Episode 94: Stories of Home

This special episode of the podcast features performances from the live event Stories of Home. Join Stefan and Paul and five inspiring people as they explore the idea of what home means to them and their journey in finding it. The speakers include (in order) Maria S., Roberta Taylor, Sepali Samanmali, Robin Potts and Emily Wright.

Stories of Home was a part of National Housing Week - a moment for Canadians to come together and acknowledge that safe, affordable housing is an integral part of strong livable communities. For the forth year in a row, Evergreen is working with partners in the GTA to raise the profile of important housing issues that affect us all.

The Centre for Social InnovationEvergreenThe Discourse and The Stories We Don't Tell presented and hosted this conversation in honour of National Housing week.

Episode 93: Presentation and Expectations

We’re back after our summer break. As we did last year, we’re opening this season with a five part series that includes some tips and challenges to help be an inspiration to your writing.

For this episode, your hosts - Stefan Hostetter and Paul Dore - talk about presentation, what makes a good story, and thinking about audience expectations. The challenge from this episode is to pick another performer or comedian and try writing it using their voice or style. The idea is not to mimic someone else, but to experiment with your own expectations and your approach to presenting to an audience.

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Episode 92: Perspective

We’re back after our summer break. As we did last year, we’re opening this season with a five part series that includes some tips and challenges to help be an inspiration to your writing.

For this episode, your hosts - Stefan Hostetter and Paul Dore - talk about telling stories from different perspectives. The challenge from this episode is to take a story you’ve got and re-write it from a different perspective - whether it be from another character or in a different environment.

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Episode 91: Genre

We’re back after our summer break. As we did last year, we’re opening this season with a five part series that includes some tips and challenges to help be an inspiration to your writing.

For this episode, your hosts - Stefan Hostetter and Paul Dore - talk about genre in storytelling. The challenge from this episode is to take a story you’d like to write and place it into a different genre.

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Episode 90: Tone

We’re back after our summer break. As we did last year, we’re opening this season with a five part series that includes some tips and challenges to help be an inspiration to your writing.

For this episode, your hosts - Stefan Hostetter and Paul Dore - talk about writing a story using a specific tone. The challenge from this episode is to take a story you have already written and try to re-write it in an opposite tone.

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Episode 89: Writing on a Theme.

We’re back after our summer break. As we did last year, we’re opening this season with a five part series that includes some tips and challenges to help be an inspiration to your writing.

For this episode, your hosts - Stefan Hostetter and Paul Dore - talk about writing a story based on a theme, rather than from an experience. The challenge is to pick something you’ve been thinking or talking or journaling about and see if a theme emerges. Write about that theme and add some personal stories or experiences that can be used to explore it.

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Episode 88: Performance Voice

The next five episodes of the podcast will be a mash-up of our Five in Five and After Dark series. Two random hosts talk about writing tips and tricks that are companion pieces or add-ons to the original Five in Five.

In this episode, we talk about how just as a writer finds their writing voice, a storyteller needs to find their performance voice.

The Stories We Don't Tell Podcast is sponsored by the Peggy Sue Collection and they are offering 15% off all orders through their online store. Visit peggysuecollection.com/shop/ or click on the banner below. Make sure to use the promo code #SWDTCONFUSED at checkout.

If you would like to read a transcript of this episode, visit the Stories We Don't Tell Blog.

Episode 87: Re-Structuring

The next five episodes of the podcast will be a mash-up of our Five in Five and After Dark series. Two random hosts talk about writing tips and tricks that are companion pieces or add-ons to the original Five in Five.

In this episode, we re-visit editing. A lot of people don’t like to do it, but you really should do it. It’s not necessary to say every detail about your story. Choose your words wisely.

The Stories We Don't Tell Podcast is sponsored by the Peggy Sue Collection and they are offering 15% off all orders through their online store. Visit peggysuecollection.com/shop/ or click on the banner below. Make sure to use the promo code #SWDTCONFUSED at checkout.

If you would like to read a transcript of this episode, visit the Stories We Don't Tell Blog.

Episode 86: Know Your Ingredients

The next five episodes of the podcast will be a mash-up of our Five in Five and After Dark series. Two random hosts talk about writing tips and tricks that are companion pieces or add-ons to the original Five in Five.

In this episode: know the elements of your story and use quality ingredients. After writing your entire story out, choose the best moments in order to use your time wisely. And naturally, the French New Wave enters into the conversation.

The Stories We Don't Tell Podcast is sponsored by the Peggy Sue Collection and they are offering 15% off all orders through their online store. Visit peggysuecollection.com/shop/ or click on the banner below. Make sure to use the promo code #SWDTCONFUSED at checkout.

If you would like to read a transcript of this episode, visit the Stories We Don't Tell Blog.

Episode 85: When One Thing Represents Another

The next five episodes of the podcast will be a mash-up of our Five in Five and After Dark series. Two random hosts talk about writing tips and tricks that are companion pieces or add-ons to the original Five in Five.

What happens when you have a theme or universal concept you want to explore in a story? We discuss how to pick a personal moment in your story that represents a universal theme.

The Stories We Don't Tell Podcast is sponsored by the Peggy Sue Collection and they are offering 15% off all orders through their online store. Visit peggysuecollection.com/shop/ or click on the banner below. Make sure to use the promo code #SWDTCONFUSED at checkout.

If you would like to read a transcript of this episode, visit the Stories We Don't Tell Blog.

Episode 84: The Upside Down World

The next five episodes of the podcast will be a mash-up of our Five in Five and After Dark series. Two random hosts talk about writing tips and tricks that are companion pieces or add-ons to the original Five in Five.

One of our pieces of advice is to write out the entire story. But, can you write too much sometimes? We try very hard to answer this question.

The Stories We Don't Tell Podcast is sponsored by the Peggy Sue Collection and they are offering 15% off all orders through their online store. Visit peggysuecollection.com/shop/ or click on the banner below. Make sure to use the promo code #SWDTCONFUSED at checkout.

If you would like to read a transcript of this episode, visit the Stories We Don't Tell Blog.

Episode 83: Joey Jakob

Podcast mini-series alert! For the next few episodes, we'll be featuring interviews with Stories We Don't Tell performers and be talking about how they use storytelling in other ways.

Joey Jakob is an extroverted introvert who sometimes likes talking and really likes writing and thinking. Stefan sits down with Joey in the Stories We Don't Tell Studios to discuss how Joey uses storytelling in her work. Stay tuned for a story that Joey performed at a recent live event.

The Stories We Don't Tell Podcast is sponsored by the Peggy Sue Collection and they are offering 15% off all orders through their online store. Visit peggysuecollection.com/store/ or click on the banner below. Make sure to use the promo code #SWDTCONFUSED at checkout.

Episode 82: Peggy Sue Deaven-Smiltnieks

Podcast mini-series alert! For the next few episodes, we'll be featuring interviews with Stories We Don't Tell performers and be talking about how they use storytelling in other ways.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, from the start Peggy Sue has found deep peace within knowing that nature is stronger, more profound, and honest in its incredible existence than anything man-made. She received her training in Providence, Rhode Island from the Rhode Island School of Design where she completed her BFA in Apparel Design. 

The start of her career was in New York City, where she worked for companies that were mavericks in the field of production and supply chain building. With the Peggy Sue Collection, her intention is to put forth honest, thoughtful and well-considered workmanship that not only strives for excellence in form and function, but attempts to slowly improve the quality of the social and global environment that it relies so heavily upon. Can fashion be a force for good?

Co-host Stefan talks with Peggy Sue about her career and how she uses storytelling in fashion. To learn more about the Peggy Sue Collection, visit peggysuecollection.com. Stay tuned after the interview for a story from Peggy Sue that she performed at a recent Stories We Don't Tell.

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Episode 81: Adrianna Prosser

Podcast mini-series alert! For the next few episodes, we'll be featuring interviews with Stories We Don't Tell performers and be talking about how they use storytelling in other ways.

Adrianna Prosser is a storyteller and geeky social media addict who supports mental health advocacy through her podcast Stories Like Crazy. Combining her Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and safeTALK certification, she hopes to engage the audience and go beyond the stage and screen to creating a safe place for discussion and sharing. She is currently an Ontario Association for Suicide Prevention (OASP) member.

Co-host Paul talks with Adrianna about her one-woman bereavement piece 'Everything but the Cat..'. and the work she does outside of the stage. Stay tuned after the interview for a story Adrianna told at the February Stories We Don't Tell.

Learn more about Adrianna, her performances and podcasts at these links: adrianna-prosser.com, everythingbutthecat.ca, soundcloud.com/storieslikecrazy.

Episode 79: Anonymous

Two anonymous hosts discuss the difference between writing a story strictly for the room you’re performing in and a story written for a wider online audience. The mysterious hosts share a recording sent in by an anonymous storyteller.

Episode 78: The Truth in Fiction

Stefan and Paul talk about getting at a deeper truth through fiction. This episode includes a long preamble about Jean-Claude Van Damme versus Steve Buscemi.

Mello Ayo shares a deeply felt piece of fiction about his conversations with an old man by the sea.

Episode 77: Knock, knock, who's there?

Stefan and Paul talk about using humour to tell a more effective story. They also try their hands at knock knock jokes. The key word being ‘try’.

Renira Narrandes shares a story about returning home and finding out her car had disappeared. From there, she embarks on an epic journey to get it back.

Episode 76: Imposter Syndrome

Stefan and Paul share something in common: they both think they’re imposters. Your humble hosts discuss the concept of imposter syndrome. Stefan shares a story where his jeans get quite critical.

This episode of the Stories We Don’t Tell Podcast is sponsored by Hamburg & Dore Private Investigators. They put the ‘P’ and ‘I’ in private investigating. Find out more at hamburgdorepi.wordpress.com.