Episode 17 -Interview with Derek Kunsken

September 05, 2014 00:37:29
Episode 17 -Interview with Derek Kunsken
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Episode 17 -Interview with Derek Kunsken
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In one of our occasional interviews on the Writer's Toolbelt, I talk to award winning SciFi and fantasy author Derek Kunsken about showing and telling, outlining, characterisation, and being found out by your writers group.

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