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Story Grid Podcast
Click here to Subscribe in iTunes.Helping you become a better writer.Join Shawn Coyne, author of Story Grid and a top editor for 25+ years, and Tim Grahl, struggling writer, as they discuss the ins and outs of what makes a story great.More at
This is a podcast about godawful books. Each episode, hosts J. W. Friedman and Chris Collision sit down with or without some guests to discuss books that all of them wish they hadn't read.
Read along with the Sword and Laser book club! From classic science fiction to the latest gritty fantasy, we cover it. Subscribe for book discussions, author interviews, hot releases, and news from the genre fiction world!
Reading Glasses
Want to learn how to make the most of your reading life? Join Brea Grant and Mallory O’Meara every week as they discuss tips and tricks for reading better! Listeners will learn how to vanquish their To-Be-Read piles, get pointers on organizing their bookshelves and hear reviews on the newest reading gadgets. Brea and Mallory also offer advice on bookish problems. How do you climb out of a reading slump? How do you support authors while still getting books on the cheap? Where do you hide the ...
Using books as a jumping off point, hosts Josie Long and Robin Ince and a different special guest each week, dive into interesting, passionate and shambolic discussions. Part of the Cosmic Shambles Network.
Reading Women
Reading Women releases new episodes every Wednesday. Each month features two episodes on the same theme—one highlighting a range of titles and one discussing two titles more in depth—and two author interviews with talented women writers whose work we’ve loved.
Screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin discuss screenwriting and related topics in the film and television industry, everything from getting stuff written to the vagaries of copyright and work-for-hire law.
C. Robert Cargill is a screenwriter, novelist, and former film critic. In this podcast, he's joined by film critic David Chen to discuss his advice from his two decades in the entertainment industry. Find more episodes of the show at and email us at
All About Books is a weekly NET Radio book review and discussion program hosted by Pat Leach, Director of Lincoln City Libraries, Lincoln, NE. Updated Thursdays.
We've Got WARD
A Weekly Podcast in which hosts Scott and Matt expertly dissect and discuss the hit web serial Worm, week by week, arc by arc.
Two emerging screenwriters – Chas Fisher and Stuart Willis – try to work out what makes great screenplays work. Discovering what it takes by analysing what successful writers put on the page.
The Tolkien Professor podcast is a series of lectures, discussions, and seminars on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien by Corey Olsen, Assistant Professor of English at Washington College in Maryland. Find me on Facebook at "The Tolkien Professor," on Twitter at @tolkienprof, or at my website at I have also begun a grand new venture: the Mythgard Institute, offering courses on Tolkien studies for credit at the MA level, or just for fun! Join us at
We're not just book nerds. We're professional book nerds! We are staff librarians who work at OverDrive, the leading app for eBooks and audiobooks from public libraries and schools. It's our job to discuss books all day long so we thought, "Why not share the conversation!" Hear about the best books we've read, get recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. Titles discussed are available to borrow through public libraries. Get started readin ...
As they explore the work of J. R. R. Tolkien, hosts Alan Sisto and Shawn E. Marchese welcome readers of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, and the other works in the Middle-earth legendarium to tune in as they discuss favorite passages from the books and films that started the worldwide fantasy phenomenon. Alan and Shawn engage in plenty of in-depth study of Tolkien's books, but with a healthy dose of self-effacing humor, pop-culture references, and bad puns. These are the ...
Outside Write is a blog dedicated to football travel, culture and history. In this podcast we discuss travel tips for watching football abroad, discuss football history, sociology and review books.
Alzabo Soup
Alzabo Soup is a literary analysis podcast where we literally become our favorite authors by devouring portions of their brains. We do chapter-by-chapter analysis of our favorite speculative fiction, researching the details and discussing the implications. We are currently working our way through "The Book of the New Sun" quartet by Gene Wolfe.
Books and Authors
This podcast features Open Book and A Good Read. In Open Book Mariella Frostrup talks to authors about their work. In A Good Read Harriett Gilbert discusses favourite books.
Pro-novelist mother and aspiring novelist daughter discuss writing fiction for love AND money -- and how to do it yourself.
Each week on Smart Podcast, Trashy Books, Sarah Wendell interviews authors, readers, reviewers, bloggers, publishing professionals, editors, and librarians about romance novels, which are among the most popular genres in fiction worldwide. Popular guests include: Ilona Andrews, Robin Bradford, NPR's Barrie Hardymon, Jaye Wells, and Rachel Aaron. Amanda, Carrie, Elyse, and RedHeadedGirl, the crew of reviewers at, also make frequent appearances with maximum silliness. Frequent topics ...
Open discussions of America’s most secretive author
In which the CenterForLit staff embarks on a quest to discover the Great Ideas of literature in books of every description: ancient classics to fresh bestsellers; epic poems to bedtime stories. This podcast is a production of The Center for Literary Education and is a reading companion for teachers, homeschoolers, and readers of all stripes.
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 enlightens, as well as entertains. Sometimes we have special guests. All e ...
Jack Shepherd and Tanner Greenring discuss the classic Baby-Sitters Club novels of Ann M. Martin in chronological order. Get ready to look with new eyes at the timeless adventures of Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, Stacey, and I guess Dawn. And probably Mallory too. Fine, and Jessi.
Readings and conversation with The New Yorker's poetry editor, Kevin Young.
Script Lock
Writers Max and Nick Folkman sit down with other writers and developers to discuss storytelling in video games.
We are a diverse group of readers who have a rowdy old time discussing a wide diversity of short literary fiction.
All About Agatha is a weekly podcast all about, well, Agatha. Agatha Christie, of course. The Queen of Crime, a real-life Dame of the British Empire and author of sixty-six mystery novels that spanned the Twentieth Century, defining a genre. Every month we revisit one of these novels in the order they were first published in the UK. Discussions range from plotting and interpretation to the impact of the beloved adaptations to an attempt at ranking them all. On the weeks in between, we take a ...
New York Times bestselling author Barry Lyga (I HUNT KILLERS) and publishing communications executive Morgan Baden discuss a range of related issues, from writing to parenthood.
Readings and discussions featuring today's best authors, recorded live at Washington DC's famous Politics & Prose bookstore and presented by
Spectator Books
Literary interviews and discussions on the latest releases in the world of publishing, from poetry through to physics. Presented by Sam Leith.
The Brandon Sanderson Podcast made by 17th Shard, the biggest Brandon Sanderson nerds. Come here for all your cosmere, Stormlight Archive, and Mistborn discussion, as well analysis of news and current Words of Brandon.
Eclectic Readers
What is Eclectic Readers?We're a bookish podcast that reads a wide variety of books and discusses them. In our regular monthly episodes, we talk about what we're currently reading, a general bookish topic, and then discuss that month's book pick. We've set it up that way so that if you haven't read the book and don't want to be spoiled, or it's a book that you just aren't interested in (it happens, no shame!), you can still listen to the first half of the episode.We do announce the next mont ...
Books and Boba
This is a book club dedicated to books written by authors of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. We cover a wide range of genres including contemporary, historical fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, YA, nonfiction, thrillers, graphic novels, and memoirs.Every month, the hosts of the book club record a podcast episode to discuss the month's book. Members are strongly encouraged to share their thoughts on the monthly pick in the Goodreads forums.
Love the Wheel of Time? Hate the Wheel of Time? SO DO WE! Join Jenn & Jess every week for chapter synapsass, in-depth discussion, and plenty of real talk about Robert Jordan’s epic fantasy series.
Lit Up
Join host Angela Ledgerwood as she discusses books, writers, life, love and all things literary with the authors she loves.
Sitcom Geeks
A podcast series for those interested in the mechanics of situation comedy. James Cary and Dave Cohen discuss the art of sitcom writing for TV and Radio.
Screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin discuss screenwriting and related topics in the film and television industry, everything from getting stuff written to the vagaries of copyright and work-for-hire law.
Weekly Podcasts of Authors and Their Books, Live From The Tattered Cover Book Store. Authors ranging from Al Franken to Joan Didion read from and discuss their newest books.
In writing, a first draft is where creativity flows, a story takes root and the voice of a writer emerges. First Draft highlights the voices of writers as they discuss their work, their craft and the literary arts. This weekly show hosted by Mitzi Rapkin will primarily feature fiction and non-fiction authors along with occasional poets, screenplay writers, playwrights and songwriters. First Draft is a celebration of writing and the individuals who are dedicated to bringing their carefully ch ...
Hamish and Nico discuss goings on in the games industry, wax philosophical about the games they're playing, and rarely notice things going off the rails.
The Writing Coach
Author and writing coach Kevin T. Johns interviews the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors that help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work.
Mostly Lit
Join Alex Reads and Raifa Rafiq in their journey to keep up with the millennial experience, while exploring the intersection between literature, wellness and pop-culture. Tune in weekly as they discuss everything that is ‘lit’ in a fun and insightful way! #ShowDemBooks Manager and Executive Producer Clarissa Pabi Contact us
Dr. Roger Welton and Dr. Karen Louis are both experienced, practicing veterinarians that write extensively on their respective blogs (Web-DVM.Net and They co-host this show to discuss the topics that inspire them to blog, while offering their unique experiences and training to offer listeners varied perspectives on pet issues of the day.
Lane DeGregory, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter at the Tampa Bay Times, is a masterful storyteller. Each episode of WriteLane is a discussion of craft, using prime examples of narrative journalism. DeGregory joined the Times in 2000 after working for two papers in Virginia. She has won dozens of national awards, including twice winning Scripps Howard’s Ernie Pyle Award for human interest writing, eight National Headliner Awards and eight awards from the American Society of Newspaper Editor ...
Led by James Naughtie, a group of readers talk to acclaimed authors about their best-known novels
MSW Book Club
Join AG, Jordan and Jaleesa as they read, review, and discuss some of the books essential to the Russia/Trump investigation including "Russian Roulette" by David Corn and Michael Isikoff, "A Higher Loyalty" by James Comey, and "Fear" by Bob Woodward. Subscribe, buy the book and read along with us. New episodes weekly!
Free IELTS help, mainly live IELTS Writing discussions on how to get ideas, structure your writing and give the examiner what they want.
A book on improving eloquence, proficiency and grammar in everyday communication. ‘How to Speak and Write Correctly’ is not a manual of the styles to use in speaking and writing, nor is it a manual for grammar. It is a simple, useful book for helping ordinary people in effective communication. It lays down and explains broad rules of communication, further giving useful tips for effective communication. The book also lists common mistakes in communication and offers suggestions on how best t ...
World Book Club
The world's great authors discuss their best-known novel.
Our podcast breaks down the techniques of great storytelling across our favorite games, movies, literature, and music. I also occasionally upload music I've arranged or composed!
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David and Cargill talk the Pauper Principle and how it can be used to create a connection between your audience and a character in your story. See Cargill’s tweet that spawned this episode. Email us with your questions/thoughts at ind more episodes of this show at Follow us on Twitter @writeal ...…
Tolentino, a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2016, has quickly become one of the most exciting and authoritative critical voices of the millennial generation. Praised for her fierce intelligence, formidable mix of skepticism and optimism, and her lyrical, lucid prose, Tolentino has written on a wide range of social and cultural topics, fro ...…
Abby Zidle and I had a candid chat at RWA in July, and we talked about everything. Abby is Associate Director of Marketing for Gallery Books, and is also a Senior Editor, as she worked in editorial for many many years. We talk about what’s changing in publishing and what’s changed over her career - from the process of writing and selling a book ...…
Intro - Phil and Metz share some of their favorite Science Fiction films. Content (10:24) - Discussion of Part 2 of Empires of Foliage and Flower, by Gene Wolfe.
More great books at LoyalBooks.comBy Joseph Devlin.
Brea and Mallory talk about books that make you happy and interview black feminist performance artist and poet Gabrielle Civil. Use the hashtag #ReadingGlassesPodcast to participate in online discussion! Email us at readingglassespodcast at gmail dot com! Reading Glasses Merch Sponsor - The Great Courses Plus Links - Reading Glasses Facebook Gr ...…
Ever wonder what goes into translating a novel? How translators work with a text? What role, if any, the author of the original plays in the translation? Are you considering having your work translated into another language? Alida and Kathryn welcome special guests Anja Bauermeister and Christina Low to the Round Table to discuss translating wo ...…
On today's episode... we had no plan! Therefore, we brought on Emma and Kristin and did a roundtable of book recommendations. There is, quite literally, something for everyone in this list. Book Mentioned in this episode Again but Better by Christine Riccio The Cozy Minimalist Home: More style, less stuff by Myquillyn Smith Dr. Seuss's Horse Mu ...…
James wrote a script, Dave read eight novels thanks to not having WiFi and now they're ready to guide you through the start of a new term and a new season of comedy writing.By British Comedy Guide.
Practicing veterinarian co-hosts Dr. Roger and Dr. Karen, open their hearts to listeners and share their experiences that brought them to their respective places in the field of companion animal health care: Dr. Roger immersed in the busy and rapid paced clinical setting of emergency, critical care, general medicine, and surgery, Dr. Karen in t ...…
Most people know about the World War 2 era sacrifices like scrap drives and rationing. Less well known was a program where American families volunteered their dogs to be trained for the military. The nation's center of dog training during the war was at Fort Robinson Nebraska. Trevor Jones of Histor...…
Even books editors have to go on holiday sometimes, so Spectator Books is taking a hiatus for a couple of weeks. But so there's not a gaping gap in your life where the podcast used to be, we're bringing out some of our favourite episodes from our archive. This summer, Mick Herron has published the latest of his Jackson Lamb novels, Joe Country. ...…
Our spoilers and our tits are out in this extra long bonus episode celebrating the BRILLIANT casting of the Emond's Field Five. Twitter: Instagram: Facebook: Patreon: Discord: Website: ht ...…
It's new arc week here at We've Got Ward as we cover the first two chapters of Arc 16: From Within! Victoria and Kenzie be sad about Ashley! DISCUSSION QUESTION How do you relate to Victoria? If you have any questions, comments or feedback feel free to reach out to us. Also, always make sure you check out the Parahumans Reddit thread: https://r ...…
To close out our month on chronic illness and mental health, Kendra and Sachi chat about this month’s discussion picks. You can find the show notes and transcript for this episode over on our website. Check out our Patreon page to learn more about our book club and other Patreon-exclusive goodies. Follow along over on Instagram, join the discus ...…
Tara McCarty, director of design for the Tampa Bay Times, talks about a project that ran last year in which she analyzed Taylor Swift’s music and broke down its parts. Here's why and how.
John and Craig host How Would This Be a Movie with four stories in the news covering ice-cream truck wars, female rangers, con-artists, and deadly in-laws, imagining how they could become feature films. We also answer listener questions about narrators, personal crises, and song titles. Links: The Shadows Casting Call John is looking for a 15 y ...…
John and Craig host How Would This Be a Movie with four stories in the news covering ice-cream truck wars, female rangers, con-artists, and deadly in-laws, imagining how they could become feature films. We also answer listener questions about narrators, personal crises, and song titles. Links: The Shadows Casting Call John is looking for a 15 y ...…
How to Write Fiction: Where to publish and why? Writers worry about pay, sure, but sometimes there is more value in a smaller, non-paying market. How can this be? Answering another question by a listener, Author and Fiction Writing Teacher Holly Lisle gives us the breakdown in today's episode - and it's a big one. You as a writer need to know t ...…
On this episode, we go over the latest book and publishing news in Asian American literatureon our August 2019 Books & Boba mid-month check-in. We also chat about the latest TV adaptation news and the recent passing of celebrated author Toni Morrison. For additional thoughts and discussion, visit the Books & Boba Goodreads forums on Goodreads. ...…
More great books at LoyalBooks.comBy Joseph Devlin.
In episode #97 of The Writing Coach podcast, host Kevin T. Johns speaks with screenwriter and story coach Jennifer Blanchard.By Kevin T. Johns, author and writing coach.
We had SO much fun at WorldCon in Dublin. We were blown away with how many people came out to see us!! We were literally prepared with plans for if the room was empty, but no, Ireland filled our room and our hearts. We got some great conversations and book recommendations from folks in the crowd too! Go raibh maith agaibh! The craic was grand!…
Peg Alford Pursell is the author of A Girl Goes into the Forest and Show her a Flower, a Bird, A Shadow. Peg lives in Northern California and is the founder and director of WTAW Press and of Why There Are Words, a national literary reading series and program of WTAW Press. She is a member of The Writers Grotto. She earned her MFA in Creative Wr ...…
Who likes mysteries? We hope you do, because it’s time to get wet, wild, and wiggly for some horny mystery action with Nola, who's back, stacked, and Thacker than ever! Light spoilers in this one for Medieval European History, the fall of Rome, and parts of The Canterbury Tales. Oh and a teeny, tiny Scare Warning because of the bats and the pat ...…
This episode is sponsored by Use our promo code PROBOOKNERDS for $20 off your first box of teacher-curated books and artwork for kids! On today's episode, Adam has the honor of sitting down with Philippa Gregory, well known for her Tudor and Plantagenet novels including The White Queen, The Red Queen, and The Other B ...…
We talk to football writer Jonathan Wilson about his new book, 'The Names Heard Long Ago', which chronicles Hungarian football's golden age. We discuss the vibrant pre-WWII domestic scene, the amazing coaches it produced and their global legacy, and the culmination in the 1950s of one of the greatest teams of all time.…
Bouncing off the walls with at least one too many cups of coffee, it's the IDEOTV squad (-ron) chasing after Ricochet Joe! This is a prime blast of classic Dean Koontz, which means it's literally impossible to dislike or have a bad time with. We hope you'll enjoy our dogged efforts hereby unleashed! So fix your collar and keep your eye open for ...…
Benjamin Myers on his latest The Offing, and Proust's In Search of Lost Time discussed.By BBC Radio 4.
More great books at LoyalBooks.comBy Joseph Devlin.
We've got an early short story involving supernatural premonitions, inherited insanity, and an early example of the very Christie-ish imperative to read closely. All we're missing is an actor, but hey, there's always next time.By All About Agatha (Christie).
More great books at LoyalBooks.comBy Joseph Devlin.
A few episodes ago Adam challenged Emily to read J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye. She got to work and now is back to talk about her experience in a new episode of What Are We Reading? We chat about the reputation of this popular novel, Salinger’s place among the American moderns, and the striking thematic conversation between this story ...…
David and Cargill talk about why voiceover generally isn’t a good idea for horror films, and why your film or story doesn’t need to have revolutionary new ideas to share with the world to be great. See Cargill’s tweet that spawned this episode. Email us with your questions/thoughts at ind more episodes of this show ...…
We're finishing up our discussion myths this episode, starting with a bunch of Hoid stories, like Derethil and the Wandersail, Queen Tsa sleeps with the moon, and Fleet. Then we finish off with Parasaphi and Nadris, and briefly mention the Ten Fools and what's up with them.This week we have Eric (Chaos), Ian (WeiryWriter), Evgeni (Argent), and ...…
Straczynski may be best known as the creator of the Babylon 5 and Sense8 TV shows, but his amazing four-decade career also encompasses screenwriting—Changeling, Thor, and World War Z—writing for several D.C. and Marvel Comics’ series, and creating his own award-winning graphic works. Now in this stunning memoir he tells his own story—perhaps hi ...…
Today I’m chatting with Erin and Melody from the Heaving Bosoms Podcast and it is so much fun. There is so much laughing.Does the dog bark? Yes.Are they each other’s biggest fans? Absolutely.Is this delightful? Totally.Don’t miss the part where they reveal the secret ingredient to everything.TW/CW: at about 35 minutes in, there's a discussion o ...…
Intro - Metz asks Phil to explain a hip new trend with the kids these days. Content (9:10) - Discussion of Part 1 of Empires of Foliage and Flower, by Gene Wolfe.
More great books at LoyalBooks.comBy Joseph Devlin.
An update on Morgan’s leap of faith and work(s) in progress. Writers with day jobs and the world’s opinions of such. Barry takes on the preorder system. Also: Meet the sensational character find of 2019, the villainous…TweetStorm! Links: Preorder The Hive: Amazon | | Indiebound Morgan’s Agent: Kathleen Anderson (@KAndersonbird) / Twitter ...…
Brea and Mallory break down publishing and solve some review guilt problems! Use the hashtag #ReadingGlassesPodcast to participate in online discussion! Email us at readingglassespodcast at gmail dot com! Reading Glasses Merch Links - Reading Glasses Facebook Group Reading Glasses Goodreads Group Amazon Wish List Newsletter Books Mentioned - Th ...…
Today's episode features Julie Evelyn Joyce, author of the award-winning Steeped in Love. This book was selected as the Together We Read Canadian digital book club. Hear Adam and Julie chat about RomComs, Hallmark movies, and her undying love for Canada.
In Episode 10, they conclude that the experiment has been a success. Anne submits her first rough draft, Shawn blesses it, says it’s shaping up to be a fresh and original story in its own right, and gives an inspiring look into what’s next in the Story Grid Universe.By Shawn Coyne.
Robin is once again joined by guest co-host Bec Hill and their special guest this week is Wellcome Book Prize winner Will Eaves. They chat about Will's award winning novel Murmur plus Alan Turing, Montaigne, Andy Stanton and the role of mirrors in fiction... Support the podcast and everything at the CSN by pledging as little as a dollar a month ...…
Tara, Jeannette, and Meredith talk about Macmillan’s new ebook library lending model, what they love about our public libraries. Then they dive into Charlie Jane Anders’ The City in the Middle of the Night. The book left them disoriented, but in a good way? You’ll have to listen and find out why! Find us on Twitter, Litsy, Instagram, and Goodre ...…
This week on the Story Works Round Table, Alida, Robert, and Kathryn discuss those tics we can't seem to avoid when we sit down at the writing desk. They're not all bad. Some actually help us get ourselves into a scene or feeling along with our characters. Key to knowing whether your writing tics are helpful or painful is identifying them and u ...…
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