20 Minutes with Matthew Wayne Selznick

Matthew Wayne Selznick
Matthew Wayne Selznick

Matthew Wayne Selznick is a storyteller in every sense of the word.  He has applied the principles of story and narrative since he was a small boy, evolving epic story arcs in the sweeping battles between his vast toy collection. He continues his explorations of expression in all his pursuits as a musician, a social media marketer and (of course) as an author. Ryan Stevenson and I thoroughly enjoyed this 20(ish) minutes with Matt, delving into many of the topics near and dear to his heart, such as the process and application of worldbuilding, the qualities of good story telling, and so much more. Writerly goodness abounds, dear friends… hit that PLAY button and enjoy! (and you gotta make a return trip to catch Matt’s Workshop Episode!)

PROMO:Walk the Fireedited by John Mierau

Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with Matthew Wayne Selznick

[caution: mature language – listener discretion is advised]

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Comments (11)

Michael Brudenell

I am sure this will be a great set of Showcase and Workshop Episodes. I think I will start listening now. Let the Sovereign Era reign.

Really looking forward to your comments once you’ve listened, Michael!

“Speed of Plot” was a quote of J. Michael Straczynski, creator of Babylon 5

Why does no one ever remember Stracynski’s excellent contributions to “Murder She Wrote?” It’s always “B5, blah blah blah blah, Spider-Man, yadda yadda…”


Um, because nobody ever asked him “What is the speed of Jessica Fletcher?”


If you want to engage in storytelling for children, you can come up with your own story or re-tell an old one that you heard growing up. Your own children might love to hear stories about their babyhood, or even about what it was like to be pregnant with them. Research your family background and find an interesting ancestor who lived an interesting life or experienced an unusual event. They will discover much about themselves this way, too.

Very true, Samantha. Delving into your family history, especially recent family history, can help you with the self-awareness element so important to effective storytelling.

I don’t have any children myself, but I certainly hear lots of stories about the family from my own mother.

Grreat one – listened to a lot of interviews with Matthew, but this is one of my favorites.
I like his takes on world building and creating his own brand.

BTW – the intro you do for the authors are epic, hah, they almost make ’em sound larger than life.

What’d’ya mean larger than life???? Dave was holding back! Holding back, I say! Mwahahahaha!!!!!!!!


Thanks for dropping by, Mars! And thanks for the kind words.

So much awesomeness! The stories of Matthew as a child reminded me of when my own children were small. And I liked the comparisons between storytelling and writing too. That will help me with my own work. Finally, the world building. Wow! I’m a novice writer so I’m still getting the hang of it. This gave me lots of helpful tips. I will be listening to the workshop episode this afternoon, and I can’t wait. Thanks again for a great ep!

Glad you got a lot out of it, Alisa! I can’t wait to see what you make of the workshop episode.

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