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Aug 31, 2017

This week we have Mike Stop Continues back to discuss literary fiction. What makes a work literary? How is it different from genre fiction? Is there really a value judgment to be made when comparing the two? We discuss some of our favorite literary novels from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to Michael Chabon's The Amazing...


Aug 24, 2017

This week, Alida, Kathryn, and Robert discuss cliffhangers. What are they? How do they differ from end hooks? Should you use them? Can you do them well? What risks do you face when you present your readers with a cliffhanger?

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Aug 17, 2017

Alida and Kathryn welcome award-winning fantasy author Alina Sayre back to the show as part of our genre series. We have a fun conversation about genre expectations, tropes, cross genre fantasies, suspense of disbelief, multiple POV stories, and more!


Aug 10, 2017

This week, we welcome author Mike Stop Continues to the round table to delve deeper into the art of foreshadowing. We define foreshadowing, discuss its variations, and provide many examples from literature, ranging from Romeo and Juliet to Fight Club.


Aug 3, 2017

Alida, Kathryn, and Robert welcome Chris Fox back to continue our discussion of science fiction. This week, we focus on plotting those science fiction stories. What makes a book science fiction? What about mixed genre science fiction? What trends do we see in science fiction? 

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