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Host & Guest


William Bernhardt


Kathleen Kaiser &

Adanna Moriarty





About This Episode

On Crafting Stories and Breaking Myths: A Deep Dive into Writing

Welcome to Season Four of Talking Book Publishing, hosted by Kathleen and Adanna. In this episode, they are joined by the renowned best-selling author and creator of the Red Sneaker Writing series, William Bernhardt. The conversation delves into the significance of story structure and the evolution of the Red Sneakers Writers Series. William shares insights into story structure as a flexible roadmap, enhancing creativity, and leading to better storytelling. Discover the parallels between structure in writing and music, the importance of well-developed characters, and the role of contrast in crafting engaging narratives.

The dialogue explores the complexities of plotting, the art of sizzling style, and the necessity of effective editing in the writing process. Bernhardt emphasizes the importance of multiple drafts and the challenges writers face in the ever-evolving publishing landscape. From scams targeting aspiring authors to the impact of the pandemic on book sales, the hosts and their guest provide a comprehensive overview of the industry.

As the episode draws to a close, get a sneak peek into what to expect in upcoming webinars and events, including Williams’s upcoming WPN Webinar on Story Structure on January 18, his WriterCon, an annual writing convention, and an upcoming writing retreat cruise through the Caribbean. Learn about the WriterCon Magazine, which offers craft articles, marketing tips, and agent insights.

Join Kathleen, Adanna, and William in this insightful discussion that navigates the intricacies of writing, publishing, and the ongoing journey to support each other in the world of literature.

Don’t miss the start of a new season on the Talking Book Publishing podcast, where every episode promises valuable insights and connections for writers. Subscribe to, or wherever you listen to podcasts and never miss an episode, and stay tuned for more exciting discussions coming soon!

Resources from the Episode

WriterCon find it here

Podcast here

WriterCon Magazine here

WriterCon Cruise learn more here

About our guest

William Bernhardt

William Bernhardt is the author of over sixty books, including the Daniel Pike legal thriller series (#1 best-selling novel The Last Chance Lawyer). His previous works include the bestselling Ben Kincaid series, the historical novelsChallengers of the Dust and The Florentine Poet, three books of poetry, and the Red Sneaker books on fiction writing. In addition, Bernhardt founded WriterCon Programs to mentor aspiring writers. WriterCon hosts an annual writers conference, an annual cruise, small-group writing retreats, a magazine, plus free bi-weekly e-newsletters and podcasts. More than three dozen of Bernhardt’s students have subsequently published with major houses. He is also the president/owner of Bernhardt Books, which publishes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.

Bernhardt has received the Southern Writers Guild’s Gold Medal Award, the Royden
B. Davis Distinguished Author Award (University of Pennsylvania) and the H. Louise
Cobb Distinguished Author Award (Oklahoma State), which is given in recognition
of an outstanding body of work that has profoundly influenced the way in which we
understand ourselves and American society at large. He has been nominated for the
Oklahoma Book Award nineteen times in three different categories, and has won the
award twice. In 2019, he received the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award
from the Oklahoma Center for the Book.

In Florida, defense attorney Daniel Pike is stunned when his legal files are ransacked and his lover, Maria Morales, disappears. In Oklahoma, semi-retired attorney Ben Kincaid is horrified when his connection to this apparent abduction endangers the people he loves most. Desperate for help, Pike seizes Kincaid and hauls him on a cross-country road trip to discover what happened to Maria…and why a killer is so interested in a California murder case.

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