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On the Writership Podcast, professional book editors Leslie Watts critiques five pages of fiction from writers who are, or soon hope to be, traditionally or independently published. The submissions come from actual authors who understand they may need help seeing the flaws in their stories and are brave enough to share this experience so that you might improve your writing too.
 
The Give n' Go Podcast strives to bring soccer and pop culture together while covering the women's game around the world at the international, club and high school level. Girls Soccer Network brings you a fresh take on women's soccer while analyzing the USWNT, NWSL, FIFA World Cup and much more. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/give-n-go/donations
 
What do successful real estate investors do differently? How do they set goals, think about real estate, and take action? What deals made the biggest impact on their success? Host Seth Ferguson and guests delve into how real estate investors set goals, source deals, negotiate, leverage, raise capital, and make money in their journey from Purchase to Profits.
 
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Our guest today directs a company that owns and manages 250 single-family homes, rehabs over 140 properties a year, and has completed over 400 flips and wholesales. Alexander Cruz is an Experienced Real Estate Investor with a demonstrated history and track record of working in the industry. Skilled in Turnkey, Rentals, Flipping, Wholesale, Renovati…
 
In the Writers’ Room this week, Valerie and Leslie look at internal conflict and character revelation in a Turning Point scene of Sue Monk Kidd’s 2002 Worldview Story, The Secret Life of Bees. See how quiet moments can lead to scenes with big impact. We're focusing on scenes this season because scenes are the basic building blocks of story. To be a…
 
Our guest today is an experienced real estate investor and flipper. As the owner of a successful real estate investing company, and also a partner in one of the country's largest real estate mentorship/mastermind companies, Mike Simmons specialize in helping entrepreneurs create systems, processes, and automation that allow them to work on their bu…
 
Episode 36 of Give N' Go features two amazing interviews with Kealia Watt of the Chicago Red Stars and Head Coach Nikki Izzo-Brown of West Virginia University. Watt discusses her move to Chicago amid the pandemic as well her career. Coach Brown talks about her West Virginia program and what it means to be a part of the family. Host Rohtas Wadera br…
 
In the Writers’ Room this week, Valerie and Leslie unpack the many points of conflict from different perspectives in the Core Event of The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. The 2015 Psychological Thriller culminates in an extended Hero at the Mercy of the Villain scene that features a “Tug of War” where life hangs in the balance. Learn about unre…
 
Travis Watts is a full-time passive investor. He has been investing in real estate since 2009 in multi-family, single-family, and vacation rentals. Travis is also the Director of Investor Relations at Ashcroft Capital. Travis has invested in over 29 passive syndications between 14 different firms. Travis now dedicates his time to educating others i…
 
In the Writers’ Room this week, we listen closely to the “I Have a Voice” scene in the 2010 film The King’s Speech. The Oscar-winning story was directed by Tom Hooper from a screenplay by David Seidler. The scene in the spotlight today delivers the middle build climax of this Performance Story by “poking the bear.” But that’s not all it does. Don’t…
 
Shane is a real estate entrepreneur and co-founder of Catalyst Equity Partners, which focuses on the acquisition and asset management of Class C and B multifamily properties in Texas. Shane is involved in all aspects of Catalyst Equity Partners with a focus on sourcing deals, raising capital, asset management and investor relations. Shane leverages…
 
We slide into the Revolution Scene in the Writers’ Room this week as we analyze the 1911 novella Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. We look at the difference between cautionary and tragic tales and discuss what The Hunger Games and The Accidental Tourist have in common with Ethan Frome. This season we're analyzing scenes from novels, short stories and f…
 
Our guest today is a short term rental specialist, who, in his first 18 months, scaled from 2 to 7, to 14, to 24 properties through master leasing. Jon was able to scale his business in a year and a half via rental arbitrage, he was also able to bring in more than $50,000 a month on top of his salary. He is an IT guy who loves automation. He create…
 
Our guest today moved to the US from Cameroon about 20 years ago, and acquired his first investment property in 2017, before transitioning to multifamily properties in 2019. Back in 2019, Leslie Awasom partnered and invested in a 192-unit apartment project as a Limited Partner. Today, he and his partners have $20 million of real estate assets under…
 
This week we face the Hero at the Mercy of the Villain in the Writers’ Room as we analyze the core event of the 2005 novel Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling. But that’s not all! In addition to analyzing this excellent example of a “chase scene” in an Action Story, we discuss set pieces, emotional connections, and how to hide a …
 
Episode 35 of Give n' Go features a special interview with Jennifer Cudjoe just days before signing a multi-year contract with SBFC. The midfield maestro discusses her journey and how she's looking to build on it. Jen Winnagle, Commissioner of the ECNL also joined us for an exclusive interview to update us on the club soccer landscape across the co…
 
It’s time for the Big Showdown in the Writers’ Room this week as we analyze the 1953 short story “3:10 to Yuma” by Elmore Leonard. This season we analyze a scene from a novel, short story or film because scenes are the basic building blocks of story. To be able to write a story that works, you must be able to write a scene that works. Click here fo…
 
Our guest today has closed over 400 real estate transactions and is approaching $100 million under management. He’s also released a new book, the Solomon Way. Meet Blake Templeton, founder, and CEO of Boron Capital. He has built a private investment first that focuses on acquiring and developing corporate housing, luxury rentals, and event venue in…
 
It’s the Big Choice plus perspective in the Writers’ Room this week as we analyze the 1961 short story “ I Stand Here Ironing” by Tillie Olsen. Each week this season, we'll analyze a scene from a novel, short story or film because scenes are the basic building blocks of stories. To write a story that works, you must be able to write a scene that wo…
 
Hamza grew up in Dubai and later on moved to Houston, Texas where he believed the opportunities he's looking for are at. In 5 years he builds 4 successful businesses, traveled all over the US where he met friends and mentors who helped him along the way. Now he owns just under 1000 apartments in Houston and its surrounding areas. He is the founder …
 
It’s the victim at the mercy of the monster this time as Valerie and Leslie analyze the 1843 Horror story “The Tell Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe. This season we're analyze a scene from novels, short stories and films because scenes are the basic building blocks of story. To be able to write a story that works, you must be able to write a scene th…
 
Our guest today started his career with Morgan Stanley, but then realized the most direct way to financial freedom was in the private markets. He’s a member of real estate groups that invest in single-family homes, multifamily, and commercial real estate. Travis Smith is the founder and CEO of Tribevest and his goal is for others to use Tribevest a…
 
What makes a great lovers meet scene? Find out when Valerie and Leslie analyze the turkey curry buffet scene in Bridget Jones’s Diary, the 1996 Love Story by Helen Fielding. This season we analyze scenes from novels, short stories and films because scenes are the basic building blocks of story. To be able to write a story that works, you must be ab…
 
Adam started his real estate career back in 1982 in San Diego where he worked as an electrician, crawling around in basements and attics, pulling wires. A friend showed him his first pro-form spreadsheet and how he was making millions by building, leasing-up, and selling apartment buildings. At that moment he realized that Real Estate Finance just …
 
In this episode, Story Grid editors Valerie Francis and Leslie Watts introduce the new Story Grid Writers’ Room. Each week this season, we analyze a scene or short story to get to the bottom of how to write scenes because to write a story that works, you must be able to write scenes that work. Click here for the full show notes.…
 
Kris Benson, before reaching the age of 30 decided to find a way to stop trading his time for money and to let his money make money. This led him to start investing in real estate. He started out with small residential units that which quickly transitioned into multifamily properties. He is now focusing more on self-storage. Check out more about Kr…
 
It’s 30 minutes of deep insight as Valerie Francis and Leslie Watts bring you a bite-size episode on analyzing a scene, with an example from Marriage Story. Here on the Roundtable we're dedicated to helping you become a better writer, following the Story Grid method developed by Shawn Coyne. In these episodes we bring you some shorter solo articles…
 
Scott Krone hailed from Chicago and started his architecture career in 1991. He pursued his Masters of Architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology. While finishing up his studies, he worked as a Project Manager for Optima. He founded Coda, an award-winning Design + Build | Sustainability | Consulting firm, and has won numerous awards. In 201…
 
Gaze into the pensieve to learn the secrets of point of view and narrative device in the 2005 novel by J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The Roundtablers also discuss the 2009 film of the same name, directed by David Yates from the screenplay by Steve Kloves. Each week one of the Roundtable team—Valerie Francis, Kim Kessler, or …
 
Joseph Bramante landed in the multifamily real estate industry by accident. In 2011 he purchased his first multifamily property which was supposed to be a private investment that changed into a business. To this day, he now controls a portfolio of over 1100 units and he's not stopping anytime sooner. Join us as he shares his thoughts at experiences…
 
Uncover the secret to integrating framing stories with The Imitation Game. The 2014 film was directed by Morten Tyldum from the Oscar-winning screenplay by Graham Moore. It’s based on the 1983 biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges. Each week one of the Roundtable team—Valerie Francis, Kim Kessler, or Leslie Watts—aims to get to the bot…
 
Are you looking to retire through real estate investing? Our guest for today is a man who retired at 31 using Real Estate Rental Properties to support his living costs using the BRRR strategy which means buy, renovate, rent, and refinance. Check out how Matt made it happen and be financially independent through real estate investing. Join us as he …
 
Core events, mini-plots, and nested stories are on the menu this week as the Roundtablers analyze the 1991 film Fried Green Tomatoes, directed by Jon Avnet from a screenplay by Fannie Flagg and Carol Sobieski, based on Flagg’s 1987 novel, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. Each week one of the Roundtable team—Valerie Francis, Kim Kessle…
 
Colin Douthit owner of Atlast Property Management college football and has 3 engineering degrees but decided real estate was a better fit. He’s a real estate investor and operates property management and general contracting businesses. Join us as he shares his thoughts at experiences in this podcast episode. Connect with Seth Ferguson: http://www.S…
 
Gain a new perspective on history and point of view as the Roundtablers analyze E. L. Doctorow’s 1975 novel Ragtime. The 1981 film based on the novel was directed by Miloš Forman from a screenplay by Michael Weller and Bo Goldman. Each week one of the Roundtable team—Valerie Francis, Kim Kessler, or Leslie Watts—aims to get to the bottom of a speci…
 
Our guest for this episode, Reed Goossens , quit his job in Australia in 2012 and moved to the US. He started investing in real estate by purchasing a duplex and now syndicates multi-million dollar deals across the country. He is also the Founder of Wildhorn Capital, a multifamily investment firm. Reed moved to the U.S. to pursue his investing care…
 
Host Rohtas Wadera first and foremost discusses the BLM movement and how we cannot afford to have a burnout in support. Next, he provides a team by team breakdown as well as how the standings might look after the preliminary stages. This episode also features four important guests. Morgan Weaver of the Thorns, Emily Boyd and Zoey Goralski of the Re…
 
Make your way from coast to coast and from beginning to end as Valerie takes us through the three-act structure of Noah Baumbach’s 2019 film, Marriage Story. Each week one of the Roundtable team—Valerie Francis, Kim Kessler, or Leslie Watts—aims to get to the bottom of a specific story principle by analyzing a film, novel, or short story. The rest …
 
Our guest for this episode, Neal Bawa, has a portfolio valued at over $150 million along with over 800 investors and teaches nearly 5,000 students annually about real estate. He is also the Founder and CEO at Grocapitus Investments, a commercial real estate investment company. Neal sources negotiate and acquire commercial properties across the U.S.…
 
Warm up and get your dancing shoes on for the Core Event of Center Stage. This 2000 Performance genre film was directed by Nicholas Hytner from a screenplay by Carol Heikkinen. Each week one of the Roundtable team—Valerie Francis, Kim Kessler, or Leslie Watts—aims to get to the bottom of a specific story principle by analyzing a film, novel, or sho…
 
Lee Kearney is CEO at Real Advisors. He is one of the most successful single-family real estate investors. Since 2004, he has bought/sold 7,000+ properties and over 500 Million Dollars in property. He is also known as the expert in leveraging real estate market cycles. Join us as he shares his thoughts at experiences in this podcast episode. Connec…
 
It’s 20 minutes of insight this time as Kim Kessler chats with Anne Hawley about the power of past and present. Here on the Roundtable we're dedicated to helping you become a better writer, following the Story Grid method developed by Shawn Coyne. In these episodes we bring you some shorter solo articles and interviews on topics that interest us as…
 
An 8-year professional ice hockey player, Bob Lachance is now an active business owner and real estate investor since 2004. Bob is an entrepreneur by nature and currently owns, operates, and manages many different businesses around the world. Bob helped create one of the top Real Estate Coaching and Mentor programs in existence today and also creat…
 
This week the Roundtablers look to The Great Gatsby, the 1925 novel of disillusionment in love by F. Scott Fitzgerald, to find out why the story endures. The team also examines the 2013 film adaptation directed by Baz Luhrmann from a screenplay by Luhrmann and Craig Pearce. Each week one of the Roundtable team—Valerie Francis, Kim Kessler, or Lesli…
 
Andrew Cordle, CEO of Money Is has been investing in real estate for 18 years, with over 500 fixes and flips, 200 wholesale deals, and 100 lease options under his belt. has experienced great success in real estate and would offer great insight to everyone. Connect with Andrew Cordle: https://moneyis.com/ Connect with Seth Ferguson: http://www.SethF…
 
This week, Valerie drives home the importance of a compelling middle build in the context of the film Baby Driver. Don’t get away without hearing the Roundtablers’ take on this 2017 film written and directed by Edgar Wright. Each week one of the Roundtable team—Valerie Francis, Kim Kessler, or Leslie Watts—aims to get to the bottom of a specific st…
 
Ryan Nunes is a co-sponsor in $34 million of real estate and is a passive investor in over 2700 units across Texas, Ohio, Florida, Arizona, and Georgia. Connect with Ryan Nunes: http://www.lifechangingcapital.com Connect with Seth Ferguson: http://www.SethFerguson.org 📞 ONE-ON-ONE CALL: Interested in learning more about real estate investing? I'm o…
 
It’s manners and mores this week as the Roundtable team examines the 1992 film adaptation of E. M. Forster’s 1910 novel Howards End. The adaptation was written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and directed by James Ivory. Each week one of the Roundtable team—Valerie Francis, Kim Kessler, or Leslie Watts—aims to get to the bottom of a specific story principl…
 
Michael Ealy lost everything in 2003, but came back stronger and now owns 1200 apartment units, 45 houses, land parcels, and an industrial warehouse. Connect with Michael Ealy: https://nassauinvests.com/mikes-story Connect with Seth Ferguson: http://www.SethFerguson.org 📞 ONE-ON-ONE CALL: Interested in learning more about real estate investing? I'm…
 
Here’s a preview of what the Roundtablers are getting ready to bring you in Season 7. Listen as Kim, Valerie, and Leslie each reveal their Season 7 focus and their first story pick. Each week one of the Roundtable team—Valerie Francis, Kim Kessler, or Leslie Watts—aims to get to the bottom of a specific story principle by analyzing a film, novel, o…
 
JP Albano is a former enterprise account manager who, a few years ago, transitioned into multifamily real estate and now owns 265 units. Connect with JP Albano: https://www.jpalbano.com/ Connect with Seth Ferguson: http://www.SethFerguson.org 📞 ONE-ON-ONE CALL: Interested in learning more about real estate investing? I'm opening up my schedule to s…
 
It’s 30 minutes of insight this time as Leslie Watts and Shelley Sperry bring you a bite-size episode on Big Idea Nonfiction. Welcome to the Bite Size Edition of the Editor Roundtable Podcast. Here on the Roundtable we're dedicated to helping you become a better writer, following the Story Grid method developed by Shawn Coyne. In these episodes we …
 
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