By Baker Lawley, Jody Gehrman, Tommy Zurhellen
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Fiction School is on a mission to help you have Serious Fun writing your best stuff. We're three irreverent writing professors, and award-winning authors, podcasting to help you become a better creative writer, no matter where you are with your writing, no matter if you can afford to take a class or not. We believe that writing is important, and that telling a good story matters. It's serious work. But we don’t take ourselves TOO seriously about it. Because telling stories, as important as it is, is a hell of a lot of fun. Or it had better be, if you want people to read your writing. It's Serious Fun. Fiction School. We’re storytellers. We’re professors who love to talk about writing. We’re writers, too. Come help us bring Good Prose to the People!
||ExplicitThe Back-To-School Special: Updates from the MFA Underground | Fiction School Podcast #46||Remember the Trapper Keeper? It was so badass, especially when you could poke a hole in a corner and blow it up like a balloon. I did that almost every day in fourth grade. - Every fall in those salad days of elementary school,||1/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitWorld Building and the Myth of Prewriting | Fiction School Podcast #45||Here are things that Tommy Zurhellen doesn't believe in: Santa Claus. The Bermuda Triangle. The Ghost of Bear Bryant. And...prewriting. - That's right, 'Schoolers. There's no such thing as prewriting, and there's no such thing as preheating your oven.||1/7/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitThe New Year’s Writing Resolutions Show, 2015 Edition | Fiction School Podcast #44||So, uh, yeah. It's been a while. We resolve to not let so many days pass between shows in 2015 (until Baker's twins come. Might miss a few around then.). We're sorry we've been away, and we missed y'all. - Anyway, today on the show,||1/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitGetting Writing Done When You’re In a Life Jam | Fiction School Podcast #43||Hey there--long time no see...er, hear. Yeah, the irreverent professors of Fiction School have been a bit erstwhile with our podcast of late. - But we've got good reasons, y'all. We're busy putting out books and getting famous and drinking marga...||11/25/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitCelebrate DRAGON DAY! Shameless Self-Promotion for Writers | Fiction School Podcast #42||It's hard to come up with an idea for a story or novel, and it's hard to write it, and it's hard to edit it. But what might be the hardest thing? Getting people to pay attention to your writing. - This week,||10/19/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitAudiobooks are Awesome, and How To Get Your Work Into Audio | Fiction School Podcast #41||Remember how, when you were a kid, you loved having a story read to you? You loved hearing a story out loud? There was just something about it, some soothing magic, that only a story told out loud can provide. - But, hey, now that you're all grown up,||10/9/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitWorking With Editors, When To Listen and When To Ignore Them | Fiction School Podcast #40||We got a great question from Casey, a Fiction School listener who won a flash fiction contest (GO CASEY! Fiction School congratulates you on overcoming your listening of our podcast in order to win. We take no credit.). In the glory of his win,||10/3/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitReading Your Work to Strangers and Promoting Your Fiction | Fiction School Podcast #39||One magical summer, two writers who'd been friends forever decided to raise a little hell. They piled boxes of books, some camping gear, a few changes of clothes, and a cooler full of sauerkraut and beer into the back of a Camry.||9/24/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitPlot vs. Character, Deepening Fiction with Subplot, and Giraffes | Fiction School Podcast #38||Tommy's freaking out. He left a bouquet of flowers to surprise his girlfriend, but he's worried that some wild giraffe or wolf or leprechaun is going to steal them or eat them or something. - And somehow this relates to a good question from listener.||9/17/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitAnnouncing Jody’s New Book BOMBSHELL, Staying Nervous as a Writer and Releasing Your Work | Fiction School Podcast #37||Writers all dream of that day when their book goes out into the world. Your first one is special, but it never gets old, either. This week on the show, we're celebrating Jody's latest book release, Bombshell (published with Cosmo Red-Hot Reads from Ha.||9/10/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitTo MFA or Not? The Back-To-School Special | Fiction School Podcast #36||So, we took the summer off. We're sorry. No, we're not--it was GREAT--but it's also great to be back. Thanks for your emails asking us if we were still alive, still friends, still podcasting. Yes, yes, and yes.||9/5/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitHow Writing Retreats Can Grow Your Career | Fiction School Podcast #35||Sometimes there are just too many dishes in the sink to get that line of dialogue right. The TV is too loud to make that first sentence sing, you know? Real life. It gets in the way of Fictionland all too often. -||7/14/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitWriting Faster, Being Prolific, and Increasing Your Writing Speed IF You Want To | Fiction School Podcast #34||Writing is a weird art form because it's so solitary. We sit in a nice artist's garret, or steal away a moment at our cubicle, or toil in a slightly damp and purple-walled dungeon (like Baker's basement office). - And since we're alone,||6/9/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitWriting Science Fiction and Fantasy with Special Guest David Barr Kirtley | Fiction School Podcast #33||Yeah, it SAYS #33, but this shoulda been #30. But. Of course. When we invite a science fiction writer on our podcast, that's the ONLY time the tech stuff goes wrong and a digital gremlin gobbles up our show... Oh, irony. -||5/29/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitWriting Every Day, or Not, and How To Get Back in the Saddle After Not Writing | Fiction School Podcast #32||Weeeee're baaaaaaaack... Actually...we never really went away. We just got crazy busy, all three of us, with end-of-semester duties and grading and that kind of thing. 'Tis the life of the prof. - Our unplanned hiatus inspired us to talk about how ...||5/22/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitShould Writers Use a Pen Name? The Adventures of Beauregard Cornpopper | Fiction School Podcast #31||This week, the show isn't by us, it's by Nitro Jenny Jo, Hydrogen Z, and Little Deuce Lawley. Because we're talking all about Pen Names on the show this week. We got a cool email from David Cross (but not that David Cross), and it was written so well,||4/24/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Top Tools for Writers | Fiction School Podcast #30||I'm always jealous of creative types that get to have cool tools: painters with their big canvases, brushes, and smudges of color all over them; photographers with cameras and lenses and lights; dancers and their special shoes and those sweatshirt legg...||4/10/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Quickie Guide to Writing Flash Fiction and Really Short Stories | Fiction School Podcast #29||This week, the epic struggle between Team Tommy and Team Jody reaches a new stratosphere, when Jody hangs up on the podcast. That's right. Girl couldn't take it anymore, so she just slammed down the phone in true Hollywood style. - But not really.||4/3/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitHow To Keep Tension Rising, and Rising, and Rising in Your Book | Fiction School Podcast #28||This week, we're answering a voicemail from Bonnie J. Rough, who actually made a guest appearance on Episode 25. - Her question was a great one that many writers (including us) struggle with: how do you make sure you keep the tension rising in the rig...||3/27/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitWriting Across Genres with special guest Deanna Raybourn | Fiction School Podcast #27||What do you do if you're the kind of writer who likes to set books in the past, in interesting locations, but then your instincts tell you that the story has something mysterious happen there, too? And also, yeah,||3/20/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitWriting Sherlock Holmes, Researching Smarter, and Having a Career as a Writer with special guest Laurie R. King | Fiction Schoo||You know how, when you ask some writers for advice, they'll say something like "Apply the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair," and it's so unhelpful it's kind of infuriating? - But then you ask other writers,||3/13/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitHow To Revise a Big Ol’ Book-Length Project: Advice From Over a Dozen Writers | Fiction School Podcast #25||Sometimes, you just can't stop the good times from rollin'. Like this week, many special things happened. First, Tommy's pleading and begging for all these weeks finally came into fruition. It happened. We. Got. A. Voicemail.||3/6/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitTips and Tricks for Writing Action Scenes, from Baseball to Face-Punching to Maritime Madness | Fiction School Podcast #24||Anton Chekhov said, "If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off." - Well, Fiction School says if there's a fist in Chapter 1,||2/27/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitWriters and the Web: How to Use the Internet to Reach Your Readers | Fiction School Podcast #23||Lots of people are saying it's the best time in the history of the world to be a writer. It may be true. There's lots of cool stuff going on, amazing opportunities writers couldn't have dreamed of years ago. -||2/20/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitWriting Strategies with Point of View and Tense | Fiction School Podcast #22||We got a great question from our contact page from a listener, Rich, so we decided to do a show on it. Here's Rich's email to us: Hi All, Love the show; I download the (free!) podcasts from iTunes and I'm about halfway through. -||2/13/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitWriting Noir and Crime Fiction with special guest Megan Abbott | Fiction School Podcast #21||Fiction School is so stoked to have Megan Abbott on the show this week. She's one of the best writers of noir and crime fiction in the business today, and she's also an awesome and nice person. (It's good to chat with a nice person about, as she says,||1/30/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitJudging a Book By Its Cover: What Makes A Good Cover, Why They Matter So Much…and DRAGONS! | Fiction School Podcast #20||This week we're celebrating the cover release of Tommy's next book in the Messiah Trilogy, Armageddon, Texas, forthcoming from Atticus Books. And may we say: DRAGON!! It's an awesome cover, and inspired a great conversation about book covers. Congrats,||1/23/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitHow to End a Story: Cliffhangers, Closure and Retrospective Inevitability | Fiction School Podcast #19||There’s that moment when a book you're reading has just a few pages left, and you get a little anxious. You don’t want it to end, maybe. Or you’re dying to know whodunit. Will the girl get the guy? Will the misfits return home safely? -||1/16/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitHorror Writing, New Trends, and Graphic Narratives with “The Wonder Woman of Horror,” literary agent Bree Ogden | Fiction S||This week on the show, we welcome a true literary Renaissance Woman to the show: Bree Ogden. - She's a literary agent with D4EO Literary Agency, an editor with the macabre children’s magazine Underneath the Juniper Tree, an instructor at LitReactor.||1/9/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitIt’s A New Year, and Fiction School’s Gonna Help You Have Your Best Writing Year EVER. | Fiction School Podcast #17||Hey. You. With the typewriter. And the bookshelves, the imagination. It's me. The new year. - Yeah, you might've bought a Cute Kitties calendar of me, but I'm here to tell you: This Is Gonna Be Your Best Year As A Writer.||1/2/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Power of Names and Nicknames: How to choose the perfect one for your fictional characters | Fiction School Podcast #16||"What's in a name?" Shakespeare asked. - Fiction School's here to answer and we say, "Brother, a whole hell of a lot." - On this episode of the Fiction School Podcast, we go deep into the thorny labyrinth of choosing a name for your fictional charact...||12/26/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitWriting Character-Driven Stories with Round Characters | Fiction School Podcast #15||The local weirdo with the pet rat, the eccentric barista with the tattoo of an ironing board, the incompetent boss, the highfalutin poet. Good characters are the stuff of life. - But do we love character-driven stories?||12/19/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Insider’s Guide to Publishing with Small Literary Presses with special guest Dan Cafaro, Founder of Atticus Books | Ficti||What could be more inspiring, more noble, than a book lover who sees the world of modern publishing, in all its chaos and strange bedfellows merger frenzy, and thinks, "Hey, I think I'll start a small independent press!" -||12/12/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitReading Like A Writer and Using Your Influences to Grow Your Writing Voice: The Thankfulness Show | Fiction School Podcast #13||This week, it's The Thankful Show, about reading influential books and writers, finding inspiration for your writing, and using your writing influences to grow your voice as a writer.||11/27/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitThe New World of Self-Publishing, Indie Authors and the DIY Revolution for Writers | Fiction School Podcast #12||Tools, resources, considerations, self-promotion, work ethic, and lots more about the world of self-publishing. (And also the legend of Yukon Jack!)||11/21/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Business of Writing, Getting a Literary Agent, and Getting Published, with special guest Adriann Ranta of Wolf Literary Ser||Adriann Ranta of Wolf Literary Services gives us some great insights into the writer-agent relationship, tips for querying an agent, what's in and what's out in publishing at the moment, how the publishing industry is changing,||11/14/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitWhen Readers Strike Back: How to Understand and Use Reader Feedback | Fiction School Podcast #10||What to do with reader comments when you revise your fiction||11/7/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitThe SPOOKY Secrets of Paranormal Writing | Fiction School Podcast #9||Fiction School gets spooky and talks all about writing good paranormal fiction. Listen, if you dare! Mwaaaahahaha!||10/31/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitWriting From Real Life in Fiction and Memoir, with special guest Suzanne Morrison | Fiction School Podcast #8||It's weird being a writer. Everything you do is research. Everyone you meet could end up on a page you write. Everything that happens to you might happen to a character someday. - A perfect quip somebody whips out in an argument? A 3 a.m.||10/24/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitUsing Minor Characters, Sidekicks, and Flat Characters to Drive Your Story | Fiction School Podcast #7||We're talking sidekicks, minor characters, and flat characters: how to use them effectively to drive your story, how they can complement your main characters, and the secret ingredients they can add to your story that the main character's can't.||10/17/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitWriting Romance, Love Stories, and Sex Scenes | Fiction School Podcast Episode #6||When we're little, romance stories end in "happily ever after." But then, a little later, a few hormones coursing through us and we wonder what happens after happily ever after. Especially, you know, immediately after. -||10/10/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitSecrets of Writing a Novel Series | Fiction School Podcast #5||One of the best things to happen in the world books recently? It's gotta be all the series and serialization of stories. - Maybe it's the influence of TV and the show addictions we all have. Maybe it's the rise of indie authors and how they can writ..||10/3/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitUsing Setting and Place to Power Your Writing | Fiction School Podcast #4||When we get on the Google Hangout to tape this show on setting, Tommy appears in this ridiculously ornate, immaculate, stunning room, with frescoes on the ceiling and detailing in every tiny crevice, and (probably) this tiny man who runs around sweepin...||9/26/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitHow To Write Great Dialogue | Fiction School Podcast Episode #3||In this show: how to create a genuine voice; capturing rhythm that feels real; combining dialogue with movement and action; and more. http://www.fictionschool.com/how-to-write-great-dialogue-fs003||9/23/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitHow To Start a Story: What Makes A Great Beginning | Fiction School Podcast #2||In this episode, we talk about the connection between beginnings and writer's block, the essential jobs the opening of a story or novel has to do, and tactics you can use write your way into your story, and lots more. Full show notes at http://www.||9/23/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitHow To Use Story Structure (or, Not) – Fiction School Podcast #1||Nothing like kicking off a new podcast with a good ol' fashioned argument. On this episode of Fiction School, Jody and Baker discussed ways that using story structure and outlining help them write better and faster,||9/21/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
Fiction School is good fun!
I'm really enjoying this podcast so far! It's still new, but the hosts are all experienced writers and know what they're talking about, and they keep it fun and interesting. They seem like they'd be great to have as teachers. It's cool to hear them talk about their writing and books they've written, to see inside the writing process, but they also always make sure that it's really helpful to everybody who's listening that is interested in writing.
I love your different perspectives on the topics you discuss. Not only are my own ideas reaffirmed but I get to branch out and understand points of view foreign to me. I feel this dialogue among writers inspire and help us improve.
Like having a professor right next to you!
I have to say the input these 3 authors give is amazing, while they each have their own writing style they all know what they are talking about. I started listening when it was just episode 3. Following the podcast I've gotten the motivation to start writing the story I've had in my head for years. Then I emailed the website and asked a few questions and I got a response back 2 days later! The greatest feeling in the world. These writers care and it is wonderful to receive input and advice from them. If you are thinking of writing a story of any kind I recommend listening to this podcast...and take notes
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