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The Writers' Apprentice

The Writers' Apprentice

By Shane Preece

A podcast where we learn by reading the works of smart authors.
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Episode 10: Escape

The Writers' ApprenticeJul 09, 2021

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Episode 16: Night & Historic Notes

Episode 16: Night & Historic Notes

Ambiguous endings, keeping your promises, and appendices. Our last episode.
Aug 27, 202111:25
Episode 15: Salvaging

Episode 15: Salvaging

Finding plot devices in surprising places. This week, we wonder how much research Atwood did around Stockholm Syndrome whilst writing Offred. Recommended podcast: Sideways https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000s7n1
Aug 13, 202116:10
Episode 14: Night

Episode 14: Night

We explore how Margaret Atwood created complicated motivations to show the cruelty of her dystopia - rather than using boring exposition. Recommended podcast: How Did This Get Made? https://www.earwolf.com/show/how-did-this-get-made/
Aug 06, 202111:24
Episode 13: Jezebel’s

Episode 13: Jezebel’s

We edge into the world of non-fiction today, looking at the importance of getting your readers to trust your narrator - and the times when you want to tell them to not trust you. Recommended podcast: My Dad Wrote A Porno https://www.mydadwroteaporno.com/
Jul 31, 202112:47
Episode 12: Night

Episode 12: Night

How should you go about making you characters relatable? Let’s take a look at how The Handmaid’s Tale does it. Podcast recommendation: Limetown https://twoupproductions.com/limetown/podcast
Jul 23, 202110:59
Episode 11: Soul Scrolls

Episode 11: Soul Scrolls

We consider if I’ve been setting my expectations in a direction in a way The Handmaid’s Tale never decided it would reach, and the impact that had on my reading. Recommended podcast: Writing Excuses https://writingexcuses.com/
Jul 16, 202110:57
Episode 10: Escape

Episode 10: Escape

We try a different perspective.
Jul 09, 202116:51
Episode 9: Birthday

Episode 9: Birthday

This time around we try to figure out why Offred doesn't seem to be a very ... active protagonist. Recommended podcast: The Game Master's Journey https://lexstarwalker.com/gamemastersjourney
Jul 02, 202113:43
Episode 8: Night

Episode 8: Night

How to build a character? Turns out, it’s not personality, or even details, but something more plot defining. This time, we talk about desire. Recommended podcast: Thousand Year Old Vampire: https://timhutchings.itch.io/tyov Shut Up And Sit Down’s review: https://www.shutupandsitdown.com/games/thousand-year-old-vampire/ Check out the Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/writersapprentice
Jun 25, 202114:35
Episode 7: Household

Episode 7: Household

How much description is too much? How do you decide when it’s time to give your reader a helping hand to visualise the scene? Podcast recommendation: Unmade Podcast, with John Green. https://www.unmade.fm/episodes/episode83 Jump onto the Patreon and get the next episode immediately: https://www.patreon.com/writersapprentice
Jun 18, 202111:59
Episode 6: Nap

Episode 6: Nap

Why wit is important to your story, and how to make sure your reader understood your premise. (Or, if that’s even your job.) We also talk about the films of Bong Joon-Ho. This weeks recommended podcast: Namtao's Lost Terminal: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL95NP4bDITAln7fq-cCqzOFE15UvVthuL
Jun 11, 202112:27
Episode 5: Waiting Room

Episode 5: Waiting Room

How much should you cut from your story to make a snappy book that keeps your reader interested? If the story isn’t moving a mile a minute, are you boring the them? Lets take a look at some rather boring Handmaid’s Tale chapters. This week's podcast recommendation: Adam Buxton's interview with Kazuo Ishiguro - https://www.adam-buxton.co.uk/podcasts/7-bfk9m-4l8kp-blcga-jwabs-blbb8-b9mjx-fj3gr-j4lyp-9jlhe-a4bhm-c67yy-szhgm-m8pcd-l376z-zjb32-wh9dr-za87b-c8l3j-byyhb-segba-hlsc6-5m648-aef2d-2n3wg-tpcha-fsb4a-stlxm-7hb5z-ekrdd-6hdmt-e2zpx
Jun 04, 202114:22
Episode 4: Night

Episode 4: Night

Flashbacks. When do they work, and when are they distracting? As well as  what we should consider when deciding which tense to write a story in. Grab the next episode right now, over on Patreon.
May 28, 202112:27
Episode 3: Shopping

Episode 3: Shopping

A trip to town today, where we look into the usefulness of naming things whilst building a world, and some other lessons from Dungeons and Dragons. The recommended podcast this time is: The Adventure Zone https://maximumfun.org/episodes/adventure-zone/ep-1-here-there-be-gerblins-chapter-one/
May 21, 202117:34
Episode 2: Night

Episode 2: Night

We start off in earnest, settling in for the first Night. We figure out how leaning into your readers’ memory is an important part of setting the scene and realise that how you chapter your story might not be such a big deal. There’s a Twitter account set up now, over here: https://twitter.com/WritersAppt Anthropocene Reviewed, by John Green: https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/anthropocene-reviewed Get next week's episode right now, over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/writersapprentice
May 14, 202113:36
Introduction

Introduction

In this week’s episode, we start by looking at the Introduction written by Margret Atwood in most modern copies of the book. We take a look at why spoilers might not be as bad as we think they are (though that doesn’t stop me being annoyed about it) and spend some time thinking about the usefulness of giving a reader the context they might need to better enjoy the story. This is one of the first times I’ve done anything in an audio format and you’ll certainly be able to tell… Many lessons have been learnt whilst recording this, and I’m hoping they’ll be carried to the following episodes. I don’t think it’s enough to put anyone off though, so please do make yourself a cup of tea and take a break for fifteen minutes. Recommended podcast: Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: https://www.harrypottersacredtext.com/series-1-sorcerers-stone Support the pod over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/writersapprentice
May 08, 202116:06