Author Interviews on Fictional Settings (Episode 1.5)

Interviews with 5 Canadian authors for children and teens about their favourite fictional settings, feared real-life settings, and exercises they recommend to young writers who want to develop effective fictional settings. Hosted by Catherine Austen, with a story prompt at the end. 40 minutes. All ages.

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Things Hide in the Dark (Episode 1: Setting)

A 40-minute episode for young writers interested in developing a strong setting. With an original spooky story, “The Sacrifice”; setting examples from Beowulf, The Scorpio Races, and The Incredible Journey; interviews with Tim Wynne-Jones, Lori Weber, and Caroline Pignat; and a story prompt set in a creepy basement.

PG-13. A “Fright-Free” version adapted for younger listeners is available at, along with the original “Spooky” version.

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Cabin Tales Podcast Trailer

I’m having a blast developing my podcast, Cabin Tales: Spooky Stories for Young Writers. It’s morphing as it goes, but here’s the trailer for it.

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Cabin Tales Podcast Trailer


A 1-minute trailer for the upcoming podcast, Cabin Tales: Spooky Stories for Young Writers. Launching next week, Friday, August 7th, 2020. 


Trailer Transcript:

“Listen to Cabin Tales: Spooky Stories for Young Writers, a podcast where every episode focuses on one aspect of creative writing. Featuring original stories told around a fictional campfire, plus creative writing commentary, excerpts from classics, and interviews with some of Canada’s finest authors for children and young adults. Hosted by Catherine Austen. Launching August 7th, with new episodes every Friday at 30 minutes each. Visit for more information. Build a fire in your mind, seat some young storytellers around it, pull up a chair and listen in. Then take your turn and write your own tale.”


(Music credit: “Stories of the Old Mansion” by Akashic Records, provided by Jamendo, Standard license for online use)

Cabin Tales Podcast coming in July

Cabin Tales: Spooky Stories (and how to write them) is my new podcast coming this month. I’ll post more about it soon!

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