Writing for Audio Fiction
Tuesday, April 2
Writers Guild of America, East (250 Hudson Street, Suite 700, New York City, NY 10013)
Join Austin Film Festival and the Writers Guild of America, East for a conversation on the emerging world of writing for audio fiction. Featuring a panel of podcast creators, this discussion will examine the unique opportunities in telling a story for an acoustic medium and the recent explosion of narrative podcasts transitioning to film and television.
With audio storytelling on the rise, there are more opportunities than ever before to get your story out there. This emerging medium is changing the traditional landscape of storytelling, allowing writers the creative freedom to break in, share their stories, and connect with an audience.
Hear from writers as they discuss the creative challenges of storytelling in an audio-only world.
Meet the panelists
Tristan Cowen is one of the creators of the new Night Vale Presents podcast “Adventures in New America”. In the aughts he wrote the mimeographed zine series ‘Songs from the Third Rail’ and ‘solipolis’, and in 2014 he founded the Useless, Unsuccessful, and/or Unpopular Universe. He lives in NYC and is a member of Local 817
MAC ROGERS is an award-winning audio dramatist and playwright based in New York City. His audio/podcast dramas STEAL THE STARS (nominated for an Audie Award for Best Audio Drama), THE MESSAGE and LIFEAFTER have been downloaded over nine million times. He has also written for the acclaimed podcasts THE TRUTH and TUMANBAY, and his TORCHWOOD audio thriller “A Kill To A View” was released through Big Finish and features actors from the acclaimed original television series. His stageplays include THE HONEYCOMB TRILOGY (3-time New York Times Critic’s Pick, Time Out New York Critic’s Pick, Backstage Critic’s Pick, one of The Guardian’s top 10 New York shows of 2015, and winner of the New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Premiere Production), FRANKENSTEIN UPSTAIRS (featured in the New York Magazine Approval Matrix and nominated for the NYIT Award for Best Premier Production), GOD OF OBSIDIAN (CityBeat Critic’s Pick), LIGATURE MARKS (CityBeat Critic’s Pick), ASYMMETRIC (Time Out New York Critic’s Pick), VIRAL (winner of Outstanding Play at FringeNYC 2009), and UNIVERSAL ROBOTS (nominated for four New York Innovative Theatre awards). Mac’s audio/podcast dramas have won praise from Vanity Fair (from James Wolcott himself), The New York Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic, IndieWire, New York Magazine, Popular Science, and numerous others. His plays have appeared on stages in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Cincinnati, and Edmonton, and have earned acclaim from The New York Times, The Guardian, Backstage, The Wall Street Journal, Time Out New York, New York Post, Flavorpill, io9.com (Gawker Media’s science fiction site), Fangoria, Tor.com, Show Business Weekly, New York Press, Den of Geek, BroadwayWorld.com, NYTheatre.com, ShowShowdown, and many more. Time Out New York raves “Mac Rogers – genre playwright extraordinare – can rant like Sorkin, plot like Mamet, banter like Whedon, and sting like a bee.
Gabriel Urbina is a writer, director, and content creator, best known for Wolf 359, a Webby-Award nominated serial audio drama that’s been downloaded nine million times in over a hundred different countries. As head writer and executive producer for the series, Gabriel wrote forty-one of Wolf 359’s sixty-one full episodes – and directed all but one episode of the series – earning various production and writing awards over the series’s four-year run. He is also the co-creator and co-writer for Time Bombs, an audio drama thriller/comedy mini series, and one of the co-hosts on No Bad Ideas, a weekly writing talk show. His writing has been featured on other internationally acclaimed audio dramas, such as The Bright Sessions, Wooden Overcoats and Our Fair City. Gabriel has also worked in education, teaching classes and workshops on creative writing and media production. Along with partners Sarah Shachat and Zach Valenti, he just released his first full length online course, Audio Fiction 101. To find out more about his work, visit www.gabrielurbina.com.
ELLEN WINTER is Brooklyn-based performer, composer and writer from the woods of Northern Virginia. In 2018, she was in residence at Ars Nova, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, and SPACE on Ryder Farm. In 2017, she co-wrote/directed/composed 36 Questions with Chris Littler, a musical podcast starring Jonathan Groff and Jessie Shelton. She’s had the joy of making music with Dave Malloy, Heather Christian, César Alvarez, Salty Brine, and Andrew R. Butler. She’s explored new work with NYTW, The Public, Pipeline Theater Co., Ars Nova, and the Tank. She is a proud Story Pirate and also writes songs for their Gimlet podcast. Since 2013, she’s belted and written with Chamber Band, and together they have three concept albums and three national tours under their belts. Currently, she’s in post-production for her debut record, Every Feeling, coming out later this year. @itsellenwinter | ellenwintermakesthings.com
Adam Sternbergh is a contributing editor to New York magazine and the former culture editor for New York and The New York Times Magazine. His writing has appeared in GQ, The Independent on Sunday, Slate, and elsewhere, and has been collected in The Best of Technology Writing and Best American Political Writing anthologies. He’s also the Edgar Award-nominated author of three novels, including his most recent, The Blinds.