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Each week, co-hosts, Alida Winternheimer, author and writing coach at Word Essential, Kathryn Arnold, emerging writer, & Robert Scanlon, author of the Blood Empire series, have conversations about the craft of writing fiction. They bring diverse experiences and talents to the table from both the traditional and indie worlds. Our goal is for each episode to be a fun, lively discussion of some aspect of story craft that enlightens, as well as entertains. Sometimes we have special guests. All e ...
 
Authors A.I. presents First Draft Friday! A regular open house for the author community. Every other week we’ll talk about the craft of novel writing and storytelling with a fellow author, editor or entrepreneur. Learn tips and trade secrets from the best names in fiction writing. Have a topic you’d like us to tackle? Know an author who would make a good guest? Let us know at https://authors.ai/first-draft-fridays/.
 
A Different Tweed is fashion’s equivalent to Inside The Actors Studio. This in-depth interview podcast explores the craft and creative process of fashion and luxury through dynamic, entertaining storytelling. The tone is intimate. The conversation is candid. Leading professionals reveal the secrets to their artistry plus their challenges and personal journeys. Bronwyn Cosgrave, the host, is a multidisciplinary fashion professional who is renowned for her research. She can be heard on an arra ...
 
Hashem Montasser, Founder of the The Lighthouse Restaurant & Concept Store in Dubai Design District, is a raconteur who avidly follows the work of arts, culture, technology and, of course, food. In a series of conversations aimed at introducing its audience to the Middle East’s entrepreneurial landscape, Hashem asks his guests about their life journeys, inspirations, successes and failures and everything in-between. New episodes available every second Wednesday.
 
Featuring interviews with Etsy shop owners. Get to hear the personal Etsy stories behind your favorite Etsy shops as well as those you haven't yet discovered. it all began when a Turkish classical musician, a graphic designer, and an iPhone newbie/crafting geek all happily collided in the summer of 2013 in a happy conspiracy that birthed the new host and the revival of the Etsy Conversations Podcast. As an iPhone newbie trying to figure out what the funny-looking purple icon on her phone was ...
 
Learn Spanish with Doorway to Mexico, a fun language learning podcast for intermediate and advanced Spanish students. In our first 22 episodes, we listened to native Mexican Spanish teacher Paulina and her real-life students as they traveled through Mexico exploring the country's rich language and diverse cultural history. Now they’re back together again, interacting in Spanish with friends, work colleagues and other native Spanish speakers in their own neighborhoods. Not just for tourists, ...
 
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An interview from the archives with author, film maker, and founding editor of the online magazine The Rumpus, Stephen Elliott. Since our interview, Elliott has been in the news for filing a lawsuit in New York court against Moira Donegan, the creator of the Shitty Media Men spreadsheet. I didn't know about the suit when I aired this week's show. I…
 
This week on the Story Works Round Table, Alida, Kathryn, & Robert discuss developing your villains. Besides making a real person out of that black hat, the shape of the villain helps shape the protagonist and even your setting. So much more comes out of what you put into that character than you may think! Show notes & more at http://storyworkspodc…
 
On this episode Brian sits back down with Eric Barnett to discuss our two independent road trips across the United States, and so much more, really! Have a listen/watch and share with your friends or enemies! Find on all podcast platforms and YouTube! Just Search “Craft Conversations”! It’s always best if you watch 😉 Enjoyed: Columbia Craft Carolin…
 
Author Jim Woods will discuss with author and CEO of Authors AI a simple way to structure your book. Learn how to create a compelling story that draws in the reader and keeps them turning the page. In this unedited chat, he’ll answer questions and give actionable tips. Listen in! Did you know you can get an expert analysis of your novel in just min…
 
Join Julie and Dani as they visit their stylist Tatiana at the salon to get a makeover. But don’t think this episode is just about hair, nails and makeup. In this lively conversation, we’ll cover popular Spanish expressions like ¿te late? and ¡va que va!, as well as several other advanced Spanish verbs and adjectives that can help prepare you for a…
 
Brothers Alexander and Sebastian Adams explain why they founded their brand, Varsity Headwear, to create the perfect baseball cap, simply because they couldn’t find one. They reveal putting everything on the line to launch a boutique for their brand in Saint Tropez, France and how their caps have sold seven at a time from their destination shop. Lo…
 
Brooke and Martin connected again one year after their first “date” on Core Conversations. Brooke talked about all that she had learned in the last year and how this has been a time falling in love with the work and using Pilates to heal her own body. Sign up for Online Classes with Martin here Hush blankets code: VICTORY. Buy yours here Buy me a C…
 
Shoshana Cantwell left a secure job in corporate America at the height of the COVID pandemic to start an Etsy-based business. In our convo this week, she shares more about her journey onto Etsy and beyond. Visit for more information and links to resources mentioned. Connect with me on Instagram:
 
Learn Spanish slang. Fresa literally means strawberry in Spanish, but it’s also a very colloquial way to refer to certain kinds of stereotypes in Mexico. Find out what’s going on with this fun Spanish slang term as we get a firsthand explanation of what it means to be fresa in Mexico.Doorway to Mexico | Learn Spanish from Mexico による
 
On this episode Brian talks about a visit from Slayton and Lilly, meeting up at Homegrown Brewhouse and Oak Road, Jenga, big ass pizza, rants a little bit and so much more, really! Have a listen/watch and share with your friends or enemies! Find on all podcast platforms and YouTube! Just Search “Craft Conversations”! It’s always best if you watch 😉…
 
On this week’s episode we caught up with friend of The Lighthouse, furniture and product designer Nada Debs. Coming from a lineage of Lebanese textile traders who settled in Japan at the turn of the century, Nada grew up with a sense of dissonance as one of the few Arabs/Muslims in Kobe. She chronicled her journey from booming 1980s Japan to Civil …
 
This week on the Story Works Round Table, Alida, Kathryn, & Robert discuss single character scenes & stories. There are challenges to having a single character on the stage of the page, some obvious some not-so-obvious. So why would you want a single-character scene? When your story calls for one, how can you ensure the movement continues to draw a…
 
Jarrett and Martin talked about representation in the Pilates space. Jarrett talked about Porches and Lemonade, his business, and the importance of self-care, to better affect our work and the difference we can make. Jarrett has done work in social activism and shares how that informs his Personal Training and Pilates business. Sign up for Online C…
 
Kelsey hit the ground running when she started her business, from an ecommerce site to a product line she eventually pivoted from... Now she uses her graphic design skills and inspiration from her surroundings (no matter where she is) to create artwork, prints, and home decor items which she sells in her Etsy shop, on Amazon Handmade, as well as on…
 
Crypto has taken the world by storm - a niche computer science topic less than a decade ago has finally entered the purview of mainstream today - Coinbase has filed to go public, institutions are accepting that Bitcoin and more broadly crypto should be a part of their asset allocation strategy and we’re starting to see a variety of interesting proj…
 
An interview from the archives with Vermont Poet Neil Shepard. We spoke in 2013 about his collection, (T)ravel/Un(t)ravel (Mid List Press). Have you ever felt like a displaced tourist? Ever get lost in Rome, trying to find your friends at the Trevi Fountain? Or even in your hotel, trying to find the bar, unable to recall how to ask directions? Did …
 
Learn Conversational Spanish from Mexico. What’s it like to live in the United States as an illegal alien? Find out as a valet attendant tells us a little about the challenges and hardships he faces living in the U.S. as a newly arrived immigrant. The Spanish lessons in the round table include a review of popular Spanish expressions, phrases and vo…
 
Thank you for joining us today! We hope you enjoy this First Draft Friday Episode(FDF 20) with best-selling author and CEO of Authors AI, Alessandra Torre in a discussion with author Cindy Skaggs. Side characters are often written without development, created for a specific purpose, and then discarded without a second thought. On this most recent F…
 
Local Irish Poet Angela Patten from 2015. She has a new book since this conversation: The Oriole & the Ovenbird (Kelsay Books). Given that Angela Patten’s new poetry collection concerns birds and their meaning in our lives, today’s Write the Book Prompt is to observe the birds as they come back to our attention with the advent of spring, and write …
 
Over the last few years, a new section of our economy has surged - what’s now known as the creator economy. Creators are individuals that are directly reaching consumers and participating and generating economic values through mechanisms previously unused. Now the idea of creating content online isn’t new, but what we’ve seen through trends over th…
 
When you think of the most common job in the US - it’s pretty typical to think about service workers: retailers, cashiers, fast food. But the most common job in 29 states is truck driving. Over 3 million Americans work as truck drivers and hundreds of communities and over 7 million workers provide services to truck drives - including working at tru…
 
Claire Wilcox - the Senior Fashion curator at London's Victoria and Albert Museum discusses her new book, Patchwork A Life Amongst Clothes. As the title suggests, Patchwork is a memoir. But as the conversation unfolds, it becomes clear that Patchwork is an unconventional memoir. The original storytelling method Claire conceived for this book portra…
 
This week on the Story Works Round Table, Alida, Kathryn, & Robert delve into ensemble cast fiction. Does a team of protagonists require a team of POV characters? Do you truly need a single hero at the top of your character pyramid? What are the pros and cons of writing an ensemble? And…has Robert written himself into a corner by having an ensemble…
 
This Podcast bonus content is recorded on my Instagram Live Freestyle Tuesday Episode. Jean Claude Nelson appeared spontaneously to share about his April 3rd event to raise money for his Aunt's Orphanage. Then, Kathi Ross-Nash joined us to announce her birthday April 18th event and the proceeds going to the same "Scoop for Haiti" initiative. Lastly…
 
Ashley Lohr is as organized as you'd expect an educator to be and she brings that skill to her business on Etsy combined with a deep passion for her craft. Ashley runs The Rosie Finn on Etsy where she sells her handmade enamel jewelry and in our convo we discuss careers, family, running a business, and everything in between. Visit for more informat…
 
Learn Spanish from Mexico. What’s it like for an undocumented immigrant to cross the Mexican border on foot? Find out as one of the Baxter’s employees tells us about her harrowing journey crossing the border from Mexico into the United States through the Southwestern desert. After the dialogue, we’ll listen to the first part of the round table disc…
 
Grab a pen and notebook because this episode is brimming with life learnings! Samantha Wood AKA FooDiva, inimitable queen of Dubai’s restaurant review scene takes us along her transition from corporate hotel PR to solopreneur and becoming one of Dubai’s most sought after food writers. We chatted about Samantha’s restaurant review process from start…
 
On today's Story Works Reading Series, Laura James reads "Stuck." When an ex-pat drifts aggressively through Paris, in search of love and belonging, we wonder if she is running away or toward something? With wry humor, the city comes to life as Leah navigates public transit, a classic Parisian building, and her own inner world. After the reading, L…
 
On this episode Brian talks about his near death or Human Centipede experience in Alaska and so much more, really! Have a listen/watch and share with your friends or enemies! Find on all podcast platforms and YouTube! Just Search “Craft Conversations”! It’s always best if you watch 😉 Enjoyed: An Old Fashioned Where to Find Me: Email: craftconversat…
 
Martin and Natalya discuss the importance of making Pilates accessible. What is the entry point for beginners? Natalya shared the vision of her name Pilates Body Workout. This is the double-length podcast as it is the combination of the March 16 and March 18 chats where I was on her page, then she joined me on my page. https://thepilatesbodyworkout…
 
Have you considered using influencer marketing to generate sales on Etsy? That's exactly what Ben of HSP Shirts stumbled into and the results were astronomic. We talk about how he's been able to navigate Etsy and running his own ecommerce website for his growing screen printing business. Visit for more information and links to resources mentioned. …
 
A conversation on blending the tangible and the ineffable in fiction, with two authors who do this beautifully. Steven Wingate's new novel is The Leave-Takers (Univ. of Nebraska Flyover Fiction Series). Maxim Loskutoff's debut novel is Ruthie Fear (Norton). This week’s Write the Book Prompt is to consider how your work might benefit from an infusio…
 
Grab your aprons and get ready because cooking has a whole vocabulary of its own. In this episode, you’ll get an opportunity to listen to the owner of a Mexican restaurant share her secret family recipe for homemade guacamole! In the round table discussion afterward, we examine some of episode’s colloquial expressions and challenging phrases and Pa…
 
Thank you for joining us today! We hope you enjoy this First Draft Friday Episode(FDF 19) with best-selling author and CEO of Authors AI, Alessandra Torre in a discussion with editor Marion Archer. There comes a time in every novel’s life when it is time to leave the safe haven of the author’s computer and journey out into the world. Before it reac…
 
Over the last month designers in London, New York, Paris, Milan - and some other places - have streamed presentations of their fall/winter 2021 ready-to-wear collections. Alexander Fury - AnOther Magazine’s Fashion Features Director and the Financial Times’ Menswear Critic - joins Bronwyn Cosgrave to assess the direction of fashion for the season a…
 
There are few individuals in the world that have seen, built and led multiple of the world’s iconic companies. David is one of them. He was a core member of PayPal and served as the company’s first product leader and COO. David went on to found enterprise collaboration company Yammer, one of the fastest growing SaaS statups in history - Microsoft a…
 
Not letting the script push you around is something that Burgess Jenkins says in class a lot. But, as actors, we are also told to honor the writing. So, what exactly does Burgess mean? Do we not stick to the writing and the stage directions? For him it’s more about opening up the possibilities that are inherently in the script. He says, too often, …
 
This week on the Story Works Round Table, Alida and Robert talk all things action. What are action scenes and what you need to do to make your reader sit up and pay attention! We cover everything from choreographing your fight to multiple team action scenes, from slowing down the action to avoiding repetition, from enacting the action yourself to m…
 
On this episode Brian talks about his trip to Illinois and his experiences along the way through SC, GA, TN, KY, IL, MO and so much more, really! Have a listen/watch and share with your friends or enemies! Find on all podcast platforms and YouTube! Just Search “Craft Conversations”! It’s always best if you watch 😉 Enjoyed: 13 Stripes The Dapper Lio…
 
Growing a passion-based Etsy shop has become a welcome outlet for James of Hobbs Ceramics. Hear how he's getting to grow his business in the wake of the pandemic of 2020. Visit for more information and links to resources mentioned. Connect with me on Instagram:
 
Matthew Salesses, author of Craft in the Real World: Rethinking Fiction Writing and Workshopping (Catapult). This week’s Write the Book Prompt was generously suggested by my guest, Matthew Salesses. This comes from his book, Craft in the Real World: Rethinking Fiction Writing and Workshopping (Catapult), and is the tenth in his series of revision e…
 
Michael’s associate Luis, a Mexican businessman, pitches a new business strategy to help the Baxter’s family firm change direction. With Mexican Spanish often considered as the standard in international business, this episode is a must for anyone considering doing business in a Spanish speaking country. Some of the more advanced Spanish lessons in …
 
This week on the Story Works Round Table, Alida, Kathryn, & Robert dissect an author’s very interesting point of view & narrative choices. We take a close look at In an Instant by Suzanne Redfearn, in which the protagonist is killed early in the story. What happens to the POV? The status of protagonist? The plot? And how is agency affected when you…
 
The classic American dream consisted of three things: (1) a suburban house, (2) a pension and (3) a car. The Internet era transformed each of those elements - people became more attracted to cities as our economy became services oriented, companies shifted to the 401k and other retirement products and our usage of cars has transformed with Uber and…
 
Author Jakob Guanzon, whose new novel is Abundance (Graywolf Press). This week’s Write the Book Prompt was generously offered by Jakob Guanzon: Think back to the last time you made a purchase for which you had to really budget, negotiate, discuss with a loved one, and so on. Before you begin drafting a scene, list out all the pros and cons that you…
 
Vlada and Martin discussed the importance of Teacher Training Programs redoubling their efforts to be relevant and welcoming. Vlada talked about the partnerships with other teachers in the Dublin area. Martin and Vlada discussed the value of cultivating relationships. Visit Vlada's Studio in Ireland here Sign up for Online Classes with Martin here …
 
This week we caught up with gallerist Isabelle van den Eynde, founder of the eponymous Gallery IVDE, one of Dubai’s most established and celebrated contemporary art spaces. Isabelle shared snippets of her journey through the local art scene and how the late artist Hassan Sharif’s artistic methods still affect her everyday life. We also chatted abou…
 
Running a business is about more than just the money. For Christina, it's about a mission - social justice, representation, cultural awareness, and accessibility. And yes, profit too, but so much more. Visit for more information. Connect with me on Instagram:
 
This week we went deep into e-commerce. E-comm has been all the rage throughout COVID and it makes sense why: we’re all at home now and brands are able to get to us in more and more ways. A company I’ve been keeping an eye on in the e-comm space is Italic, a marketplace for luxury goods; in this episode I chatted with Italic’s Founder/CEO Jeremy Ca…
 
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