When Outlander premiered earlier this year, much of my time between episodes was spent scavenging on the internet for anything related to it. I savored recaps, devoured forum discussions on sites like Previously.tv, and probably wore out the “Outlander” tag on Tumblr.
But it still wasn’t enough.
So I was delighted to stumble upon a podcast that discussed episodes in detail. The Scot and the Sassenach delves into narrative aspects of the show, offering light comparisons and contrasts to the book, but mostly focusing on how the story is structured within the confines of the TV show and offering insight and criticism. It’s introspective and very smart. It’s a real treat for anyone who is interested in storytelling. And it’s hosted by a Scottish man and non-British woman!
To help get us through the six month hiatus known as “Droughtlander,” Alastair is discussing the book chapter by chapter. It’s inspiring me to think of plot and character aspects in a whole new light and allowing for a much richer understanding and appreciation for the series.
This podcast was my introduction to Alastair Stephens and Lani Diane Rich, and I am SO grateful for that. Not long after I began listening to The Scot and the Sassenach, I visited the forums on the StoryWonk website, where listeners of the podcast could discuss episodes and the show. While poking around, I learned that both Alastair and Lani are writers with a keen understanding of storytelling, and that Lani teaches introductory television writing and production. And I learned that they have MORE podcasts.
*cue angels singing*
I’ve been slowly delving into the archives of StoryWonk Sunday, which features insightful and thought-provoking discussions on storytelling in all forms. As an aspiring writer, I am eating this podcast up with a spoon. It’s sort of like Pop Culture Happy Hour meets the best creative writing classes you’ve ever attended. They discuss movies, recommend podcasts, provide an inside look at their own work and seem to have such a blast doing it.
They’re also big fans of and participants in Nanowrimo! Nanowrimo is National Novel Writing Month, A.K.A November. Writers are challenged to write a 50,000 word novel in one month. This is the first year that I’ve participated and made it past the first week, and for that I believe I owe a thank you to this podcast, which offers advice, writing tips, and commiseration. Because when you’re saying “man this SUCKS,” on a loop to a blinking cursor, few things are more helpful than published writers saying it right along with you, but plodding ahead anyway.
And if all of that weren’t enough, there are STILL MORE PODCASTS.
I haven’t listened to these yet, but I’m looking forward to them. I’ve pulled the descriptions from the StoryWonk website:
Buffy The Vampire Slayer is one of the most important, influential and awesome television shows in history. In Dusted, we take every single episode apart and study the craft, style and philosophy contained within. If you’re a Buffy fan, you can’t afford to miss it!
Fix a giant bucket of popcorn and get comfortable with Jennifer Crusie, Lani Diane Rich and their occasional guests as they discuss the very best and worst that Hollywood has to offer.
Will Write For Wine
Join Lani Diane Rich and CJ Barry for Will Write For Wine, a riotous, insightful and hilarious look at writing, wine, and everything besides.
The following podcasts are on hiatus, but the archives are worth checking out too:
Join us as we take their favorite movies and TV shows, turn them upside down, give them a damn good shake, and see what falls out. What can we learn about storytelling from the modern masters of the craft? Let’s find out together!
Where it all began! From November 2010 to March 2012, Lani and Alastair recorded a brand new show every Monday to Friday, crammed full of authorial insight, narrative deconstruction, and rampant silliness. Three hundred shows! And dig that retro logo!
All of these podcasts can be found on the StoryWonk site, along with resources for writers, including classes, publishing services, forums to discuss writing and a blog. It’s an absolute smorgasbord of storytelling goodies, and I’m almost positive that you’ll find something there to love.