10 Writing Podcasts You Should Be Streaming Right Now
Everyone and their grandma has a podcast these days, but there are plenty of reasons they’re so popular: for one, they are a convenient and engaging way to learn new things, get inspired, and immerse yourself in something you’re passionate about.
Plus, you can listen to them wherever, whenever for optimum multi-tasking—we're thinking at the beach, by the pool, and/or with a cold and frosty beverage in hand since we all seem to be hanging out in a heatwave. Consider this list your in to the writerly version of the Elle-Woods-studying-for-law-school-on-the-Stairmaster moment.
Whether you’re a novice writer looking for tips on efficient characterization, you've just finished editing your first novel and want to know how to query a publisher, or need a little inspiration to get back in the writing saddle, this list has got you covered.
Without further ado, here are ten podcasts about writing you should be streaming right now.
Writing Excuses is a podcast hosted by four alternating writers. Throughout the thirteen seasons, they discuss everything from worldbuilding to editing to outlining techniques. Listening to this podcast feels like hanging out with a bunch of genre fiction fanatics, and we’re loving it. Even better is that each episode spans only fifteen minutes because “you’re in a hurry and we’re not that smart.” All this and they share the same brand colour. We’re in love.
Where you can listen: All episodes available at writingexcuses.com
Hosted by two part-time writers with full-time jobs, the Part-Time Writers Podcast delves into the world of the hustle and the very relatable struggle of juggling your work life with your writerly life.
Where to listen: Available on Player FM and iTunes
Hosted by Mignon Fogerty, Grammar Girl is a podcast for the grammar nerd in all of us. Not only is each episode entertaining, but Fogerty covers everything from comma splices to the etymology of language and somehow still manages to keep us interested. This podcast is perfect for anyone trying to sharpen their mechanical writing and editing skillz and sending to that one friend who can never manage to use the semicolon properly (we see you; we love you still).
Where to listen: Available on Spotify and iTunes
We’re heading in a genre-specific direction with this one. Hosted by the Poetry Foundations Producer, Curtis Fox, Poetry Off the Shelf explores contemporary American poetry and includes interviews, short documentaries, and readings. If you aren’t a poet, no matter: these podcasts explore important questions about what it is to be a writer, such as the universal struggle of putting feelings into language, amongst many other #relatable writerly experiences. Make sure you check out “A Change of World, Episode 4: A Place of Permission”—all about the women’s movement and finding female poetic voices in the 1970s.
Where to listen: poetryfoundation.org
Hosted by Evan Ratliff (contributor to Wired Magazine and The New Yorker), Aaron Lammer, and Max Linsky, the Longform Podcast runs a weekly show in which they interview one non-fiction writer about their storytelling technique. With over 250 episodes, this podcast has a pretty impressive guest list including Tavi Gevinson, Gay Talese, and Jenna Wortham.
Where to listen: longform.org and iTunes
Write Now is a podcast hosted by Sarah Werner, a professional writer, and Forbes contributor. Werner interviews different writers and industry experts to discuss the writing profession, how to find work-life balance, and basic tips for success. This podcast is informative and will suit anyone who wants to get some industry insight and learn a thing or two about process and publication.
Where to listen: Available online at sarahwerner.com and iTunes
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Hosted by Kirsten Oliphant, Create If Writing (did we mention we love a good play on words?) is geared towards the writer who is ready to market themselves. Each episode gives tips and tricks to creating an authentic platform for your work, covering everything from how to go about selling your work to how to find your audience in a world where self-marketing is everywhere. When it comes to inspiring podcasts, this one really makes you want to get off your butt and finally start that dreamy, aesthetically pleasing blog you’ve been talking about.
Where to listen: Available at createifwriting.com as well as Google Play and Spotify
Released by an online portal for the University of Iowa’s Writing department and the famous Iowa Writers Workshop, this podcast is about as close as you can get to a masterclass. Released as a series of lectures and events from the University (yes, actual lectures you don’t have to even pay for!) this podcast is essentially a library of information that includes discussions on how to start your own press, how to give a good reading, and how to really find your voice. We can’t think of anything better to spend your time doing. Except writing, of course.
Where to listen: Available online at writinguniversity.org and on iTunes
Released by New Hampshire Public Radio, the 10-Minute Writer’s Workshop podcast is delivered as a series of interviews with writers to examine how exactly they—well, write. Sadly this podcast came to an end in December of 2017, however, there are sixty episodes to listen to! We loved this interview with unapologetic feminist Caitlin Moran, author of the best-selling book How to Be a Woman.
Where to listen: nhpr.org as well as iTunes and Google Play
Hosted by author Jeff Goins, The Portfolio Life is a podcast that centers on the pursuit of a creative life and how to make a difference with your work. Though at times Goins does bring guests onto the show, more often it’s a one-man show. This podcast is perfect for anyone looking for some career motivation or insight into how to go about pursuing a creative lifestyle.
Where to listen: goinswriter.com and iTunes
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