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MF GALAXY is a weekly podcast powered by four mighty engines: * Writers on writing: the craft and the business * Pop culture including TV, movies, graphic novels, and more * Progressive politics, activism, and social enterprise * Africentric change-makers, histories, cultures, art, and more! Mixing brand-new interviews with classic conversations (from my archive of 23 years in broadcasting) with famous and dynamic figures in the arts, Hollywood, and politics, MF GALAXY will take you to places you've never been before, and deliver fresh insights on the places you've been.
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Now displaying: Category: writer - novelist, writer - comic book writer, creative writing instructor
Jul 9, 2016

Gail Sidonie Sobat is a singer, teacher, author of eleven books, and organiser of YouthWrite, one of Canada’s most successful and enduring creative writing workshops for young people. She’s taught internationally and at the post-secondary level, and is profoundly devoted to writers, the writing community, and teens and kids in distress.

In this episode of MF GALAXY, Gail Sobat discusses:

  • How YouthWrite encourages students to develop writing skills and experience across writing disciplines
  • Mental hacks to overcome writing blocks and guarantee page output
  • How being a teacher has helped her create better and more truthful characters
  • Why she says she has an ethical duty to listen, and
  • Her excellent business advice for writers seeking to build a career for the long run

 

Continuing from the previous episode of MF GALAXY, is part 2 of my conversation with comic book and video game writer Andrew Foley. Andrew Foley writes for Beamdog Game Studio in Edmonton, and wrote the graphic novels Parting Ways (illustrated by Scott Mooney and Nick Craine) and Done to Death, illustrated by star-artist Fiona Staples. He’s also the writer of the graphic novel Cowboys & Aliens.

In this episode, Foley discusses:

  • How comic book scripts are similar to screenplays
  • The Marvel Method of writing as a scam to make artists do most of the work
  • What makes Alan Moore an insane genius
  • How a car accident led Foley to create his graphic novels Parting Ways + Done to Death
  • Why working with superstar artist Fiona Staples wasn’t enough to guarantee their graphic novel stayed in print, and
  • His career advice for anyone who wants to enter and stay in comics.

Andrew Foley spoke with me live onstage at Authorpalooza 1 in October 2014 at the University of Alberta.

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