Author Interview with Marty Chan

An interview with Marty Chan, playwright and award-winning author of 18 books for young readers. Hear about his intricate revision process, his deep appreciation of young readers and writers, and his delight in making things hard for his characters. 25 minutes, all ages. Listen here, on Podbean, or from your favourite streaming platform: Read the fullContinue reading “Author Interview with Marty Chan”

Author Interview with Jeff Szpirglas

An interview with Jeff Szpirglas, author of over 20 books for all ages, including scary novels, short story collections, and “choose your own ending” adventures. Hear about his love of the horror genre, his interest in dramatic ironing and shifting points of view, and the inspiration for his scary stories. 20 minutes. All ages. Listen here,Continue reading “Author Interview with Jeff Szpirglas”

Author Interview with David McArthur

An interview with David McArthur, author of the bestselling picture book, What Does a Caterpillar Do? Hear about David’s preference for first person point of view, his love of fantastic takes on real-world settings, and his favourite scary story. 20 minutes. All ages. Listen here, on Podbean, or from your favourite streaming platform: Read the full transcript: ShowContinue reading “Author Interview with David McArthur”

Author Interview with Sarah Raughley

An interview with Dr. Sarah Raughley, author of young adult fantasy novels including The Effigies series – Fate of Flames; Siege of Shadows; and Legacy of Light – which she describes as “Sailor Moon meets Pacific Rim.” Hear about her love of third-person point of view, her advice on getting unstuck in your story, and her experience of getting the bestContinue reading “Author Interview with Sarah Raughley”

Author Interview #1: Caroline Pignat

The first of a season of author interviews featuring creative writing advice and anecdotes not included in the core Cabin Tales Podcast. Edited into an entertaining 20-minute segment, featuring writing tips and anecdotes. Today Caroline Pignat speaks about following characters to an ending, overcoming shyness, and believing that good will prevail. Listen to the interview hereContinue reading “Author Interview #1: Caroline Pignat”

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)”

More Spooky Student Stories (Post-Halloween Episode)

The Post-Halloween Episode features four more student stories. Listen to tales about: a monster that demands sacrifice; a historic Halloween; teens in the deep woods; and a supernatural Air B&B. From young writers Aleina Wang, Olivia Beauchamp, Lexi-Jade McCowan, and Olivia Li. PG. You can listen to the episode right here or from your favouriteContinue reading “More Spooky Student Stories (Post-Halloween Episode)”

Halloween! Spooky Student Stories (Special Episode XX)

A special Halloween episode featuring 5 spooky stories written by students aged 11-17, including a terrifying musical awakening, a horrifying futuristic drug, a demonic yoga class, a pizza you don’t want to order, and a phone call you don’t want to answer. PG. Let the kids listen in. Listen to the full episode right hereContinue reading “Halloween! Spooky Student Stories (Special Episode XX)”