100 episodes

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 episodes are available in video as well. Visit www.StoryWorksPodcast.com for videos, show notes, and more.

Story Works Round Table | Conversations About Craft | Before You Can Be a Successful Author, You Have to Write a Great Stor‪y‬ Alida Winternheimer

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    • 4.3 • 10 Ratings

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 episodes are available in video as well. Visit www.StoryWorksPodcast.com for videos, show notes, and more.

    Single Character Scenes

    Single Character Scenes

    This week on the Story Works Round Table, Alida, Kathryn, & Robert discuss single-character scenes & stories. There are challenges to having a single character on the stage of the page, some obvious some not. So why would you want a single-character scene? When your story calls for one, how can you ensure the movement continues to draw a reader forward? What are the roles of setting, subtext, & metaphor? Need a writing prompt? We got one!

    Show notes & more at http://storyworkspodcast.com

    • 23 min
    Ensemble Cast Fiction

    Ensemble Cast Fiction

    This week on the Story Works Round Table, Alida, Kathryn, & Robert delve into ensemble cast fiction. Does a team of protagonists require a team of POV characters? Do you truly need a single hero at the top of your character pyramid? What are the pros and cons of writing an ensemble? And…has Robert written himself into a corner by having an ensemble cast with a single POV protagonist?

    Show notes & more at http://storyworkspodcast.com

    Check out our sister podcast, Story Works Reading Series, too!

    • 29 min
    Stuck by Laura James

    Stuck by Laura James

    On today's Story Works Reading Series, Laura James reads "Stuck." When an ex-pat drifts aggressively through Paris, in search of love and belonging, is she is running away from or toward something? With wry humor, the city comes to life as Leah navigates public transit, a classic Parisian building, and her own inner world.

    Laura and I sit down to chat about "Stuck," its inspiration in real life, writing during total lockdown, and much more!

    www.storyworkspodcast.com

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Action Scenes!

    Action Scenes!

    This week on the Story Works Round Table, Alida and Robert talk all things action. What are action scenes and what you need to do to make your reader sit up and pay attention! We cover everything from choreographing your fight to multiple team action scenes, from slowing down the action to avoiding repetition, from enacting the action yourself to making the reader sweat with anticipation.

    Formerly aired as episode 31.

    Shownotes at www.storyworkspodcast.com 

    • 31 min
    Ghosting Your Protagonist

    Ghosting Your Protagonist

    This week on the Story Works Round Table, Alida, Kathryn, & Robert dissect an author’s POV & narrative choices. We take a close look at In an Instant by Suzanne Redfearn, in which the protagonist is killed. What happens to the POV? The plot? How is agency affected when your POV is incorporeal? Although we’re discussing a specific work, there is much to take away about the challenges and rewards of crafting a distinct, even experimental, narrative. 

    Show notes & more at http://storyworkspodcast.com

    • 32 min
    Black Bart by S.A. Wolter

    Black Bart by S.A. Wolter

    This week on Story Works Reading Series, S.A. Wolter reads “Black Bart.” This cowboy’s tale is a tribute to the last of a generation and true piece of Americana.

    Alida Winternheimer chats with Susan Wolter about inspiration, her childhood on a ranch, writing through the challenges of a single-character narrative, using flashback without reducing forward momentum, a truly surprising, yet inevitable, ending, and more. 

    Submit your short story or personal essay at http://storyworkspodcast.com/subm

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Quilter_reader ,

Great podcast

I love the format of the podcast as a round table discussion. The group has a great dynamic and are knowledgeable. My only complaint is that for some episodes you can hear a saliva sound from one of the women that I simply can't abide. I don't know if that can be corrected by a foam cover for the mic or drinking water or something else. Keep up the good work but please fix that sound.

victoriasquare ,

Well done

Great podcast and love the differing opinions. The episode today about grants was excellent. Very professional.

NodNonNoh ,

Painfully abrasive

This is maybe the most painfully abrasive podcast I’ve experienced. It’s called a round table, but there’s definitely someone at the head of the table and she would benefit from some studying some Groundlings improv “yes, and” philosophy. With her, it’s all, “No. You’re wrong.” The other people at the table don’t stand a chance. I don’t know why anyone would choose to be on this podcast with her. She should just do it on her own, so she can voice her opinion as gospel without having to steamroll over people actually trying to have a conversation about story and craft.

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