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Write Out Loud

Matt Cassem & Christina Trevaskis

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Join hosts Matt and Tina as they discuss all things story, writing, finding your voice, and more! We'll explore writing and storytelling as a general topic, but we will also spend some time dissecting and talking about popular works like our first focus: "Heartstopper!"
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Buy us a coffee to support the show! That's a wrap for season two! This episode finds Matt and Christina reflecting on the highlights of season two, including favorite episodes and guest interviews. They discuss plans for season three, inviting audience input for future topics and guests. They express enthusiasm for possibly exploring diverse writi…
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If you're enjoying our show, won't you help us out? Buy us a coffee or drink to show your appreciation. It really does help us bring you better guests, better content, and maybe some surprises. You can do that here. In this episode of Write Out Loud, hosts Matt and Christina delve into the challenges of transitioning a great story idea into skilled…
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In this episode titled "Author Spotlight: A Conversation with Scarlett Cole", Matt and Christina invite Scarlett Cole, an acclaimed romance writer, on to talk about her history as an author. Scarlett talks about her journey from being a reader to an author, and her dual careers as a romance writer and senior vice president of strategy for a leading…
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***See the time stamps towards the bottom for links to the upcoming books Erin mentioned in today's episode!!*** In this episode of Write Out Loud, Matt and Christina chat with Erin Galloway, Director of Publicity for Berkeley, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Galloway shares her journey into the publishing industry, from her initial interest in…
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In this podcast episode, Matt and Christina discuss the importance of authenticity and confidence in writing. They express the importance of writers finding their personal writing style and trusting their abilities, rather than trying to emulate others. In fact, by doing so, they argue that writers can boost their creativity and potentially become …
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In this episode of the 'Write Out Loud' podcast, hosts Tina and Matt discuss various topics related to the process of writing and storytelling. They delve into the personal workflow of different writers, tips and techniques for productive writing, the weight of research vs. improvisation, and various writing tools. They also discuss finding one's i…
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Superheroes, Self-Publishing, and Storytelling with W.T. Meadows In this episode of Write Out Loud, hosts Matt Cassem and Christina welcome author W.T. Meadows to discuss his journey with writing & storytelling. Meadows shares valuable tips from his experience co-writing novels, using Kickstarter in self-publishing his novel 'Introduction Events', …
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In this engaging episode of "The Writing Dance: Plotting, Pantsing, and Everything in Between with Special Guest Sean Dare", the conversation delves deep into different aspects of writing and storytelling. The discussion brings out the differences between 'plotting' and 'pantsing', the two primary modes in which writers create their stories. The co…
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Matt and Christina discuss the key difference between writing and storytelling. They explore the art and craft of storytelling and how it influences the process of writing. They also highlight unique techniques and elements that are specific to storytelling and how they contribute to creating engaging stories. Join them in this insightful conversat…
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In this episode, Matt and Christina discuss the importance of writing a good book as the most effective marketing tool. They discuss the significance of having a well-written book, building a fan base, and the power of word-of-mouth marketing. They also touch on the concept of the curiosity gap and the importance of engaging with readers on social …
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In this episode, the hosts, Matt and Christina, interview Big Robb, a mental health advocate and host of the podcast "Chewing the Fat." The conversations are centered around the intertwined relationship between creativity, mental health struggles, and self-expression, with an emphasis on the necessity for open conversations on mental health. The co…
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In this episode of the Write Out Loud Podcast, the Matt and Christina discuss the current state of storytelling, writing, and being an author with special guest, Michael Aspen, a fellow writer and podcaster. Together they delve into the pros and cons of self-publishing, the intricacies of quality story composition, and the impact of pacing. The dis…
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It's season two! We're back! This episode is focused on Christina interviewing Matt. They discuss topics such as why they read and write, impactful books and authors, and the best piece of writing advice they've received. They hope to connect with their audience and leave a thumbprint on the souls of their readers through their writing. And they ho…
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We are putting the final touches on this first season of the podcast, and we are sharing a little glimpse of what's to come in the future. Heartstopper is the muse with which we kicked off this endeavor, but going forward, there won't be discussion based on Heartstopper anymore (Yay for some of you!). What's to come? Listen and find out! Or read th…
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This week we step back to chat with Christina Trevaskis, my co-host and the genius behind this operation. Christina has achieved remarkable feats in the book selling industry in diverse ways, and she brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and insight to the table. During the podcast, we take the opportunity to become better acquainted with Chris…
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This week we deep dive into the portrayal of relationships using "Heartstopper" as the reference point once again. We're coming to a close on using "Heartstopper," so if you're annoyed that we keep talking about it, hang in there. We also throw in a little "Shameless" plug too. Ultimately, we're here to help inspire you to build a toolkit that make…
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It's another week, and this week we're discussing some of the small, easily-missed details you might have spotted if you're eagle-eyed enough to catch them! These are the little things that add so much to the story but stay out of the way of the story itself. This week's episode was based on a number of details discussed in Tessa Fahey's Buzzfeed a…
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During this week's episode, we discuss the variations between book and screen (mostly about Heartstopper). We are taking a look at the rationale behind why writers will sometimes differ particularly when they're the same person to write both the book and screen play. We would love to have your voice added to our podcast, so sign up to be a guest or…
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Joining us this week is special guest and "Heartstopper" super fan, Rania Gollakner! Rania comes to share her perspective on the things that have made "Heartstopper" so amazing for her, what she got out of the writing and storytelling that Alice Oseman does so well, and to share with us her wishes for what Alice will do next! We appreciate the supp…
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We start off a little differently this week with a brief detour around what happened when Matt decides to ask AI about Heartstopper, and things, well, don’t go as well as the AI overlords may have hoped. We then talk about the use of villains in your story to highlight, compare, contrast, and illuminate things. Enjoying the podcast? Give us a ratin…
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Today we're discussing a writing technique called show vs tell and using "Heartstopper" to illustrate our points. We also talk a LOT about Ikea, but don't worry, it all comes together. What do you think? Sound off on our webpage (writeoutloudpod.com) and share your thoughts with us. You can even leave us a voicemail there which might mean you get t…
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In this week's episode, we continue our discussion representation within Heartstopper and how much of a difference it makes in writing. You'll hear us talk about things like how the story treats LGBTQIA+ individuals, my own coming out story (sort of), and more! Check it out, and please share the podcast and throw us a rating on Apple Podcasts or wh…
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In today's episode, we focus on representation and we talk about how much of an impact representation has on the people reading or viewing inclusive artistic works. We are tying this in to Heartstopper, and while we don't dig in deep on this episode, we are laying the groundwork for upcoming episodes, so stay with us and enjoy the ride! If you have…
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In this week's episode, we finish our introductions around what the podcast is all about and often divert into a tangent! It's hard not to since we love this stuff so much! If you've got something you'd like to tell us, share it at matt (at) writeoutloudpod (dot) com or Christina (at) bookmatchmaker (dot) com. You should also explore our website! Y…
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Matt and Christina spend some time talking about Heartstopper, why it connected with audiences, what makes it such a great storytelling experience, and more in today's episode!  Hey, thanks so much for listening to the podcast. We really hope that you're enjoying every bit of it, but we would love to hear your feedback. Drop us an email either to M…
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This is our first official episode! Squeeee! We are so excited to bring it to you. In this episode, we kick things off, introduce ourselves and our love of storytelling, and we give you little glimpses into the future episodes we plan to share along with a few nuggets of storytelling wisdom! We really hope you enjoy it!  Hey, thanks so much for lis…
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Hey, all! We are so close to launching! Just another week before you get to hear the very first episode! I bet you can't wait. I know that I can't! This is just a quick trailer to give you a little lay of the land before we kick things off for real. Check out our website at writeoutloudpod.com when you get a moment! Sign up to be a guest if you wan…
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