26 episodes

Fiction writers from the Naples Writers' Workshop read successful stories and ask "Why Is This Good?" We discuss how fiction works, the craft of writing, literary art, and what we can learn from examples of excellent writing. Join us twice each month for our workshop podcast.

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Fiction writers from the Naples Writers' Workshop read successful stories and ask "Why Is This Good?" We discuss how fiction works, the craft of writing, literary art, and what we can learn from examples of excellent writing. Join us twice each month for our workshop podcast.

    026: “Sweet on the Tongue” by Roxane Gay

    026: “Sweet on the Tongue” by Roxane Gay

    In this episode we discuss “Sweet on the Tongue” by Roxane Gay.  What can we learn about characterization from subtly drawn characters?  How do relationships help develop character?  What can we learn about structure from a non-linear story?

    • 27 min
    025: “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream” by Harlan Ellison

    025: “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream” by Harlan Ellison

    In this episode, we discuss “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream” by Harlan Ellison.  What can we learn from a story that depicts some of the most horrible things we might imagine?  How can we quickly set up a story’s situation?  How do we distinguish a situation from a story?  How can we […]

    • 20 min
    024: “To the Measures Fall” by Richard Powers

    024: “To the Measures Fall” by Richard Powers

    In this episode, we discuss “To the Measures Fall” by Richard Powers.  What can we learn from a story written in a “Choose Your Own Adventure” style?  What can we learn about character from a story whose main character is “You”?  How can a narrative be driven by the way a character continues to find […]

    • 22 min
    023: “There Will Come Soft Rains” by Ray Bradbury

    023: “There Will Come Soft Rains” by Ray Bradbury

    In this episode, we discuss “There Will Come Soft Rains” by Ray Bradbury.  What can we learn from a story with no apparent characters?  How can we establish a POV without characters?  How does language introduce hidden personifications? How can we use these hidden metaphors to pump up our prose? Alternate version: “August 2026: There […]

    • 19 min
    022: “Black-Eyed Women” by Viet Thanh Nguyen

    022: “Black-Eyed Women” by Viet Thanh Nguyen

    In this episode, we discuss “Black-Eyed Women” by Viet Thanh Nguyen. What can we learn from a story that features a ghost? What function can a ghost serve in a narrative? How can a strong central metaphor inform the shape and details of a story? How do our cultural conventions inform the metaphors of our […]

    • 25 min
    021: “Goodbye and Good Luck” by Grace Paley

    021: “Goodbye and Good Luck” by Grace Paley

    In this episode, we discuss “Goodbye and Good Luck” by Grace Paley.  How can a strong character voice drive a story even without a complex plot?  Can a character sketch or portrait of an attitude be a complete and fulfilling story?  How can we inform the first person narration by considering the occasion of the […]

    • 22 min

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