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45 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Episode 14: Ecowise by Rosemary Collins (Featuring Mikaella Clements and Onjuli Datta)
"Beth Hardwick is delighted to announce the launch of her promotion idea for Accel Motors’ latest model..." She is not so delighted to announce all the other underlying issues in her life but will do so in this fabulous story formatted as a press release.In this episode we talk about heartbreak, romance and how to balance work, love life, and anxiety in a fifteen thousand word format, featuring co-authors of The View Was Exhausting, Mikaella Clements and Onjuli Datta.
40 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
Episode 13: Clap by Jane Ashworth (Featuring Ambika Thompson)
"This one, as they always do, seemed different. Tall, funny, not looking for anything serious, I thought for fifty seven days that I’d met my match.He ticked my boxes, tasteful city centre apartment, accomplished speaker of three languages, wife in the country (clichéd Georgian Rectory but that was probably more her choice). He enjoyed cooking.Once I’d tutored him beyond the marital sex that he tried to foist on me, we seemed compatible. For a while. Until he fell in love with me."In this episode, Erin, Sharon, and special guest Ambika Thompson talk about using current events in short stories, when is it too soon, and how to use specific details to make them work.Ambika Thompson is a writer, musician and parent. She has been published with Electric Literature’s Okey Panky, NPR Berlin, Fanzine, Missing Slate, and was in Crab Fats Magazine‘s “Best of” compilation (2017), as well as other places. She is one half of the cello riot grrrl band Razor Cunts, the fiction & managing editor of the literary journal Leopardskin & Limes, and she holds an MFA in creative writing from Guelph University.
50 minutes | Feb 17, 2021
Episode 12: Entrapped by Martha Ketti (Featuring Rebecca Rukeyser)
"I know you are in there. I wonder if you can hear my voice or feel my presence, my touch. You might not even look like a human being yet. I once saw pictures in a biology book and I know that a human fetus looks pretty much the same as a piglet for a long time. But those look cute when they come out. Nothing like a baby, with its big head, all blue and squishy, covered in yellowish paste. I have seen it before, a long time ago, and the images have never left me. You will most likely be even more ugly. Being evil leaves its marks..."In this episode, Erin O'Loughlin, Sharon Mertins and special guest Rebecca Rukeyser talk about dystopias, dark stories, and why we love grim narratives so much!REBECCA RUKEYSER is the recipient of a 2018 Grant for Non-German Literature, awarded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe. She holds an MFA (Fiction) from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has taught creative writing at the University of Iowa and Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf. She’s a member of the guest faculty at Bard College Berlin, where she teaches fiction writing. Her stories have appeared in such publications as ZYZZYVA, The Massachusetts Review, and Best American NonRequired Reading. Her debut novel 'The Seaplane on Final Approach' is forthcoming from Granta Books in the UK and Doubleday in the United States.
1 minutes | Jan 15, 2021
Top Tips for Raising Tension in a Story
40 minutes | Jan 14, 2021
Episode 11: Come Fly With Me by Sally Simon
Cecilia is looking forward to a visit to the abandoned Bingamton Airport with Mark. They haven't kissed yet, but there may be something going on between them. Thing is, Cecilia has no idea what it actually is. Mark's plans may not be quite what she expected...In this episode we talk about raising tension, and the difference between horror, terror and gore with very special guest, Jane Flett Jane Flett is a Scottish novelist, poet, and short story author. Her writing has been commissioned for BBC Radio 4, anthologised in the Best British Poetry, and awarded the New Orleans Writing Residency. In 2020, Jane was a recipient of the Arbeitsstipendien für nichtdeutsche Literatur, a €24.000 stipend for the city’s best non-German language writers. She’s also one of the founders of Queer Stories Berlin and one half of the riot-grrrl band Razor Cunts. Her website is: http://janeflett.com/ Art Work and Theme song by Judy MooreStory music is Enigmatic by Bensound.com
4 minutes | Jan 13, 2021
Trailer Season 4: The Story Strumpets are Back!
45 minutes | Apr 30, 2020
Isolation Special: World Building for The Wagadu Chronicles
What are The Wagadu Chronicles you might ask? Oh so many things! They're an afrofantasy setting for Dungeons and Dragons, a multi-player online game focused on role playing, but most importantly, a beatifully created world based mostly on African mythology. In this episode we talk to Allan Cudiccio about creating mythical characters, settings, magical objects and an entire world by writing stories and studying history. For more information about the Wagadu Chronicles visit:https://thewagaduchronicles.com/ You can also find them on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
50 minutes | Mar 18, 2020
Episode 10: Emperor Gum by Ana Katchikian
Staring at the ceiling is not Amy's favorite pastime, but it's better than actually listening to José talk about his failing relationship. It is while he's going on and on about his misery that she notices the moths. And it is when José comes over after his breakup that her relationship with those moths takes a peculiar turn. In this episode we relish in bizarre horror and a little smut with a killer story and very special guest Ishi Robinson.
35 minutes | Feb 14, 2020
Episode 9: The Heat by Ravneet Kaur Sandhu
The heat is extremely palpable in this place, and so are the fascinating details of the house as the woman leads her through it. In this episode the Story Strumpets and special guest Sarah Van Bonn (Berlin Writing Prize 2019 Finalist), talk about writing literary fiction, writing beautiful descriptions and balancing it all out with the crucial narrative details of a story.
41 minutes | Jan 14, 2020
Episode 8: Samantha by Lisa Pettibone
It looks like it's gonna be a perfectly normal day for Samantha at the kindergarten, until Juniper announces that Samantha is a man's name. And in this mini genderless world, that poses a problem for Samantha. Or does it? Join the Story Strumpets and very special guest Tom or Judy Moore in discussing how to create a believable world in a story, and all the important questions that come up when writing about gender. A big thank you to Lisa for reaching out to us and asking us to 'pick the story apart'. It was so great to talk about!
39 minutes | Dec 14, 2019
Episode 7: Bus Over Troubled Waters by Tim Clark
He planned ahead. He's got his playlist, he's got his coffee and he's got the perfect plan to tackle public transport in this new city now that his car broke down... That is, until the bus shows up. Join the Story Strumpets and special guest Dan Ayres (Story Strumpets Alumni) to talk about how to make a story more multi sensory and how to build a little more world around it.
39 minutes | Nov 27, 2019
Episode 6: The Gorse Walker by Dan Ayres
The Kid had always found solace in the gorse. But this time he finds something more. In this episode we talk about heartache, sprites, kingdoms and how to amp the element of fantasy in an already fantastical story. And...just a little addendum, turns out gorse flowers DO have a distinctive coconut scent. Yep. Who knew!
42 minutes | Jul 13, 2019
Episode 5: Flytraps by Ambika Thompson
An anaesthesiologist, a midwife, a doctor, a partner, a woman who only had one baby —yes, just one— and another one with flytraps for hands. This time we talk about balancing out a circus of characters and trimming a great storyline to make it even greater.Read more of Ambika's stories at http://ambikathompson.com/
45 minutes | Jun 12, 2019
Episode 4: Old Wounds or the Testament of Marlene Cassio by Daan Henselmans
There is only one thing Marlene wants in life, and the opportunity to fulfill her wish and heal her old wounds presents itself while she is on her death bed in the hospital ward. In this episode we talk about wills, testaments, the joys of dark humour and how to enhance Marlene Cassio's ultimate purpose in life...UPDATE: Daan's story has found a home at The Wild Word Magazine. You can read the final version here: https://thewildword.com/fiction-daan-henselmans/
59 minutes | Jun 6, 2019
Episode 3: Straightening Out a Life by Robert Kibble
Alicia has something to say to her brother Jack, but Jack can barely talk through his cloud of misery. In this episode we talk about voice, express our opinions about point of view and discuss the importance of titles...
48 minutes | Jun 6, 2019
Episode 2: The Tiger and the Alligator by James Carson
The tiger finds himself in a bit of a pickle with the Alligator when he takes a shortcut. Find out what the real deal is between these two, how to enhance the setting they're in and whether their individual voices are enough to carry this relationship through...
41 minutes | Jun 6, 2019
Episode 1: The Doll by Jillian May
Geena’s roommate was called Viviane. Viv-ee-ahn-NUH. When she brings a doll home one day, their relationship takes a whimsical turn. We talk about pacing, structure, tension and how to really bring out the significance of The Doll...
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