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Cabin Tales: Spooky Stories for Young Writers

Storytelling Podcasts

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.

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.

Location:

Canada

Description:

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.

Twitter:

@cathausten

Language:

English

Contact:

8196653323


Episodes

Author Interview with Monique Polak

2/26/2021
An interview with Monique Polak, author of 29 books for young people and teacher of English and Humanities at Marianopolis College in Montreal. Hear about her attraction to delinquent characters, her commitment to work through good writing days and bad ones, and her ability to recognize a promising story idea by the tingling in her arms. 20 minutes. All ages. A full transcript is available at CabinTales.ca. Show Notes [0:00] Intro [1:20] Interview with Monique Polak MP: I keep a journal....

Duration:00:16:09

Author Interview with Tim Wynne-Jones

2/19/2021
An interview with Tim Wynne-Jones, author of 35 books for all ages, including novels, picture books, and short story collections, including most recently War at the Snow White Motel and The Starlight Claim, which is a finalist for the 2021 White Pine Award. Hear about his love of islands and adventures, his aversion to unnecessary back-stories, and his childhood experience of telling stories around the dinner table. 25 minutes. All ages. A full transcript is available at...

Duration:00:22:17

Author Interview with Karen Krossing

2/12/2021
An interview with children’s and YA author Karen Krossing, novelist and short story writer whose first picture book is coming out this fall. Karen has been an editor, a writing coach, and a creative writing instructor. Listen to her thoughts on sad endings, unforeseen plot twists, and writer’s block. 20 minutes. All ages. A full transcript is available at CabinTales.ca. Show Notes [0:00] Intro [1:20] Interview with Karen Krossing CA: Do you typically know the ending of your story at...

Duration:00:20:30

Author Interview with Amanda West Lewis

2/5/2021
An interview with Amanda West Lewis, author of three novels and four non-fiction books for young people, andexecutive director of a theatre school. A 20-minute continuous segment not yet heard on Cabin Tales in which Amanda shares her preference for third-person point of view, her phobia of scary stories, and her love of Alice in Wonderland. All ages. A full transcript of this episode is available at CabinTales.ca. Show Notes [0:00] Intro [1:20] Interview with Amanda West Lewis CA: Do...

Duration:00:24:52

Author Interview with Lori Weber

1/29/2021
An interview with Lori Weber, Montreal author of ten YA books including Lightning Lou, Yellow Mini, and Deep Girls. Interview snippets not heard on the Cabin Tales podcast, edited into a 15-minute continuous segment in which Lori shares her love of fictional settings, her aversion to moral messages in fiction, and her unease around squirrels in her own yard. All ages. A full transcript is available at CabinTales.ca. Show Notes [0:00] Intro [1:15] Interview with Lori Weber CA: When you're...

Duration:00:13:22

Author Interview with Rachel Eugster

1/22/2021
Playwright and picture book author Rachel Eugster shares her admiration of Shirley Jackson, her use of Scrivener as a writing tool, and her love of games, stories, and spindles. Featuring interview leftovers not included in the Cabin Tales podcast, edited into a 20-minute continuous segment. All ages. A full transcript is available at CabinTales.ca. Show Notes [0:00] Intro [1:20] Interview with Rachel Eugster CA: Do you read your own work out loud? RE: Sometimes. Not...

Duration:00:16:17

Author Interview with Jan Coates

1/15/2021
A 15-minute episode of interview snippets with children’s author Jan Coates from Nova Scotia. A transcript is available at CabinTales.ca. Show Notes [0:00] Intro [1:20] Interview with Jan Coates [1:30] CA: Do you have a favourite setting from fiction, either your own books or other peoples’? JC: I don’t think so. My novels… are in real places. But I also like stories that could be anywhere… [2:10] CA: Favourite characters from children’s books? JC: I’m a huge Kate DiCamillo fan…...

Duration:00:13:25

Author Interview #1: Caroline Pignat

1/8/2021
The first of a season of author interviews featuring creative writing advice and anecdotes not included in the core Cabin Tales Podcast. Heard today: Caroline Pignat. A full transcript is available at CabinTales.ca. Show Notes [0:00] Intro Welcome back for a season of interview leftovers, one author at a time. Today’s guest is Caroline Pignat, two-time Governor General's Award-winning author of Greener Grass, The Gospel Truth, Shooter, Egghead, and many more great Canadian...

Duration:00:16:39

The Never-ending Story (Episode 8: Revision)

12/11/2020
The final fall episode of Cabin Tales is about the final stage of creative writing: revision. You’ll hear 26 Canadian authors talk about their revision process, and their recommendations to young writers who want to improve their first draft. 45 minutes all ages. A transcript of this episode is available at CabinTales.ca. Show Notes [0:00] Intro [1:30] Commentary on Revision If you don’t want other people to read your work, you don’t have to revise it. But if you do want others to read...

Duration:00:37:17

Author Interviews about Endings (Episode 7.5)

12/4/2020
Keeping the focus on the subject of how to end your story, this episode features guest authors Lena Coakley, Karen Bass, Lisa Dalrymple, Ishta Mercurio, and Tim Wynne-Jones. 45 minutes. All ages. A full transcript is available on CabinTales.ca. Show Notes [0:00] Introduction [1:15] Commentary about endings The ending is the part of the story with the greatest effect on how I feel about a book. [3:45] Author Interviews about Endings [4:30] Tim Wynne-Jones on discovering the ending...

Duration:00:37:27

Just Get it Over With (Episode 7: Endings)

11/27/2020
A “telling tales” format with guest authors Marty Chan, Jeff Szpirglas, and Frieda Wishinsky. Featuring an original story with an ambiguous ending; a famous twist from Ambrose Bierce; gorgeous last lines and satisfying summations; and a story prompt about a deus ex machina. PG. 50 minutes. A full episode transcript and a Fright-free version (with the creepy story removed) is available at CabinTales.ca. Show Notes [1:15] Story Intro Have you ever met someone who seemed the total opposite...

Duration:00:42:24

Author Interviews about Beginnings (Episode 6.5)

11/20/2020
A “talking tales” episode -- all interviews – about how to begin a story. With guest authors Frieda Wishinsky; Sarah Raughley; Don Cummer; David McArthur; and Wendy McLeod MacKnight, speaking about their favourite first lines, their advice to young writers on how to begin, and how they began to write professionally. 45 minutes. All ages. A full transcript of this episode is available at CabinTales.ca. Show Notes [0:00] Intro [1:15] Commentary on Finding the Beginning of your...

Duration:00:35:04

Begin in the Darkness (Episode 6)

11/13/2020
An episode about how to begin a story, with guest authors Karen Bass, Kate Inglis, and Chris Jones. Featuring an original story, great first lines from classic fiction, and suggested writing exercises. PG. A full transcript is available at CabinTales.ca. Show Notes [0:00] Intro [1:15] Story Intro If a Labrador Retriever showed up on your porch barking, you’d think, “This dog is trying to tell me something.” You would never think, “This dog is trying to lure me to my death.” (If you want...

Duration:00:33:34

More Spooky Student Stories (Post-Halloween Special Episode)

11/6/2020
The Post-Halloween Special Episode, featuring four student stories about: a monster that demands sacrifice; a historic Halloween; teens in the deep woods; and a supernatural Air B&B. From young writers Aleina Wang, Olivia Beauchamp, Lexi-Jade McCowan, and Olivia Li. PG. A transcript of this episode is available at CabinTales.ca. Shownotes [0:00] Intro [1:15] Story One Intro Have you ever needed to get away for a while, maybe head to the coast and spend the night in an old Victorian...

Duration:00:38:34

Spooky Student Stories (Halloween Special Episode)

10/30/2020
A special Halloween episode featuring 5 spooky stories written by students aged 11-17, including a terrifying musical awakening, a horrifying futuristic drug, a demonic yoga class, a pizza you don’t want to order, and a phone call you don’t want to answer. PG. Let the kids listen in. A transcript of this episode is available at CabinTales.ca. Show Notes [0:00] Episode intro [1:15] Story One Intro Have you ever been babysitting when there’s a crazed killer on the loose? Whenever that...

Duration:00:37:35

Picture a Story: Interviews with Illustrators

10/23/2020
Interviews with five Canadian illustrators about creating narratives in words and pictures. Featuring guest author-illustrators Peggy Collins, Katherine Battersby, Farida Zaman, Christine Tripp, and Chris Jones. All ages. A full transcript of this episode is available at CabinTales.ca. Show Notes: [0:00] Intro [2:15] Commentary on how picture books are made Interviews about creating alone vs with another writer [5:15] Chris Jones on rewarding collaborations [7:40] Peggy Collins on...

Duration:00:36:38

Author Interviews about Tension (Episode 5.5)

10/16/2020
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. Shownotes: [0:00] Intro [1:15] Interviews on adding tension to fiction [2:10] Kate Inglis on showing characters [4:30] Jeff Szpirglas on creating a tense...

Duration:00:30:54

Squirm (Episode 5: Tension)

10/9/2020
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 alone on a swimming platform with their old blind dog and a container of...

Duration:00:36:18

Author Interviews about Plotting (Episode 4.5)

10/2/2020
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, drafting, and revising – activities that overlap through...

Duration:00:40:36

Bad Things Happen (Episode 4: Plotting)

9/25/2020
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: Violence, terror, pets dying, people dying, mental...

Duration:00:45:15