Cabin Tales: Spooky Stories for Young Writers

Cabin Tales: Spooky Stories for Young Writers

A podcast about creative writing, with original stories and prompts, excerpts from classic and contemporary fiction, creative writing commentary and exercises, and interviews with some of Canada's finest authors for children and young adults.... Show More

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July 31, 2020 56 sec

A 1-minute trailer for the upcoming podcast, Cabin Tales: Spooky Stories for Young Writers. Launching next week, Friday, August 7th, 2020. 

 

Trailer Transcript:

"Listen to Cabin Tales: Spooky Stories for Young Writers, a podcast where every episode focuses on one aspect of creative writing. Featuring original stories told around a fictional campfire, plus creative writing commentary, excerpts from classics, and interviews...

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A 40-minute episode for young writers interested in developing a strong setting. With an original spooky story, "The Sacrifice"; setting examples from Beowulf, The Scorpio Races, and The Incredible Journey; interviews with Tim Wynne-Jones, Lori Weber, and Caroline Pignat; and a story prompt set in a creepy basement.

PG-13. A "fright-free" version for younger listeners is available at CabinTales.ca

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Interviews with 5 Canadian authors for children and teens about their favourite fictional settings, feared real-life settings, and exercises they recommend to young writers who want to develop effective fictional settings. Hosted by Catherine Austen, with a story prompt at the end. 40 minutes. All ages. 

Visit CabinTales.ca for a full transcript of this episode.

[1:10] Welcome to Cabin Tales: Spooky Stories for Young Writers. Thi...

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A 50-minute episode about creating fictional characters. With an original spooky story, "The Spot;" commentary on excerpts from Dracula, The Bad Beginning, and The Universe versus Alex Woods; interviews with Canadian authors Karen Krossing, Monique Polak, and Tim Wynne-Jones; and a final story prompt to help you write your own tale. 

 

A full transcript of this episode is available at CabinTales.ca.

 

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A “talking tales” episode about developing fictional characters, featuring interviews with five guest authors for children and young adults: Caroline Pignat; Jan Coates; Lori Weber; Rachel Eugster; and Amanda West Lewis. Hosted by Catherine Austen. 46 minutes. All ages.

 

The full transcript of this episode and more information on the podcast is available at CabinTales.ca.

 

[0:00] Introduction

 

[1:15] Interviews on favourit...

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September 4, 2020 20 min

An introductory tour of the podcast, about the origin of the Cabin Tales stories, creative writing themes on fall episodes, upcoming guest authors; and a submission call for the Halloween Special Episode. 20 minutes. All ages.

 

A full transcript of this episode is available at CabinTales.ca.

[1:15] What is Cabin Tales?

Cabin Tales is a podcast with an unusual format—a mix of fiction, education, and interviews. It’s really like...

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A 50-minute episode that answers the question, “Where do you get your ideas?” With guest authors Philippa Dowding, Amelinda Berube, and Kari-Lynn Winters. Featuring an original spooky story about an insatiable animal; excerpts from All Quiet on the Western Front, The One and Only Ivan, and The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom; and creative writing exercises and prompts.

 

A full transcript of this episode is available at Cabin...

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A “talking tales” episode in which guest authors Cary Fagan, Wendy McLeod MacKnight, Raquel Rivera, Ishta Mercurio, and Robin Stevenson answer the question, “Where do you get your ideas?” 40 minutes. All ages.

 

A full transcript of this episode is available at CabinTales.ca.

 

[0:00] Introduction

Welcome to Cabin Tales: Spooky Stories for Young Writers. This is Episode 3.5: “Author Interviews about Inspiration.” I’m Catherine...

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September 25, 2020 45 min

An episode about plotting stories, with guest authors Robin Stevenson, Wendy McLeod MacKnight, and Amelinda Bérubé. Featuring an original story, “The Critter Cam.” With excerpts from Harold and the Purple Crayon; “The Band-Aid;” and Holes. 45 minutes. PG-13. (A “fright-free” version is available at CabinTales.ca.)

 

A full transcript of this episode is available at CabinTales.ca.

 

[0:00] Intro and Story Intro

[1:35] Trigger w...

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Featuring guest authors Cary Fagan, Philippa Dowding, Raquel Rivera, Ishta Mercurio, and Kari-Lynn Winters, talking about plotting—how and when they plot, how they feel about tormenting characters with obstacles, and what they recommend to those who want to improve their own plotting.

A full transcript of this episode is available at https://CabinTales.ca.

 

[1:15] When to plot your story

Plotting happens while coming up with i...

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October 9, 2020 43 min

A "telling tales" episode about how to build tension in fiction, with stories, excerpts, and prompts. Featuring guest authors Lena Coakley, Sarah Raughley, and Don Cummer. 45 minutes. PG.

A full transcript of this episode and  "fright-free" version with the opening story removed are available at CabinTales.ca.

 

Show Notes

[0:00] Introduction:

[1:15] Story Intro: Today you’ll hear a story where a pair of sister...

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Interviews with Canadian children’s and YA authors on the subject of tension and how to make a reader turn the page. With guest authors Kate Inglis, Lisa Dalrymple, David McArthur, Jeff Szpirglas, and Marty Chan. Hosted by Catherine Austen. 40 minutes. All ages. 

A full transcript of this episode is available at CabinTales.ca.

Shownotes:

[0:00] Intro

[1:15] Interviews on adding tension to fiction

[2:10] Kate Inglis on showing ...

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Interviews with five Canadian illustrators about creating narratives in words and pictures. Featuring guest author-illustrators Peggy Collins, Katherine Battersby, Farida Zaman, Christine Tripp, and Chris Jones. All ages.

A full transcript of this episode is available at CabinTales.ca.

 

Show Notes:

[0:00] Intro

[2:15] Commentary on how picture books are made

 

Interviews about creating alone vs with another writer

[5:15] Ch...

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A special Halloween episode featuring 5 spooky stories written by students aged 11-17, including a terrifying musical awakening, a horrifying futuristic drug, a demonic yoga class, a pizza you don’t want to order, and a phone call you don’t want to answer. PG. Let the kids listen in.

A transcript of this episode is available at CabinTales.ca.

Show Notes

[0:00] Episode intro

[1:15] Story One Intro

Have you ever been babysitting...

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The Post-Halloween Special Episode, featuring four student stories about: a monster that demands sacrifice; a historic Halloween; teens in the deep woods; and a supernatural Air B&B. From young writers Aleina Wang, Olivia Beauchamp, Lexi-Jade McCowan, and Olivia Li. PG.

A transcript of this episode is available at CabinTales.ca.

 

Shownotes

[0:00] Intro

[1:15] Story One Intro

Have you ever needed to get away for a while, ...

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November 13, 2020 40 min

An episode about how to begin a story, with guest authors Karen Bass, Kate Inglis, and Chris Jones. Featuring an original story, great first lines from classic fiction, and suggested writing exercises. PG.

A full transcript is available at CabinTales.ca.

Show Notes

[0:00] Intro

[1:15] Story Intro

If a Labrador Retriever showed up on your porch barking, you’d think, “This dog is trying to tell me something.” You would never thin...

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A “talking tales” episode -- all interviews – about how to begin a story. With guest authors Frieda Wishinsky; Sarah Raughley; Don Cummer; David McArthur; and Wendy McLeod MacKnight, speaking about their favourite first lines, their advice to young writers on how to begin, and how they began to write professionally. 45 minutes. All ages.

A full transcript of this episode is available at CabinTales.ca.

Show Notes

[0:00] Intro

[1:...

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November 27, 2020 49 min

A “telling tales” format with guest authors Marty Chan, Jeff Szpirglas, and Frieda Wishinsky. Featuring an original story with an ambiguous ending; a famous twist from Ambrose Bierce; gorgeous last lines and satisfying summations; and a story prompt about a deus ex machina. PG. 50 minutes.

A full episode transcript and a Fright-free version (with the creepy story removed) is available at CabinTales.ca.

Show Notes

[1:15] Story Int...

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Keeping the focus on the subject of how to end your story, this episode features guest authors Lena Coakley, Karen Bass, Lisa Dalrymple, Ishta Mercurio, and Tim Wynne-Jones. 45 minutes. All ages.

A full transcript is available on CabinTales.ca.

Show Notes

[0:00] Introduction

 

[1:15] Commentary about endings

The ending is the part of the story with the greatest effect on how I feel about a book.

 

[3:45] Author Interviews ab...

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The final fall episode of Cabin Tales is about the final stage of creative writing: revision. You’ll hear 26 Canadian authors talk about their revision process, and their recommendations to young writers who want to improve their first draft. 45 minutes all ages.

A transcript of this episode is available at CabinTales.ca.

Show Notes

[0:00] Intro

[1:30] Commentary on Revision

If you don’t want other people to read your work, you...

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