Inside Creative Writing—Weekly Podcast on Craft & Technique for Writers of Fiction and Creative Nonfiction show

Inside Creative Writing—Weekly Podcast on Craft & Technique for Writers of Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Summary: The podcast is a weekly audio discussion of craft and technique for writers of fiction and creative nonfiction. Every week we examine a different specific element of craft through examples, insight, and weekly writing challenges. The podcast features guest interviews on specific elements of the writing craft and incorporates listener feedback in the form of topic suggestions, responses to previous episodes, favorite quotes and advice on writing, and questions. About the Host: Brad Reed lives and works in Corvallis, Oregon, home of Oregon State University. His passion is writing: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, screenplay—however the stories in his head best come out on paper. He has been writing for over two decades and is an avid student of the craft and techniques of creative writing. Brad has been married for over twenty years and has three children. He is working on the forthcoming novel The Giant Life of Emmett Mills in addition to the occasional poem, work of short fiction, creative nonfiction essay, and random musing.

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 Episode 6: The Tenets of Fiction Writing …with Alan Heathcock | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:51

Alan Heathcock, award-winning author of VOLT, discusses some of his "27 Tenets of Fiction Writing."

 Episode 5: Mise-en-scène—A Film Technique That Can Improve Our Fiction | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:39

Mise-en-scène is a fundamental technique of film-making that, when we adapt it to our writing, will help our descriptions and settings resonate more deeply with our theme, more fully develop our characters, and create a better sense of mood in our scenes.

 Episode 4: Making Grammar Fun, Funny, and Even a Little Risqué! …with Jenny Baranick | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:37

Can grammar actually be fun, funny, and even a little sexy? With Jenny Baranick it can! She's the author of "Missed Periods and Other Grammar Scares: How to Avoid Unplanned and Unwanted Writing Errors," a laugh-out-loud funny book that will help us finally master those pesky grammar errors that sneak into our writing.

 Episode 3: Sparking Your Creativity | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 31:52

Specific creative techniques we can use to discover and develop unique and compelling characters, plots, and settings in our writing.

 Episode 2: Keeping Your Characters Alive | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 36:30

How can we create stories, characters, and settings that come alive for our readers… literally? We're not talking about about plots or whether your protagonist lives or dies at the end of your book. It’s about verisimilitude—the illusion of reality in our writing—and how to maintain it throughout the story.

 Episode 1: Fictionalizing Your Audience | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:41

What is the difference between a story that draws you in as if you were a character and a story that doesn't connect with you at all? It has to do with how the writer has asked his audience to fictionalize themselves. Brad explores three techniques that we can use as writers to offer our readers a role in our stories in a way that will create more reader engagement.

 Prologue to the Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 17:21

New to the podcast?  This is a great place to start.  Get a brief introduction to the show, find out how you can get involved, and learn a little about your host, Brad Reed.


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