Category: ‘Workshop Episodes’

Workshop Episode 62 (Guest Host: Tim Marquitz)

September 16, 2014 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 62, with Tim Marquitz and Rob Matheny

Tim Marquitz – Editorial Dark Lord (trans: Editor-in-Chief) at Ragnarok Publications and pen-wielder on many tales grim and heroic (including the Demon Squad Series, The Blood War Trilogy and more, returns to the Big Chair at the Roundtable to workshop – what else – a grimdark tale of  corrupted power and the horrific price that comes with it.

The tale of a doomed king and his wretched destiny is offered up by Rob Matheny, curator and evil genius at the Grimdark Fiction Readers & Writers Blog, and is a first short story to ever be workshopped at the Roundtable. With my co-host Moses Siregar (author of “The Black God’s War“) with me, we dive in to the shadowy world of awakened darkness and its appetite for destruction with both hands. In the end, the darkness is pushed aside by the pure auric radiance of Literary Gold! (and if you’re still hungry, there’s even more writerly goodness to be had a Tim’s Showcase Episode).

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Workshop Episode 62 (Guest Host: Tim Marquitz)

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Workshop Episode 61 (Guest Host: Delilah S. Dawson)

September 2, 2014 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 61, with Delilah S. Dawson and Karey BunchAuthor and writerly guru, Delilah S. Dawson – author of the Blud Series, featuring Wicked as They ComeWicked as She Wants, and Wicked After Midnight and her latest work, a YA tale titled Servants of the Storm, as well as being the instructor for a fabulous Worldbuilding Workshop at LitReactor (firing up Sept 10), returns to the Big Chair at the Roundtable to lend her writerly mojo to our brainstorming efforts.

My splendid co-host, Starla Huchton, and I are joined by creageous Guest Writer Karey Bunch who brings a tale of monsters hiding in plain sight, a monster squad assigned to dealing with them, and a young woman who gets swept up in all the adventure. The story sparks a froth of discussion as we weave our way through a catacomb of possibilities, unearthing some glittering fragments of Literary Gold along the way. (and check out Delilah’s Showcase Episode for even more explorations into the dark arts of writerly mojo).

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Workshop Episode 61 (Guest Host: Delilah S. Dawson)

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Workshop Episode 60 (Guest Host: Kameron Hurley)

August 19, 2014 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 60, with Kameron Hurley and Shiri SondheimerHugo Award Winner Kameron Hurley – wordsmith of the epic Bel Dame Apocrypha series (featuring “God’s War“, “Infidel“, and “Rapture“) and the eagerly anticipated “Mirror Empire” (on shelves Aug 26) – returns to the Big Chair, wielding her potent storytelling mojo in the arena of the story brainstorm.

The catalyst for our workshopping-fu is provided by our Guest Writer, Shiri Sondheimer, who brings an epic scifi version of the Arthurian tales to the Table. With such a delightful weave of threads to draw upon, the ensemble entangles itself into the tale, emerging with a rich tapestry woven with Literary Gold. (and for more golden threads of writerly goodness, check out Kameron’s Showcase Episode).

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Workshop Episode 59 (Guest Host: Cat Rambo)

August 5, 2014 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 59, with Cat Rambo, Moses Siregar, and August GrappinCat Rambo, weaver of hundreds of lush story tapestries, returns to the Big Chair at the Roundtable to join co-host Moses Siregar (“Black God’s War“, and the ‘Adventures in SciFi Publishing‘ and ‘Hide and Create’ podcasts) and myself, lending her storytelling mojo in the time-honored tradition of a good frothing brainstorm.

Seeding the thunder clouds of awesomeness is our Guest Writer, August Grappin. Gus brings a most intriguing coming-of-age tale fraught with oracles, fate, and destinies. As the episode unfolds, it becomes clear it’s OUR fate to have a rollicking good time as we brainstorm our way through the tale, unearthing a veritable cornucopia of Literary Gold (and it is YOUR destiny to reap a bountiful harvest of writerly goodness by listening to Cat’s Showcase Episode).

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Workshop Episode 58 (Guest Host: Joe McKinney)

July 22, 2014 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 58, with Joe McKinney and Rob Smales

Joe McKinney returns to the Big Chair at the Roundtable to lend his superb storytelling mojo in workshopping a tale of supernatural and psychological horror (one of his many fortes). The tale is presented by the mighty Rob Smales (who has crafted more than a few tales of terror in his time). Rob’s tale of childhood terror maturing into a horrifying adult nightmare sends us all digging in the grave dirt in search of blood-stained Literary Gold! (and if you missed Joe’s Showcase Episode, you gotta fix that… now!)

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Workshop Episode 57 (Guest Host: Mary Robinette Kowal)

July 8, 2014 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 55, with Patrick E. McLean and Patrick Lewis

Mary Robinette Kowal – Hugo Award-winning author of Shades of Milk and Honey, Glamour in Glass, Without a Summer, and Valor and Vanity – returns to the Roundtable to workshop a tale of supernatural murder. Guest Writer Nicole Munro brings a darkly delicious YA story about the machinations of the Fae Court and a young man’s quest to find the truth behind his brother’s murder. Ideas fly, inspirations abound, and (dare I say it) Literary Gold is achieved! If you don’t believe me, click that “PLAY” button (and if this feast of writerly awesomeness isn’t enough for you, check out Mary’s Showcase Episode!)

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Workshop Episode 57 (Guest Host: Mary Robinette Kowal)

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Workshop Episode 56 (Guest Host: John Anealio)

April 9, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 56, with John Anealio and Patrick TonerJohn Anealio – renowned musician, composer, and songwriter of geek anthems covered in his albums “Laser Zombie Robot Love” and “Sci-Fi Songs” AND co-host at the fabulous Functional Nerds Podcast – returns to the Big Chair and just in the nick of time! Today, we make Roundtable history as we workshop a SONG! Patrick Toner, a man of diverse and distinguished talents, comes to the Roundtable with a fabulous idea for a song and you know us… we just can’t say no. Thank goodness we have John on hand to help us explore these uncharted waters and, while there’s a fair amount of splashing and flailing about on our part, I still think we managed some Literary Gold! (and by all means continue the fun and check out John’s Showcase Episode!)

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Workshop Episode 56 (Guest Host: John Anealio)

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Workshop Episode 55 (Guest Host: Patrick E. McLean)

April 2, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 55, with Patrick E. McLean and Patrick Lewis Patrick E. McLean – author of “Unkillable” and “How to Succeed in Evil” and founder of Good Words (Right Order) – returns to apply his unique insights and experience towards helping Ryan Stevenson and I workshop a delicious tale served up by writer, and vocal performer Patrick Lewis. Patrick brings a SciFi tale of corporate corruption, betrayal, all centered around a really sweet caper. It’s Ocean’s Eleven set in the far future and you know we’re gonna have some fun exploring the intricacies of complex characters, crossed motivations, and making everything works out in the end… which is, or course, where everyone finds the huge stack of Literary Gold for the taking! (and if you feel like your stack of writerly goodness could be a little higher, check out Patrick’s Showcase Episode!)

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Workshop Episode 54 (Guest Host: Leanna Renee Hieber)

March 26, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 54, with Leanna Renee Hieber and Mac McEntire Leanna Renee Hieber – performer, playwright, and author of lush and luxurious tales of dark Victorian and Gothic splendor – returns to the Big Chair to help Brion and I workshop a marvelous magical spin on a venerable theater superstition offered up by Guest Writer Mac McEntire.  Mac’s tale may be YA or midgrade, but it’s filled with many levels of genuine drama, humor, and character nuance. With all our theatrical enthusiasm escalating our natural delight in seeking out the awesomeness of a story, we all find many paths to explore on our way to a mountain of Literary Gold! (and if you are somehow able to hold more writerly goodness in your head, check out Leanna’s Showcase Episode!)

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First Anniversary Episode, Part II (Guest Hosts: J. Daniel Sawyer and John Mierau)

March 19, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, First Anniversary Episode pt II, with J. Daniel Sawyer, John Mierau, and Dave RobisonWe conclude our anniversary celebration with a remarkable workshop worthy of the first year of our quest for Literary Gold.

We have our returning Guest Host, J. Daniel Sawyer – author of sweeping sci-fi thrillers, rich and complex mysteries, comprehensive guides and resources for writers, and so many more artistic and literary explorations – lending his substantial vision and experience to the workshop. Add to that the articulate and insightful John Mierau, another veteran Guest Host of the Roundtable and crafter of exquisite tales with casts of nuanced and complex characters. With these two creative trailblazers as our guides we launch into a workshop… of my story!

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John Mierau

My tale of a young woman’s shame in denying her child an honorable death in a culture that reveres their sacrificed innocents spawns a remarkable discussion, affirming once again our decision to bring seasoned and experienced authors to the table. Dan, John, and Brion all helped reveal layers of both the story AND my approach to it that gave a new appreciation of my own process and the depth of the story I had undertaken. In short, it was a smorgasbord of Literary Gold. (and you can load your plate with more fabulous insights at Dan’s Showcase Episode AND you can check out John’s Past Showcase and Workshop Episodes as well)

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Anniversary Episode, pt II (Guest Hosts: J. Daniel Sawyer and John Mierau)

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