16 episodes

A podcast where we learn by reading the works of smart authors.

The Writers' Apprentice Shane Preece

    • Arts

A podcast where we learn by reading the works of smart authors.

    Episode 16: Night & Historic Notes

    Episode 16: Night & Historic Notes

    Ambiguous endings, keeping your promises, and appendices.

    Our last episode.

    • 11 min
    Episode 15: Salvaging

    Episode 15: Salvaging

    Finding plot devices in surprising places. This week, we wonder how much research Atwood did around Stockholm Syndrome whilst writing Offred.

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    • 16 min
    Episode 14: Night

    Episode 14: Night

    We explore how Margaret Atwood created complicated motivations to show the cruelty of her dystopia - rather than using boring exposition.

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    • 11 min
    Episode 13: Jezebel’s

    Episode 13: Jezebel’s

    We edge into the world of non-fiction today, looking at the importance of getting your readers to trust your narrator - and the times when you want to tell them to not trust you.

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    • 12 min
    Episode 12: Night

    Episode 12: Night

    How should you go about making you characters relatable? Let’s take a look at how The Handmaid’s Tale does it.

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    • 10 min
    Episode 11: Soul Scrolls

    Episode 11: Soul Scrolls

    We consider if I’ve been setting my expectations in a direction in a way The Handmaid’s Tale never decided it would reach, and the impact that had on my reading.

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    • 10 min