Tuesday, November 7, 2017

23 Great Podcasts for Writers

Podcasts are perfect for people who commute, or who spend a lot of time in a car, subway, or train. (Airplanes! Boats!)

There are a lot of great podcasts for writers. They span the gamut - from entertaining shows about writing, history, and language to informative episodes about publishing, marketing, building a platform, how to get readers, and a lot more.

You can even listen to all the presentations given at the Odyssey Speculative Fiction Workshop. And if you want to get the inside scoop on the publishing industry, there are plenty of interviews with agents, editors, and published authors.


A Way with Words

A public radio program about language examined through history, culture, and family. Episodes include: Decisions by dictionary editors, wacky wordplay, and Walt Whitman’s soaring verse, the epic history behind a familiar vegetable: fans of illustrator Maurice Sendak eagerly await publication of a newly discovered manuscript by the late author, writing advice from Mark Twain and a wonderful bit of prose from Sara Pennypacker’s book Pax. You'll want to listen to these episodes at your leisure.

"Fifteen minutes long, because you're in a hurry, and we're not that smart." Some episodes: Extreme long-form serial stories, and how to keep things interesting without forcing the main characters into an absurdly high number of character-developing moments; Create a “Beat Chart” identifying iconic moments, questions and answers, and new promises to readers, and then break these out into book-sized groups; and “Raising the stakes,” making the outcomes of the events in a story increasingly important to the reader. In this episode they talk about the tools they use to raise the stakes in ways that are more sophisticated than just queuing up larger and larger explosions.

Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

Grammar Girl provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing. Whether English is your first language or your second language, these grammar, punctuation, style, and business tips will make you a better and more successful writer. To download podcast episodes not shown on the iTunes list, visit QuickandDirtyTips.com

Odyssey SF/F Writing Workshop Podcasts

If you can't afford to attend a writing conference, the next best thing is to listen to one. Odyssey is an intensive six-week workshop for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror held each summer on the campus of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. Top authors, editors, and agents serve as guest lecturers. These podcasts are excerpts from guest lectures. For more information, visit http://www.odysseyworkshop.org.

Creative Writing Career

Turn writing into more than a hobby, make it your career. Stephan Bugaj (Pixar's Brave, Wall-E, The Incredibles), Justin Sloan (Telltale's Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, and Minecraft: Story Mode), and Kevin Tumlinson (Citadel, Lucid, The 30-Day Author) give you their advice on writing for books, movies, video games and more, and occasionally try to sound smarter by having on amazing guests.

Write Now with Sarah Werner | For Writers, On Writing

A weekly podcast for aspiring writers looking to find a healthy work/life/writing balance. Get the encouragement, honest advice, and inspiration you need to pursue your passion and write every day. Recurring themes include books, coffee, rainy days, truth, beauty, lasers, dinosaurs, and all of your other favorite things.

I Should Be Writing

Host Mur Lafferty is a science fiction writer who is "still learning." The podcast features writing interviews and how-tos.

Reading And Writing Podcast

Host Jeff Rutherford interviews authors about their books, their writing habits, their favorite novels, and how they got started writing. Authors include Dean Koontz, Susan Crandall, Mike Resnick and many more. The series does not appear to have any new episodes past July 2017, but there are 217 interviews to choose from.

Authority Self-Publishing: Marketing, Writing and Kindle Publishing Tips for Authors

Authority Self-Publishing is a show where you can get detailed advice from three author marketing experts: Steve Scott, Barrie Davenport, and Ron Clendenin. Primarily, they cover Amazon Kindle publishing strategies (through the KDP platform). But they also offers a variety of marketing tactics you can use to grow your book-based business. Each episode contains 30+ minutes of actionable content you can immediately apply to your writing business. Tune in every Monday and Thursday to get the latest news on indie publishing. Finally, each episode comes with detailed show notes where you can get a recap of the content and all the resource links that are mentioned. There appear to be no new episodes past January 2017, but there are 86 highly informative episodes spanning the previous year that are still worth listening to.

The Writer Files

Kelton Reid studies the habits, habitats, and brains of a wide spectrum of renowned writers to learn their secrets of productivity and creativity. Tune in each week to learn how great writers keep the ink flowing, the cursor moving, and avoid writer s block.

The Dead Robots Society

"By aspiring writers, for aspiring writers." Writing tips, interviews, book reviews, the apocalypse and other writing disasters. Or writing other disasters, depending on how you order your syntax. All round good fun

The Creative Penn Podcast

Author Joanna Penn provides one of the most thorough, well organized sources of publishing and writing information out there. Some of her highly informative podcasts include: Top 5 Mistakes of Indie Authors with Ricardo Fayet from Reedsy, Mastering Amazon Ads with Brian D. Meeks, How to Write a Mystery with Rebecca Cantrell, Writing Memoir with Roz Morris, Social media tips for writers with Frances Caballo and Writing fast, building an audience and Facebook advertising for authors with Mark Dawson.

The Story Grid

"Helping you become a better writer." Join Shawn Coyne, author of Story Grid and a top editor for 25+ years, and Tim Grahl, struggling writer, as they discuss the ins and outs of what makes a story great.

Beautiful Writers Podcast

"Up-close conversations with your favorite writers." Listen in as author Linda Sivertsen (aka Book Mama) brings together the world’s most beloved bestselling authors for monthly chats on writing, publishing, deal-making, spirituality, activism, and the art of romancing creativity. Join Linda and her celebrity co-hosts for deep, funny, powerful interviews with authors and songwriters who have pulled it off—from breakout success to staying power. Heart-centered encouragement, street smart advice, and insider success (and failure!) stories for every writer and creative type. Details of biggest mistakes, best shortcuts, behind-the-scenes agent, press, and publishing stories help you gain the courage to get your book, blog, ballad, or biz birthed into the world.

The Writers Panel

The Writers Panel series is an informal chat moderated by Ben Blacker (co-creator of the Thrilling Adventure Hour; writer for Supah Ninjas, Supernatural, among others) with professional writers about the process and business of writing. Covering TV, film, comic books, music, novels, and any other kind of writing about which you’d care to hear. Proceeds from the live panels benefit 826LA, the national non-profit tutoring program.

The WRITER 2.0

The WRITER 2.0 Podcast is a show about writing, books, and the publishing industry. Hosted by author and professor A.C. Fuller, the show features interviews with authors, journalists, and publishing experts. About the Host: A.C. Fuller is a former adjunct professor of journalism at NYU. His non-fiction has been featured in the Poughkeepsie Journal and New York Newsday; his fiction in Cracked Eye Magazine. The prologue to his writing book in progress—WRITER 2.0—won the 2014 San Francisco Writers Contest, non-fiction category. His debut novel, THE ANONYMOUS SOURCE, was published in June of 2015. For more information: www.acfuller.com. The most recent podcast is from March 2017, but the list of previous episodes is worth delving into.

Create If Writing Podcast

This is the place for you if you are a writer, blogger, or creative who wants to build an online platform without being smarmy. Episodes include: Mailchimp updates, How to form lasting connections, Bad pitches, How to get more readers and sell more books, Tips for building traffic, and a whole lot more.

Damian Barr's Literary Salon

Writers read from their own works aloud in this podcast. Nothing is more exciting than listening to an author read!

Helping Writers Become Authors

Helping Writers Become Authors provides writers help in summoning inspiration, crafting solid characters, outlining and structuring novels, and polishing prose. Learn how to write a book and edit it into a story agents will buy and readers will love.

Writer's Voice

Writer's Voice features author interviews and readings, as well as news, commentary and tips related to writing and publishing. We also talk with editors, agents, publicists and others about issues of interest to writers. Francesca Rheannon is producer and host of Writer's Voice. She is a writer, an independent radio producer and a broadcast journalist.

Between the Covers

Host David Naimon interviews some of the brightest stars in the writing world (including Ursula LeGuin). There are also links to Naimon's print interviews and stories on the site. 

Print Run Podcast

Print Run is a podcast created and hosted by Laura Zats and Erik Hane. Its aim is simple: to have the conversations surrounding the book and writing industries that too often are glossed over by conventional wisdom, institutional optimism, and false seriousness. They have also created a Patreon page for Print Run. Patrons get access to special episodes featuring on-air workshopping of your queries and first pages of your manuscript!


This podcast is a riot.

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