Missing Writing Cons? Here’s One For Free

Alex Simmons and I do a podcast for creatives, especially writers, called TELL THE DAMN STORY. Since COVID-19 took away summer writing conferences this year, we decided to create one for you.

We invited pop culture author and journalist Caseen Gaines, spoken word poet, children’s author, and songwriter Toney Jackson, and, for panels three and four, newly published slam poet legend and co-founder of Black Nerd Problems Omar Holman to help us.

With a ton of humor and anecdotes and do’s and don’ts, we offer insight and advice on major areas of the creative process.

Panel 1 (episode 146) focuses on inspiration and where it comes from.

Panel 2 (episode 147) is all about the discipline of getting your butt in a seat and writing.

(Clockwise from top left) me, Toney Jackson, Omar Holmon, and Caseen Gaines. Alex Simmons took this screen shot.

Panel 3 (episode 148) focuses on editing your work, from first draft to final polish.

And in Panel 4 (episode 149) we discuss promotion, social media, and getting your work out there.

There are no strings attached here. The whole series is offered free for nothing as our way of helping to take up the slack because COVID-19 came to the party and spat in the punch bowl.

Enjoy the panels, recommend them to aspiring writers who may benefit from them, toss a link to here on social media if you want. It is all about helping each other cope, grow, and improve individually and as part of the greater writing community.

(Clockwise from top left) Toney Jackson, Alex Simmons, Omar Holmon (in the wee little circle), Caseen Gaines, and me.

Panel 1: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/tell-the-damn-story/id1359264823?i=1000482666402

Panel 2: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/tell-the-damn-story/id1359264823?i=1000484374001

Panel 3: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/tell-the-damn-story/id1359264823?i=1000485429099

Panel 4: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/tell-the-damn-story/id1359264823?i=1000486173442

About chrisryanwrites

My name is Christopher Ryan. I am a former award-winning journalist turned high school teacher, and I have written since reading S.E. Hinton's THE OUTSIDERS when I was in elementary school. I have independently published an award-winning debut novel, CITY OF WOE, plus the prequel short story collection CITY OF SIN, the sequel novel CITY OF PAIN, a high school thriller novel GENIUS HIGH, and several high adventure novelettes for the Rapid Reads series featuring Alex Simmons' African-American adventurer BLACKJACK All are available via amazon.com, as is my children's book, THE FERGUSON FILES - THE MYSTERY SPOT. Additionally, I was nominated for a supporting actor award for my work in the multiple award-winning independent film, CLANDESTINE, from Feenix Films. I blog about writing, life, pop culture, the journey of learning to promote my independently published work, my efforts to secure a traditional publishing contract, and my career as a teacher.
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