Category: young writers

Awesome Authors is on!

MARCH 2021 update: The deadline for the Ottawa Public Library’s Awesome Authors Youth Writing Contest has passed and the judges are busy reading all the fabulous submissions. I have 171 short stories to consider from writers aged 9-12 — and I can only choose… Continue Reading “Awesome Authors is on!”

Spooky Student Stories (Halloween Special Episode)

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-tt9f2-f0c7ba A special Halloween episode featuring 5 spooky stories written by students aged 11-17, including a terrifying musical awakening, a horrifying futuristic drug, a demonic yoga class, a pizza you don’t want to order, and a phone call you don’t want to answer. PG.… Continue Reading “Spooky Student Stories (Halloween Special Episode)”

Author Interviews about Tension (Episode 5.5)

Listen at: https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-jbg7f-ef7635 Interviews with Canadian children’s and YA authors on the subject of tension and how to make a reader turn the page. With guest authors Kate Inglis, Lisa Dalrymple, David McArthur, Jeff Szpirglas, and Marty Chan. Hosted by Catherine Austen. 40 minutes.… Continue Reading “Author Interviews about Tension (Episode 5.5)”

Squirm (Episode 5: Tension)

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-g252g-eecd34 A “telling tales” episode about how to build tension in fiction, with stories, excerpts, and prompts. Featuring guest authors Lena Coakley, Sarah Raughley, and Don Cummer. 45 minutes. PG.

Author Interviews about Plotting (Episode 4.5)

Listen at: https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-8etn5-edf365 Featuring guest authors Cary Fagan, Philippa Dowding, Raquel Rivera, Ishta Mercurio, and Kari-Lynn Winters, talking about plotting—how and when they plot, how they feel about tormenting characters with obstacles, and what they recommend to those who want to improve their own… Continue Reading “Author Interviews about Plotting (Episode 4.5)”

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