Posts Tagged: ‘fantasy’

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 42 (Guest Host: Michael Sullivan)

December 18, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 42, with Michael Sullivan and Ben LoveMichael Sullivan – erudite and eloquent author of the “Riyria Revelations” and the forthcoming “Riyria Chronicles” – returns to the Big Chair at the Roundtable to help us workshop a fantasy noire tale offered by Ben Love (co-host of the “First Million Words” podcast). The synergy around the table is amazing as everyone weighs in, exploring, expanding, and rhapsodizing on Ben’s excellent idea, building on each others inspirations. It’s classic Roundtable goodness, friends, with the inevitable outcome… Literary Gold for everybody! (and once you’re done here, check out Michael’s Showcase Episode!)

PROMO:ShadowOps: Fortress Frontier” by Myke Cole

 

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Workshop Episode 39 (Guest Host: Cecilia Tan)

November 27, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 39, with Cecilia Tan and Nobilis Reed Cecilia Tan – author, visionary, and activist who’s passions are as diverse as the literary works they inspire – returns to the Big Chair at the Roundtable to infuse this Workshop episode with he unique and eloquent brand of literary awesomeness. We are joined by Guest Writer Nobilis Reed, a veteran author in his own right with a wealth of stories, podcasts, and audio adventures to his  name. His erotic noire steampunk fantasy (yeah, that’s right… a four-genre mash-up. One might say a veritable orgy of genres *rimshot*) inspires a vigorous discussion from all sides of the table, which leads – as always – to a mighty hoard of Literay Gold. (And, after you fill your pockets, there’s even more writerly goodness in Cecilia’s Showcase Episode!)

PROMO: Scrolls by Paul Elard Cooley

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Workshop Episode 34 (Guest Host: Maurice Broaddus)

October 23, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 34, with Maurice Broaddus and Zach RicksMaurice Broaddus – author of the “Knights of Breton Court” series, editor of the “Dark Faith” anthologies (with Jerry Gordon), crafter of worlds and tales of wonder – returns to the Big Chair at the Roundtable to help me and co-host Ryan Stevenson workshop an alt history fantasy by podcaster and Guest Writer Zach Ricks. Zach’s tale – described as “James Bond in Harry Potter’s world during the time of Downton Abby” – launches us into a frothing brainstorming session, dealing with alternate global politics, romantic triangles, nefarious plots, and a huge dragon slumbering under Yellowstone Park. Literary gold abounds! (and there’s even more to be found in Maurice’s Showcase Episode!)

PROMO: Harlan’s Wake by John Mierau on the Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine

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Workshop Episode 22 (Guest Host: Seanan McGuire)

July 31, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 22, with Seanan McGuire and Gloria Sigountos Seanan McGuire is the full artistic package, the triple threat, expressing the keen edge of her spirit through paint, pixel and pen, producing web comics and other traditional art.  She commandeered a time machine exclusively for this podcast so she could actually have an hour to sit in the Big Chair and help us workshop a story. Our Guest Writer, Gloria Sigountos, serves up an fresh and innovative tale of kidnapping, intrigue, mercenary scoundrels, magical siblings, and general mayhem.  It’s a delightful frothing tale that launches everyone into an amazing discussion. Grab hold of something and hit that PLAY button! (and once you’ve recovered from this onslaught of awesomeness, check out Seanan’s Fabulous Showcase Episode!)

PROMO: Must Be Nice Studio’s production of “Who Goes There?” (written and produced by Clay Dugger)

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Workshop Episode 16 (Guest Host: Paul Elard Cooley)

June 19, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 16, with Paul E. Cooley and Christopher WrightPaul Elard Cooley – acknowledged Fiendmaster and purveyor of dark psychological  and paranormal horror tales (not to mention the despicable things he does to Muppets) – settles in at the dark end of the Roundtable to workshop a tale by writer and webcomic creator Christoper Wright. Chris brings us a civilized murder mystery set in a rich and complex world fraught with political struggle, mad gods, and strange magics. There’s a lot to talk about, including handling info dumps, the nature of “serious” characters, and dealing with HUGE frickin’ worlds in a story. (you can also check out Paul’s Showcase Episode!)

 PROMO: The Hollywood Outsider (http://www.thehollywoodoutsider.com/)

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