28 episodes

Build creative confidence and grow your writing world with Dr Rachel Knightley and Emily Inkpen. Every episode, we’ll discuss key writing topics while exploring the goals, exercises, tools and techniques to discover what you really want from your writing — and what your writing really needs from you.

The Writers’ Gym Podcast Alternative Stories

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

Build creative confidence and grow your writing world with Dr Rachel Knightley and Emily Inkpen. Every episode, we’ll discuss key writing topics while exploring the goals, exercises, tools and techniques to discover what you really want from your writing — and what your writing really needs from you.

    Rhianna Pratchett at the Writers' Gym

    Rhianna Pratchett at the Writers' Gym

    In this special episode of the podcast Rachel and Emily are in conversation with multi-disciplined writer Rhianna Pratchett about her work in video games, comics, TV, radio and books.  
     
    To find out more about Rhianna and her work please visit her website at https://rhiannapratchett.com/
    and you can follow her on X here  https://x.com/rhipratchett
     
    Join the Writers’ Gym and book your next writing workout at https://www.rachelknightley.com/the-writers-gym/
    The Writers Gym Podcast is an Alternative Stories production for The Writers' Gym.  
    Find out more about The Writers' Gym and Rachel Knightley by going to https://www.rachelknightley.com/
    Find out more about Emily Inkpen and her work by going to https://www.emilyinkpen.com/
    And learn more about Chris Gregory and Alternative Stories here https://alternativestories.com/
     
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    Subscribe to The Writers’ Gym in your favourite podcast app to be notified of all new episodes as they are released.  
    Contact us by email at thewritersgym@rachelknightley.com
     
    This is the final episode of our second season.  We'd like to thank everyone who has listened, rated and reviewed the show.   We'll be back in the autumn for a new series but until then, enjoy your summer and your writing.   

    • 59 min
    Chronological Versus Fractured Narratives

    Chronological Versus Fractured Narratives

    In this episode Dr Rachel Knightley and Emily Inkpen look at the ways in which writers use time in their storytelling.  From linear narratives following a traditional chronology to fractured, repeating and circular narratives we compare them and look at the advantages of playing around with time in your work. 
     
    Join the Writers’ Gym and book your next writing workout at https://www.rachelknightley.com/the-writers-gym/
    The Writers Gym Podcast is an Alternative Stories production for The Writers' Gym.  
    Find out more about The Writers' Gym and Rachel Knightley by going to https://www.rachelknightley.com/
    Find out more about Emily Inkpen and her work by going to https://www.emilyinkpen.com/
    And learn more about Chris Gregory and Alternative Stories here https://alternativestories.com/
     
    Follow the Writers’ Gym and contact us on Social Media 
    https://x.com/TheWritersGymRK
    https://www.instagram.com/jointhewritersgym/
    https://www.facebook.com/JoinTheWritersGym/

    Subscribe to The Writers’ Gym in your favourite podcast app to be notified of all new episodes as they are released.  
     
    Contact us by email at thewritersgym@rachelknightley.com
     
    Join us next week for the final episode of season 2 in which we'll be joined by a very special guest. 

    • 42 min
    Foreshadowing

    Foreshadowing

    Dropping hints about events to come in your stories can raise tension and add depth and interest to your work.  In this episode we look at the art and technique of foreshadowing and ask why should writers consider it an important tool in their skillset. 
    Join the Writers’ Gym and book your next writing workout at https://www.rachelknightley.com/the-writers-gym/
    The Writers Gym Podcast is an Alternative Stories production for The Writers' Gym.  
    Find out more about The Writers' Gym and Rachel Knightley by going to https://www.rachelknightley.com/
    Find out more about Emily Inkpen and her work by going to https://www.emilyinkpen.com/
    And learn more about Chris Gregory and Alternative Stories here https://alternativestories.com/
     
    Follow the Writers’ Gym and contact us on Social Media 
    https://x.com/TheWritersGymRK
    https://www.instagram.com/jointhewritersgym/
    https://www.facebook.com/JoinTheWritersGym/

    Subscribe to The Writers’ Gym in your favourite podcast app to be notified of all new episodes as they are released.  
    Contact us by email at thewritersgym@rachelknightley.com

    • 38 min
    Short Fiction

    Short Fiction

    In this week's episode we'll look at short fiction and the skills and techniques you'll need to master concise storytelling.  We discuss the pros and cons of writing short fiction and some of the drawbacks and limitations of the form.  As usual we end with a writing challenge from Rachel. 
     
    Join the Writers’ Gym and book your next writing workout at https://www.rachelknightley.com/the-writers-gym/
    The Writers Gym Podcast is an Alternative Stories production for The Writers' Gym.  
    Find out more about The Writers' Gym and Rachel Knightley by going to https://www.rachelknightley.com/
    Find out more about Emily Inkpen and her work by going to https://www.emilyinkpen.com/
    And learn more about Chris Gregory and Alternative Stories here https://alternativestories.com/
     
    Follow the Writers’ Gym and contact us on Social Media 
    https://x.com/TheWritersGymRK
    https://www.instagram.com/jointhewritersgym/
    https://www.facebook.com/JoinTheWritersGym/

    Subscribe to The Writers’ Gym in your favourite podcast app to be notified of all new episodes as they are released.  
    Contact us by email at thewritersgym@rachelknightley.com

    • 44 min
    Relationships in Fiction

    Relationships in Fiction

    In this episode we talk about relationships in your fiction and how they can mould and shape your stories and the arcs of your characters. We explore the ways in which characters interact and consider sources of conflict and interest in these interactions.  From dysfunctional families to romantic attachments via warring parties and long-held feuds we hope to provide you with some ideas and  inspiration for writing your own fictional relationships.
     
    Join the Writers’ Gym and book your next writing workout at https://www.rachelknightley.com/the-writers-gym/
     
    The Writers Gym Podcast is an Alternative Stories production for The Writers' Gym.  
    Find out more about The Writers' Gym and Rachel Knightley by going to https://www.rachelknightley.com/
    Find out more about Emily Inkpen and her work by going to https://www.emilyinkpen.com/
    And learn more about Chris Gregory and Alternative Stories here https://alternativestories.com/
     
    Follow the Writers’ Gym and contact us on Social Media 
    https://x.com/TheWritersGymRK
    https://www.instagram.com/jointhewritersgym/
    https://www.facebook.com/JoinTheWritersGym/
    Subscribe to The Writers’ Gym in your favourite podcast app to be notified of all new episodes as they are released.  
    Contact us by email at thewritersgym@rachelknightley.com

    Join us next week for a discussion about short fiction.  

    • 45 min
    Making Time to Write

    Making Time to Write

    In this episode we look at the challenges of making time for your writing and how best to use time when you have it.  As usual we have tips advice and experience from Dr Rachel Knightley and Emily Inkpen and a writing challenge from Rachel.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

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4 Ratings

4 Ratings

Vanessa Thompsett ,

Brilliant!

I’ve really enjoyed this series of the Writers’ Gym podcast! It’s always lovely to tune in and listen to useful writing tips, but I really appreciate the clear camaraderie and sense of fun between the hosts. I look forward to the next series.

Bella Barbieri ,

Perfect podcast for writers!

I love listening to this podcast - it’s fun, informative and answers the questions every writer wants the answers to! Listening to Rachel and Emily discussing these writing topics is so helpful and inspiring- I would recommend to everyone!

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