“These high wild hills and rough uneven ways
Draw out our miles and make them wearisome;
But yet your fair discourse hath been as sugar,
Making the hard way sweet and delectable.”
—William Shakespeare, Richard II, 2-iii
What’s it all about?
Every great story begins starts with a great idea. But… how do you know if your idea is strong enough to bear the weight of pen and ink? You do what we all do… you tell someone about it. You talk it through, bounce ideas around, and get some feedback. You have a discussion.
Now… wouldn’t it be great if you could have that discussion with some folks who’ve been around the block once or twice, who have published a book or two, or edited a few novels? Now THAT discussion would be fabulous! Think of what you could learn about your craft, the questions you could ask and the answers you’d get!
That’s what The Roundtable Podcast is all about. It’s about nurturing ideas, fostering inspiration, and getting the creative juices flowing. It’s also about mistakes and blind alleys, harsh reality and uncomfortable truths.
Each week we invite publishers, editors, and authors to get on the line with a writer who presents an idea on the table… an idea for a story they want to write. And then everyone digs in, asking questions, pointing out problems, and proposing solutions. Characters are dissected or dismissed, plots reinforced or torn apart altogether, and hopefully what started as an idea, becomes something more.
It becomes a story… one we’d all like to hear.
Dave 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 draught of expression in all its forms. His years of exploration give him a unique, informed, and eloquent perspective on the art of storytelling.
Brion is a writer, director, actor, builder, seeker, and all around jack-of-some-trades whose actual career involves teaching teenagers to compose creative masterpieces in their minds and then try to write them down in some semblance of order that they can take pride in. In other words, he teaches high school English and Creative Writing. He has written articles on the billy club as well as coffee bean growers in Mexico. Aside from radio scripts, short stories, one-acts, a degree in Theatre Directing, and a full length novel that is currently sitting in a drawer, marinating in its own awesomeness, Brion is just another guy who likes to write.
The Mystery Host
Each week we’ll have a different host join us to hopefully lend a sense of credibility to the show. They may be a published author, an editor, a literary agent, a screenwriter, a filmmaker, or a publisher. Our goal is to provide a diverse and informed dialogue about how to make a story great.
Lucie Le Blanc
Lucie Le Blanc is a French-Canadian anglophile living in stubborn defiance of the French language protection laws of her province. Her addiction to podcasts led her to spend her free time in helping indie authors as a proofreader and audio production assistant and, occasionally, in lending her voice wherever her french accent is needed.
After largely leaving writing for almost a decade, Ben picked up the pen again in 2010, beginning with Victor Zulu, a zombie story that was written and podcasted during NaNoWriMo of that year. He moved on to several short story projects, and is now hard at work on the tentatively-titled “Spur-Heroes” universe, a superhero-western series of short stories, novellas and novels. He also co-hosts a podcast with his mother, Reader/Writer, in which they talk about various media, mostly books, from the view of both a consumer and a producer.
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