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The Parable Arrows Podcast: Where hosts Josh and Femi wrestle with stories to seek deeper truths. By analyzing the stories of our culture and the Bible, they aim to teach and encourage Christians to use the media they consume as a tool for evangelism. Find their original short fiction and additional content at: https://www.parablearrows.com/
 
Student initiated, student led, our creative process focuses on building life skills through a passion for storytelling and the desire to communicate and be in relationship with each other. In our creative process, students lead students and professional writers, actors, directors, filmmakers and editors serve as mentors who share their skills and wisdom as needed with youth. As we work together and support each other individually as artists, quality content naturally emerges. Ultimately, ou ...
 
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James and Ashley Stay at Home

James McKenzie Watson and Ashley Kalagian Blunt

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James and Ashley are staying at home. Partly because there’s a pandemic, partly because they’re writers, and partly because of their health. Through discussions and interviews, they explore the big questions: how do books get written? How do people live with chronic illness? And just what ARE you reading? Hosted by James McKenzie Watson, winner of the 2021 Penguin Literary Prize, and Ashley Kalagian Blunt, author of 'How to Be Australian.'
 
There is more to writing than just writing. Good writing involves seduction, persuasion, logic, charm, wisdom, wit, humor, and so much more. It involves abstract (yet fundamental) things that are rarely discussed in writing books. This podcast will look at the interplay between writing and psychology, philosophy, and even spirituality.
 
Have you ever wished you had a group of friends you could chat with every few weeks about all things writing? Well, now you do. The & then write podcast is for writers who have a deep passion for their craft and process. Writers who are looking for a healthy dose of motivation and inspiration. And those wanting to connect with other writers. Welcome, you’ve found your tribe. Visit andthenwrite.com for more info about the podcast, and for instructions on how to join the podcast discussion group.
 
The Nine Dots Prize is a prize for creative thinking that tackles contemporary societal issues. The aim of the Prize is to promote, encourage and engage innovative thinking to address problems facing the modern world. We look for entries that are based on evidence and research but that are written creatively for a wide audience. These podcasts aim to help applicants think about key aspects of their work before submitting a response to the Prize.
 
The Think in Translation podcast is a literature podcast series featuring international authors, translators, publishers and booksellers, with the aim of making translated books accessible to all readers. Created by Vagabond Voices Publishing with the support of The Space and Creative Scotland. We post new episodes every second Thursday, starting 29 March. Twitter: @VagabondVoices Facebook: @vagabond.voices #ThinkInTranslation vagabondvoices.co.uk/think-in-translation
 
The Fantasy and sci-fi book club discussion podcast you have been missing. Literature discussion done right! We, The Shoutouts, from Lyket Entertainment, have a book club discussion on our favorite fantasy and sci-fi literature with select wine, beer, ale, and rum. We will often be reading Brandon Sanderson and the Cosmere, Brent Weeks, Stephen King, Robert Jordan, and many more. We like books, we like fantasy, we like sci-fi, we like craft drinks, and we love shenanigans! Join us, read with ...
 
It was the summer of 1917. Abelia Brody and Robert Bishop are two lonely people brought together by fate, in a time of war. Lilac Wine weaves their story through the lens of history. Join author Bruce Janu as he reads from his novel-in-progress, bringing his audience on a candid journey through the creative writing process. Become part of the process, offer suggestions and constructive criticism. Lilac Wine: The Podcast is a unique, crowd-edited novel in real-time. Join the discussion, make ...
 
AAWW Radio is the podcast of the Asian American Writers' Workshop, an NYC literary arts space at the intersection of migration, race, and social justice. Listen to AAWW Radio and you’ll hear selected audio from our current and past events, as well as occasional original episodes. We’ve hosted established writers like Claudia Rankine, Maxine Hong Kingston, Roxane Gay, Amitav Ghosh, Ocean Vuong, Solmaz Sharif, and Jenny Zhang. Our events are intimate and intellectual, quirky yet curated, and d ...
 
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Erick’s free book on Ghostwriting: https://dl.bookfunnel.com/cexki4kp5n I wanted to announce that my friend, colleague, and mentor, J Thorn, just launched his new book, Writing Scenes.​ I'm especially excited about this because I contributed to the making of this book in several ways, and I feel quite proud of all I did. One of the example scenes i…
 
'If he wants to follow me, I can't stop him.' After a random encounter with poet and author Ellis Gunn at an auction, a stranger decides to stalk her. Years later, she sits down to write about the experience – and realises it's connected to a lifetime of gendered abuse, including surviving both sexual assault and domestic violence. In this wide-ran…
 
Resources: How to Book Challenge Valerie’s Services: https://valerieihsan.com Valerie’s Author Site: https://valerieihsanauthor.com Valerie’s Facebook Page and Instagram account Erick’s Services: https://erickmertzwriting.com Erick’s Author Site: https://erickmertzauthor.com Erick’s Facebook Page and Instagram account Writer Craft Facebook Group Pa…
 
Encanto took the world by storm with its catchy soundtrack and lovable characters. Underneath its approachable exterior, Encanto addresses important issues like social pressure and exclusion when we don't measure up. In this episode, Femi and Josh discuss the film's themes of family, expectations, and generational healing. Supporting Scripture: Gen…
 
Resources: How to Book Challenge Books We Talked About: Thinking in Pictures by John Sayles Story by Robert McKee Valerie’s Services: https://valerieihsan.com Valerie’s Author Site: https://valerieihsanauthor.com Valerie’s Facebook Page and Instagram account Erick’s Services: https://erickmertzwriting.com Erick’s Author Site: https://erickmertzauth…
 
Valerie’s Services: https://valerieihsan.com Valerie’s Author Site: https://valerieihsanauthor.com Valerie’s Facebook Page and Instagram account Erick’s Services: https://erickmertzwriting.com Erick’s Author Site: https://erickmertzauthor.com Erick’s Facebook Page and Instagram account Writer Craft Facebook Group Patreon: https://patreon.com/valeri…
 
If you've ever dreaded public speaking, this episode is for you! Author and podcaster Katherine Collette speaks about her charming new novel The Competition, which satirises the world of competitive speaking clubs. We explore why public speaking is so intimidating for most people. We also discuss Katherine's personal experience with public speaking…
 
Book of Eli is a film full of interesting themes about faith and power. Femi and Josh discuss how Book of Eli uses the Bible as a key player in one man's journey to selflessly preserve the sacred text and another's obsessive grasping for absolute power. Supporting Scripture: Acts 28:3-6 / James 5:17 / Daniel 1-6 / Hebrews 4:12 / 2 Timothy 4 Website…
 
Valerie’s Services: https://valerieihsan.com Valerie’s Author Site: https://valerieihsanauthor.com Valerie’s Facebook Page and Instagram account Erick’s Services: https://erickmertzwriting.com Erick’s Author Site: https://erickmertzauthor.com Erick’s Facebook Page and Instagram account Writer Craft Facebook Group Patreon: https://patreon.com/valeri…
 
What tools and services do you use as an author? Valerie’s Services: https://valerieihsan.com Valerie’s Author Site: https://valerieihsanauthor.com Valerie’s Facebook Page and Instagram account Erick’s Services: https://erickmertzwriting.com Erick’s Author Site: https://erickmertzauthor.com Erick’s Facebook Page and Instagram account Writer Craft F…
 
Monsters are needy, y'all. So, how do we write them? We hear about writing protagonists, but how do we write the villains? Valerie: https://valerieihsan.com Erick: https://erickmertzwriting.com Patreon: https://patreon.com/valerieihsan Retreat tix: https://valerieihsan.com/retreat Registration closes April 2, 2022. The Author Life Community: https:…
 
38,000 people go missing every year in Australia, yet only a small number of these cases garner public interest. In 'The Missing Among Us,' author Erin Stewart explores the issue of missing persons from a variety of perspectives, including the lack of police resources that leave families leading their own searches, the Stolen Generations, and cults…
 
How is world-building different than writing setting into your books? Do you world-build the same when writing series vs standalones? And what about if you're not a fantasy or science fiction writer; Do you need to bother with world-building? Valerie: https://valerieihsan.com Erick: https://erickmertzwriting.com Patreon: https://patreon.com/valerie…
 
What's the difference between a retreat and a residency? Valerie: https://valerieihsan.com Erick: https://erickmertzwriting.com Patreon: https://patreon.com/valerieihsan Retreat tix: https://valerieihsan.com/retreat Registration closes April 2, 2022. The Author Success Mastermind group: https://theauthorsuccessmastermind.com?aff=ValerieIhsan Resour…
 
In our fourth and final episode recorded at the Sewanee Writers' Conference in the summer of 2021, Elena Passarello (Animals Strike Curious Poses) tells James about sleeping in Elvis's teenage bedroom, getting advice from long-haul truckers, and having screams sent to her. Plus the legendary Mary Flinn of Blackbird. Apply to the Sewanee Writers' Co…
 
The 2017 thriller Get Out took the film world by storm. Written and directed by Jordan Peele, Femi and Josh discuss how Get Out explores themes of knowing your traumas, the consequences of shallow relationships, and why vulnerability in interpersonal connections is important. Supporting Scripture: Genesis 39 / Judges 16 / Genesis 25-27 / Romans 10 …
 
Only the great Carl Phillips could warrant an episode all to himself. Recorded at the Sewanee Writers' Conference in 2021, James and Carl discuss assembling a collection, enjoying feeling lost, letting go of the argument, and putting a wedge between yourself and the unbearable. Sewanee Writers' Conference 2022 Applications due March 15! Buy Carl's …
 
Fiona Robertson lived with migraines for years, writing short stories as a creative pursuit. Now she's free from migraines and the award-winning author of the debut short story collection, If You're Happy. Her work explores the lives of lonely people seeking happiness in a turbulent world. She tells us about the common threads that bind her stories…
 
The third summer of conversations recorded at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference (2021) continues with M.O. Walsh (The Big Door Prize), who gives a writing tip James has used ever since, then chats about writing a novel you like, being under the influence of John Prine, and writing one of the greatest cocktail scenes ever. Plus, independent editor and…
 
Valerie and Erick talk about character arc, how to make it believable, and how the character's internal struggle fits in. Resource: The Art of Dramatic Writing Valerie: https://valerieihsan.com Erick: https://erickmertzwriting.com Patreon: https://patreon.com/valerieihsan Retreat tix: https://valerieihsan.com/retreat Registration closes April 2, 20…
 
The third summer of conversations recorded at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference (2021) opens with the brilliance of Katie Kitamura (Intimacies, A Separation), who talks to James about pushing back on expectations, writing things you don't think you can, having your best reader in your own house, and the ghosts of edits past. Plus, the also brilliant …
 
Erick and Valerie talk shop about launching the publication of a new book. (We tried to hit the very basics, but there are a few tips even seasoned publishers may try out.) Valerie: https://valerieihsan.com Erick: https://erickmertzwriting.com Patreon: https://patreon.com/valerieihsan Retreat tix: https://valerieihsan.com/retreat Registration close…
 
Lech Blaine is the author of the memoir 'Car Crash' and the Quarterly Essay ‘Top Blokes’. Here, he speaks to James and Ashley about the challenge of writing and releasing these two publications back to back during the pandemic, and the burnout that followed. He also discusses the epiphanies that writing a memoir can bring and the emotional toll of …
 
Toy Story follows Buzz and Woody, two, well, toys, who are dragged into a dangerous adventure out of jealousy, insecurity, and an inability to tell reality from imagination. In this episode, Josh and Femi discuss how we can challenge our perception of how the world "should" be, so in a healthy way we can embrace how it "is." Supporting Scripture: 1…
 
Crys helps Valerie workshop a scene she wrote for her current work in progress, a memoir. Valerie: https://valerieihsan.com Erick: https://erickmertzwriting.com Patreon: https://patreon.com/valerieihsan Retreat tix: https://valerieihsan.com/retreat Registration closes April 2, 2022. The Author Success Mastermind group: https://theauthorsuccessmaste…
 
When Dinuka McKenzie first sat down to write a novel, she had no dreams of publication or experience in the craft of fiction. She was the working mother of two young kids, feeling like everyone wanted something from her all the time, and in search of something that was purely for herself. Now she's the award-winning author of The Torrent, a police …
 
It's our 50th episode! Author Sarah Sentilles joins us to talk about her new memoir, Stanger Care. She discusses coping with unexpected loss, who counts as family, and how at heart, all of us are baby monkeys. She also shares how each of us can use our creativity to remake the world around us. Stranger Care is a memoir of Sarah and her husband’s ex…
 
***Warning! Spoilers for Earthlings by Sayaka Murata in this episode*** After arguing about the intense and disturbing ending to Earthlings by Sayaka Murata in episode 45, James and Ashley rope past guest Jacinta Dietrich into returning to the podcast to try and figure out what might happened in the novel's closing pages. If you've read Earthlings,…
 
"Readers get invested in characters that have well-developed, realistic, relatable wants and needs, driving them to continue reading and seeing what happens to those characters." ~V.E. Griffith Do you know what your character's needs and wants are before writing the first draft? https://valerieihsan.com/retreat (Writer Craft Writing Retreat and Wor…
 
How do we build community and a sense of self after loss, especially the kind of loss that echoes for generations? James and Ashley speak with Australian Sri Lankan author Shankari Chandran about her new novel, Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens, and how her efforts to find connection in the writing community echo her Tamil family's work to build commun…
 
Justin Khoe (pronounced ku) is a Digital Missionary across YouTube and social media. In this episode, he and Josh discuss the importance stories play in our humanity, why God would craft most of the Bible narratively, and thematic ideas Christian storytellers can explore to capture more honest, authentic stories about what it means to follow Jesus.…
 
TENET, the most recent Christopher Nolan film, may seem like a confusing time romp. But, below the surface of time pincer movements and fights played in reverse, TENET is a story about hope, doing the right thing regardless of mounting dangers, and seeking the greater good over one's personal desires. Supporting Scripture: Ephesians 6 - Being Prepa…
 
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