All writers want the same thing. They want to find a home for their work. And all stories have one thing in common. If they are compelling enough there is a home for them. That home can sometimes be a surprise. Our Fiction Podcast Program might be just what you are looking for.
WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND?
If you’re an aspiring writer or creator in the podcast industry, join us in October and let us put you in the room with people who will inspire, equip and enable you to take that next step to launch your career in this exciting industry. You will learn the ropes for yourself, realize new opportunities, and connect with the very folks who can help you take that great story in your head and put it in the ears of millions.
The Austin Film Festival has changed my life twice. The podcast track gave me opportunities to hear from and interact with industry professionals. The combination of vintage storytelling mixed with modern audio techniques lead me to a Eureka moment – it sent me off on my own production. There was enough I learned at the festival to make me want to seek out more.
-Sean Bridges, creator Triple Six podcast
PODCAST PROGRAMMING: With the recent popularity of fiction podcasts made with Hollywood stars, the beloved medium of radio plays has been resurrected with a new, serial twist. In October, we’re going to bring some of the most creative minds in this emerging industry to you in Austin and let you hear for yourself about the art of writing a story for an acoustic medium, and about the need for great writers who will boldly go where few have gone before.
PAST PANELISTS INCLUDED:
Paul Bae executive producer/writer The Big Loop, The Black Tapes
Ben Blacker writer; producer/host The Writers Panel (podcast); co-creator Thrilling Adventure Hour
Jeffrey Cranor writer/creator Welcome to Night Vale, Within the Wires
Christy Gressman Partner/Executive Producer, Night Vale Presents; producer The Orbiting Human Circus; executive producer Adventures in New America, Dreamboy, It Makes A Sound
Jason Hoch Executive Producer/Creator, HowStuffWorks Podcasts
Jacquelyn Landgraf creator/writer/co-director/star It Makes A Sound on Night Vale Presents/PRX
Christopher Littler writer/composer/director 36 Questions (podcast musical); writer/director Limetown
Lauren Shippen writer/creator The Bright Sessions
Tim Street Vice President Influence and Production, Authentic
Sarah Rhea Werner podcast creator Girl in Space, Write Now
Ellen Winter writer/composer/director 36 Questions (podcast musical)
Stephen Winter director/co-writer Adventures in New America; director/writer Jason and Shirley
writer/director Wolf 359; guest writer Our Fair City, Wooden Overcoats
The fiction podcast industry is bursting with possibilities for all storytellers, and the Austin Film Festival and Writers Conference is on the cutting edge of this new avenue. Our Conference will include a lot of experts in the field of audio storytelling. We are offering a full slate of panels and discussions that address it head on, as well as crossover events that include writers from other genres. This means multiple opportunities for aspiring fiction podcast writers to learn, connect, and to find a place for those must-be-told stories.
- Building an Audience – Turning your Story into $$
- Writing for Audio Fiction – New Frontiers of Storytelling
- Meet & Greet
- Interactive Roundtable: Art, Craft, Business of Podcasting
CHECK OUT LAST YEAR’S SCHEDULE
THE 2018 SCHEDULE WILL BE RELEASED CLOSER TO THE FESTIVAL!