17.17: Writing in the Public Domain

Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, and Gama Martinez

Did you know that there are some famous intellectual properties which have entered the public domain, and which you can therefore use to create your own stories? It’s true! Gama Martinez (whose God of Neverland novel features Peter Pan) joined Dan and Brandon at LTUE to talk about how cool this is, and (more importantly) what kinds of things authors need to do in order to make sure they’re only using the public domain bits of the properties in question.

Liner Notes: Need a list of things that entered the public domain in 2022? Here you go!

Credits: This episode was recorded by Marshall Carr, Jr., and mastered by Alex Jackson


Find something entering the public domain, and write a story about it.

God of Neverland by Gama Martinez, narrated by Simon Vance

5 thoughts on “17.17: Writing in the Public Domain”

  1. This week, Writing Excuses went to Life, the Universe, and Everything (LTUE) where Dan and Brandon talked with Gama Martinez about writing in the public domain. No fences there! Peter Pan, Sherlock Holmes, Batman and Superman, Captain America, Winnie the Pooh, but beware the mouse… You can read all about it in the transcript available now in the archives.

  2. Brandon, do you expect people to known My Fair Lady?! I only know the title… Maybe it’s better known in the US the here in Germany.

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