Authors and screenwriters Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due (and guests!) on writing, the writer's life, Hollywood, the work/family balance and relationships - the tools writers need to make themselves the heroes/heroines of their own story.
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How Comics Can Change the World - Guests Charles Johnson, John Jennings & Bryan Moss
Remembering Nichelle Nichols - Guest Ernest Dickerson! (The Walking Dead, Surviving the Game)
Guest Ernest Dickerson - The Walking Dead, Surviving the Game, Demon Knight
On THE KEEPER & Turning Disappointment into Triumph (Guest: Illustrator Marco Finnegan)
On the Legacy of Jim Henson! And Creative Couples (Craig Shemin & Stephanie D'Abruzzo!)
Horror Movies You Must Watch (Or Rewatch) for Spooky Season!
Horror movies you must watch (or rewatch) for Spooky Season
On the 10th Anniversary of Jordan Peele's Monkeypaw (Guest: Win Rosenfeld, president)
On horror and breaking barriers
On Keeping it Short! (The Joy and Power of Short Stories and Short Scripts)
The Joy and Power of Short Stories and Short Scripts
On Anticipating Octavia Butler's KINDRED on TV - Guest Monica A. Coleman
On Octavia Butler's most popular novel coming to TV
Patton Oswalt Returns! (I Love My Dad)
Ep. 47 - Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt on his new movie, I Love My Dad, and more!
On Fighting Fear!
Episode 48 - Steve and Tananarive share how they fight their personal and professional fears
Behind the Scenes at the KINDRED Premiere (and a clip of Octavia E. Butler!)
Episode 49 - A SPOILER FREE look at the new Kindred pilot
Best of Lifewriting - Octavia E. Butler On Writing (Excerpts from our 2000 interview!)
Episode 50 - Steve and Tananarive play excerpts from their 2000 interview with Octavia E. Butler
On KINDRED'S Journey to the Screen! Guest: Executive Producer Courtney Lee-Mitchell
Episode 51 - The EP of KINDRED, Courtney Lee-Mitchell, describes how she got the series on TV
On Fighting for Your Dreams in 2023
Ep. 52 - Steve and Tananarive with advice on how to crush it in 2023
One Year Anniversary! And Making Your Short Film (Guest Luchina Fisher)
Episode 53 - Guest Luchina Fisher (Dream Team, Danger Word) on the Power of Short Films
Best of Lifewriting: Akela Cooper! (M3GAN, MALIGNANT, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds)
Episode 54 - Screenwriter/producer Akela Cooper on horror, sci fi and Hollywood
Introducing Thanks For Coming In
This week, we would like to introduce you to Thanks For Coming In, another podcast distributed by Realm
On Staying Centered When Life Gets Busy
Tools for Staying Centered in the Midst of Life's Storms
Introducing Strong Sense of Place
This week, we would like to introduce you to Strong Sense of Place, another podcast distributed by Realm
Guest Paul G. Tremblay on Getting Adapted (Cabin at the End of the World - Knock at the Cabin)
Episode 56 - What's it like when M. Night Shyamalan adapts your book?
Best of Lifewriting: A Deep Dive into Jordan Peele's NOPE!
Episode 57 - Spoilers abound as Steve and Tananarive unpack NOPE
Best of Lifewriting - How to Collaborate Without Killing Each Other!
Episode 58 - A Valentine's Day episode all about how to work together well
On Breaking Into TV Writing! (Guest Al Letson)
Episode 59 - Tips on how to jump-start a television writing career
Best of Lifewriting - Story is Story! On Creative Flexibility
Episode 60 - Bring your ideas to life across several platforms
Guest Ashley C. Ford! (Somebody's Daughter) - On Horror and Writing a Memoir
Episiode 61 - On Horror and the horror of writing a memoir
On the Power of a Mastermind Group (Lessons from TV Writers Rooms)
Episode 62 - Lessons for artists from TV writers' rooms on creating a Mastermind group
On Hauntings and Horror! Guest Johnny Compton - The Spite House
Episode 63 - First-time novelist Johnny Compton on writing his haunted house novel
Guest Nisi Shawl! On New Suns 2 and her friendship with Octavia E. Butler
Episode 64 - How the legendary author helped Nisi Shawl with her writing
On Balancing Work, Art and Life!
Ep. 65 - Tips for artists on living a balanced life - and how we manage our son's ADHD
Best of Lifewriting - Guest Roy Wood, Jr.! (The Daily Show)
Episode 66 - A replay of our very first guest in honor of his guest hosting stint on The Daily Show
Guest Victor LaValle! (Lone Women) - And Bringing The Changeling to TV!
Episode 67 - Horror author Victor LaValle's new novel - and his journey from the page to the screen
On Tananarive's New Book - The Wishing Pool and Other Stories!
Episode 68 - Tananarive talks about her first new solo book in eight years, The Wishing Pool and Other Stories
Guest Naomi Ekperigin! On Horror and Comedy
Episode 69 - Comic, actress and writer Naomi Ekperigin on vampires, standup, writers' rooms and more!
Best of Lifewriting: Surviving Disappointment and Rejection!
Episode 70 - On how to keep going when your creative dreams blow up in your face
On the WGA strike. community for writers - and Clarion West!
Episode 71 - Why the WGA went on strike and why community is so important for writers
Guest Cheo Hodari Coker! (Luke Cage, Creed II) & the WGA Strike
Episode 72 - Cheo Hodari Coker on how he broke into Hollywood and how he refuses to let Hollywood eat him alive
Best of Lifewriting - Sheree Renée Thomas (Janelle Monáe's THE MEMORY LIBRARIAN)
Episode 73 - Sheree talks about how she got to write for Marvel and Janelle Monáe - and do's and don'ts for submitting short fiction
On Keeping Your Creative Fire Alive During the Storms
Episode 74 - Yes, Hollywood and the arts can suck. Why you should keep writing anyway
On Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse & the Joy of Inclusivity (Spoiler free!)
Sometimes Hollywood gets it right - and this was one of those times!
Horrors in Hollywood - Guest Maureen Ryan! (Burn It Down)
Episode 76 - Holy cow! Maureen Ryan is exposing Hollywood's ugly underbelly and you can hear all about it
Guest Zack Stentz! (X-Men: First Class, Fringe) - On Bouncing Back & the WGA Strike
Episode 77 - Industry veteran Zack Stentz, who writes both TV and films, on how to keep your head from exploding despite setbacks
Best of Lifewriting: How to Murder Writer's Block In Its Sleep!
Episode 78 - A peek behind the cutain at how we create stories - and tips for anyone on how to murder writer's block and spit on its grave!
A.I. and the Writer!
Episode 79 - Breaking down how A.I. is already having an impact on writers and how we can prepare for the future
Surviving in the Arts! Guest Kevin Grevioux (Underworld)
Episode 80 - Kevin Grevioux has done it all to survive in Hollywood - and how you can too!
A.I. and the Future! - Guest Robert Vamosi
Episode 81 - We return for a deeper dive into A.I. with guest Robert Vamosi
Best of Lifewriting: Guest Rodney Barnes! (Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty)
Episode 82 - Rodney Barnes is amazing and you're about to hear why!
On Building Better Characters - And a Better Life!
Episode 83 - Steve and Tananarive break down their secrets to a happy marriage - and great characters
Best of Lifewriting - Guest Nalo Hopkinson!
Episode 84 - Nalo Hopkinson has faced setbacks, including being unhoused, but she keeps bouncing back!
Guest Leigh Bardugo! (Six of Crows, Shadow and Bone, Hell Bent)
Episode 85 - This NY Times bestseller on the highs and lows of building her writing career
Guest Gabino Igelsias! (The Devil Takes You Home: Bram Stoker Award winner)
Episode 86 - When Gabino Iglesias was out of a job and facing a pandemic without health insurance, he decided to finish his award-winning novel
Guest Gabino Iglesias! (The Devil Takes You Home: Bram Stoker Award winner)
Episode 86 - When Iglesias lost his job and health insurance at the start of COVID, he raced to write his award-winning novel
It's Spooky Season! Secrets to Writing Great Horror
Episode 87 - Tips on writing horror that will feel fresh and get under our skin
Guest Hilliard Guess! On the WGA Strike & Overcoming Obstacles
Episode 88 - Hilliard Guess, host of the Screenwriters' Rant Room, breaks down the WGA strike and staying centered
Guest Stephen Graham Jones! (The Only Good Indians, Don't Fear the Reaper)
Episode 89 - Bram Stoker Award winner Stephen Graham Jones, HORROR ICON - enough said!
Secrets to Writing Great Science Fiction!
Episode 90 - Steve and Tananarive offer tips from their own work and greats like Ray Bradbury and Octavia E. Butler. Perfect for writers or fans!
The End of the WGA Strike! (And how the WGA's gains affect us all)
Episode 91 - The gains and lessons for all writers (and workers!) in the wake of the WGA historic strike
Guest Zakiya Dalila Harris! (The Other Black Girl)
Episode 92 - Zakiya shares her story of The Other Black Girl from debut novel to TV series!
Best of Lifewriting - Horror Movies You Should Watch (Or Rewatch) for Spooky Season!
Episode 93 - Check out this list of our favorite horror movies, including classics
Our Favorite Horror Movies of 2023!
Episode 94 - Steve and Tananarive break down their favorite spooky movies in 2023...and a couple of misfires