Category: Writing Group

Saturday Show #40: Men’s Fiction, featuring Tony Clifton

Tony Clifton drops in and out of this podcast, while Frank discusses the vital importance of men reading. 85% of men in prison grew up without a dad. Men who read become leaders and maintain a cohesive family unit, statistically...

/ 26 October 2013

Saturday Show #39: No Caffeine

Frank does the unthinkable for this podcast. He goes for 7 days without any caffeine, and then not only functions, not only attends his normal writing group, but he somehow manages to also speak coherently into the recorder in order...

/ 12 October 2013

Saturday Show #38: Austin City Limits

In episode 38 of Saturday Show Podcast, Frank whimsically muses about ACLs and ACL, the people painting the parking spaces all around him, Austin traffic, and literary fiction techniques galore! The literary fiction discussion includes information on awkward word usage,...

/ 5 October 2013

Saturday Show #36: Reviewing Salinger – Part 2

In this episode of Saturday Show Podcast, Frank discusses the timely demise of “Burn Notice,” the joys of a gluten-free beer called “Bard’s Beer,” the new biography of J.D. Salinger entitled “Salinger” by David Shields and Shane Salerno, the origins...

/ 14 September 2013

Saturday Show #35: Reviewing Salinger – Part 1

In episode 35 of Saturday Show, Frank discusses the new biography entitled “SALINGER”, written by David Shields and Shane Salerno, plus: literary fiction techniques galore, Oona O’Neill, World War II, D-Day, Hurtgen Forest, the Battle of the Bulge, Nazi concentration...

/ 7 September 2013

Saturday Show #30: Guernica, Bill Hicks, and Random Bar Patrons

In this episode of Saturday Show Podcast, we discuss the supreme importance of having a reading chair, the need for raising awareness about putting an END to the horrible practice of creating “honk signs,” and other important societal matters. The...

/ 3 August 2013

Saturday Show #28: More Ernest Hemingway & the White-Hot MFA Debate

In this episode of Saturday Show Podcast, Frank discusses the true value of obtaining an Masters in Fine Arts degree, the enduring influence of MFA-less Ernest Hemingway, and much, much more. As always, literary fiction techniques are discussed as well....

/ 13 July 2013

Saturday Show #26: On Ernest Hemingway

In this episode of Saturday Show Podcast, Frank explores the following topics and so much MORE: How do you create a bond with your reader? How do you hook a reader into your story? What are the differences between genre...

/ 29 June 2013

Saturday Show #25: Literary Dialogue with Austin Writer Michael Ward

MARATHON SESSION! OVER 1 HOUR OF PODCASTING GOODNESS! Saturday Show #25 (With Special Guest Michael Ward). The audio player above uses Flash to run. However, if you need it, here is the link to the show on iTunes.com. Relevant Links...

/ 22 June 2013

Saturday Show #24: Richard Ford, Bernard Malamud, J.D. Salinger, and Friedrich Nietzsche

Saturday Show #24, The Austin Writing Group #13. Relevant Links and Show Notes: Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Things you can buy with your dollars: Rock Springs by Richard Ford Man on the Moon by Milos Forman Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand...

/ 15 June 2013

Saturday Show #23: Ann Sterzinger, Hunter S. Thompson, and Richard Ford

Saturday Show #23, The Austin Writing Group #12 (Special Snooper Edition). Relevant Links and Show Notes: Richard Ford – Rock Springs Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas The Essential Writing of Hunter S. Thompson Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger, including...

/ 8 June 2013

Saturday Show #22: Pan’s Labyrinth, Robert Coover, and Hunter S. Thompson

Saturday Show #22, The Austin Writing Group Podcast Episode 11. Relevant Links and Various Show Notes: Robert Coover Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Pan’s Labyrinth The Talkative Corpse by Ann K. Sterzinger Almost Home by Frank Marcopolos The Domain,...

/ 1 June 2013

Saturday Show #21: James M. Cain, Jim Thompson, and Margaret Atwood

Relevant Links and Various Show Notes and Such: Memento, directed by Christopher Nolan Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood The Talkative Corpse: A Love Letter by Ann K. Sterzinger The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson James M. Cain collection...

/ 25 May 2013

Saturday Show #20: Ann Sterzinger and Hunter S. Thompson

Saturday Show #20, The Austin Writing Group, Episode 9. Relevant Links and Various Show Notes and Such: “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” by Hunter S. Thompson “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” by J.D. Salinger “The Talkative Corpse” by Ann...

/ 18 May 2013

Saturday Show #19: Ernest Hemingway and J.D. Salinger

In episode 19 of Saturday Show Podcast, Frank ponders whether Ernest Hemingway was a sexist and a racist. Also, too, what have post-modernism, MFA degrees, and professional writing workshops done to our literature? Ernest Hemingway didn’t have a degree in...

/ 12 May 2013

Saturday Show #18: Susan Sontag

Swashbuckling adventures in literary fiction, continued. Saturday Show #18 Relevant Links and Show Notes: Teaching Salinger’s Nine Stories by Brad McDuffie Susan Sontag Unguided Tour by Susan Sontag

/ 5 May 2013

Saturday Show #17: Sophia Coppola and Dwight Swain

The swashbuckling techniques of the modern literary fictioneer. With jokes. Saturday Show #17-The Austin Writing Group, Episode 6. Some of the topics discussed: – The relative weight of scenes vs. “pacing” and different terminology used by different schools of writing....

/ 20 April 2013

Saturday Show #16: Woody Allen and Ernest Hemingway

Saturday Show #16 Topics: – “Midnight in Paris” — themes, characters, Owen Wilson – The “weight” of scenes – Narrative flow – “The Contest” by Grace Paley – Noir

/ 12 April 2013

Saturday Show #15: Ayn Rand, Bobbie Ann Mason, and John Cheever

In episode 15 of Saturday Show, Frank covers why Jonathan Safran Foer is a “Face-ist” and a bunny rabbit murderer, traditional literary fiction versus commercial fiction, theme of the movie “As Good As It Gets” starring Helen Hunt and Jack...

/ 6 April 2013

Saturday Show #14: Kurt Vonnegut and Raymond Carver

Saturday Show Podcast #14 Topics: – Theme and message in stories, including “The Bath” and “A Small, Good Thing” by Raymond Carver and the movie “Sideways.” – The evolution of Raymond Carver’s writing style, as evidenced by the differences in...

/ 30 March 2013

Saturday Show #13.5: A Little Richard Ford Audio

From “Rock Springs” … “Sometime late in the night, after Edna was asleep, I got up and walked outside into the parking lot. It could’ve been anytime because there was still the light from the interstate frosting the low sky...

/ 24 March 2013

Saturday Show #13: Austin Writing Workshop

Saturday Show Podcast #13: Featuring an appearance by the ghost of writing groups past! (In a flow-y dress, no less.) More notes to come, when my brain is fully functioning. For now, please enjoy the audio.

/ 22 March 2013

Saturday Show #12: Raymond Carver, John Barth, John Cheever, John Updike, and Joyce Carol Oates

Listen to a discussion about my writing critique group. Are you in a writing group? Has it been beneficial for you? Why or why not? Points made in the writing group as I discuss in the podcast: – In literary...

/ 15 March 2013