Introducing the Story Grid Writers’ Room

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Story Grid Writers' Room - Season One

This week we’re launching a brand new podcast! We loved our time with the Roundtable, but now that there are only two of us, it’s time to change things up a bit. In Roundtable episodes, we took a macro view of storytelling using films as our primary examples. Here in the Story Grid Writers’ Room, we’ll primarily look at the written word.

In our first season, we focus on scenes with a few short stories tossed in for good measure. We’ll discuss scene, types, story events, the Five Commandments of Storytelling, and other topics related to writing a scene that works. 

For this season, we’ve chosen ten stories that already appear somewhere in the Story Grid Universe, including the Story Grid Guild, courses, and episodes of the Roundtable

Season One Stories
  • Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding (lovers meet scene)
  • “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe (short story)
  • “I Stand Here Ironing” by Tillie Olsen (short story)
  • “3:10 to Yuma” by Elmore Leonard (short story)
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (luminary agent [hero] at the mercy of the shadow agent [villain] scene)
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton (revolution scene)
  • The Girl on the Train by Paul Hawkins (luminary agent [hero] at the mercy of the shadow agent [villain] scene)
  • The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie (exposing the criminal scene)
  • The King’s Speech directed by Tom Hooper from David Seidler’s Oscar-winning script (“I have a voice” scene)

To get the most out of the show, we encourage you to read and study the stories along with us. (I’ll add links for the show notes here as we post episodes.) 

Join us next time when we analyze the global inciting incident (lovers meet) scene of Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding. 

Your Writers’ Room editors are Valerie Francis, specializing in stories by, for and about women, and Leslie Watts who helps fiction and nonfiction writers craft epic stories that matter.

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About the Author

Leslie Watts is a certified Story Grid editor, writer, and podcaster. She’s been writing for as long as she can remember: from her sixth-grade magazine about cats to writing practice while drafting opinions for an appellate court judge. When the dust settled after her children were born, she launched www.Writership.com to help writers unearth the treasure in their manuscripts. She believes writers become better storytellers through practice, and that editors owe a duty of care to help writers with specific and supportive guidance to meet reader expectations and express their unique gifts in the world.
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Author Leslie Watts

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Kristi Garrett says:

Thank you so much for the new podcast, Leslie and Valerie! I was wondering what you were going to do with the Roundtable now that it’s just the two of you. Judging from the first episode of the new format, I think the Writer’s Room is just what I need at this point. I can’t wait till next episode!

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Leslie Watts says:

You’re welcome, Kristi! We’re excited about the new format too!

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Tricia O'Hara says:

My Saturday mornings in lockdown just got better. Thank you both so much for the new podcast format. It’s exactly what I need in my quest to level up. I have so much theory flooding my brain, I need to anchor it, now.

Catch you next week.
Best regards, Tricia

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Leslie Watts says:

You’re welcome, Tricia! I’m so pleased this will be useful on your journey!

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Wanda Kiernan says:

I loved the Round Table podcasts and I’m very excited about the Writers’ Room format. I’m particularly excited about the short stories you’ll be discussing since I’m a short story writer and aficionado. Story Grid tools have helped me ‘up my craft’! Thank you for continuing to share your insights with us! P.S. I’ve already subscribed to the YouTube channel.

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