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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October 16, 2020 39 min

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.

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[0:00] Intro

[1:15] Interviews on adding tension to fiction

[2:10] Kate Inglis on showing characters

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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 sisters are alon...

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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 ideas, dr...

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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 warning: Vi...

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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 Austen. A...

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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 CabinTale...

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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 having ...

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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 favourite villains a...

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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.

 

[1:50] Trigger warning: To...

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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. This is...

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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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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 with so...

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