Writescast 085 – Wired for Story
July 3, 2020
Lisa Cron explains what it is about human consciousness that’s so wired for story, as well as how understanding these phenomena can make us better writers.
Writescast 084 – Audiobook Production
June 19, 2020
Author Valerie Biel returns to the Writescast Network to discuss the how-tos of turning one’s book into an audiobook.
Writescast 083 – Writing as Parent-Professional
June 5, 2020
Sarah J. Carlson describes her journey to becoming a published author while also juggling her career as a school psychologist and her responsibilities as a parent.
Writescast 082 – Seven Touchstones for Writing a Mystery, Thriller, or Anything
May 15, 2020
This episode is no ordinary listicle. Author Nick Chiarkas joins the program to discuss how to write a mystery or thriller (or, as he explains, any story), and, along the way, he regales us with tales of mid-20th-century NYC and inevitable, yet surprising endings in funeral homes.
Writescast 081 – The DIY MFA
May 1, 2020
Not everyone has the means to enroll in a Master of Fine Arts program. The good news? Gabriela Pereira is challenging the status quo of higher education with DIY MFA, which encourages writers to write with focus, read with purpose, and build their community—all on their own time and from the comfort of their own home.
Writescast 080 – Read Books, Get Money
April 17, 2020
Jennie Nash reads books all day and gets paid for it, and her book by that title—along with this episode—will help you on your journey to doing the same.
Writescast 079 – Book Launches, Middle Grade, and Chunk the Cat(!)
April 3, 2020
After first tackling the ins and outs of launching a debut novel during a time of social distancing, Claribel Ortega details what went in to writing GHOST SQUAD, how it feels to write one’s experiences with grief, and, of course, how she came to write a character like Chunk the cat.
Writescast 078 – Establishing Authentic Reader Connections
March 20, 2020
Stop promoting. Start connecting. Dan Blank’s human-centered approach to marketing has helped countless writers forge lasting impressions, and in this episode, he guides listeners through his philosophy to help them do the same.
Writescast 077 – The Business of Being (An Author)
March 6, 2020
Laurie Buchanan contrasts the business of being with the business of doing, emphasizes the importance of developing mission and vision statements, and talks setting and achieving healthy goals for our creative and personal endeavors.
Writescast 076 – On Writing Your Passions
February 21, 2020
Fresh off the release of STORM FROM THE EAST, book two in her GLASS ALLIANCE series, author Joanna Hathaway discusses how leaning into writing her passions led her to publication.
Writescast 075 – The 2020 University of Wisconsin Writers’ Institute
February 7, 2020
With help from over half a dozen voicemails left for her at our call-in number, conference director Laurie Scheer discusses this year’s upcoming Writers’ Institute in Madison, Wisconsin.
Writescast 074 – Traditional Publishing Non-Traditionally
January 17, 2020
Author Tracey S. Phillips joins r.r. campbell to discuss the non-traditional route she took to traditional publishing, as well as how listeners can follow in her footsteps.
Writescast 073 – Non-Romantic Love in Fiction
January 3, 2020
Award-winning author M.D. Neu returns to discuss non-romantic love in fiction. With examples from fiction of all stripes and M.D.’s own work, what’s *not* to love?
Writescast 072 – Mission Statements, Knowing the Market, and Three-Legged Pants
December 20, 2019 – Founder’s Choice Award Winner for 2019!
In this free-wheeling conversation, USA Today bestselling author Ann Garvin and r.r. campbell discuss what it means to understand your readership, writerly mission statements, and, wait for it—three-legged pairs of pants.
Writescast 071 – Drama, Character, Stakes, and Throughlines
December 6, 2019 – Listeners’ Choice Award Winner for 2019!
Author Brenda Marie Smith joins the show to discuss the interplay between developing character, building drama, and more.
Writescast 070 – Effectively Using Archetypes and Tropes
November 15, 2019
Ryan Decaria returns to the Writescast Network to explore what archetypes and tropes are, why they sometimes get a bad rap, and how we can use them effectively in our work.
Writescast 069 – Wattpad: Where Stars are Born
November 1, 2019
What is Wattpad? What does it have to offer readers and writers alike? Is it a good option for your fiction? This episode’s guest, Wattpad pro Maggie Derrick, breaks it all down for us.
Writescast 068 – Keeping a Reader’s Attention
October 18, 2019
Once we’ve drawn readers to our work, it’s important we maintain their attention. But how? This week’s guest, editor Lori Puma, explains.
Writescast 067 – The Magic of Content Adaptation
October 4, 2019
Have you ever considered turning a novel into a podcast serial? A short story into a play? A poem into a screenplay? In this episode, storyteller Jess Witkins discusses the why and the how of content adaptation—and the magic we can capture in exploring the process for ourselves.
Writescast 066 – Writing from Experience
September 20, 2019 – Patrons’ Choice Award Winner for 2019!
Award-winning author and former fire captain Gregory Lee Renz describes how his experiences fighting fires translated to writing a novel about the same. Along the way, he offers advice for other writers who aspire to write from experiences of their own.
Content warning: episode includes mentions of suicide, PTSD, and lives lost to fire.
Writescast 065 – Skating Through Life’s Passions
August 30, 2019
Professional-hockey-player-turned-author Luke Murphy addresses expecting the unexpected, transitioning from one passion to another, and finding ways to balance it all. Writers who feel pulled in a number of directions, this one’s for you.
Writescast 064 – Incorporating Research Into Creative Writing
August 16, 2019
Author and engineer William C. Tracy discusses strategies for effectively incorporating research and technical know-how into works of fiction.
Writescast 063 – Publishing an Anthology
August 2, 2019
Sitting on a collection of poetry or short fiction and unsure what to do with it? This episode’s for you!
Writescast 062 – Writing a Series
July 19, 2019 – Most Listened-to Episode of 2019!
Hot off the release of the final installment in her GOD AWFUL series, Silvia Acevedo explores the advantages and disadvantages of writing one’s own series.
Writescast 061 – Distilling Writing Advice
July 5, 2019
Writing advice is everywhere these days, but our mileage with any particular brand of it may vary. So how do we know who and what to listen to? This episode’s guest, Madeleine D’Este, explains.