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This is a relatively young podcast (less than a year old) and I came across it after the co-host Tim Grahl was a guest on The Creative Penn.  I absolutely love it.

Tim is the aspiring fiction writer, who comes to the podcast after nearly a decade of launching writers and his co-host is Shawn Coyne, an editor from traditional publishing with 25 years of experience in the book industry.

There are so many things to love about this podcast–the approach, the content, the knowledge of the co-hosts, etc.  I have recommended this podcast highly to my colleagues.  One reported back to me that she woke up in the middle of the night and spent two hours working on her foolscap after listening to this podcast for a week!

It is based off of Shawn Coyne’s Story Grid book, and I bought a print copy of it (worth every penny).

Length: about an hour

Format: short intro from Tim, then interaction between Tim and Shawn.  Often, Shawn is walking Tim through scenes Tim has been writing (and revising).  Shawn is knowledgeable and interesting.  Tim asks a lot of questions (same ones that a listener probably has) and keeps Shawn on track.  Highly focused content.  These are guys who are really interested in books, good stories and using a rational structured approach to improve a story.  They are respectful to each other and have a nice dynamic.

Rating: 5 stars

The Story Grid Podcast