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.
This is our transcript of Episode 9: Make it Work, adapted from our script. We use a combination of hand and machine transcription, and should be about 80-90% correct. Please verify against the audio before quoting. Building a creative career is like building a machine. There are a million moving parts, and the components you choose
Listen to the show: It’s one thing to finish a story, it’s another to make stories your career. In our final episode of season one of Out on the Wire we talk to three creative professionals, Jakob Lewis of the podcast Neighbors, Dave Kellett of the comics Sheldon and Drive and the documentary Stripped, and
This week, we're critiquing work from the challenge from the Episode 8: Your Baby's Ugly. Dan Waldschmidt and Matthew Williamson just produced the pilot episode of a podcast called "Ordinary Heroes," but they know they need a new point of view on it — time for an edit! Dan and Matthew bravely volunteered to go
Get better at helping others make their work shine. It’s a wonderful gift to give another storyteller. But it’s not all altruism: every time you work through a story, you learn more about your own work, and how to improve it.
This is our 7th workshop episode, where we collaborate and critique work from the Out on the Wire Working Group. This week, we're responding to the challenge from the Episode 7: Dark Forest. Céline Keller is making an autobiographical audio story about how she turned her life upside-down in order to raise two wild baby boars
Listen to the show: The Dark Forest is where we go when we're deep in the writing process and lose our way. Overwhelming feelings of self-doubt, confusion, and inadequacy threaten to halt our stories’ progress. Sometimes, we forget why we started on the path in the first place. Luckily, many people have been here before,
Welcome to our 6th workshop episode, where we collaborate and critique work from the Out on the Wire Working Group. This week, we're critiquing work from the challenge from Episode 6: Proof of Concept. This week, Matt and Ben and Jessica critique scenes written by members of the Out on the Wire working group. An ethnographic memoir