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 with Alida Winternheimer | Conversations About Craft Alida Winternheimer

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    • 4.1 • 13 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.

    SWRT 273 | Writing Good Sex Scenes

    SWRT 273 | Writing Good Sex Scenes

    This week on the Story Works Round Table, Alida and Kathryn mention unmentionables. We have a clean conversation about the craft of writing our characters' intimate moments. How much should go on the page? What guidelines can help us decide when to show more or less of the skin in the game? What are the qualities of a good sex scene and how do we know we got it right?
    Creative writing workshops at www.StoryWorksFiction.com. 
    Show notes, links, & more at www.StoryWorksPodcast.com.

    • 23 min
    SWWT | Supporting Characters' Relationships

    SWWT | Supporting Characters' Relationships

    This week's Story Works Writing Tip is all about supporting characters' relationships. Use them to give a boost to your protagonist's arc!
    If you enjoyed this craft tip, please give it a thumbs up, share, and say hello. I love hearing from you!
    Creative writing workshops at www.StoryWorksFiction.com. 

    • 3 min
    SWRT 272 | Chapter End-hooks

    SWRT 272 | Chapter End-hooks

    This week, Alida and Kathryn talk about ending chapters so that readers can't wait to "jump the gap" and get on with the next one. What kind of end-hooks work and how? Do we instinctively know where to place our chapter breaks? Is there a formula to follow? Or maybe the story guides us? When not to use an epigraph before your chapters, and more!
    Creative writing workshops at www.StoryWorksFiction.com. 
    Show notes, links, & more at www.StoryWorksPodcast.com.

    • 31 min
    SWRT Holiday Message & Gift

    SWRT Holiday Message & Gift

    We have a special gift for you this holiday season!
    We’ll be spending extra time with our families this holiday season, but will be back with all new podcast episodes in January 2023. Please subscribe so you don’t miss a single one.
    Listen to this short message for your special gift.
    Happy Holidays and happy writing from Story Works Round Table!

    • 1 min
    SWRT 271 | Character Motivation

    SWRT 271 | Character Motivation

    This episode previously aired as 061.
     
    This week on the Story Works Round Table, Alida, Kathryn, & Robert character motivation. It’s crucial to every element of your story and you’ll do yourself a favor by having a handle on it in the prewriting stages. We talk about the protagonist, the reader, and you, the writer. Also, how motivation relates to flaws and conflicts, and how a series differs from a standalone.
    Show notes, links, & more at www.StoryWorksPodcast.com.
     

    • 25 min
    SWRT 270 | Backstory

    SWRT 270 | Backstory

    This week on the Story Works Round Table: conversations about craft, Kathryn and Alida discuss writing backstory. It’s been coming up for both of us lately, including in Alida's fiction coaching group. What is the one critical element to getting it right? How do you successfully transition your narrative into and out of backstory? Want a great example of a great author deftly handling backstory? We got one!
    Show notes and links at www.storyworkspodcast.com
    Writing Workshops at www.storyworksfiction.com
     

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 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.

Bwholeton ,

Love the roundtable

This is one of my favorite writing podcasts.

victoriasquare ,

Well done

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

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