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A podcast dedicated to guiding and inspiring Christian storytellers to glorify God with excellent craftsmanship. Tune in every third Monday of the month as podcast host Grace Livingston and various members of the Story Embers staff discuss topics from all areas of storycraft. Whether it’s writing habits, character development, complex themes, or plot gimmicks, we’ll be tackling all that and more from a Christian perspective on the Story Embers podcast!

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    • 4.9 • 29 Ratings

A podcast dedicated to guiding and inspiring Christian storytellers to glorify God with excellent craftsmanship. Tune in every third Monday of the month as podcast host Grace Livingston and various members of the Story Embers staff discuss topics from all areas of storycraft. Whether it’s writing habits, character development, complex themes, or plot gimmicks, we’ll be tackling all that and more from a Christian perspective on the Story Embers podcast!

    How to Subtly and Effectively Speak Truth in Fiction

    How to Subtly and Effectively Speak Truth in Fiction

    The fourth resolution of our manifesto states, "We resolve to infuse our storytelling with truth, being bold and unafraid of our stance while presenting it with love and tact, recognizing that truth in storytelling is best communicated when shown, not told." Telling the truth in love is a common mantra in Christian circles. But how do you apply it to fiction, and what does it look like in practice? Josiah, Daeus, Rose, and Martin tackle these questions and more in today’s episode.

    What topics would you like to hear discussed on the podcast? Let us know at info@storyembers.org! 
    Show notes:
    - Read the Christian Storytellers Manifesto! (https://storyembers.org/manifesto/)
    - Download our FREE Tricky Subjects for Christian Storytellers article series! (https://storyembers.org/resource-library/)
    - Comment on this episode on our blog! (https://storyembers.org/how-to-subtly-and-effectively-speak-truth-in-fiction/)
    - Become a supporter and get access to exclusive Story Embers updates, swag, and more! (https://www.patreon.com/storyembers)

    Music credits:
    Legendary - Purple Planet Music (https://www.purple-planet.com/) 
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/storyembers)

    • 30 min
    Children’s Fiction

    Children’s Fiction

    In today’s episode, Josiah joins staff members Mariposa and Lori as they take an in-depth look at kidlit. They discuss what makes the genre unique, how the age of your audience affects the writing process, and the lessons authors of any genre can learn from children’s stories.
    What topics would you like to hear discussed on the podcast? Let us know at info@storyembers.org!
    Show notes:
    - Access our FREE Cultivating a Mindset for Success e-course! (https://storyembers.org/academy/)
    - Meet Lori and Mariposa on our staff page! (https://storyembers.org/meet-the-team/)
    - Comment on this episode on our blog! (https://storyembers.org/se-podcast-44-childrens-fiction/)
    - Become a supporter and get access to exclusive Story Embers updates, swag, and more! (https://www.patreon.com/storyembers)

    Music credits:
    Legendary - Purple Planet Music (https://www.purple-planet.com/) 
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/storyembers)

    • 29 min
    Portraying Doubting or "Deconstructing" Christians in Stories

    Portraying Doubting or "Deconstructing" Christians in Stories

    "Deconstruction" has become a popular term online over the past year to describe those who are rejecting some Christian beliefs and seeking new answers. While "deconstructing" may be a new term, there have always been people who doubt what they believe, and in today’s episode, Josiah DeGraaf, Daeus Lamb, Rose Sheffler, and Martin Detwiler discuss the importance of portraying doubting or “deconstructing” Christians in fiction.
    Is it important to portray doubting believers in your stories? What are common triggers for doubts in real life that authors should be aware of? What are common mistakes that Christian writers can make when writing these characters? They tackle these questions and more in this episode.
    What topics would you like to hear discussed on the podcast? Let us know at info@storyembers.org!
    Show notes:
    - Learn more about The School of Kingdom Writers and join the movement! (https://sokw.org/)
    - Our article series on The Promise of Jesse Woods by Chris Fabry! (https://storyembers.org/how-to-write-stories-that-christian-readers-actually-need/)
    - Our podcast interview with Chris Fabry on writing The Promise of Jesse Woods! (https://www.buzzsprout.com/163137/3941270-interview-with-chris-fabry-about-the-promise-of-jesse-woods)
    - Meet Rose and Martin on our staff page! (https://storyembers.org/meet-the-team/)
    - Comment on this episode on our blog! (https://storyembers.org/se-podcast-43-portraying-doubting-or-deconstructing-christians-in-stories/)
    - Become a supporter and get access to exclusive Story Embers updates, swag, and more! (https://www.patreon.com/storyembers)

    Music credits:
    Legendary - Purple Planet Music (https://www.purple-planet.com/) 
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/storyembers)

    • 37 min
    Crafting Unique Villains

    Crafting Unique Villains

    In today’s episode, Josiah, Hope, and Gabby discuss how writers can create unique and interesting villains. They share their favorite examples of memorable villains, warn against common pitfalls writers encounter when crafting attention-grabbing villains, and debate whether or not a villain can be too unique. 
    What topics would you like to hear discussed on the podcast? Let us know at info@storyembers.org!
    Show notes:
    - Learn more about The School of Kingdom Writers and join the movement! (https://sokw.org/)
    - Read Gabrielle's article "Why Realistic Motives Alone Don't Create Believable Villains"! (https://storyembers.org/why-realistic-motives-alone-dont-create-believable-villains/)
    - Comment on this episode on our blog! (https://storyembers.org/se-podcast-42-crafting-unique-villains/)
    - Become a supporter and get access to exclusive Story Embers updates, swag, and more! (https://www.patreon.com/storyembers)

    Music credits:
    Legendary - Purple Planet Music (https://www.purple-planet.com/) 
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/storyembers)

    • 19 min
    What The Chosen Gets Right about Christian Storytelling

    What The Chosen Gets Right about Christian Storytelling

    Last summer, several Story Embers staff members watched the first season of The Chosen together. In this episode, Josiah, Rolena, and Daeus discuss what they loved about the series and the techniques Christian storytellers can draw from it. What made the show’s characters so memorable and its thematic moments so poignant? What can authors learn from The Chosen about portraying representations of Christ in their stories? They tackle these questions and more in today's episode.

    Show notes:
    - Learn more about The School of Kingdom Writers and join the movement! (https://sokw.org/)
    - Watch The Chosen! (https://watch.angelstudios.com/thechosen)
    - Comment on this episode on our blog! (https://storyembers.org/se-41-what-the-chosen-gets-right-about-christian-storytelling/)
    - Become a supporter and get access to exclusive Story Embers updates, swag, and more! (https://www.patreon.com/storyembers)

    Music credits:
    Legendary - Purple Planet Music (https://www.purple-planet.com/) 


    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/storyembers)

    • 31 min
    The Power of Point of View

    The Power of Point of View

    In today’s episode, Josiah, Hope, and Gabby tackle the strengths and weaknesses of different POVs and explore how a character’s perspective impacts readers’ relationship with the story. They share their personal preferences and give tips on how to choose the right POV character for your story.

    What topics would you like to hear discussed on the podcast? Let us know at info@storyembers.org!
    Show notes:
    - Learn more about The School of Kingdom Writers and join the movement! (https://sokw.org/)
    - Comment on this episode on our blog: (https://storyembers.org/se-podcast-40-the-power-of-point-of-view/)
    - Become a supporter and get access to exclusive Story Embers updates, swag, and more! (https://www.patreon.com/storyembers)

    Music credits:
    Legendary - Purple Planet Music (https://www.purple-planet.com/) 
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/storyembers)

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

Cerra C. ,

Awesome Podcast!

Story Embers does such an excellent job at encouraging habits, sharing techniques, and presenting information. I’ve learned so much from this podcast, and I can’t wait to continue listening!

Soundeditor24 ,

AWESOME PODCAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*Saving all episodes for re-listening later*

I love this podcast so much!!! It is super helpful and thought provoking, thank you guys so much for putting this out!!

P.S. Make Brandon write the Penguin book.

OblongSight ,

Sooo Good!! Listen now!!

As a new author in the Christian fiction genre, I cannot recommend this podcast highly enough! It elevates both solid craft and being consistent with Christian themes and a desire to glorify God through writing. Highly recommend!

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