Best Storycraft podcasts we could find (Updated August 2018)
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Welcome to Story Craft RPG! A podcast dedicated to providing story ideas for tabletop role playing games. Plots, encounters, adventures, PC/NPC backgrounds, advice, tips and more!New episodes twice a month, released on the 2nd and 4th Thursday.There are many great Actual Play and Advice shows; instead we discuss the story aspect of the game, providing fresh ideas to use in your games.Each episode is only about 30min. We aim for a concise podcast, quick and easy to listen to, your time is imp ...
 
Before you can be a successful author, you have to write a great story. Each week, co-hosts, Alida Winternheimer, author and writing coach at Word Essential, Kathryn Arnold, emerging writer, & Robert Scanlon, author of the Blood Empire series, have conversations about the craft of writing fiction. They bring diverse experiences and talents to the table from both the traditional and indie worlds. Our goal is for each episode to be a fun, lively discussion of some aspect of story craft that en ...
 
A podcast dedicated to guiding and inspiring Christian storytellers to glorify God with excellent craftsmanship. Published once a week with episodes covering all areas of story craft, including plot, theme, characters, poetry, narrative art, and more. Hosted by Grace Livingston.
 
Two writers - David V. Stewart and Matthew J. Wellman - talk about the trade of storycrafting, narrative, screenwriting, publishing, and writing in general.
 
A storycraft analysis and episode review of Gilmore Girls by JJ Barnes and Jonathan McKinney
 
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In episode 20 of the Story Embers Podcast, Brandon Miller picks up where he left off in episode 16 by sharing how you can kill a character without enraging readers. You can find more of Brandon’s work on his blog. Be sure to check out our "What is Story Embers?” video to learn more about our mission here at Story Embers!…
 
Episode 13 Story Topics(1:40) Instead of meeting in a tavern the PCs meet …(17:12) Why do citizens avoid the well in the center of town?(29:10) Character Concept: Halfling family tiesHosts: Mark, Will and CraigTwitter @storycraftrpg1Email StoryCraftRPG@gmail.com
 
This week we get crafty again, talking about theme. What is it? How does it work with plot? Should you develop theme before, during, or after plot? And more...then we end with a writing prompt. Show notes and more at www.StoryWorksPodcast.com.
 
In episode 19 of the Story Embers Podcast, Gabrielle Pollack shows how worldbuilding and plotting can work together to strengthen your story. You can find more of Gabrielle’s work on her blog. To download the Story Embers Worldbuilding Questionnaire, visit our resource library. Click here to view the complete details and the sign-up form for ou ...…
 
This week, we pull one from the archives. This episode was formerly known as video-only episode 2. Alida, Kathryn, and Matt discuss the benefits and pitfalls of writing groups? What kind of criticism is good criticism? And how can I be a better critic? How do I know if a writing group is a good fit for me? Should I join or run away? Show notes ...…
 
In episode 18 of the Story Embers Podcast, Mariposa Aristeo shows five ways you can improve your writing. You can find more of Mariposa’s work on her blog. Enjoying the Story Embers Podcast? Please take a moment to leave us a review in iTunes or share our podcast on Facebook or Twitter.
 
Episode 12 Story TopicsMordenkainen's Tome of Foes episode.(2:32) Example of using the Blood War (battle between devils and demons) in a campaign.(18:04) Example of a Dwarven and Duergar conflict that involves the PCs.(30:07) Character Background: Reluctant ClericHosts: Mark, Will and CraigTwitter @storycraftrpg1Email StoryCraftRPG@gmail.com…
 
This week, we bring Matt Herron back to the Round Table to discuss what we writers can do with our short stories. We define the collections, the novel-in-story, and serialization, discussing pros and cons of each. This week we stray into marketing territory, because when it comes to deciding what to do with your stories, how you brand them matt ...…
 
In episode 17 of The Story Embers Podcast, Rachel Rogers explains the difference between grammar, mechanics, and style.
 
This week, Alida, Kathryn, and Robert discuss short stories and how they’re different from the novel. We cover topics like the shortness of short stories, ambiguous endings, the importance of theme, stories versus lead magnets, writing short to build craft skills, and more! www.StoryWorksPodcast.com
 
In episode 16 of the Story Embers Podcast, Brandon Miller discusses one of the biggest clichés seen in the adventure and speculative fiction genres. You can find more of Brandon’s work on his blog, The Woodland Quill. To view the complete description of our writing internship program along with the application form, click here.…
 
This week, Alida, Kathryn, and Robert answer a listener's question and address how to better write scenes heavy with dialogue. We talk about keeping things interesting using tools other than dialogue, the apprentice-master model of scenes that instruct both character and reader, what we can learn from the movie montage, incorporating action int ...…
 
In episode 15 of the Story Embers Podcast, Josiah DeGraaf tackles three misconceptions about professional editing and answers the big question--do you need a professional editor? To visit Josiah’s website, click here. To view the complete description of our writing internship program along with the application form, click here.…
 
This week, we welcome Kathryn back to her seat at the Round Table, and thanks again to Matt Herron and Emma Darwin for keeping the seat warm! We're talking character motivation. It's crucial to every element of your story and you'll do yourself a favor by having a handle on it in the prewriting stages. We talk about the protagonist, the reader, ...…
 
In episode 14 of the Story Embers Podcast, Brandon Miller shares how you can identify and develop your story’s comic relief characters. You can find more of Brandon’s work on his blog, The Woodland Quill.
 
Episode 11 Story Topics(1:45) A ghost of a paladin cannot pass into the afterlife due to an embarrassing death and needs the party’s help, why?(14:06) A wizard offers the party several magic items, what does he want in return?(27:09) Character Background: Tinkering GnomeHosts: Mark, Will and CraigFollow us on Twitter @storycraftrpg1Submit your ...…
 
Alida and Emma Darwin continue the conversation on “show, don’t tell” this week. We get right into psychic distance and more. Way more. Show notes and a special offer this week at www.StoryWorksPodcast.com
 
In episode 13 of the Story Embers Podcast, Sierra Ret proposes three reasons why Jane Austen’s works continue to engage readers to this day. To view the submission guidelines and entry form for our inaugural short story contest, click here.
 
Episode 10 Story Topics(2:19) A dense fog engulfs the party, where did it come from and what are the effects?(11:23) Why is every item a blacksmith forges unintentionally cursed?(22:05) Character Background: Draconic Sorcerer of LevistusHosts: Mark, Will and RichardFollow us on Twitter @storycraftrpg1Submit your story topics to StoryCraftRPG@gm ...…
 
This week, Alida and Emma Darwin discuss the old adage "Show, don't tell." We deep into what that saying really means, discussing the point of view lens, distance, and common mistakes writers make as a result of misunderstanding show, don't tell. Show notes and more at www.StoryWorksPodcast.com.
 
In episode 12 of the Story Embers Podcast, Graham Jackson explores the value of poetry and how it affects us as human beings.
 
Episode 9 Story Topics(1:55) A mirror stands before a doorway, what’s its purpose?(14:13) An arrogant aristocrat seeks to recover an artifact. What are his motives and what is the item?(28:48) Character Background: Reluctant RogueHosts: Mark, Will and CraigFollow us on Twitter @storycraftrpg1Submit your story topics to StoryCraftRPG@gmail.com…
 
This week, Alida & Robert are joined by award-winning author and writing teacher Emma Darwin. We discuss narrative drive, the forward movement essential to any story. We go deep into narrative craft, exploring the difference between a story set adrift and one with a current that pulls the reader forward. This is a don't miss episode! Show notes ...…
 
In episode 11 of the Story Embers Podcast, Mariposa Aristeo describes four types of patience that are guaranteed to aid writers against any obstacle. To visit Mariposa’s blog, click here. Enjoying the Story Embers Podcast? Please take a minute to leave us a review in iTunes or share our podcast with your friends!…
 
Episode 8 Story Topics(1:25) Why does a lycanthrope society believe an entire village must be turned (bitten) to survive?(11:20) Deep within a dungeon the party discovers an unusual lake. What's its story?(25:40) Character Background: Tabaxi Zealot BarbarianHosts: Mark, JT and WillFollow us on Twitter @storycraftrpg1Submit your story topics to ...…
 
This week, Robert and I welcome Emma Darwin to the round table for an extensive discussion about writing historical fiction, but as with every genre special, this isn't just for writers of historical works. Emma has an amazing knowledge of storycraft and we go deep this week. Kathryn's going to busy with the show notes! Show notes and more at w ...…
 
In episode 10 of the Story Embers Podcast, Naomi Jackson shares how she managed to write 100,000 words in less than 60 days. You can find Naomi’s short stories and serialized novel on her website. To view the submission guidelines and entry form for our inaugural short story contest, click here.
 
Episode 7 Story Topics(2:58) Why is an Ogre sobbing while blocking passage across a bridge?(12:35) Why is one particular PC pestered by biting insects while traveling in the jungle and how can it be resolved?(22:25) Character Background: Con-artist BardHosts: Mark, JT and WillFollow us on Twitter @storycraftrpg1Submit your story topics to Story ...…
 
This week, Alida, Robert, & Matt discuss tales of first encounters, from the pilgrim to the UFO. These are ethnocentric stories addressing a primal human fear, asking friend or foe, and sometimes leading to understanding and cultural immersion instead of war. Show notes & more at www.StoryWorksPodcast.com Save 20% on the Structure of Story cour ...…
 
In episode 9 of the Story Embers Podcast, Brandon Miller offers some tips on how to brainstorm effectively. You can find more of Brandon’s work on his blog, The Woodland Quill. To access our resource library, click here.
 
This week, Alida, Robert, and guest host Matt Herron discuss hard and soft systems of magic, science, and other forms of world-building logic necessary to fiction. Show notes and more at www.StoryWorksPodcast.com
 
In episode 8 of the Story Embers Podcast, Daeus Lamb explores four sins Christian writers often struggle with. Daeus also runs his own online endeavor to help writers: Excelsior Writing School. You can pick up a free copy of his book, The Golden Ziggurat and Other Stories by clicking here. To check out Josiah DeGraaf’s online course, Theme Mast ...…
 
Episode 6 Story Topics(1:41) The PCs enter a village where every resident is petrified, treasure is untouched but all weapons are missing. What happened?(11:22) Why are zombies peacefully tending to a farm?Hosts: Mark, JT and WillFollow us on Twitter @storycraftrpg1Submit your story topics to StoryCraftRPG@gmail.com…
 
It’s our birthday! SWRT is one! This week, Robert and Alida welcome MG Herron to the round table to discuss the benefits of keeping a community of writers. We discuss the ways we’ve found community, how we’ve benefited from them, the differences between online and live communities, and how we’ve changed as writers thanks to the writers we know ...…
 
In episode 7 of the Story Embers Podcast, Josiah DeGraaf describes the two tools you need to craft a powerful message for your story. Want to learn more about how to write compelling themes without being preachy? Check out Josiah’s online writing course, Theme Mastery: How to Write Meaningful Stories. To visit Josiah’s blog, click here. To acce ...…
 
Episode 5 Story Topics(2:12) A demon is chained to a pillar and is guarding something. Why a demon and what is it protecting?(14:04) A hapless and poor merchant finds a Deck of Illusions, what does he do with it?Hosts: Mark, JT and WillFollow us on Twitter @storycraftrpg1Submit your story topics to StoryCraftRPG@gmail.com…
 
This week, Alida and Robert continue their conversation about the writing process, creativity, first drafts, where ideas come from, and how revision really works. The inspiration for our conversation is George Saunders' essay "What Writers Really Do When They Write." Get the essay at https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/mar/04/what-writers-re ...…
 
In episode 6 of the Story Embers Podcast, Gabrielle Pollack offers some tips on how to fix those sluggish or boring scenes. You can find more of Gabrielle’s work on her blog. To view the submission guidelines and entry form for our inaugural short story contest, click here.
 
Episode 4 Story Topics(1:30) Why are townsfolk placing iron cages over graves?(15:55) I need ideas for a Monk that was never part of a monastery.Hosts: Mark and WillSubmit your story topics to StoryCraftRPG@gmail.comor Twitter @storycraftrpg1If your topic is used on a show, you will receive feedback as to when the episode will be available.…
 
This week, Alida and Robert discuss a craft essay by George Saunders, titled "What Writers Really Do When They Write." It's all about the writing process, and we get a lot of value out of this essay. We highly recommend it to anyone writing a story. Get the essay at The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/mar/04/what-writers-really ...…
 
Jonathan McKinney and JJ Barnes discuss the latest Avengers film, Infinity War. They analyse it for story content and writing, discuss whether Thanos is the protagonist of the film, analyse the structure, and get momentarily interrupted by Alexa. For more on their work go to www.sirenstories.co.uk Find JJ on Twitter, @JudieannRose and Jonathan ...…
 
In episode 5 of the Story Embers Podcast, Brandon Miller discusses three advantages Christian writers have over secular writers in his article, 3 Reasons Christians Can Write Compelling Stories (Despite Past Failures). You can find more of Brandon’s work on his blog, The Woodland Quill. If you’re enjoying the Story Embers Podcast, take a moment ...…
 
Episode 3 Story Topics(1:05) I want to create a calligrapher NPC, what’s his/her specialty? And ideas on how to foster roleplay between him/her and the PCs.(11:28) My group comes across an enchanted tree, what’s its story?Hosts: Mark, JT and WillSubmit your story topics to StoryCraftRPG@gmail.comor Twitter @storycraftrpg1If your topic is used o ...…
 
This week, Alida, Kathryn, and Robert discuss using real people and events in your fiction. What are the pitfalls of writing fact into fiction? What extra responsibilities do you have to history, your story, and your reader when you write reality-based fiction? Show notes and more at www.StoryWorksPodcast.com…
 
In episode 4 of the Story Embers Podcast, Hope Ann breaks down how you can use themes to create a fantastic story outline. Hope Ann is the self-published author of The Legends of Light series, a personal writing coach, and the Communications Coordinator for Story Embers. You can find out more about her at AuthorHopeAnn.com. Check out our Facebo ...…
 
Episode 2 Story Topics(1:25) I want to give a character a cursed magic item, but it's both detrimental and beneficial. (14:55) My group is asked to transport a famous bard from a small village to a large city where he plans to earn coin at a popular tavern. What story twist might this bard have?Hosts: Mark and JTSubmit your story topics to Stor ...…
 
This week, we pull an episode from the video archives. Alida, Kathryn, and Matt discuss what makes a great opening. Do you need to begin in media res? What is in media res, anyway? How about opening with a scenario? How much depth of character is needed in an opening? How do you get it on the page and hook a reader? Previously published as vide ...…
 
Episode 1 Story Topics(1:37) A PC touches a corpse in an ancient crypt, what comes of this?(8:27) A plague has broken out in a town. What are the effects of the plague?Host: MarkSubmit your story topics to StoryCraftRPG@gmail.comor Twitter @storycraftrpg1If your topic is used on a show, you will receive feedback as to when the episode will be a ...…
 
In episode 3 of the Story Embers Podcast, Mariposa Aristeo explores how the book of Job teaches writers to create realistic Christian characters. You can find more of Mariposa’s work on her blog, The Tiny Teal Typewriter. To pre-register for the Guilds, click here.
 
In this week’s Story Works Round Table, Alida, Kathryn, and Robert discuss the need for both action and non-action in story arcs, how to balance action with non-action, and what goes wrong when the balance is off. Show notes and more at www.StoryWorksPodcast.com
 
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