Episode 165: Required Elements – Character Arcs

On November 6, 2021 Kasie and Rex took on character arcs and how a protagonist’s journey is the reason we tell stories in the first place. Here are the show notes: Theme for the day Character Arcs Agenda SCWA Upcoming events and goings-on What is a Character Arc? Does your book have to have one?…

Episode 114: Raise the Stakes

On September 26, 2020, Kasie and Rex took on the escalating tension and drama that makes your story less boring. Here’s what it means to Raise the Stakes: Theme for the day Raise the Stakes Agenda Join our community on Patreon What are stakes? Why do you need them? Low, high, internal, and other types…

Episode 65: The Horror Genre Episode

On October 19, we took on Horror as a genre. Here are the show notes: Theme for the day What You Need to Know about Horror (as a genre) Agenda Horror 101 – definitions, etc. Familiar tropes, traditions, and other expected things in horror novels Film vs. Novel and the continuity or lackthereof  Segment 1…

Episode 51: The Structure of a Short Story

On July 13th, we revisited our Short Story discussion this time focusing on structure. Here are the show notes: Theme for the day Short Story — Structure Agenda Short Story Basics Structure of a short story How to Write a Short Story Segment 1 So last week we kicked off Short Story month by talking…

Episode 39: The Mentor & The Goddess

On April 20th, Kasie and Rex added to the discussion of the Hero’s Journey with this look into the mentor and the goddess, two more staples in hero tales. Here are the show notes: Introductions Dr. Kasie Whitener, Clemson Road Creative, fiction writer Rex Hurst, English Instructor, fiction writer Theme for the day Use of…