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Today we tackle two topics: time management for writers, and which parts of a story should be told in scene. We discuss the process of identifying priorities and values, and touch on a cognitive behavior model Angie found inspirational. On the topic of scene, we delve into a deeper understanding of what show, don’t tell really means, the ways the montage is equivalent to prose summary, and the basic grammar of film and on-the-page storytelling, and offer some tips for writers working with this question.

Links Discussed:

CreativeLive/ Laura Vander Kim

Rhona Berens episode

Sere Halverson

Annie Dillard

Directory of Time Banks

Alice Laplante 

Sula by Toni Morrison

Adaptation’s Evolution of a Screenwriter

Orson Welles Citizen Kane

Toni Cade Bambara

Han Kang The Vegetarian

Sonoma county writers camp

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at