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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About Author

Dave Robison has indulged in creative pursuits his entire life. His CV includes writing Curious George fan-fiction at the age of eight, improv theater at age ten, playing trumpet at age twelve, as well as a theater degree, creating magazine cover art, writing audio scripts, designing websites, creating board games, hosting mythological roundtables and generally savoring the sweet drought of expression in all its forms. His years of exploration give him a unique, informed, and eloquent perspective on the art of storytelling.


  1. Michael Brudenell on

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Alisa Russell on

    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!