38 episodes

Podcast by Matt Bird and James Kennedy

Secrets of Story Podcast Matt Bird and James Kennedy

    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 39 Ratings

Podcast by Matt Bird and James Kennedy

    Episode 38: AI

    Episode 38: AI

    Can a computer do our jobs? Matt puts it to the test and James scoffs, as is his wont.

    • 57 min
    Episode 37: Craft in the Real World

    Episode 37: Craft in the Real World

    The long-awaited return! James and Matt reunite to discuss Matthew Salesses' book Craft in the Real World. Matt is worried about offending anyone and James is less so!

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Episode 36: Save the Cat with Sophie Beal and Gary Dalkin

    Episode 36: Save the Cat with Sophie Beal and Gary Dalkin

    Special guests Sophie Beal and Gary Dalkin join us to debate the merits of the most infamous writing guide of all, Blake Snyder's Save the Cat

    • 55 min
    Episode 35: Co-Authoring and Transgression with Keir Graff and Linda Joffe Hull

    Episode 35: Co-Authoring and Transgression with Keir Graff and Linda Joffe Hull

    A whopping two guests join us to discuss the feat of co-authoring three thrillers as "Linda Keir", including "The Swing of Things", which leads to a discussion of whether or not transgression need always be punished in American literature.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Episode 34: Building Character Voice

    Episode 34: Building Character Voice

    James and Matt discuss Metaphor Families, Default Personality Traits, and Default Argument Tactics. James quotes great wisdom forgetting that he's quoting Matt, and Matt heaps praise on James's new book-- It's a kumbaya love fest!

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Episode 33: Niceness, Apologies and PTSD

    Episode 33: Niceness, Apologies and PTSD

    James checks in on a prediction he made years ago (in Episode 4) that stories would start getting nicer. As it turns out, Ted Lasso proved him right!

    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Spark Lover One ,

My Favorite Writing Podcast

I'm a big fan of Matt Bird's book. In fact, it's my favorite book for writing advice, so that's why I started following the blog and podcast. Listening is like sitting in on an intense conversation on the craft punctuated by humor, with Author James Kennedy offering the perfect counterpoint as co-host.

Keubachard ,

Great Podcast!

Useful insights from talented teachers arguing the art of storytelling. I didn’t think there could be tension and conflict in a podcast about craft, but Matt and James are able to pull it off with minimal expletives. Thanks

jalunnnnn ,

So so

I have been greatly enjoying reading Matt Bird’s book the secret of story and I am enthralled with his guidance. But this podcast is a bit of a mess of debating over terms and concepts that could have been thought through before the discussion. I find myself trying to give the podcast speakers corrections and guidance about how to communicate.

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