fiction, standalones and series. Hear about her love of unreliable narrators, her balance of many writing projects at once, and her fear of dogs, horses and ghosts. 25 minutes. All ages. ListenContinue reading “Author Interview with Kari-Lynn Winters”

Author Interview with Raquel Rivera

An interview with Raquel Rivera, award-winning author of five books for young readers, including Tuk and the Whaleand Orphan Ahwak. Hear about her interest in fairy tales, her advice for creating tension-filled scenes, and her childhood fear of the toilet witch. 25 minutes. All ages. Listen here or from your favourite streaming platform. Read the full transcript: ShowContinue reading “Author Interview with Raquel Rivera”

Author Interview 10: Wendy McLeod MacKnight

An interview with Wendy McLeod MacKnight, author of three books for middle-grade readers, who shares her habit of drafting quickly and revising painstakingly, her advice on getting to know your characters before you write them, and her delighted surprise at discovering Voldemort under Quirrell’s turban. 20 minutes. All ages. Listen here or from your favouriteContinue reading “Author Interview 10: Wendy McLeod MacKnight”

Author Interview with Amelinda Bérubé

Amelinda Bérubé, author or spooky YA novels The Dark beneath the Ice and Here There are Monsters, shares her favourite plot twists, books and characters, her interest in unreliable narrators, and her love of the Canadian landscapes that inspire her stories. 20 minutes. All ages. Listen here or from your favourite streaming platform. Read the full transcript: Show NotesContinue reading “Author Interview with Amelinda Bérubé”

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)”