Out on the Wire
By Jessica Abel
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Out on the Wire is the show about making stories, step by step. Join cartoonist Jessica Abel as she breaks down the principles of storytelling and puts you on the path to crafting your own story—in prose, comics, audio, video—in any narrative art form, fiction or nonfiction. Featuring radio and podcasting star producers from This American Life, Radiolab, Planet Money, Snap Judgment, and many more. Listen, learn, and collaborate with us to make something great.
||CleanOut on the Wire Episode 9: Make It Work||It’s one thing to finish a story, it’s another to make stories your career. In our final episode of season one of Out on the Wire we talk to three creative professionals, Jakob Lewis of the podcast Neighbors, Dave Kellett of the comics...||1/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOut on the Wire Episode 8.5: Workshop||Dan Waldschmidt and Matthew Williamson just produced the pilot episode of a podcast called "Ordinary Heroes," but they know they need a new point of view on it — time for an edit! Dan and Matthew bravely volunteered to go...||1/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOut on the Wire Episode 8: Your Baby's Ugly||Our stories are our babies, but not all babies are cute. This week, we figure out just how far we’ve still got to go when we take a finished draft of our own show and subject it to the cold scrutiny of an edit by Robert Smith and Jess Jiang of...||1/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOut on the Wire Episode 7.5: Workshop||Céline Keller is making an autobiographical audio story about how she turned her life upside-down in order to raise two wild baby boars on her father’s remote farm in Germany. It sounded good on paper, but now she’s stuck in the...||12/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOut on the Wire Episode 7: Dark Forest||The Dark Forest is where we go when we're deep in the writing process and lose our way. Overwhelming feelings of self-doubt, confusion, and inadequacy threaten to halt our stories’ progress. Sometimes, we forget why we started on the path in the...||12/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOut on the Wire Episode 6.5: Workshop||This week, Matt and Ben and Jessica critiquing scenes written by members of the Out on the Wire working group. An ethnographic memoir about marrying into a new culture, a literary biography of a dancer who found success copying the competition, and in..||12/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOut on the Wire Episode 6: Proof of Concept||It’s time to get some ink on that page. We’re in the lab, testing our story hypotheses in the crucible of the writing process. We put things in order, break them down, build them with little blocks, iterate, signpost, and answer the question,...||11/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOut on the Wire Episode 5.5: Workshop||This is our 5th workshop episode, where we discuss work posted the Out on the Wire working group. This week, interviewing—we talk about space monks, schadenfreude, the value of interviewing vs. reading for research, and how to feel confident as...||11/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOut on the Wire Episode 5: You're Not Lucky, You're Just Good||Don’t be lucky. Be good. Manufacture your own luck with the right kind of preparation for an interview. We hear from Zoe Chace, Robert Smith, Ira Glass and Jenna Weiss-Berman on how to research, prepare, and execute an interview that will provide...||11/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOut on the Wire: Interim||Young Ira Glass learns a lesson about how to make his own luck in this story that appears in Out on the Wire (the book), but didn’t fit in episode 5, about interviewing. Enjoy!||11/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOut on the Wire Episode 4.5: Workshop||In this week’s workshop, we’re critiquing work from the Episode 4: Bare Bones challenge: stories of a modern cinderella, a veteran seeking justice, and an antique dealer with attachment issues. Plus we riff on the idea of theme...||10/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOut on the Wire Episode 4: Bare Bones||This episode is a flight check: We’re making sure the underpinnings of our stories are tight and structured by utilising the narrative arc, chronology, and framing. You'll hear from Ira Glass, Chana Joffe-Walt, Sean Cole, and in a brand new...||10/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOut on the Wire Episode 3.5: Workshop||In our third workshop episode we critique a few of the character profiles posted in the Out on the Wire Working group. This week: stories about Lithium mixers, a future detective noir, a sci-fi allegory about identity, and the true story of a...||10/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOut on the Wire Episode 3: Walk In My Shoes||Today we dive deep into character, characters that let us walk in the shoes of someone else. But how can we create characters that feel genuine while also functioning to move the story? Glynn Washington, Joe Richman, Ira Glass, Jay Allison and more...||10/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOut on the Wire Episode 2.5: Workshop||In our second workshop episode we're talking about some of the focus sentences and XY story formulae posted in the Out on the Wire working group. This week: stories about going over Niagara Falls in a barrel, self-help, comedy and PTSD,...||9/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOut on the Wire Episode 2: Focus||How can we know if an idea is a good one? This time on Out on the Wire, we investigate how to refine story ideas using the focus sentence and the X/Y story formula. Plus, Ira Glass recounts a reporting trip gone sideways and Jay Allison's...||9/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOut on the Wire Episode 1.5: Workshop||In our first workshop episode, we take a crack at some of the great ideas popping up on the Out on the Wire Working Group. Join Jessica, Ben, and Matt as we dig into how to make your story ideas stronger.||9/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOut on the Wire Episode 1: Eureka||Out on the Wire is the show about making stories, step by step. Join cartoonist Jessica Abel as she breaks down the principles of storytelling and puts you on the path to crafting your own story—in prose, comics, audio, video—in any...||9/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
What A Find
I am so excited that I have found this podcast!
It came to me at the perfect time for my writing - inspiring and workable. I feel like I am in a writing class and I am LOVING IT!
Love it. Jessica and crew demystify the story process.
All about the craft of stories, incl. comics
I've had trouble finding any podcasts about the crafting of comic books, or the careers that sometimes go with that. But this podcast, while not restricted to the comics medium, feels that niche excellently.