Category: ‘Workshop Episodes’

Workshop Episode 68 (Guest Host: Jeanne Cavelos)

December 9, 2014 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 68, with Jeanne Cavelos and Austin Malone

If you’re going to workshop a story, you might as well do it right… bring in a scientist who has also been an editor with Dell, founded two editorial lines of books, published three novels for a hugely successful television franchise, AND has spent the last 20 years leading one of the top literary workshops in the industry. That’s exactly what we did, inviting Jeanne Cavelos, founder and lead instructor of the Odyssey Writers Workshop back to the Big Chair to brainstorm a story idea.

(Spoilers… it’s fabulous)

Our creageous (creative and courageous) Guest Writer is Austin Malone who brings a YA fantasy tale of an island forged by three goddesses and fueled by a powerful magic. Austin’s tale of Peth and his quest thwart his destiny and purge the island of corruption sends Jeanne, myself, and co-host Doc Coleman on an epic journey of writerly brainstorming, weaving threads of story mojo into a tapestry of Literary Gold. Cuz… that’s pretty much what we do around here. Click the “PLAY” button and see for yourself (and if you’re still primed for more writerly goodness, make your way over to Jeanne’s superb Showcase Episode!)

PROMO:  The Odyssey Writers Workshop

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Workshop Episode 66 (Guest Host: Karen Healey)

November 11, 2014 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 66, with Karen Healey and Emery Colin

Karen Healey – educator, advocate, and author of astonishing YA novels like “When We Wake” and the newly-released sequel “While We Run” – returns to the Big Chair at the Roundtable to catalyze our brainstorming efforts into a maelstrom of awesomeness with her storytelling mojo (spoilers: she succeeds). Joined by the eloquent and insightful Katie Bryski (author of Hapax, numerous short tales, AND a children’s opera), the stage is set for a fabulous story workshop.

This week’s Guest Writer, Emery Colin, brings a very cool tale to the table, one that blends SciFi and Fantasy with a mysterious mythic heritage. A stranded transport, ancient orders, demons, and an inexperienced protagonist assigned a perilous task are the ingredients for a brainstorming buffet that leads us inevitably to discover a lost relic forged of – you guessed it – Literary Gold (and if your thirst for writerly goodness remains unslaked, then I recommend you check out Karen’s Showcase Episode!).

PROMO:  “DanDan The Art Man Book Reviews

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Workshop Episode 65 (Guest Hosts: Janet and Chris Morris)

October 28, 2014 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 63, with David Annandale and Jim Ryan

This week,  Janet Morris and Chris Morris – authors of  The Sacred Band of Stepsons series, “I, the Sun“, and the Heroes in Hell series, and so much more – return to the Big Chairs at the Roundtable to infuse our story brainstorming with their incredible writing mojo. Joined by my co-host, the eloquent and insightful Michael R. Underwood ( “The Younger Gods“, “Shield and Crocus“, “Geekomancy” and more), this can only be described as a Master Class Story Workshop.

Our “creageous” Guest Writer (both creative AND courageous) for this episode is Melissa L. Hayden, curator and evil genius at the “My World in Words and Pages” blog. Melissa brings a tale of patricide and political upheaval in a land of dragons and ancient magic… a veritable buffet of story goodness. As the workshop unfolds, Janet, Chris, and Michael explore unexpected and startling paths of insight and inquiry, teasing out some potent thematic, character, and story elements.

To say that Literary Gold abounds would be an understatement… this is one of the finest literary workshops in which I’ve had the pleasure of participating. Click the “Play” button, sit back, and let the muse inspire you. (and if you haven’t tuned in to Janet and Chris’s Showcase Episode, then that’s you’re next stop for writerly awesomeness).

PROMO:  “Glow-In-The-Dark Radio” featuring Mike Luoma

Workshop Episode 65 (Guest Hosts: Janet and Chris Morris)

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Workshop Episode 64 (Guest Host: Bradley P. Beaulieu)

October 14, 2014 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 63, with David Annandale and Jim Ryan

Brad Beaulieu – author of lush and richly-rendered epic fantasy tales and co-host of the fabulous Speculate podcast – returns to the Big Chair at the Roundtable to workshop a tale of nerds transported into a an epic fantasy world.

The story is conjured from the imagination of creagous Guest Writer, John McCarthy (Surfside Jack to his friends), a coming of age tale of thwarted destinies, grim nemeses, and the fate of worlds hanging in the balance. Moses Siregar joins me as co-host and together we delve into the tale, exploring everything from genre to character arc, worldbuilding to romance. It’s a classic brainstorming froth that culminates in a trove of Literary Gold for all.  (and there’s more writerly goodness awaiting you in Brad’s exceptional Showcase Episode too!).

PROMO: Bryan Lincoln Productions presents… “Hidden Harbor Mysteries

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Workshop Episode 63 (Guest Host: David Annandale)

September 30, 2014 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 63, with David Annandale and Jim Ryan

David Annandale – professor of fiction, film and horror, and author of tales of terror and dark mayhem – returns to the Big Chair at the Roundtable to help us workshop of  hellish  trials and virtual damnation.

The tale is offered up by writer/podcaster Jim Ryan whose story of a nefarious software developer trapped in his own virtual construct of hell sets our creative fires ablaze! Joined by co-host, Jennifer Melzer (author and editor of fabulous tales), we embark on a journey through the treacherous paths of this fabulous concept worthy of Dante himself. Fortunately, the paths are strewn with Literary Gold and we fill our pockets every step of the way. You can can, too… just hit that PLAY button (and, if you haven’t heard it yet, jump into the Wayback machine and check out David’s superb Showcase Episode too!).

PROMO: “Far Lost” by John Meirau at Serving Worlds.com

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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).

PROMO: The Flash Pulp Podcast

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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).

PROMO: “Glow-In-The-Dark Radio” featuring Mike Luoma

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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).

PROMO: “DanDan the Art Man Book Reviews

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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).

PROMO: “The Flashpulp Podcast

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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!)

PROMO: “19 Nocturne Boulevard

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