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Spooky Stories are all Around Us (Episode 3)

Listen to the podcast on Podbean: https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-2ejt8-eb27d1 A 50-minute episode that answers the question, “Where do you get your ideas?” With guest authors Philippa Dowding, Amelinda Berube, and Kari-Lynn Winters. Featuring an original spooky story about an insatiable animal; excerpts from All Quiet on… Continue Reading “Spooky Stories are all Around Us (Episode 3)”

Nasty People Meet Nasty Ends (Episode 2: Characters)

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https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ntrid-e81a84 Welcome to Cabin Tales: Spooky Stories for Young Writers. This is Episode Two: Nasty People meet Nasty Ends. It’s a long one at 50 minutes. I’m Catherine Austen. And my guests today are great Canadian writers Karen Krossing, Monique Polak, and Tim Wynne-Jones.… Continue Reading “Nasty People Meet Nasty Ends (Episode 2: Characters)”

Things Hide in the Dark (Episode 1: Setting)

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-3piah-e5f63a 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… Continue Reading “Things Hide in the Dark (Episode 1: Setting)”

2020 Winners Announced

Awesome Authors Youth Writing Contest

The Award Ceremony for the Ottawa Public Library’s Awesome Authors Youth Writing Contest had to be cancelled this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So the judges (including me) made short videos to announce this year’s winners and honourable mentions, and the wonderful folks… Continue Reading “2020 Winners Announced”

Thieving Squirrels in Fall 2021

The Squirrels Stole my Sister is the title of my forthcoming picture book

Update: Alas, the publication of my new picture book has been postponed till 2021. Good things come to those who wait. Years ago, I wrote a story about a clever squirrel who grew tired of waiting for a daily handout, so she decided to… Continue Reading “Thieving Squirrels in Fall 2021”

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