Student writer Nora sings a song from her musical, Amanda's poetry inspires and Sophie shares a deeply personal narrative. St. Croix Prep's staff speak on a developing a writer's routine and ponder the future of creative writing in our nation.
Student writers Evie and Ivy share poetry reflecting their experience with bullies and Abby reads from her screenplay. Staff from St. Croix Prep provide creative writing tips and tricks.
Alan Frechtman reminisces about his decades of experience working on Prairie Home Companion and the lessons learned on creating sound effects, characters, and vocal acting for a radio play-podcast. Originally aired on Voices in the Valley in April of 2016.
LA screenwriter and producer Dina Chapman shares her industry experience with Steph, explains the ins and outs of writing for episodic tv with HUSH writers Emma and Lee, and dialogues on how it might be applied to audio scripts. Dina also discusses “Still the King” and “His Wives and Daughters”, shows on CMT.
Tracy Maurer identifies the difference between the trade and school industry, provides tips on the submission process, and gives advice on finding the right publisher for your novel. Tracy Maurer has written over 100 books, many of them award winning, including JOHN DEERE, THAT'S WHO!, NOAH WEBSTER'S FIGHTING WORDS, and STORM CODES.
Editor Traci Post discusses the role of an editor as an advocate for the book and details the three stages of editing including 1) developmental (working on the structure of the novel; 2) copyediting (grammar and word choice) and 3) proofreading (final review)
Best selling psychological suspense author Brian Freeman remembers back to the start of his writing career and highlights the role of the editor in his success. Brian Freeman writes psychological thrillers sold all over the world. SPILLED BLOOD won the award for Best Hardcover Novel in the annual Thriller Awards, and his novel THE BURYING PLACE was a finalist for the same award. Other winners of this award have included authors Lisa Gardner, John Sandford, and Stephen King.
Young adult author Anne Greenwood Brown shares her creative process and gives her number one tip for revising a story. In her first draft, Anne explains, “basically, everyone is walking around naked on an empty stage.” As a young adult author, Anne Greenwood Brown has written GIRL LAST SEEN and the LIES BENEATH series.
Student hosts Rebecca and Jill consider the Harry Potter series and explain how J.K. Rowling builds both internal and external conflict into her stories. Warning: huge spoiler alert. Don’t listen to unless you’ve read the series. :)
Plot emerges out of the actions of characters, and author Andy Hueller provides tips on how to develop conflict to make your novel a page-turning experience. Andy Hueller has written several titles including HOW I GOT RICH WRITING C PAPERS, SKIPPING STONES, DIZZY FANTASTIC and SLINGERS.
The hardest part of writing is, well, actually sitting down to write. New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline West shares how she stays disciplined and details what strategies she uses to maintain a consistent writing schedule. Jacqueline West is the New York Times bestselling author of the award winning middle grade series THE BOOKS OF ELSEWHERE and the the young adult title DREAMERS OFTEN LIE.