Discover how the best of the best in radio and podcasting make their magic. Ira Glass, Alex Blumberg, and more.
Framing is about connecting the very specific ideas and events in a story to something larger. Use the Story Madlib to create a frame that will connect your story to something universal.
Whenever there’s a sequence of events—this happened, then that happened, then this happened—we inevitably want to find out what happened next.
Also—and this is key—this banal sequence has raised a question, namely, What’s the guy saying? And you’ll probably stick around ‘til you find out.
What will make your audience unable to resist diving into your story?
When I learned the Focus Sentence in Rob Rosenthal’s Transom Story Workshop, I felt like I’d discovered a magic wand that let me get straight to the heart of my stories.
The best stories come from people following their taste, diving into something that inspires them. Your taste matters.
And how do you know what your taste actually is? You have to listen to yourself, pay attention to what excites you, what you talk about.
Which idea is keeping you up at night thinking about it?
Which idea are you telling your friends about?
And then invest in it: invest your time and your attention.
Pay attention to what you pay attention to.
The alchemical art of combining words and pictures to make comics: go in with nothing, and come out with a finished comic in just 15 chapters.
Mastering Comics goes deeper and wider, introducing everything from webcomics to color, and helps the developing artist get from spark to finished work.
A collaboration with Ira Glass and This American Life, all about what happens behind the scenes at TAL and how they make their show.
In the Out on the Wire Working Group, the story tools I’m proposing get a major workout. When people put my ideas from the podcast into action, they figure out what works and what doesn’t, and then, because they’re posting about what they find right on the group, I get to learn from them.