Story Grid Editors Roundtable
By Jarie Bolander, Valerie Francis, Anne Hawley, Kim Kessler, and Leslie Watts
To listen to an audio podcast, mouse over the title and click Play. Open iTunes to download and subscribe to podcasts.
This is a show dedicated to helping you become a better editor. Each week Story Grid Editors Jarie Bolander, Valerie Francis, Anne Hawley, Kim Kessler, and Leslie Watts analyze a film from one of the 12 Story Grid content genres and discuss it using the Editor’s Six Core Questions as developed by Shawn Coyne.
||CleanWar Story - The Hurt Locker||It’s the chaos of war this week as the Roundtable team goes into The Hurt Locker, Mark Boal’s Oscar-winning war drama directed by Kathryn Bigelow.||6/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPsychological Thriller - Gone Girl||This week the Roundtable team disappears into Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, and comes back with a verdict of Psychological Thriller, with an extra dose of disturbing.||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpecial Episode - Story Grid 101: The Editor's Six Core Questions||It’s Story Grid 101: The Editor's Six Core Questions. What do they mean? Why do you need them? How do they help you edit your novel? The Roundtable team stacks it all up for you in this special episode.||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHorror - Carrie||It’s bucket-o-blood time as the Roundtable team tackles the Horror genre with Kimberly Peirce’s 2013 remake of the Stephen King classic Carrie. Screenplay by Stephen King and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.||5/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLove Story - Brokeback Mountain||This week we embrace the Love Story once again as we camp out on Brokeback Mountain, Ang Lee’s 2005 multiple-Oscar-winning masterpiece about the love affair between two cowboys in Wyoming. The screenplay is by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, based on||5/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAction - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon||The Roundtablers soar this week into Ang Lee’s 2003 “Wung-fu” Action + Society mashup Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the story of a secret young woman warrior and her attempts to be free of all her masters. The screenplay is by Hui Ling Wang, bas||5/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPerformance-Hidden Figures||The Roundtablers lift off into the Performance genre this week with the 2015 Oscar nominee Hidden Figures, which tells the story of three remarkable African-American women and their real-life achievements in the face of racism at NASA. The screenplay is||5/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Idea Nonfiction - In Defense of Food||This week we put food on the Roundtable as we study the 2015 Big Idea Nonfiction documentary In Defense of Food, by Edward Gray based on the book by Michael Pollan. Visit us on Twitter @StoryGridRT and let us know what you think of our analysis.||4/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCrime - Double Indemnity||This week the Roundtable team investigates the claims of Double Indemnity, the 1944 film noir classic about murder and insurance fraud, with screenplay by Raymond Chandler and Billy Wilder. Visit us on Twitter @StoryGridRT and let us know what you think||4/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWorldview or Society - Dead Poets Society||The Roundtable team waxes lyrical over the 1989 movie Dead Poets Society, directed by Peter Weir with screenplay by Tom Schulman. What we thought was a Global Worldview Story could actually be a Society Story. Visit us on Twitter @StoryGridRT and let us||3/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWestern - True Grit||In this week’s episode, the team rides off across wide-open country with the 1969 Western True Grit, written by Marguerite Roberts based on Charles Portis’s bestselling 1968 novel. Visit us on Twitter @StoryGridRT and let us know what you think of o||3/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPolitical Thriller - Marathon Man||In this week’s episode, the team drills into the 1976 thriller Marathon Man, written by William Goldman based on his novel. Visit us on Twitter @StoryGridRT and let us know what you think of our analysis.||3/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAction - Jack the Giant Slayer||The Roundtablers make the long climb up Jack the Giant Slayer, the 2013 Action-Adventure CGI extravaganza, written by Darren Lemke, Christopher McQuarrie and Dan Studney and directed by Bryan Singer. Share your thoughts on our analysis or ask questions||3/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRedemption - The Muppet Christmas Carol||The Roundtablers know what the Dickens they’re doing this week as they pay a ghostly visit to The Muppet Christmas Carol, the 1992 music-and-puppets version of the classic scary Morality tale, with screenplay by Jerry Juhl based on the story by Charle||2/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSociety - Thelma and Louise||In this week’s episode, the team drives right up to the edge with the 1991 Society movie Thelma and Louise, Oscar-winning screenplay by Callie Khouri, directed by Ridley Scott. Share your thoughts on our analysis or ask questions on Twitter @StoryGrid||2/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBrotherhood War Story - A Midnight Clear||In this week’s episode, the Roundtable goes to war with the tragically underrated 1992 Brotherhood War movie A Midnight Clear, written and directed by Keith Gordon, and based on the 1982 novel by William Wharton. Share your thoughts on our analysis or||2/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCourtship Love Story - The Bridges of Madison County||It’s love, loss and longing this week as the Roundtable team crosses The Bridges of Madison County, the 1995 film written by Richard LaGravenese from Robert James Waller’s 1992 novel. Visit us on Twitter @StoryGridRT and let us know what you think o||2/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStatus Genre - Gladiator||In this week’s episode, we examine the 2000 Status/Admiration epic Gladiator, written by David Franzoni, John Logan, and William Nicholson. Let us know what you think of our analysis. You can reach us on Twitter @StoryGridRT.||2/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThriller Genre - Hot Fuzz||In this week’s episode, the team takes a look at the 2007 British comedy thriller Hot Fuzz, written by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg. Let us know what you think of our analysis. See full show notes at storygrid.com/roundtable||1/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHorror Genre - Alien||In this week’s episode, the team takes a look at Ridley Scott’s 1979 Horror classic Alien, written by Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett. Let us know what you think of our analysis. See full show notes at storygrid.com/roundtable||1/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPerformance Genre - Billy Elliot||In this week’s episode, the team takes a look at the 2000 Performance genre movie Billy Elliot, written by Lee Hall. Let us know what you think of our analysis. View the Story Grid Foolscap and other notes at storygrid.com/roundtable||1/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Useful for Editors and Writers Alike
This is a second generation application of Shawn Coyne’s method of understanding why a story works and where to adjust it if it doesn’t. The podcasters prepare, so our listening time isn’t wasted. Their explanations of how each story “fits the Grid” teach or reinforce the method of dissecting storytelling, whether that week’s story happens to be your genre or not. Sometimes they even explain in such a way that I gain entry into an SG concept that I didn’t quite get before. Finally, they pepper their discussion with connection points to other story-masters, so we see the universality of story structure. IMHO you should subscribe to this podcast because it’ll improve your writing and/or editing craft.
Great show for learning about a genre
I’m an editor and I love this show. It’s really helpful to hear breakdowns of iconic stories. I will be using these episodes to help clients understand what readers will expect from stories in the genre they write in. What plot points do they need to hit? How can they progressively raise the stakes? What does it take to have a satisfying ending? This podcast is kind of like a cheat sheet for editors and writers.
Big fan of story grid and the story good podcast. This is a great way to find out more of those mandatory scenes for storytelling. Everyone is really on their game here!
Listeners also subscribed to
- The Petal to the Metal: A Writing Podcast with Rachael Herron and J. Thorn
- J. Thorn and Rachael Herron
- View in iTunes