Here at StoryWonk, we use our expertise and our enthusiasm to make nerdy, award-winning, ad-free podcasts about the TV, movies and books you love.

We don’t just make fan podcasts, or news shows — we analyse, critique and celebrate pop culture, the art and craft of writing, the worlds, characters and relationships that fascinate us, and much more besides. Listening to a StoryWonk podcast is like having two smart friends over for dinner, and talking about the stories you love!

All our podcasts are available, free and ad-free, via iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube, RSS, your podcast app of choice, or right here on the StoryWonk website.


There And Back Again
In this exploration of JRR Tolkien’s Middle Earth, we’ll dive deep into the text of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and the stories of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins.
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We Can Do This All Day
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is one of the most ambitious and successful experiments in long-form storytelling that we’ve ever seen — and we’re going to discuss all of it! From Iron Man to Luke Cage, we’ll break down the conflicts, structures and big ideas of every movie and episode of television.
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Buffy The Vampire Slayer is one of the most important, influential and awesome television shows in history. In Dusted, we take every single episode apart and study the craft, style and philosophy contained within. If you’re a Buffy fan, you can’t afford to miss it!
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The Scot And The Sassenach
Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series has been beloved for twenty years, and the Starz adaptation has finally delivered all the magic and romance of the novels onto the small screen. Come join a real-life Scot and an actual Sassenach as we break down every episode and celebrate this remarkable story!
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We Used To Be Friends
Every Tuesday, we discuss the next episode of one of the most fascinating, stylish and engaging TV shows ever, Veronica Mars!
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The Journeyman Writer
Join Alastair in a journey into the writer’s life as we study the art and craft of writing, the ever-evolving publishing industry, and the stories that fuel our creativity.
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Story And Star Wars
Our Fall 2015 seminar series takes us to a galaxy far, far away as we study the themes, conflicts and structure of each of the Star Wars movies in turn.
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We take pop culture seriously, and we love to talk about it. If you care about the stories, art, technology and ideas that make us who we are, then The Light Bulb is the podcast you’ve been waiting for!
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Dear Mr. Potter
Join Alastair for an in-depth exploration of the plot, characters, themes and ideas of JK Rowling’s modern masterpiece.
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In Want Of A Wife
Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is a bright and brilliant classic. In this seminar series, Alastair looks at the original novel, and the challenges faced by those who have adapted it.
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Star Trek Slap Fight
Every week on Star Trek Slap Fight, we randomly choose two episodes from across Trek history, and force them to face the public vote. Two episodes enter, one episode leaves!
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StoryWonk Sunday
Grab a hot cup of coffee and join Lani and Alastair as they explore the magic and craft of writing, from tropes and techniques to crunch and creativity. Funny, smart and informative, StoryWonk Sunday is the award-winning flagship StoryWonk podcast, and the perfect accompaniment to your writing life.
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StoryWonk Sessions
Join us as we take their favorite movies and TV shows, turn them upside down, give them a damn good shake, and see what falls out. What can we learn about storytelling from the modern masters of the craft? Let’s find out together!
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StoryWonk Daily
Where it all began! From November 2010 to March 2012, Lani and Alastair recorded a brand new show every Monday to Friday, crammed full of authorial insight, narrative deconstruction, and rampant silliness. Three hundred shows! And dig that retro logo!
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nano2014logoStoryWonk NaNo
Every November, writers from all over the world gather together to match their reckless enthusiasm against their creative lunacy. Every day of NaNoWriMo, we share our experiences of writing 50,000 words in 30 days, along with generous sprinkles of inspiration, advice and support. If you’re taking part in NaNoWriMo, you can’t afford to miss StoryWonk NaNo!
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The Dollar Short
Over the course of the next year, story experts Lani Diane Rich and Alastair Stephens write twelve brand-new short stories each, and share them with the world!
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Still Want More?

As you’ve probably figured out, we love podcasting. In case there isn’t enough StoryWonk goodness to slake your thirst for narrative-focused audio, we’ve been busy elsewhere on the internet.

Popcorn Dialogues
Fix a giant bucket of popcorn and get comfortable with Jennifer Crusie, Lani Diane Rich and their occasional guests as they discuss the very best and worst that Hollywood has to offer.

Will Write For Wine
Join Lani Diane Rich and CJ Barry for Will Write For Wine, a riotous, insightful and hilarious look at writing, wine, and everything besides.