11 episodes

”Reading is probably what leads most writers to writing.” Richard Ford, Author I’m a writing coach, workshop host, film and publishing marketer, and storyteller. With this podcast, I aim to get you past that figurative hurdle and back on your narrative path. In each episode, I’ll read selected story passages aloud and analyse these as a writer; inviting you to do the same with prompts and exercises to try for yourself at home. You might want to learn more about #creative writing, you might be writing your own story and need some inspiration, or you simply enjoy listening to stories being read aloud. Whatever the reason you’re here today, let’s get your story en route to completion. You can find me on social media @awriterslighthouse or through my website at awriterslighthouse.com.

The Reading Room Podcast with A Writer’s Lighthouse Xeni Soteriou

    • Arts

”Reading is probably what leads most writers to writing.” Richard Ford, Author I’m a writing coach, workshop host, film and publishing marketer, and storyteller. With this podcast, I aim to get you past that figurative hurdle and back on your narrative path. In each episode, I’ll read selected story passages aloud and analyse these as a writer; inviting you to do the same with prompts and exercises to try for yourself at home. You might want to learn more about #creative writing, you might be writing your own story and need some inspiration, or you simply enjoy listening to stories being read aloud. Whatever the reason you’re here today, let’s get your story en route to completion. You can find me on social media @awriterslighthouse or through my website at awriterslighthouse.com.

    How to share your message with the world: Lessons from Charles Dickens

    How to share your message with the world: Lessons from Charles Dickens

    In this episode, the last of Season 1, we celebrate the magic and message of A Christmas Carol, published on this day, December 19, 1843! We’ll explore how Charles Dickens harnessed the power of storytelling to deliver his message of generosity, kindness, and redemption through his 5-Stave novella and inspired others to act.
    First, I’ll read the chapter aloud before exploring key passages with a close reading. You’ll then be given an exercise to try at home.
    Did you enjoy the show? If you know a fellow writer who would find this helpful, leave a review or recommendation to help grow the podcast and expand our writing community. 
    Find everything from today’s episode, including the show notes and writing exercise, at awriterslighthouse.com/podcast and search by book title.
    You can also donate to the Food Cycle organisation at https://www.foodcycle.org.uk which aims to provide vulnerable people with meals and calls to keep in touch with those feeling lonely. 
    Join our Facebook community at https://www.facebook.com/groups/LighthouseReadingRoom 

    • 43 min
    How to Craft a Sense of Wonder: Lessons from Lewis Carroll

    How to Craft a Sense of Wonder: Lessons from Lewis Carroll

    In this episode, we explore the world of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and how the author created a timeless children’s story, adored, adapted, and accepted by millions of readers across the world. 
    First, I’ll read the chapter aloud before exploring key passages with a close reading. You’ll then be given an exercise to try at home.
    Did you enjoy the show? If you know a fellow writer who would find this helpful, leave a review or recommendation to help grow the podcast and expand our writing community. 
    Find everything from today’s episode, including the show notes and writing exercise, at awriterslighthouse.com/podcast and search by book title.
    Join our Facebook community at https://www.facebook.com/groups/LighthouseReadingRoom 
    You can also fuel the show’s creativity with a coffee at ko-fi.com/awriterslighthouse

    • 19 min
    How to craft Gothic Atmosphere: Lessons from C.J. Cooke

    How to craft Gothic Atmosphere: Lessons from C.J. Cooke

    In this episode, we explore C.J. Cooke’s The Lighthouse Witches and how the gothic atmosphere of this wonderfully immersive and compelling read has been created. 
    First, I’ll read the chapter aloud before exploring key passages with a close reading. You’ll then be given an exercise to try at home.
    Did you enjoy the show? If you know a fellow writer who would find this helpful, leave a review or recommendation to help grow the podcast and expand our writing community. 
    Find everything from today’s episode, including the show notes and writing exercise, at awriterslighthouse.com/podcast and search by book title.
    Join our Facebook community at https://www.facebook.com/groups/LighthouseReadingRoom 
    You can also fuel the show’s creativity with a coffee at ko-fi.com/awriterslighthouse

    • 13 min
    How to craft Multiple Characters: Lessons from Leigh Bardugo

    How to craft Multiple Characters: Lessons from Leigh Bardugo

    In this episode, we look at the opening two chapters of Six of Crows’ by Leigh Bardugo to explore how she interweaves the multiple character storylines of her six protagonists. First, I’ll read the chapters aloud before exploring key passages with a close reading. You’ll then be given an exercise to try at home.
    Did you enjoy the show? If you know a fellow writer who would find this helpful, leave a review or recommendation to help grow the podcast and expand our writing community. 
    Find everything from today’s episode, including the show notes and writing exercise, at awriterslighthouse.com/podcast and search by book title.
    Join our Facebook community at https://www.facebook.com/groups/LighthouseReadingRoom 
    You can also fuel the show’s creativity with a coffee at ko-fi.com/awriterslighthouse

    • 46 min
    How to build Fantasy Worlds: Lessons from Samantha Shannon

    How to build Fantasy Worlds: Lessons from Samantha Shannon

    How to build Fantasy Worlds: Lessons from Samantha Shannon 
    In this episode, we look at the opening chapter of The Priory of the Orange Tree, by Samantha Shannon and how this sets the scene for the world she has created. First, I’ll read the chapter aloud before exploring key passages with a close reading. You’ll then be given an exercise to try at home.
    Did you enjoy the show? If you know a fellow writer who would find this helpful, leave a review or recommendation to help grow the podcast and expand our writing community. 
    Find everything from today’s episode, including the show notes and writing exercise, at awriterslighthouse.com/podcast and search by book title.
    Join our Facebook community at https://www.facebook.com/groups/LighthouseReadingRoom 
    You can also fuel the show’s creativity with a coffee at ko-fi.com/awriterslighthouse

    • 23 min
    How to absorb your readers into the story: Lessons from Erin Morgenstern

    How to absorb your readers into the story: Lessons from Erin Morgenstern

    Disclaimer: This episode contains one use of explicit language during the passage read aloud from Chapter 1 of The Night Circus.

    In this episode, we look at the opening chapter of The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern. First, I’ll read the chapter aloud before exploring key passages with a close reading. We’ll look at the literary devices used to create and deliver wonder and intrigue, and explore the use of the Second Person perspective. You’ll then be given an exercise to try at home.
    Did you enjoy the show? If you know a fellow writer who would find this helpful, leave a review or recommendation to help grow the podcast and expand our writing community. 
    Find everything from today’s episode, including the show notes and writing exercise, at awriterslighthouse.com/podcast and search by book title.
    Join our Facebook community at facebook.com/groups/LighthouseReadingRoom 
    You can also fuel the show’s creativity with a coffee at ko-fi.com/awriterslighthouse

    • 19 min

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