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This podcast asks, “What does it take to let your imagination be as free as it needs to be to create story?” We touch very briefly on some traditional means of accessing the imagination, such as drinking, drugs, and writing naked… Somehow this leads us into politics, redemption, magic and the books that most shaped us when we were children. Also rereading books you loved as a child with your own (or other people’s) children, film adaptations of these books, and the surprising role gender plays in these old favorites. We discuss world building, and the magic that is part of creating all memorable both worlds, even realistic ones. That leads to the relationship between character and setting. Finally, we dive into many aspects of starting, nurturing and getting the most out of a writing group, whether it’s generative, workshop or support!

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