The Back-To-School Special: Updates from the MFA Underground | Fiction School Podcast #46

The Back-To-School Special: Updates from the MFA Underground | Fiction School Podcast #46

Remember the Trapper Keeper? It was so badass, especially when you could poke a hole in a corner and blow it up like a balloon.  I did that almost every day in fourth grade. Every fall in those salad days of elementary school, I’d get queasy walking into Wal-Mart to get my Trapper Keeper and freshContinue Reading

World Building and the Myth of Prewriting | Fiction School Podcast #45

World Building and the Myth of Prewriting | Fiction School Podcast #45

Here are things that Tommy Zurhellen doesn’t believe in: Santa Claus. The Bermuda Triangle. The Ghost of Bear Bryant. And…prewriting. That’s right, ‘Schoolers.  There’s no such thing as prewriting, and there’s no such thing as preheating your oven.  Everything you do is actually writing, in one vague form or another, according to TZ. Which isContinue Reading

The New Year’s Writing Resolutions Show, 2015 Edition | Fiction School Podcast #44

The New Year’s Writing Resolutions Show, 2015 Edition | Fiction School Podcast #44

So, uh, yeah.  It’s been a while.  We resolve to not let so many days pass between shows in 2015 (until Baker’s twins come.  Might miss a few around then.).  We’re sorry we’ve been away, and we missed y’all. Anyway, today on the show, we talk about the renewal we feel here in the new yearContinue Reading

Getting Writing Done When You’re In a Life Jam | Fiction School Podcast #43

Getting Writing Done When You’re In a Life Jam | Fiction School Podcast #43

Hey there–long time no see…er, hear.  Yeah, the irreverent professors of Fiction School have been a bit erstwhile with our podcast of late. But we’ve got good reasons, y’all.  We’re busy putting out books and getting famous and drinking margaritas on the beach like the rockstar authors we are.  Yeah, totally.  That. Really, we’re justContinue Reading

Celebrate DRAGON DAY! Shameless Self-Promotion for Writers | Fiction School Podcast #42

Celebrate DRAGON DAY! Shameless Self-Promotion for Writers | Fiction School Podcast #42

It’s hard to come up with an idea for a story or novel, and it’s hard to write it, and it’s hard to edit it.  But what might be the hardest thing? Getting people to pay attention to your writing. This week, we’re talking about shameless self-promotion, and Tommy Zurhellen’s diabolical plan to Own TheContinue Reading

Audiobooks are Awesome, and How To Get Your Work Into Audio | Fiction School Podcast #41

Audiobooks are Awesome, and How To Get Your Work Into Audio | Fiction School Podcast #41

Remember how, when you were a kid, you loved having a story read to you?  You loved hearing a story out loud?  There was just something about it, some soothing magic, that only a story told out loud can provide. But, hey, now that you’re all grown up, the world doesn’t have to be allContinue Reading

Working With Editors, When To Listen and When To Ignore Them | Fiction School Podcast #40

Working With Editors, When To Listen and When To Ignore Them | Fiction School Podcast #40

We got a great question from Casey, a Fiction School listener who won a flash fiction contest (GO CASEY!  Fiction School congratulates you on overcoming your listening of our podcast in order to win.  We take no credit.). In the glory of his win, Casey had some dealings with an editor who wanted a fewContinue Reading

Reading Your Work to Strangers and Promoting Your Fiction | Fiction School Podcast #39

Reading Your Work to Strangers and Promoting Your Fiction | Fiction School Podcast #39

One magical summer, two writers who’d been friends forever decided to raise a little hell.  They piled boxes of books, some camping gear, a few changes of clothes, and a cooler full of sauerkraut and beer into the back of a Camry.  They hit the open road, reading their fiction to anybody who’d listen. ItContinue Reading

Plot vs. Character, Deepening Fiction with Subplot, and Giraffes | Fiction School Podcast #38

Plot vs. Character, Deepening Fiction with Subplot, and Giraffes | Fiction School Podcast #38

Tommy’s freaking out.  He left a  bouquet of flowers to surprise his girlfriend, but he’s worried that some wild giraffe or wolf or leprechaun is going to steal them or eat them or something. And somehow this relates to a good question from listener Christopher.  Here is the traditional Google Voice butchering of the voicemail thatContinue Reading

Announcing Jody’s New Book BOMBSHELL, Staying Nervous as a Writer and Releasing Your Work | Fiction School Podcast #37

Announcing Jody’s New Book BOMBSHELL, Staying Nervous as a Writer and Releasing Your Work | Fiction School Podcast #37

Writers all dream of that day when their book goes out into the world. Your first one is special, but it never gets old, either.  This week on the show, we’re celebrating Jody’s latest book release, Bombshell (published with Cosmo Red-Hot Reads from Harlequin), and we talk about being nervous about sharing your work, targeting specificContinue Reading