The Story Embers Podcast
A podcast dedicated to guiding and inspiring Christian storytellers to glorify God with excellent craftsmanship.

Published once a week with episodes covering all areas of story craft, including plot, theme, characters, poetry, narrative art, and more.

Hosted by Grace Livingston.

4 Common Sins of Christian Storytellers

by Grace Livingston | May 21, 2018

In episode 8 of the Story Embers Podcast, Daeus Lamb explores four sins Christian writers often struggle with. Daeus also runs his own online endeavor to help writers: Excelsior Writing School. Pick up a free copy of his book, The Golden Ziggurat and Other Stories. To check out Josiah DeGraaf’s online course, Theme Mastery, click here.

Past Episodes

How to Subtly Deliver a Powerful Message in Your Story

by Grace Livingston | May 14, 2018

In episode 7 of the Story Embers Podcast, Josiah DeGraaf describes the two tools you need to craft a powerful message for your story. Want to learn more about how to write compelling themes without being preachy? Check out Josiah’s online writing course, Theme Mastery: How to Write Meaningful Stories. To visit Josiah’s blog, click here. To access our resource library, click here.

How to Fix Three Terrible Scenes

by Grace Livingston | May 7, 2018

In episode 6 of the Story Embers Podcast, Gabrielle Pollack offers some tips on how to fix those sluggish or boring scenes. You can find more of Gabrielle’s work on her blog. To view the submission guidelines and entry form for our inaugural short story contest, click here.

3 Reasons Christians Can Write Compelling Stories (Despite Past Failures)

by Grace Livingston | April 30, 2018

In episode 5 of the Story Embers Podcast, Brandon Miller discusses three advantages Christian writers have over secular writers. You can find more of Brandon’s work on his blog, The Woodland Quill. If you’re enjoying the Story Embers Podcast, take a moment to leave us a review on iTunes!

How to Use Themes to Create a Fantastic Story Outline

by Grace Livingston | April 23, 2018

In episode 4 of the Story Embers Podcast, Hope Ann breaks down how you can use themes to create a fantastic story outline. Hope Ann is the self-published author of The Legends of Light series, a personal writing coach, and the Communications Coordinator for Story Embers. You can find out more about her at AuthorHopeAnn.com. Check out our Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram by following the links provided. You can also review our submission guidelines by clicking here.

How the Book of Job Teaches Writers to Create Realistic Christian Characters

by Grace Livingston | April 16, 2018

In episode 3 of the Story Embers Podcast, Mariposa Aristeo explores how the book of Job teaches writers to create realistic Christian characters. You can find more of Mariposa’s work on her blog, The Tiny Teal Typewriter. To pre-register for the Guilds, click here.

How to Make a Character Come Alive

by Grace Livingston | April 8, 2018

In episode 2 of the Story Embers Podcast, Daeus Lamb explains the one thing you need to craft a realistic character. Daeus is currently involved as the Community Manager at Story Embers and runs his own online endeavor to help writers: Excelsior Writing School. You can pick up a free copy of his book, The Golden Ziggurat and Other Stories, here. To sign up to watch the replay of the Live Panel Discussion mentioned in this episode, simply visit the Live Panels page on our website. And be sure to subscribe to the Story Embers Podcast on iTunes.

How Explicit Should My Faith Be in My Stories?

by Grace Livingston | April 1, 2018

In episode 1 of the Story Embers Podcast, our featured article, “How Explicit Should My Faith Be In My Stories,” comes from cofounder and Editor-in-Chief, Josiah DeGraaf. Josiah can be found writing articles on the Story Embers website or short stories on his website, josiahdegraaf.com. To take the writer’s quiz mentioned in this episode, visit here. For more information about the upcoming Live Panel, click here.

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