The 11 Best Writing Podcasts
I n 1959, Jack Kerouac sat down at his typewriter and compiled a haphazard list of thirty “guidelines” for writing. His nuggets of wisdom included such zingers as “Blow as deep as you want to blow” and “Struggle to sketch the flow that already exists intact in mind.” Whether Kerouac would have done the podcast circuit to promote “ Belief and Technique for Modern Prose ” is a question lost to history, but the enduring fetishization of the writing process shows that sources of creativity have always been elusive. Writers’ secrets are coveted like truffles amongst hungry pigs.
We all know that talking about writing is easier than actually writing. Listening to the podcasts on this list won’t substitute sitting down and putting words on paper. But it is impossible to deny that whether you are a freelance journalist or a budding novelist, the process of looking for inspiration can be a lonely one. This is where writing podcasts can become a useful resource to support your creative practice. Or, if you’re going to procrastinate, at least do so by listening to one of these 11 podcasts for writers to inspire your work.
DIY MFA Radio
We’ve all gone through a period of writer’s block. Desperate for inspiration, we might research prestigious graduate programs, hungry for the affirmation that an MFA promises. But times are changing, and having a degree is not necessarily a prerequisite of success. High tuition fees are putting many writers off the concept, so it is no wonder that other platforms are stepping up. Gabriela Pereira is not claiming that her podcast, DIY MFA Radio, is a complete replacement for a grad program, but her popular show provides a toolkit for writers seeking to diversify and strengthen their craft. If you can get past being referred to as a “word nerd” in the first thirty seconds, each episode of the show delves into most questions in writing or publishing that you’ve always wanted to ask. Through interviews with the likes of Jojo Moyes, Brenda Jackson, and Steve Berry, DIY MFA substitutes a seminar for soundwaves. The show explores everything from the obvious (“How to Turn Characters Into People”) to the useful (‘An Inside Look at Tropes in Literature’) and the unexpected (‘Crafting an Amish Romance’). The best part: no student debt.
Many career journalists dedicate their lives to longform writing. Chronicling the development of such writers and storytellers is Longform , an interview podcast prioritizing the slow burn of creative nonfiction in an internet age that rewards clickbait. A recent surplus of episodes featuring writers promoting books and novels isn’t necessarily a drawback. It’s perhaps symptomatic of the recent resurgence in book sales , hardly something to be disappointed about. With a broad scope and a diverse set of guests, Longform does a great job covering a changing industry — especially the way people previously excluded from magazine writing have broken onto the scene.
The Writer’s Voice
For nearly a century, The New Yorker has been publishing some of the best new fiction, from extracts of the latest Ben Lerner novel to short stories by Rachel Kushner and Elif Batuman. But here’s a secret: you need neither a subscription nor spare time to enjoy new prose. The Writer’s Voice is part of the magazine’s excellent podcast catalog, which includes shows dedicated to both fiction and poetry as well as The New Yorker Radio Hour . What makes The Writer’s Voice different is suggested in its title. These writers are reading their own work, giving each an additional layer of intimacy. Sure, it’s no indie show. But the prestige attached to the magazine attracts some of the best writers working today. If you’re a contemporary writer interested in how “our moment” is represented on the page, this is the podcast you should be listening to.
The Underground Writing Podcast
Describing the aim of Underground Writing, the organization’s executive director, Matt Malyon, writes: “We use creative writing as a shovel. . . And the soil, prepared by the literature, is pliant.” An accomplished and poignant example of how writing can create a positive impact beyond bookshop shelves, Underground Writing is a creative writing program that serves migrant, incarcerated, and other at-risk groups in northern Washington. The long hours involved in completing a book can breed solipsism, even egotism. Although sometimes necessary to finish a project, these feelings often make the process isolating. Listening to The Underground Writing Podcast reminds us that, at its core, writing has the capacity to inspire hope. We don’t need fancy grad programs to create something with substance. Writing belongs to everyone — even, and perhaps especially, the disadvantaged. Created by Malyon alongside Alvin Shim, the project has continued to produce podcast content throughout the pandemic, giving a platform to voices often forgotten in the noise.
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The Writer Files
With episodes like “How to Write a Book in One Month” and “5 Things Only Serious Writers Do,” The Writer Files is a response to our obsession with productivity. The show features a combination of interviews with writers on the minutiae of their routines and analyses of the science behind creativity, tapping into behavioral techniques with the aim of making its listeners more efficient writers. Some might argue that using neuroscience to deconstruct the magic behind writing risks turning artists into automatons, yet it is undeniable that The Writer Files fills a hole in the discourse around career writing. Occasionally, we must abandon the romanticization of the lonely writer scrawling longhand into a notebook, uninhibited by modern workloads. The episode on “ Busting the Myth of the Starving Artist ” is an important conversation about writers having the right to live a healthy life. We do not have to die for our art, and The Writer Files is an important reminder.
Between the Covers
Between the Covers is a writing podcast with literary clout. Brought to us by the publisher and literary journal Tin House , the show is hosted by David Naimon, a softly spoken modern sage who may or may not be the most knowledgeable person in the genre, though this fact has yet to be verified. The show’s standing as a platform for diverse writers and sharp, reflective conversation makes it the perfect gateway drug for a first audio hit of high-brow literature.
Even if you came for its reputation, you’ll stay for the show’s mini-series “Crafting with Ursula,” where writers discuss their own craft alongside the work of science fiction writer Ursula Le Guin. Le Guin’s masterful world-building proves a perfect vessel for conversation on topics ranging from nature writing to the poetic form. Current and innovative, Between the Covers provides writers with an anchor to a world of its own making, a world that is unapologetically literary .
Writing Excuses is a punchy, fifteen-minute podcast that focuses on the craft behind creative writing. The success of the show, now on its seventeenth season, is down to the dynamism of its presenters. Each one a working writer, the hosts represent a wide range of interests and genres, offering ideas on hundreds of writing topics. Have you ever wondered how to use food as a creative device? Do you know how to you write a character who is out of their depth? In many ways Writing Excuses is delightfully old-school, yet it also reflects emerging and important trends in writing, such as gender, writing “the other,” and using sensitivity readers. Episode highlights include their recent live recorded shows, where the hosts’ crosstalk is funny and engaging; combined with the frequency of their episodes, Writing Excuses is a solid resource.
The Shit No One Tells You About Writing
Let’s talk about rejection. For the emerging writer, failure inevitably precedes publication. To continue writing is a feat of daily endurance not dissimilar to running a marathon wearing nothing but a loincloth that reads “desperate for industry acceptance” across one’s butt cheeks. The answer, for those hungry for affirmation, might be a prestigious graduate program. But having a degree is by no means a guarantee for success. Plan B? Sorry to break the news, but the odds of winning a literary prize are very low. So what does a new writer do? This question, and plenty of others like it, are answered in The Shit No One Tells You About Writing , a podcast that provides a toolkit for writers seeking to understand a publishing world that is often impenetrable.
Host Bianca Marais knows exactly how to answer the tough questions; she’s a best-selling novelist herself. Alongside industry insiders, Marais never sugarcoats the road to publication, instead offering useful and realistic advice that leaves writers with a better sense of the chaotic industry they’re determined to be a part of. The best part? Her co-hosts Carly Watters and CeCe Lyra critique two query letters in every episode, just in case you weren’t suffering enough.
A self-proclaimed “media autopsy,” this cult podcast by Christan Sager and Charlie Bennett was not overtly aimed at aspiring writers. The goal of Supercontext — which ran from 2016 to 2020 — was to understand why a book, television show, film or album was made, forgoing performing plot analysis or becoming a Cliffnotes hack-job to instead place media in its cultural context. Supercontext was a show that was hard to categorize, encompassing both mainstream and indie genres. Much like the podcast Philosophize This! (the similarity in tone and quality should also be noted), Supercontext relied almost exclusively on the support of its listeners who helped decide that topics became episodes. The podcast was a textbook example of how, as with writing, building a fanbase through authenticity is still achievable today. The show exemplified an important lesson for budding authors and screenwriters: how your writing is consumed will determine whether you can produce more.
The VS Podcast
Here’s a conundrum for the reviewer: The VS Podcast is easy to describe and yet impossible to describe. Playful, engaging, and original, this is a podcast that straddles the lines between poetry, politics and talk show. So where to start? Well, I can safely tell you VS. , as it is also known, is a podcast from The Poetry Foundation, the folks behind Poetry Off the Shelf and Poem Talk . VS. can even be called a radical, queer poetry podcast. But while this show employs a lot of labels, its strength comes from its fluidity. Effervescent and courageous, VS. moves between poetic genres and challenges outmoded ideas about art and identity. With an emphasis on BIPOC art, the show amplifies the voices of marginalized poets and marginalized poetics, engaging with a diverse range of voices. In making space for experimental work, the show is a powerful resource for writers seeking inspiration beyond established boundaries.
Hosted by three bestselling authors, Writers, Ink will make you feel better about that unfinished manuscript on your flash drive. A show about the business of writing, each episode interviews a working writer to explore an aspect of being a professional in today’s industry. The advice is rarely romantic. Arguably, that’s part of the appeal. Many writers, especially those balancing the demands of modern life with their creative practice, are frustrated with the mythology figures like Kerouac perpetuate. Writers, Ink is ideal for those looking to establish a career in writing but who don’t have the luxury of unlimited time to make it happen. As a tool to increase productivity, listening to an episode is probably healthier than developing a caffeine habit, but nobody is saying you can’t do both.
Alice Florence Orr is a staff writer for Podcast Review and is based in Edinburgh . Her work has appeared in Scottish Review , Like The Wind , and Nomad Journal . You can connect with her on Twitter or Instagram .
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The long and short-form of it: podcasts that will teach you how to write
Whether you are plotting, drafting, staring at a blank page, or keen to get tips from the pros … if you want to be an author, there’s a podcast for that
New Yorker Fiction
In this monthly podcast , a celebrated writer selects a short story from the New Yorker’s archive to read and discuss with the magazine’s fiction editor, Deborah Treisman. The pleasure here lies as much in the pairings of authors with material as it does the stories themselves: Margaret Atwood reading Alice Munro, or Andrew Sean Greer reading Dorothy Parker, or Tessa Hadley reading John Updike. There is much to be learned about the craft and discipline of short fiction writing from the subsequent discussions, too. A recurring point: fewer words is always better. Also, check out The New Yorker: The Writer’s Voice , where writers read their own stories.
Approaching its 10th anniversary, the Longform podcast is a weekly hour-long interview with a nonfiction writer about their work, practice and personal philosophies. When it was founded in 2012, as a co-production of Longform.org and the Atavist magazine, co-hosts Max Linsky, Evan Ratliff and Aaron Lammer drilled down into aspects of the craft such as note-taking and revising drafts. These days the scope of their warm, considered conversations has broadened to be as much about life as about writing. Dig into the archives to hear from greats such as Gay Talese, Renata Adler, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Ariel Levy, Ira Glass, Michael Lewis, George Saunders, Susan Orlean and Robert McKee.
Much of their advice applies to all writers, but for a podcast with a fiction slant, check out First Draft .
In Writing With Hattie Crisell
Now in its fourth series , for this pod Hattie Crisell, a contributing editor of Grazia magazine, interviews writers of all kinds about “how they write, why they write, and what they can teach us about doing it better”. There are lessons for everyone who works with words and stories here, from bona fide publishing powerhouses Curtis Sittenfeld and David Nicholls to comedians, playwrights, critics and even songwriters. Crisell is an engaging interviewer who puts her subjects at ease so that they speak freely and frankly about the realities of life as a full-time writer – not least the horror of the blank page. Those just starting out might be heartened to hear that it never gets easier. Writer’s Routine and The National Writing Centre’s The Writing Life are two more UK interview podcasts focusing on the day-to-day.
Start With This
Start With This is like a look inside the engine room of the hit podcast Welcome to Night Vale, as co-creators Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink aim to help you “put your ideas in motion”. Each episode discusses a challenge or an aspect of writing – from scene-setting to plotting, finding one’s voice to overcoming perfectionism – before setting the listeners two practical assignments relevant to the subject: “something to consume” and “something to create”. The series concluded last month but, with episodes totalling an entire day and a half, Start With This presents an accessible, supportive step towards starting and extending a regular writing practice. Ann Kroeker, Writing Coach is another podcast with practical exercises (with the added bonus of bitesize episodes as short as 15 minutes).
Between the Covers
With episodes often in excess of two hours, this fortnightly “literary radio show” is one to sink into rather than blitz on your commute. But when you have time to invest, Between the Covers will expand your horizons, in both the exceptional curation of the interviewees – spanning all literary forms, all over the world – and the depth of their conversation. Even if you are not familiar with the works being discussed, host David Naimon will pique your interest. He is patient, never presumptuous, curious and well-informed. This podcast is like the best writer’s festival talk you’ve ever been to, fitting in with your schedule and with no unedifying Q&A session at the end.
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Posted on Apr 26, 2019
30+ Writing Podcasts You Should Be Listening To
Well… don’t try to listen to all these writing podcasts — or you’ll never get any writing done!
With the massive popularity of audiobooks and podcasts, you could easily say that we’re in an era of ‘peak audio content ’ — and for book fans and budding writers, there’s never been a better time to get intimate advice from a range of voices. To celebrate the second season of Reedsy's Bestseller podcast , we’re giving you the skinny on some of the best writing podcasts around.
Publishing and Self-Publishing
Publishing a book is no easy feat. And if you choose to do it yourself by going down the independent publishing route , there’s a lot you’ll need to learn about marketing, design, and distribution. Thankfully, you won’t be short on great advice from those who have done it before.
Bestseller by Reedsy
Hosted by Casimir M. Stone, Reedsy’s podcast follows a single author over a season, charting their journey to becoming a self-published author. Covering both practical writing tips and anecdotes, each episode aims to cut through the BS and make the self-publishing less daunting. The latest season centers on Bella Falls, the bestselling author of the indie Southern Charms cozy mystery series.
SPA Girls Podcast
Short for “Self-Publishing Authors,” the SPA Girls Podcast covers a lot of ground. Some episodes are devoted to writing craft and encouragement, while others look closely at publishing topics like Facebook advertising, Amazon metadata, and more.
The Creative Penn
As one of the leading voices of independent publishing, Joanna Penn is as close as you can get to an apostle in the self-publishing world. She’s racked up over 400 episodes and played host to countless guests including Reedsy’s Emmanuel Nataf who talks about the role blockchain will play in the future of publishing. Yawn. (Just kidding, Emmanuel!)
The Self Publishing Show
This one’s a master-and-apprentice-style podcast from Mark Dawson , the author of the John Milton novels (a popular series of self-published thrillers). He and co-host James Blatch bring on some of the heaviest hitters in independent publishing — and on occasion, Dawson will take a deep dive into the complex parts of digital book marketing like Amazon ads for authors .
Kobo Writing Life Podcast
From the team behind Kobo’s author platform, the KWL podcast gives you access to some of the brightest minds in indie publishing, while also providing a first look at new developments on Kobo.
The Bestseller Experiment
What started off as an attempt to reverse-engineering a bestselling novel (with the advice of big-name guests like Ian Rankin, Michael Connolly and Joanne Harris) has since outgrown its one-year mission. Approaching its 200th episode at the time of writing, the Bestseller Experiments continues to attract some of the most insightful guests in publishing.
Sell More Books Show
Author (and friend of Reedsy ) Bryan Cohen co-hosts this show with veteran online marketer Jim Kukral that’s focused on just one thing. You guessed it: selling more books! If you’re looking for tips on getting the most out of your Amazon listing or managing your mailing list, you don’t need to look any further.
The Book Marketing Show
Writer and book marketing guru Dave Chesson (also a friend of Reedsy ) is one of the most enthusiastic personalities and focused minds in indie publishing. In his show, he and his guests offer up marketing strategies and practical hacks that could help you go from being a starving artist to a publishing success story.
The hugely prolific author of the Dan Kolter archeological thrillers also happens to be a podcast host whose mission is to inform, inspire, educate, and entertain. He also has a real knack for booking interesting guests… such as this episode with Reedsy co-founder Ricardo Fayet where they talk about the tricky issue of discoverability.
Helping Writers Become Authors
Another prominent voice in the online writing community, author K.M. Weiland guides writers through the creative process of writing a book. Now in its tenth year, her podcast shows no sign of slowing down, with new episodes dropping each week.
Bestseller , Season 2 Episode 2: The People v. Cozy Mysteries
If you’re into writing, there’s a good chance you love to read, right? Here are a few shows that can help you find better books (and read them more mindfully).
What Should I Read Next?
In each episode, host Anne Bogel invites a new guest to chat about books: what they love, what they hate, and what you, gentle listener, should be reading next. Bogel has since recorded over 180 episodes as of this article.
Between the Covers
This Portland-based production is created in association with Tin House , one of America’s leading literary magazines . Leveraging the prestige of this association, host David Naimon converses with acclaimed authors like Marlon James and provides a platform for a diverse set of newer voices.
Literary Friction is both a) a superb pun and b) one of the most innovative and culturally on-the-nose podcasts out there today. Hosts Carrie Plitt and Octavia Bright have a splendid rapport and razor-sharp instincts for conversational topics — though they’re helped by their range of diverse and fascinating guests.
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text
Or, to be more accurate — it’s an English class where the only books on the syllabus happened to be written by J.K. Rowling . In each episode, hosts Vanessa Zoltan and Casper ter Kuile focus on a different scene from the canon and discuss it through the prism of a chosen theme.
Dead Author’s Podcast
Though now on permanent hiatus, this comedy podcast sees H.G. Wells, science fiction icon, using his time machine to interview authors from the past (played by comedians the likes of Maya Rudolph and Ben Schwartz). Most of the time, the guests know very little about the authors they’re playing, but the episode featuring L. Ron Hubbard (Andy Daly) is as weird and funny as it is meticulously researched.
Bestseller Addendum 1: Choice Words for First Drafts (with Brett Putter)
Now let’s take a look at a few shows that concentrate on the craft of writing — writing podcasts that examine the artistic side of being an author.
Write Now with Sarah Werner
A show with a greater focus on self-care than most of the other entries here, Write Now with book coach Sarah Werner is a healthy mix of practical advice, interviews with authors, and positive creative affirmations.
Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
The Internet’s #1 authority on whether it’s who or whom , Mignon Fogarty (aka Grammar Girl) also has a podcast aimed squarely at anyone with a fascination for words — which, surely, is all of us.
88 Cups of Tea
Hosted by actor Yin Chang (from TV’s Gossip Girl ), 88 Cups of Tea is a writing podcast with a slight YA bent (that occasionally takes a diversion in the world of TV). The eclectic guests range from bestselling authors like Meg Cabot, to top literary agents and the man who translates Murakami’s works into English!
Writers Who Don’t Write
Have you ever struggled with writer’s block? Well you’re not alone. Hosts Jeff Umbro and Kyle Craner started this podcast as a way to get over their writing fears, only for it to evolve into something much more ambitious. Their most recent episode was in late 2018, but there’s still a mountain of archived episodes featuring guests like Andy Weir ( The Martian ) and Lev Grossman ( The Magicians ).
DIY MFA Radio
Host Gabriela Pereira guides listeners through deep conversations, homing in on practical steps to help writers develop their skills. With her signature upbeat style and deep well of literary knowledge, Pereira offers listeners an immersive MFA-style experience (without the accompanying student debt). Recent guests have included Sara Dessen, Jojo Moyes, Eoin Colfer, and Orson Scott Card.
The Creative Writer’s Toolbelt
Writer and creative coach Andrew J. Chamberlain is the host of this writing podcast. He’s ghostwritten award-winning biographies and published a number of titles under his own name as well. He has since adapted this long-running show into a book titled The Creative Writer’s Toolbelt Handbook (a little wordy if you ask us).
If you’re tired of too many hour-plus podcasts filling up your feed, you need to check out Writing Excuses . Now in its eleventh year, the show’s evolving panel of hosts (which has included fantasy bestseller Brandon Sanderson) takes the listener through a new topic each season and drills into specifics in bite-size chunks.
The Am Writing Fantasy podcast
Hosted by two bestselling authors, who have published more than twenty books between them, this great podcast releases new episodes every single Monday. It’s chock-full of good practical information on writing, publishing, and marketing of books. With a pitch of humor sprinkled on top, it’s even entertaining (or tries to be 😊).
The Drunken Odyssey with John King
Each episode, writer John King welcomes a new guest for a lively, uncensored literary discussion. Don’t know where to start? We recommend the episodes with novelist Elliot Ackerman , poet Denise Duhamel , or publishing superstar David Sedaris .
I Should Be Writing
The road to publishing success is often long and winding, something that Mur Lafferty knows better than most. Her podcast is a semi-confessional and highly personal account of her career as a genre author — which recently reached new heights with multiple nominations for her novel Six Wakes , and a commission to write the novelization of Solo: A Star Wars Story .
Beautiful Writers Podcast
If you want a bit of star power in your audio content, check out Linda Sivertsen’s show. Her celebrity guests have included the likes of Tom Hanks, Candice Bergen, Abby Wambach, and Anne Lamott.
First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing
This weekly interview show from host Mitzi Rapkin largely focuses on authors, with the occasional poet, screenwriter, playwright, or musician joining her on the mic for an insightful chat on the art of storytelling.
Shawn Coyne’s Story Grid is one of those writing books that most new novelists own — and on which almost all writers have a strong opinion, one way or another. In his podcast, the veteran editor is joined by ‘struggling author’ Tim Grahl to discuss the finer points of the craft. If you can't get enough of The Grid , there's a spin-off program called Editor Roundtable where five editors analyze stories according to Shawn's methods.
Writing Class Radio
Now in its seventh season, Writing Class Radio is the brainchild of writers Andrea Askowitz and Allison Langer. They read stories, talk to editors, and encourage listeners to submit their own stories — much like a real writing class!
The Secret Library Podcast
Prolific book podcaster ( bookcaster ?) Caroline Donahue interviews authors and figures from the publishing world and gets deep into the nitty-gritty of creating the books that we all love. Recent guests include Jasper Fforde, Susan Orlean, and Diana Gabaldon.
So You Want to Be a Writer
If you like your podcasts to a little more antipodean, the Australian Writers' Centre official podcast might be your cup of tea (or dollop of Vegemite).
The Writers Panel
Ben Blacker of The Thrilling Adventure Hour lets his listeners eavesdrop into conversation with some of the biggest names in television writing. If you dream of writing TV drama, or are just a Netflix addict, you’ll want to tune in for his talks with the likes of Vince Gilligan ( Breaking Bad ), Amy Sherman-Palladino ( Gilmore Girls and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel ) and Damon Lindelof ( Lost ).
Have we missed out your favorite podcast? Drop a message in the comments below and let us know!
Peter B Dudley says:
14/05/2019 – 18:32
I listen to most episodes of the Taylor Stevens Show. She's a thriller writer and she shares her struggles with being a writer and gives advice on writing better stories.
Zack Urlocker says:
24/05/2019 – 18:54
I've listened to several of these shows but for my money, The Bestseller Experiment is a cut above. It's got the right mix of practical advice, good interviews, inspiration and humor.
Frank D says:
08/10/2019 – 14:07
A Writer’s Life Podcast is the most honest podcast on writing. And the funniest.
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The 14 Best Writing Podcasts to Listen to in 2022
posted on 1 March 2022
Podcasts have become more popular than ever.
The number of people listening to one has increased year on year, from 8.9 million listeners in 2017 to 16.7 listeners in 2021.
It’s hardly surprising. Podcasts are easy to digest, flexible, and jam-packed with insights for writers.
But with so many to choose from, how do you find which writing podcast is right for you?
This guide shares 10+ of the best writing podcasts to listen to this year. Whether you’re a copywriter, screenwriter, or aspiring freelance writer , you’ll learn something new by adding episodes from the following podcasts to your listening queue.
1. Peak Freelance
Best for: Freelance writers who want to grow their business.
Peak Freelance is a community for freelance writers who want to scale. An All Access membership lets you listen to the members-only podcast—one of the best podcasts for solopreneurs growing their own writing business.
Pro writers Elise Dopson and Michael Keenan, co-founders of Peak Freelance, host bi-weekly episodes, covering tips and tricks for running a freelance business. Elise and Michael write content for some of the world’s best-known B2B and SaaS websites, such as Shopify, HubSpot, CoSchedule, and more.
The Peak Freelance members’ podcast covers unGoogleable advice for scaling a writing business, including:
- How to onboarding new clients
- Hiring subcontractors—and mistakes to avoid when doing so
- Setting a long-term vision for your freelance business
The length of each episode averages around 15 minutes depending on the topic.
If the writing podcast wasn’t enough, All Access members also get:
- An invite to our Slack community for freelance writers
- Access to pro resources to streamline and scale, like our Advanced Writing Course
- The community resource library with up-to-date statistics and research
2. The Creative Penn
Best for: Self-published book writers.
Joanna Penn is an award-nominated and New York Times bestselling author. She’s also a podcaster, international speaker, and creative entrepreneur that specializes in self-publishing.
The Creative Penn podcast is worth listening to if you’re in the book writing niche. Each episode covers topics such as new book marketing tips, self-publishing advice, and guidance on how to become a nonfiction writer. Episodes feature authors such as John Kremer, Alan Baxter, and Rishi Dastidar.
The length of each podcast averages between 45 minutes and an hour, depending on the episode. And drops every Monday. Listen via:
- Apple Podcasts
3. Freelance Writing Coach
Best for: New freelance writers.
Hosted by Kaleigh Moore and Emma Siemasko, Freelance Writing Coach is a good podcast to add to your queue if you’re building a freelance writing business. Both are successful writers in their own right who have been in the freelance business for over six years individually.
Each 20-minute episode is packed with writing tips, stories, and valuable advice from two successful freelancers. Listen in on what they’ve learned and what they’re still learning—all while being frankly honest; they tell it as it is.
Other topics include preventing scope creep, choosing a freelance niche , understanding where meetings fit into your day as a freelance writer, and a whole lot more.
Listen to the Freelance Writing Coach podcast via:
- Apple Podcasts
4. Grammar Girl
Best for: Academic writers.
The Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips podcast has won Best Education Podcast several times in the Podcast Awards. Hosted by Mignon Fogarty, founder of the Quick and Dirty Tips, topics include grammar myths, how kids learn to speak like adults, and using the right abbreviations in context.
The Grammar Girl is suited to anyone who writes content. You’ll find friendly tips to improve your writing, grammar, writing style, and more. Each episode is 15-30 minutes long, with new ones released every week.
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5. The Paid Copywriter
Best for: New freelance copywriters.
Find insights on creating a website, raising rates, setting boundaries with clients , and dealing with bad feedback. Experts interviewed include pro freelance copywriters like Mindi Rosser, Sarah Greesonbach, and Scott Stransky.
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6. The Copywriter Club
Best for: Established freelance copywriters.
The Copywriter Club is another writing podcast to add to your queue if you’re looking for new voices in the space. Each episode is designed for folks starting out in their writing careers, making it an inspirational place for copywriters to learn more about the skills they need to become in-demand writers.
Hosted by Rob Marsh and Kira Hug, each episode is an interview-style conversation with other professional and talented content creators, copywriters, and editors—including Erin Perrins, Kristin Macintyre, Esai Arasi, and more.
You’ll find information on defining your creative process, growing your business, copywriting myths, solving marketing problems, and more.
Each podcast averages around 50 minutes with new episodes released weekly. Listen via:
Best for: Writers who struggle with creative blocks.
The Write-minded podcast provides “Weekly Inspiration for Writers”. Full of advice to help writers navigate the ups and downs, each episode is hosted by Grant Faulkner of National Novel Writing Month and Brooke Warner of She Writes.
You’ll find a range of creative writing-related topics, from addressing writer’s block to the effects of taking risks and dealing with fear. Each episode also features professional guests from the writing industry, such as Jean Chen Ho, Alka Joshi, Erica Jong, and more.
Podcasts stream every Tuesday and are usually around 30 to 45 minutes long. Listen via:
8. The Writer Files
Best for: Creative writers.
The Writer Files podcast discusses topics related to writing, productivity, creativity, and neuroscience. Each episode dives into the psyche of a writers’ mind, with honest stories about everything productive and creative—like how authors got their big break and the writing processes shared by successful writers in the publishing industry.
This long-running podcast is hosted by Kelton Reid. It’s a great resource for all writers, bloggers, and authors that want inspiration and motivation from writers with more experience.
Podcasts length vary from around 30 to 45 minutes each, streamed weekly. Listen via:
9. Beautiful Writers Podcast
Best for: Interviews with bestselling authors.
The Beautiful Writers podcast is honest, fun, and amazingly frank. World-renowned writers share their wisdom, designed to motivate and inspire you.
Hosted by author Linda Sivertsen with special guest speakers like Patricia Cornell, Tosca Lee, and Chris Jackson. Each episode is geared towards writers looking for practical advice about enhancing their craft. Topics range from writing the perfect thriller to marketing yourself as a writer.
New episodes are published monthly and typically average an hour in length. Listen via:
10. Growth Machine
Best for: Writers looking to level up their marketing skills.
Hosted by Amanda Natividad and Nat Eliason, the Growth Machine podcast is worth tuning into if you’re looking to build complementary skills for your writing business. Experts cover other content marketing-related topics, like SEO and journalism—both of which can help you earn more money as a freelancer .
Hear interviews with pro marketers like John Bonini, Kameron Jenkins, and Stewart Hillhouse in 30 to 45 minute episodes.
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11. Writing Excuses
Best for: Building a writing career.
Hosted by Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler, the Writing Excuses educational podcast is another to add to your list. These 15-20 minute episodes are aired each Sunday.
They’re full of topics such as managing your career as a writer, how your brand gets defined, self publishing, how to build good first pages for your own work, and more.
Each episode features special guests including Peter Ahlstrom, Saladin Ahmed, Lou Anders, and Kevin J. Anderson.
Podcasts stream via:
12. Helping Writers Become Authors
Best for: Publishing your first book.
If you want to learn how to write your best story and write novels, this is the podcast for you. The Helping Writers Become Authors podcasts are hosted by K.M. Weiland, an award-winning and internationally published author of writing guides.
Podcast episodes will inspire writers to polish their writing craft. Themes include structuring your story, strategies for recognising and avoiding repetitiveness, and many more. Episodes are streamed weekly, around 15 to mins each.
13. The Writing Life
Best for: New book writers.
Hosted by Simon Jones and Steph McKenna, The Writing Life podcasts are for all folks who write-from early on in their career to self-publishers. Episodes include topics such as the editing process, struggles with writer’s block, developing characters, and much more.
Episodes are broadcasted weekly and average around one hour in length.
The Writing Life podcasts invite special guests to discuss their experiences as a writer. Special guests include Andy Hamilton, Ella Micheler, Jenn Ashworth, and many more who share their expertise and wisdom.
14. DIY MFA
Best for: Q&A-style interviews with other writers.
Tune in to Gabriela Pereria and special guests on the DIY MFA podcast to appreciate all things literary. Guests include some of best selling authors and publishers such as Steve Berry, Sarah Dessen, Joseph Finder, Robin Cook, and many more.
The DIY MFA podcast episodes have a range of topics that dive into one specific area of writing, looking either at the craft, the business side, or both.
Each episode is about 45 minutes to an hour long and is streamed weekly.’
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There are many writing podcasts out there. This list only scratches the surface.
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Ready for a list of the ten best writing podcasts? Writing is often such a solitary endeavor. It’s you and the blank page or the white screen and…nobody else. This feels especially true when you’re unpublished (me raising my own hand and waving it around wildly). Writing podcasts offer so many helpful tips, bits of important information, and insight into both writing and publishing as professions.
They can also make you feel less alone on your writing journey.
After I graduated from my MFA program, I turned to podcasts to stay connected to the writing community. I’ve learned so many things from listening to these hosts and their many, many guests. From what a revise and resubmit means to advice about how to get unstuck when writer’s block hits. And really, the most important thing I’ve learned is that there is no one way to be a writer. Literally everyone’s pathway through the writing life has looked different. Through queries, rejections from editors, and countless new drafts, I’ve returned to podcasts when I feel alone or unmotivated. They’ve also inspired me when my writing is going well.
From interview shows to read-alongs to publishing advice, there is a best writing podcast that fits every stage of the writing process. Get creative! Feel inspired! And start listening to the writing podcast of your choice!
First Draft with Sarah Enni
This began in 2014, when host Sarah Enni took a cross country road trip to interview her favorite YA writers. Since then, it’s expanded to interviews with writers in lots of mediums, genres, and categories. Sarah’s interviews go back to writers’ childhoods and cover every part of her guests’ creative and publishing journeys. As a writer herself, Sarah brings a lot of insight into how different everyone’s writing path can be. Her break off miniseries, Track Changes , is a must listen for writers looking to publish. It goes through all the nitty gritty details of the traditional publication process. She’s got it all covered, from agents to contracts and advances to marketing and publicity.
Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
If you love getting into the small details of writing or are looking to brush up on your grammar rules, this is the writing podcast for you. Episodes are usually short in the 10–20 minute zone and cover subjects ranging from semicolons to eliminating adverbs to the grammar of pirate lingo. Some episodes also feature short interviews with authors. And with over 700 episodes, this backlist will keep your ears busy for a long time.
Get inspired by learning about the daily routines of working writers! Dan Simpson hosts this interview show, where he asks published authors to describe how they structure their daily routines to maximize their creativity. One thing that comes across is how different authors can be in terms of how often they write, what times, and many other factors. This writing podcast truly shows there is no one recipe for success. Instead, it’s about finding out what process works best for you as a writer.
Hosts Jessica Lahey, KJ Dell’Antonia and Sarina Bowen all have amazing writing advice for writers and journalists. This podcast is a mix of interviews and advice episodes, with topics ranging from craft tips to publishing advice to discussions of how to build a writing community. They also explore a wide variety of writing categories instead of staying in just one lane. From memoir to fiction to food journalism to so many other types of writing. There is so much to learn from this writing podcast.
Authors Dhonielle Clayton and Zoraida Córdova talk about writing, editing, publishing, and many different aspects of the writing life. They often bring on their friends and colleagues to discuss everything from the future of publishing to burnout to professional jealousy. Between them they have 40 books published or under contract, so these are two experienced authors that all writers should listen to!
DIY MFA Radio
Gabriela Pereira wants to make the MFA experience more accessible through her weekly writing interview podcast. Her interviews with authors, agents, editors, and other publishing industry professionals are crafted to mirror an MFA speaking series. This podcast mixes discussions about writing as a craft with talk about publishing as a business, with some really impressive guests like Emma Straub , Sarah Dessen, and Jojo Moyes.
The Self Publishing Show
Mark Dawson is a best-selling self published author. He’s created successful marketing, publicity, and sales strategies for his books that have let him quit his 9 to 5 job. Mark hosts this podcast with James Blatch, a newer author who represents the debut writing experience. With over six years, and 300 episodes, of tips and advice, this is one of the best writing podcasts to listen to for writers interested in self publishing.
Romance writers should definitely check out the Fated Mates podcast. It is hosted by romance author Sarah MacLean and romance critic Jen Prokop. Their first season they did a read-along of Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series . Since then they’ve covered pretty much everything in the romance world, from read-alongs on their favorite romance novels, book trope recommendations, and discussions of trends in romance publishing. As an added plus, Sarah and Jen are hilarious, fiercely feminist, and so much fun to listen to every week!
88 Cups of Tea
This is one of my favorite writing podcasts. Host Yin Chang interviews creative storytellers in each episode. While the show began with a high concentration of YA authors as guests, the focus expanded to include authors from many categories along with screenwriters, filmmakers, poets, copy writers, literary agents, and more. Yin Chang is such an authentic host that it leads to really deep and nuanced conversations. The podcast is currently on a hiatus, while Yin Chang combats food insecurity among Asian American elders in NYC through Heart of Dinner. However, there are over 100 episodes in the podcast’s backlog to listen to while waiting for 88 Cups of Tea to return.
Book Riot: The Podcast
Stay up to date with publishing trends and news with this weekly talkshow hosted by the editors of Book Riot. From pandemic reading habits to publishing house merges to changing sales numbers, this is a really good podcast for writers who want to stay in the know. For more information on weekly new book releases check out All the Books . Or if want to keep yourself up to date on specific genres, listen to Hey YA for young adult info, Read or Dead for mysteries and thrillers, When in Romance for romance writers, and finally SFF Yeah! for information about science fiction and fantasy.
I predict you will find a new favorite among this list of the best podcasts for writers. But if you are looking for more, I suggest perusing this list of bookish podcasts for more literary listening fun!
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20 Best Creative Writing Podcasts of 2021
Are you wanting to learn more about creative writing ? Well you’ve come to the right place. This is a curated list of the best creative writing podcasts of 2021.
We have selected these podcasts for a variety of reasons, but they are all well worth a listen. We tried to select a variety of podcasts across the spectrum from hosts with a wide breadth of experience.
We are always keen to hear your feedback, if we have missed a podcast, tweet us @MagazineWelp and we will check it out!
Best Creative Writing Podcasts 2021
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Creative Writing Life
- Publisher : Paul Zeidman and Justin Sloan
- Total Episodes : 41
From screenplays to novels to video games, there are many paths in the creative writing life. Paul, Justin, PT and their guests are here with expert advice and writer interviews to help you in your journey. Rebranded from the Creative Writing Career podcast – https://creativewritingcareer.simplecast.fm/
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Creative Writing Career
- Publisher : Stephan Bugaj, Justin Sloan, Kevin Tumlinson
- Total Episodes : 110
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.
The Writ Wit: A Podcast About Writing and the Creative Process
- Publisher : Matthew Donald and Matthew David
- Total Episodes : 131
The Writ Wit, where two twits talk about writting. (No, those aren’t typos) Hosted by Matthew Donald and Matthew David, the Writ Wit is a podcast for writers, by writers. More accurately however, it’s for people dumb enough to think two idiots who are barely professional at this hobby are worth taking advice from when it comes to writing. We talk about genres, characters, character development, the writing process, and discuss other people’s works we plan to rip off-uh, I mean…works we have read, watched, or played that we like. So join us on this grand adventure that these two twits started a while back, took a nine-month break purely due to procrastination, did one episode a month for a while, and now do weekly episodes like a real podcast.
CTA Creative Writing
- Publisher : Chisholm Trail Academy
- Total Episodes : 25
This podcast will exhibit different creative writing projects from different students at Chisholm Trail Academy.
Cambridge Creative Writing Centre – Crime and Thriller
- Publisher : Cambridgeice
- Total Episodes : 5
The University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) offers part-time and short courses for adults of all ages, taught by leading Cambridge experts.
Creative Writing Outloud
- Publisher : Creative Writing Outloud
- Total Episodes : 14
Your place to hear the latest fiction and poetry from America’s creative writers. Tune in every Tuesday for brand-new short stories, poetry, and fiction you’ll ONLY find on Creative Writing Outloud. Every week you’re invited to download a new episode of narrated fiction and poetry to spark your imagination and creativity. Are you a fan of audio books? Then this podcast is a great way to get the same experience while simultaneously exposing yourself to new work from great authors and poets across America – some of whom you might not yet have heard about. Subscribe now and make sure to check back every Tuesday to listen in to the latest episode!
- Publisher : Peter Engeldinger
- Total Episodes : 4
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PSCCA Creative Writing Podcast Series
- Publisher : Philip Sherlock Centre
- Total Episodes : 7
Winning Stories and Plays from the Brian Heap Creative Writing Competition for students at the University of the West Indies, Mona.
Creative Writing Play Podcast!
- Publisher : ALIZABETH
- Total Episodes : 1
A Play for Creative writing class.
The Novel Analyst Podcast: Creative Writing Advice & Author Interviews
- Publisher : Jed Herne
- Total Episodes : 72
Hi! I’m Jed Herne, and I’m a fantasy author. My books include The Thunder Heist, Fires of the Dead, and Across the Broken Stars. Each episode I analyse a story to help you become a better writer. Sometimes I also interview other authors. Enjoy! jedherne.com novelanalyst.com
Write On! A Creative Writing Podcast Series
- Publisher : Jeff Mahoney
- Total Episodes : 6
Welcome to Write On! A podcast series dedicated to creative writers! Here, you will find many podcasts filled with short stories, writing tips and more!
Creative Writing Magic: Author & Illustrator Backstory!
- Publisher : Randy Whiteside
- Total Episodes : 20
Randy Whiteside, author, illustrator, and founder of Creative Writing Magic, interviews accomplished authors about their backstory and how they found the passion within themselves to fulfill their dreams of becoming an author. All while inspiring new writers and artists to follow their own dreams. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/creativewritingmagic/support
The Third Self Creative Writing Podcast
- Publisher : TTS Production Team
- Total Episodes : 3
The Third Self is a monthly podcast that gives a voice to the wonderful student writers and artists of the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science. Come hear the world “where the third self is governor.”
evie’s creative writing podcast
- Publisher : evelin arenas
- Total Episodes : 2
stories from a girl with senioritis in a creative writing class.
Hunting the Muse: Creative Writing Podcast
- Publisher : R. Brady Frost
- Total Episodes : 11
A Creative Writing Blog and Podcast by R. Brady Frost
Jam with Jaffaman Creative Copywriting & Content Solutions Podcasts
- Publisher : Jaffaman Eddie
Want easier ways to write copy for your business… get more new and repeat customers and increase your income? Perhaps you want to hear from others in business and their stories, how they started, what they’ve learnt so far and how they overcame some of the hurdles and celebrate their wins? In the Creative Copywriting & Content Solutions podcasts you”ll hear some of the latest and greatest Copywriting, content writing, marketing and mindset strategies for small businesses owners from us and other small business owners and entrepreneurs. Tune in now, you”ll be happy you did🔥🖊💰
The Christian Music Blog Podcast: Christian Music | Songwriting | Worship | Creative Productivity | Music Business
- Publisher : Nate Fancher: Songwriter, Christian Music Maker, Blogger
- Total Episodes : 50
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Creative Writing Program: Readings
- Publisher : Emory University
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- Publisher : The Open University
- Total Episodes : 68
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- Publisher : Monique stone
- Total Episodes : 10
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37 Of The Best Writing Podcasts Available: Listen Now!
If you want to improve your writing skills, spend a little time learning from the other writers who host podcasts.
I regularly spend an hour or two a week listening to top shows like the Creative Penn so I can learn what’s working in publishing and get craft advice. I also share my insights on the Become a Writer Today podcast.
So what should you listen to?
Take a look at some of the best podcasts on writing and learn more about how they can help your creative work! Of course, the podcasts aren’t in order of best to worst.
Because they’re too hard to rank! Let’s dive in.
- 1. Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
- 2. The Career Author
- 3. A Way With Words
- 4. The Segilola Salami Show
- 5. I Should Be Writing
6. The Writing Life Podcast
- 7. Portfolio Life by Jeff Goins
- 8. StoryADay
- 9. The Story Grid Podcast
- 10. So You Want to Be A Writer?
- 11. StoryCorps
- 12.You’re Wrong About
- 13. The Literary Salon
- 14. Minorities in Publishing
- 15. Writing Class Radio
- 16. The Drunken Odyssey with John King
- 17. Ditch Diggers
- 18. Mythcreants Podcast
- 19. The Copywriter Club Podcast
- 20. Happier by Gretchen Rubin
- 21. Ann Kroeker, Writing Coach
- 22. Helping Writers Become Authors
- 23. Between the Covers
- 24. The Creative Penn Podcast
- 25. The Writing University Podcast
- 26. Beautiful Writers Podcast
- 27. First Draft: A Dialogue On Writing
- 28. Savage Lovecast
- 29. Write-minded
- 30. Dead Robots’ Society
- 31. Create If Writing
- 32. Writing Excuses
- 33. The Subtext
- 34. The Writer Files
35. Mark Dawson’s Self-Publishing Formula
36. story studio podcast, 37. become a writer today, the final word on the best writing podcasts.
1. Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
This podcast is designed to help writers who are looking to improve their knowledge of the English language. Episodes offer listeners advice on how to weave interesting details into their stories while also remaining grammatically correct.
Some of the most popular recent episodes target grammar myths and strategies for tackling writer’s block and becoming a better writer.
2. The Career Author
Hosted by Zach Bohannon and J. Thorn, this podcast seeks to host helpful conversations that will help aspiring writers. Episodes focus on creativity, writing, marketing, and the growth of self-publishing.
Specific episodes have focused on soliciting feedback from peers, finding a mentor, and exploring the pros and cons of a publishing deal.
3 . A Way With Words
This is an NPR podcast that discusses language through different historical lenses. By taking a look at writing from different cultural perspectives, writers will have the opportunity to explore different methods of storytelling.
Episodes also focus on slang, new words, semantics, and eclectic topics in the world of writing.
4. The Segilola Salami Show
Segilola Salami is a mother and author who tackles topics related to books and publishing. The podcast is equal parts entertaining and educational as it welcomes guests of all backgrounds in the writing industry.
Guests share their stories of how they got from the beginning to where they are now via publishing novels.
5. I Should Be Writing
Hosted by Mur Lafferty, this is an award-winning podcast that frequently features authors who have a new book coming out. The goal of this podcast is to inspire new writers to believe in themselves and start writing.
Popular episodes talk about rejection in the publishing industry and the problems of naming a character after a living person.
This podcast caters to all writers. Hosted by the National Center of Writing, the podcast interviews writers of all backgrounds regarding their writing journeys, their techniques, and their styles.
Guests include everyone from early-career self-publishing writers to narrative designers.
7. Portfolio Life by Jeff Goins
Author Jeff Goins hosts this podcast and explores topics regarding life, artistry, and collective work. The podcast features inspirational messages that encourage writers to follow their dreams and build a writing career.
The podcast also follows the journeys of different writers and shows there is no one way to make a living writing. When I got started blogging, Jeff Goin’s blog and his podcast served as inspiration for what’s possible
This podcast challenges writers to discover how much they are capable of writing in a month. The podcast explores how writers can become more committed to their craft with short, 15-minute episodes.
Writers will get writing prompts , creativity challenges, and published posts focusing on the writing process.
9. The Story Grid Podcast
This podcast is hosted by veteran author Shawn Coyne and writer Tim Grahl, who calls himself a struggling writer. This podcast explores ways to create a story and the craft of writing a book.
As a unique twist, the podcast critiques the works of the hosts, seeking to provide serious insight with a humorous twist that keeps the audience entertained.
10. So You Want to Be A Writer?
This extensive podcast is hosted by authors Allison Tait and Valerie Khoo. With more than 250 episodes, this is a versatile podcast that explores all aspects of writing, including publishing.
Whether listeners want to learn more about the latest trends in publishing or would like tips on how to grow their writing business, this podcast will touch on it at some point.
For those who are looking for inspiration from interesting stories, this NPR podcast focuses on interviews with individuals from all backgrounds. The podcast doesn’t focus directly on writers but instead tells stories that could serve as a source of ideas.
Most of the conversations tackle difficult, compelling topics that can act as a platform for a new story.
12. You’re Wrong About
In writing, fact-checking is a must, and this podcast will teach writers how to fact-check quickly and accurately.
That applies even if you’re self-publishing a book.
Hosted by journalists Michael Hobbes and Sarah Marshall, the team tackles events that have been misinterpreted through the imagination of the public.
The podcast is helpful for those who write fiction, mystery novels, and, of course, news articles.
13. The Literary Salon
Damian Barr hosts this podcast where authors read excerpts from their books in glamorous locations. There is always a live audience and the podcast provides listeners with a chance to hear some of the best stories in the world told live.
Okechukwu Nzelu recently read a passage from his second book, titled The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney .
14. Minorities in Publishing
This podcast focuses on issues related to a lack of diversity in writing. Listeners are encouraged to focus on the impact of not only what they write but also what they don’t.
The podcast explores ways to tackle tough issues in society through writing.
15. Writing Class Radio
This podcast serves as an invitation to a writing class. Listeners can hear advice from experts who share helpful tips on storytelling. Episodes tackle everything from inspiration to developing an identity to finding an agent.
16. The Drunken Odyssey with John King
This is a podcast hosted by John King, a literary reviewer, and discusses how writers can foster a sense of community and encouragement. The podcast also tackles challenging issues in the writing process, mostly geared toward story and novel writers.
17. Ditch Diggers
Mur Lafferty and Matt Wallace provide advice to writers with deadlines. The goal is to help writers press through upcoming deadlines while still paying the bills. While the podcast has some popular language, this is helpful for writers who are just getting started in the field.
18. Mythcreants Podcast
This is a weekly podcast that provides an opportunity for writers to geek out on fantasy and sci-fi stories while trying to uncover ways to find fresh, new, creative ideas. Episodes tackle everything from writing about conflicts in stories to how to explain a point of view and character development.
19. The Copywriter Club Podcast
This is a podcast for copywriters, subject matter experts, and technical writers. This is a growing niche in writing, and the podcast offers resources for writers who seek to make a living in this business.
The podcast also tackles common issues that copywriters and editors might encounter.
20. Happier by Gretchen Rubin
Gretchen Rubin, a bestselling author, hosts this podcast. In her episodes, she focuses on the life of a writer and trying to find joy in the writing process. The podcast features interviews from numerous bestselling authors who share habits that have made them successful in the industry.
21. Ann Kroeker, Writing Coach
Ann Kroeker is a writing coach and she hosts this podcast to help writers hone their talent. She provides practical tips, insights, and inspiration. Episodes tend to last about fifteen minutes and focus on fast solutions to common writing issues.
This might include proofreading, cutting down a manuscript, and character development.
22. Helping Writers Become Authors
KM Weiland, an award-winning author, hosts this podcast and provides advice to aspiring writers. Tailored to those who want to write novels, the podcast provides practical advice on numerous topics related to story structure.
23. Between the Covers
This is a literary radio show hosted by David Naimon. The podcast features in-depth conversations with writers from a variety of genres and backgrounds. Episodes usually last an hour and explore details of the creative writing process behind some of the top books in the world.
24. The Creative Penn Podcast
The Creative Penn Podcast focuses on writing, publishing, book marketing , and making a living through writing. Led by Joanna Penn, who is an award-nominated New York Times and USA Today bestselling thriller author, podcast episodes are posted every Monday.
I’ve listened to this show for years and am a Patreon supporter. It’s one of the best writing podcasts. Joanna features interviews, inspiration, and information on writing, self-publishing, entrepreneurship, and book marketing.
25. The Writing University Podcast
This podcast features recordings of famous talks from bestselling writers, poets, essayists, and other featured guests who provide lectures at the University of Iowa’s Summer Writing Festival. Some of the top talks on this podcast explore the power of emotions, mixed feelings, and controversial ideas in writing .
26. Beautiful Writers Podcast
This podcast features conversations with some of the top writers in the world. Hosted by Linda Sivertsen, some of the authors to come on the show include Dean Koontz and Elizabeth Gilbert.
The episodes are detailed and feature anecdotes from some of the top creative minds in the industry.
27. First Draft: A Dialogue On Writing
Hosted by Mitzi Rapkin, this is a literary podcast that has been on the air for five years. Episodes feature in-depth interviews with writers in a variety of genres who share some of the impressive messes that made up their first drafts.
The podcast is a conversation about the author’s topics while also providing a deep dive into the writing craft from beginning to end.
28. Savage Lovecast
Hosted by Dan Savage, this podcast focuses on exploring the lives of human characters in stories. Episodes focus on how to develop and explore romantic relationships in writing.
The podcast encourages writers to use real-life experiences to inform their fiction because reality is often more interesting anyway.
This podcast releases new episodes weekly and is hosted by Brooke Warner (from She Writes) and Grant Faulkner (from NaNoWriMo). Each episode has a theme that is built around an interview from someone in the writing industry.
Each episode has a takeaway, but the podcast wants listeners to learn that everyone can become a writer, and their stories always matter.
30. Dead Robots’ Society
This is a fun podcast that shares insights that are usually tailored toward those who would like to write novels. The podcast explores the writing process from word choice to sequels, trilogies, and more.
They also explore interesting topics in fiction writing ranging from fantasy to science fiction, thrillers, and mystery novels.
31. Create If Writing
This podcast is geared toward creatives, writers, and bloggers who seek to build an online platform without being labeled as snobby or smarmy. Hosted by Kirsten Oliphant, episodes focus on everything from coming up with fresh ideas to digital marketing and publishing deals.
32. Writing Excuses
This podcast is hosted by writers who offer quick tips for tackling problems in writing. Podcasts are only 15 minutes long, but they are packed full of content.
With 13 seasons, past episodes have covered structural issues in writing, telling stories in different genres, and tips for outlining a new story.
33. The Subtext
This podcast focuses on playwrights who want to talk about some of the most controversial topics in playwriting. Hosted by The American Theatre, a general-circulation magazine that focuses on theater, the podcast talks about topics that irk, agitate, inspire, and motivate.
The podcast seeks to uncover what makes writers tick.
34. The Writer Files
The Writer Files are hosted by Kelton Reid and focus on exploring the habits of some of the top writers in the world. Reid also interviews writers of all backgrounds, providing listeners with a chance to check out the minds of accomplished wordsmiths in various genres.
I’ve taken several of Mark’s courses over the years and he’s a knowledge guy about writing and book marketing. He’s also sold over a million books!
On his writing podcast, which he co-hosts with James Blatch, Mark features case studies, interviews and best practices.
This popular podcast is hosted by Johnny B. Truant, Dave Wright and Sean Pratt. It’s an informal show that covers self-publishing, the craft and everything going on the the host’s creative lives.
The authors write everything from science fiction to books with practical writing advice. I also recently interviewed them .
If you are looking for a podcast that will help you learn about how to start and build a profitable career through writing, then check out my show
I feature interviews from best-selling authors who share some of their own writing tips, marketing strategies, and publishing advice. I also cover topics like how to write a book.
I was also featured in Feedspot’s top 20 creative writing podcasts .
These are a few of the best podcasts about writing. As you can see, there’s a lot to choose from. I usually listen to one or two shows while out for a run or in the gym using the Pocketcasts app.
Each podcast has a unique approach to writing, so check out a few of them and learn more about they can improve your approach to your work.
Bryan Collins is the owner of Become a Writer Today. He's an author from Ireland who helps writers build authority and earn a living from their creative work. He's also a former Forbes columnist and his work has appeared in publications like Lifehacker and Fast Company.
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The Best Writing Podcasts to Listen to in 2023
Last updated on December 29th, 2022
If you’re a writer looking for advice, inspiration, and motivation, podcasts are a great way to get it. With so many writing-related podcasts out there (we looked at 238 for this article!), knowing which ones are worth your time can be challenging. That’s why we’ve rounded up our own and our readers’ favorites of 2022 on a range of topics that you should start listening to in 2023.
The popularity of podcasts continues to grow, with forecasts for listener numbers in the US to surpass 160 million in 2023. The top two podcast listening apps continue to be dominated by Apple Podcasts and Spotify ( as of Nov. 2022 ):
Whether you’re a copywriter, screenwriter, novelist, or aspiring freelance writer, these podcasts offer valuable guidance and insight into the writing process. From grammar and character development to plot pacing and prose polishing, you’ll find something new to learn and hopefully some inspiration with each episode. So tune in today and get ready to become a better writer!
Our criteria for this list is that the podcast is highly recommended/rated/reviewed, which generally means it’s been around for a while, and it is still active with a new episode released in the last 90 days (as of Dec. 2022).
The Creative Writer’s Toolbelt
Best for creative writers looking for practical advice and encouragement to help them improve their writing.
The Creative Writer’s Toolbelt is a podcast that focuses on giving practical advice and encouragement to creative writers. Each episode explores an aspect of writing technique with examples and interviews with successful writers across different mediums such as books, TV, comics, and more.
Hosted by British writer and mentor Andrew J. Chamberlain, the podcast covers topics such as story structure, technique, genre, process, and industry design with 30-60 minute episodes, including discussions on story, style, and character development. The podcast is officially on hiatus, but Andrew occasionally releases new episodes.
Best for emerging authors interested in finding an agent who represents Upmarket Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and YA.
This podcast is hosted by book coach and developmental editor Abigail K. Perry with the purpose of aiding authors in finding the perfect literary agent to further their writing and business careers. Writers interested in finding an agent for Upmarket Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and YA may find this particularly beneficial, but all writers may learn from this insight.
Each week she interviews a literary agent discussing their manuscript wishlist, requirements for submission, and their approach to working with authors. Additionally, Abigail and editor/book coach Savannah Gilbo come together to analyze and discuss the effectiveness of an opening chapter from a chosen book.
Listeners have found Abigail’s analysis of first chapters and interviews with agents incredibly helpful for their own writing and editing businesses. Many appreciate the podcast’s accessible approach and the valuable insight into the craft and business of writing. All in all, the podcast is praised for being a valuable resource for authors seeking representation or publication.
The Creative Penn
Best for aspiring or experienced authors who want to learn more about the writing, publishing, book marketing, and creative entrepreneurship process.
The Creative Penn Podcast, hosted by award-nominated and New York Times bestselling author Joanna Penn, offers weekly advice and information to authors wanting to go down the self-publishing route. Penn, an international speaker and creative entrepreneur, shares her experiences and interviews professionals in the field, covering topics such as developing craft and finding inspiration, publishing options, book marketing, and creative entrepreneurship. She frequently interviews well-known authors and professionals in the field.
Each episode lasts 45-60 minutes and includes show notes and a full transcript. The podcast has been downloaded millions of times across 228 countries, making it one of the most successful in its field.
Listeners praise Joanna Penn for her joyful, lovable style, positive attitude, comprehensive and reliable information, and excellent curation and analysis. They appreciate her progressive and rebellious mindset and willingness to dive deep into topics. Her guests are praised for providing insights into the business and craft of publishing. Listeners also praise the podcast for providing useful notes and transcripts.
Best for writers who are looking for a supportive and honest community to help them overcome creative blocks and to find their unique voice and story.
Write-minded is a podcast designed to provide writers with inspiration and advice to help them navigate the ups and downs of the writing life. Hosted by Brooke Warner of She Writes and Grant Faulkner of NaNoWriMo, each episode features an interview with a professional from the writing industry.
Topics range from addressing writer’s block to taking risks, dealing with fear, and finding one’s own voice. Each episode has a takeaway emphasizing the belief that everyone is a writer and that everyone’s story matters. Writers struggling with creative blocks will benefit from the conversation, assurance, and advice offered.
Listeners appreciate the thoughtful and inspiring content presented by knowledgeable hosts. The episodes are informative, motivating, and engaging, introducing many amazing writers to the audience. The topics discussed include memoir writing, marketing, publishing, and book trends, providing invaluable insight to aspiring authors. The reasonable length of the episodes makes it easy to fit in during the day, and the quality and variety of content are appreciated.
Helping Writers Become Authors
Best for aspiring fiction writers who want to gain actionable advice and mentorship from an experienced author .
K.M. Weiland hosts the Helping Writers Become Authors podcast, providing writers with practical advice and guidance on topics such as story structure, novel outlining, crafting characters, and honing prose. Each episode is roughly 15-20 minutes long and full of actionable tips and techniques.
With over 600 episodes, Weiland – an award-winning and internationally published author – is a great mentor for anyone looking to improve their writing craft. Her blog also offers posts on creativity, lifestyle changes that protect creativity, and more. Whether you prefer reading or listening, this podcast offers a great way to take your writing to the next level.
The podcast provides well-researched and impactful craft wisdom that has improved listeners’ writing. Many listeners found the content concise, expert advice, beneficial and inspiring. Listeners also appreciate the short length of each episode and the fact that there is no filler or unnecessary information; a “writing class on the go.”
Best for writers looking for an immersive experience to hone their writing and publishing skills.
DIY MFA is a podcast hosted by Gabriela Pereira and producer and co-host Lori Walker, offering insight and advice for aspiring writers. Through interviews with bestselling authors, master writing teachers, and publishing industry insiders, listeners (who they call “Word Nerds”) will gain tools and techniques to take their writing to the next level.
Replicating an MFA lecture series, past guests have included Delia Ephron, Fran Hawthorne, Terena Elizabeth Bell, and Jojo Moyes. Along with discussions about the craft and business of writing, topics range from unique characters to tropes in literature, and more. Whether you’re trying to finish a draft, craft a story, or make that publishing dream a reality, DIY MFA is a resource to help you achieve your writing goals. All without taking out any student loans!
Listeners appreciate Gabriela’s enthusiasm and ability to ask insightful questions and draw out brilliant insights from her interactions, as well as her expert guests for offering useful advice and diverse perspectives on the creative writing journey. They also enjoy the humor and helpful content and highly recommend the podcast to others. The podcast is seen as a great resource for authors, providing helpful tips and advice on writing and collaboration.
Write Now with Sarah Werner
Best for aspiring or professional writers looking for honest and inspiring advice on pursuing their passion and creating a healthy work/life/writing balance .
Write Now is an inspirational podcast hosted by Sarah Werner that provides encouragement and advice to help aspiring writers of all levels pursue their passions. It features conversations about the writing life, including struggles, breakthroughs, and tips, as well as topics like burnout, idea stealing, and affirmations for writers.
Sarah offers a personal touch, with a relatable and honest tone, and conversations with other writers in her “Coffee Breaks” segments. Listeners can get the motivation they need to stay on top of their writing goals and balance their work, life, and writing.
Listeners appreciate the insightful advice and information Sarah and her expert guests provide. Listeners have found the podcast immensely helpful, inspiring, uplifting, motivating, and compassionate. They have found the short episodes particularly inspiring and appreciate Sarah’s openness and vulnerability in sharing her journey. Many have recommended the podcast to others, describing it as a “therapy session” and a “writing therapist.”
Between the Covers
Best for readers and writers looking for deep insights into the creative writing process and who want to hear conversations with some of the top authors in the world. Or those with long commutes!
The podcast Between the Covers, hosted by David Naimon and presented by Tin House, is a long-form literary show which features in-depth interviews with writers from various genres. These conversations explore the creative process behind successful books and sometimes last two hours or more. Praised by the Guardian, Book Riot, the Financial Times, and BuzzFeed, the show has become a go-to for writers and readers who want to learn more about literature.
The podcast also includes a special mini-series, “Crafting with Ursula,” which discusses the work of science fiction writer Ursula Le Guin. Through these conversations, Between the Covers provides a unique insight into the world of writing and literature.
Listeners highlight the in-depth conversations, thoughtful questions and preparation, and educational value of the podcast. David’s meticulous preparation is often commended, and the episodes are widely regarded as the most intelligent, deep, and generative conversations available.
A Way with Words
Best for an audience who enjoys language, culture, and the nuances of expressions and words and who has an appreciation for language and its history.
A live, stimulating call-in radio show and podcast discussing language, including its evolution, debates, and variations. Hosted by author/journalist Martha Barnette and linguist/lexicographer Grant Barrett, the show invites callers to share their insights, questions, and stories about new words, old sayings, slang, family expressions, language change, varieties, word histories, linguistics, regional dialects, word games, grammar, books, literature, and writing.
In addition to listening on your favorite podcast app, the show is also broadcast on many local NPR radio stations .
Listeners of A Way with Words praised the show for its entertaining and educational content, diverse topics, passionate hosts, and ability to bring people together. Educators, radio station programmers, and linguistics experts have also expressed their appreciation for the show, calling it one of the best on public radio, a fantastic resource, and an excellent opportunity to engage with the English language.
Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
Best for anyone who wants to brush up on their grammar, punctuation, and writing style or to gain a deeper appreciation for the English language.
Grammar Girl is a popular podcast from Mignon Fogarty offering insight into English grammar, punctuation, storytelling, and other aspects of writing. Whether you are a first- or second-language speaker of English, this podcast will help you become a better and more successful writer.
Episodes feature tips for grammar basics and more detailed writing advice, usually lasting less than 15 minutes, and are accessible on many audio platforms. Listeners can enjoy learning about how grammar has developed historically over time and understanding how to apply the rules and when to break them.
Listeners appreciate the podcast’s informative yet fun content that is easy to listen to and follow. They enjoy Mignon’s storytelling and find her lessons valuable and practical. They praise the podcast for its clear and concise information that is up-to-date and highly relevant. Additionally, the 10 to 30-minute format was appreciated for fitting into everyday life. However, some do complain about the ads-to-content ratio.
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7 Best Writing Podcasts To Listen To (In 2023)
Whether you like to listen to podcasts while you surf the internet, wash your dishes, or even while you write, there’s a lot of useful information in writing podcasts.
With just an hour a day, these great podcasts can equip you with everything you need to know to become a successful writer and build your business – whether that’s blogging or novel writing. On my list of the best writing podcasts, I’ll cover podcasts for all kinds of writers. Whether you create high-conversion copy, have your blog, or write poetry from the bottom of your heart, there’s something for you on this list. Let’s jump straight in!
The Best Writing Podcasts To Check This Year:
1. the copywriter club.
The Copywriter Club is one of the most popular podcasts in the writing industry. Led by marketing and writing experts Kira Hug and Rob Marsh, the Copywriter Club regularly brings amazing content related to copywriting to the table. On their show, they bring experts from the copywriting industry and create in-depth interviews that touch upon a variety of topics that are close to the heart of any professional copywriter. From the ins and outs of cold pitching , writing Facebook ads, overdelivering, and being a minimalist in marketing, to finding that perfect brand voice. In its 200+ episodes lasting about 1 hour each, the Copywriter Club helps young writers find their place and establish their businesses. Kira and Rob will find out everything you wanted to know about the processes and paths of the most successful names in the field, including Chris Collins, Sarah Sal, Brian Kurtz, Ellen Yin, Seth Godin, Jude Charles, Jenn Robins, and many others. This podcast is an amazing resource for everybody interested in copy, but the Copywriter Club community on Facebook can be a lot of help to any other kind of writer too!
2. The Leslie Samuel Show
Have your blog (or plan to start one)? Leslie Samuel’s podcast can help you take your online business to new heights. As he craftily puts it, Leslie will help you build an online business that won’t fall by the wayside when Google has a mood swing. Who even is Leslie Samuel you wonder? Well, let this fact speak for him: Leslie started a blog called Interactive Biology with the simple goal of making biology fun for students. As a result of the skyrocketing popularity of this blog, he landed his dream job as a University professor. On his podcast, Leslie will tackle everything you need to know to create a successful blog. From blog creation, over social media trends, restructuring your business, finding your “why”, personal branding, creating and selling digital products, affiliate marketing for bloggers, to leveraging podcasting for your brand – Leslie talks about all things blogging on the dynamic and attention-grabbing Leslie Samuel Show.
3. Hot Copy
If you’re a copywriter, chances are you already know about the goldmine of useful info that is Hot Copy! Created by an Australian copywriting duo Belinda Weaver and Kate Toon, Hot Copy is a one-stop shop for everything you need to know to become a successful copywriter (and so much more). Kate and Belinda bring you new writing resources, copy tips , and laughs in every new episode. The copywriting techniques and tips they bring are easy to implement, and you’ll get specific information related to fields like content marketing, emails, direct mail, advertising, and others. Furthermore, Kate and Belinda also share practical advice on running your business and finding and managing clients. They often create interviews with hot shots from the copy industry, so it’s a perfect place to go and get various points of view and opinions. Listening to Hot Copy, you will learn how to market to a rural audience from Sarah Walkerden or how to make a copy in the art field with Ali Strachan, how to create content for SaaS businesses from Kat Ambrose, how to add authority to your podcast pitches with Mai-Kee Tsang, the best way to pitch to magazines from Rachel Smith, the importance of your brand from Mike Kim, how to create direct response copy from Glenn Fisher, and so much more. If you can’t get enough of Hot Copy and you want to master the secrets of SEO, check out Kate Toon’s other SEO-focused podcast too!
4. Beautiful Writers
All my bookworms, look this way! If you want to explore the beautiful world of books (both fiction and non-fiction) and unwrap the minds and thoughts of celebrity authors, the host Linda Sivertsen has got a treat for you! While Beautiful Writers doesn’t come out on a regular schedule (approximately once a month), every single episode is a treat that lasts over 1 hour and brings you insight into the ways different authors think and approach writing. This podcast will help you tap into your creativity, and teach you about the ways professional writers around the globe deal with publishing , deal-making, the press, writing, spirituality, activism, and many other hot topics for writers. Sit down for a coffee with your favorite authors, including Cheryl Strayed, Marie Forleo, Brené Brown, Elizabeth Gilbert, Terry McMillan, Dean Koontz, Tomi Adeyemi, Glennon Doyle Melton, and many more. Hear what they have to say about their creative process and business, and hear their anecdotes and insights. The Beautiful Writers podcast is now streaming on American Airlines and frequently gracing the “Popular Podcasts, Books” page of iTunes/Apple Podcasts. If you love the podcast, you may also enjoy being a part of a community of bookwriters started by the host Linda Sivertsen (AKA Book Mama) where writers get together, discuss, and inspire each other!
5. Sell More Books Show
You want to get in the business of writing and publishing but can’t wrap your head around all the intricate details that go along with being a book author . Tune in to the Sell More Books Show, which as the name suggests, deals with the art of writing, getting published, and, well, selling more books. Listen in on the insightful information shared by your hosts Bryan Cohen and H. Claire Taylor, both professionals with many years of experience in the field. Bryan is the owner of the Build Creative Writing Ideas website for writers (head straight there if you’re currently dealing with writer’s block!), and Claire is the owner of FFS Media and an author that published over two dozen novels across various pen names and genres (so she sure does know her publishing biz!). This weekly podcast will help rookie authors get back into writing , get published, and make the best deals possible. Listen in as your hosts discuss plotting and outlining techniques, sharing your writing chapter by chapter, getting your books on Kindle Deals and Prime Reading , and breaking out as a new author in general.
6. Copy Chief
If you love a good transformation story, you’ll love Kevin Rogers’ witty take on copywriting and finding your place in the biz. Kevin spent years traveling the country, trying to make a living as a stand-up comedian before he figured out how he could use his humor to create a powerful marketing hook that converts. You can get Kevin’s bestseller, The 60-Second Sales Hook, or tune in to his podcast to learn more about finding the most effective marketing strategies and building your freelance copywriting career from scratch .
Kevin has divided his podcast into four distinct episode types:
- Freelancer’s journey – where he questions successful freelancers about their tactics to make it in the world of freelancing.
- Wisdom Tree – these episodes focus on heart-to-heart, intimate conversations with the big shots from the industry. Kevin makes sure to dive deep into the success stories of his guests and helps them share their hard-won wisdom and actionable advice that may help them succeed as an entrepreneur.
- New Breed – The world is changing quickly and all the time – so listening to old-timers alone won’t get you far. Kevin knows this, so one of the things he chooses to focus on in his podcast is “the new breed”, the up-and-coming marketing and copywriting stars that found great success and built their online businesses quickly.
- Coffee with Kev – if you’re up for some fun downtime, grab yourself a cup of coffee and let Kevin Rogers take you through his interesting and well-put thoughts about taking your business to the next level!
7. The Business of Writing
Last but not least, we have a podcast that is truly all-encompassing in the world of writing . Let Laura Gale and Rachel Mazza take you on a tour through the minds of the best creatives of our time. Learn how to build a thriving writing business from the best of the best, whether you write poetry or copy. The main goal of The Business of Writing is to dispel the myth that writing doesn’t pay – and teach you how to make money with your skill. Learn how to get your poetry and prose published with Athena Dixon, how to do cold outreach the right way with Rebecca Otis Leder, how to approach copywriting with Mike Abramov, and how to stay healthy as a writer with Rosie Moore and Dr. Alexis Shelds, and so much more info that will make your life as a writer easier. Let our hosts Laura and Rachel take us through all the writing and business skills you need to have to thrive as a writer.
That concludes my list of great podcasts for writers. I hope you found that perfect show to tune in to and learn how top professionals in your field approach the creative process and their businesses. Did I overlook a really good podcast ? Next up, you may want to explore a list of the top audiobook publishers .
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Even if you love writing it can be discouraging if you're creating in a vacuum, but podcasts for writers offer helpful perspectives on the craft. We've put together a list of the top writing podcasts streaming new episodes. From basic writing tips to more complex discussions about improving productivity, these are the best writing podcasts on now.
Some writing podcasts focus on specific aspects of writing and publishing a book. Other writing podcasts, such as The Drunken Odyssey and Please, Finish Your Book! talk to other writers about the process of creating and publishing and the path they took to where they are today. There are also writing shows that focus on specific types of writing, such as comedy, children's books, and content copywriting.
Vote up the current writing podcasts you haven't skipped an episode of! And add any other great podcasts for writers to the list!
The Creative Penn Podcast
By Joanna Penn
Get Published Podcast
By Paul G. Brodie
Reading And Writing Podcast
By Jeff Rutherford
Writing for Children
By Katie Davis
On Comedy Writing
By Alan Johnson
The NCW Podcast
By National Centre for Writing
The Arts of Language Podcast
By IEW (Andrew Pudewa)
I Should Be Writing
By Mur Lafferty
Kobo Writing Life Podcast
Kobo Writing Life
First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing
By Mitzi Rapkin
Please, Finish Your Book!
By John P Smith Jr
The Guardian Books podcast
By The Guardian
The Creative Writer's Toolbelt
By Andrew J Chamberlain
Create If Writing
By Kirsten Oliphant
Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
#AmWriting with Jess & KJ
By #AmWriting with Jess & KJ
The Drunken Odyssey with John King: A Podcast About the Writing Life
The Writer Files: Writing, Productivity, Creativity, and Neuroscience
By Kelton Reid
By Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler
Ann Kroeker, Writing Coach
By Ann Kroeker
Copyblogger FM: Content Marketing, Copywriting, Freelance Writing, and Social Media Marketing
By Rainmaker.FM: The Digital Marketing and Sales Network
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23 Top Writing Podcasts That Help You Improve Your Craft
By c.s. lakin.
Writers have so many online resources these days to help them hone their writing skills, but there are never enough hours in the day to take advantage of them. And when it comes to podcasts, you would need a thousand lifetimes to listen to all the great content that will help you on your writing journey .
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One of the great features of podcasts is the audio format, which allows listeners to learn while doing a whole lot of other non-writerly things. You can listen and get inspired and motivated, be introduced to new authors and their stories , and acquire new skills all while folding laundry, prepping dinner, driving to town, weeding the garden, running on a treadmill, or taking the dog for a walk (I have done all of these!).
I’m the kind of person who thrives in doing more than one thing at once (it makes me feel uber-productive and that I’m being efficient with my time). But whether you like to do two things at once or sit quietly and intently listen so as to get the most out of your experience, podcasts are a terrific benefit for writers in our modern techy world.
I’ve been hosted on more podcasts than I can count, and I enjoy doing podcasts more than any other type of teaching. Maybe it’s because the exchange between host and guest is so personal, relaxed, spontaneous, and fun—no pressure. And maybe this is why so many writers enjoy listening to them.
It can feel as if everyone’s in your living room (without you needing to neaten up or serve snacks!) sitting around having a friendly chat. You may not have thought much about listening to podcasts, but give them a try! You may be surprised at how much you get out of them.
If you’re feeling stuck in your writing, unmotivated, in the dumps, or just plain bored, a podcast is just the thing to help you switch mental and emotional gears.
But with a gazillion podcasts vying for your attention, which are the best ones to listen to?
Why Focus On Podcasts Specific for Writers
For writers, there are three general types of podcasts: book clubs, interviews, and writing craft—though many are combinations. Some podcasts are genre-focused, so if you are yearning to learn all you can about the genre you’re writing in, consider delving into some of these.
For instance, if you write fantasy, check out The Legendarium Podcast (an online book club format), The Great Big Beautiful Podcast (interview), or The AmWriting Fantasy Podcast (writing craft) and Mythcreants to “geek out about spec fic and storytelling.”
Many podcasts cover the gamut of writing, from fiction to nonfiction to poetry to copywriting. Check out the descriptions of the podcasts you find online to see what their emphasis is.
You can break down writing craft podcasts into more specialized focuses:
- How to improve your writing chops
- How to make a living as a writer
- The writing life
- Publishing strategies and options
- Writing community support
If you’re not sure what exactly you want to listen to, here is my curated list of a variety of podcasts to whet your palate:
- Story Grid : Many writers are familiar with Shawn Coyne, author of the book Story Grid . He discusses writing tips and the writer’s life with newbie author Tim Grahl, offering two diverse perspectives.
- 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.” He interviews authors, editors, book reviewers, and others to share insights into the writing and publishing journey.
- A Way with Words : Fascinated with words and wordcrafting? This podcast, hosted by a lexicographer and an author, explores language through history, culture, and family (they even play word quizzes).
- Writing Excuses : If the title of this podcast resonates with you, then check this one out. Their tagline reads: “Fifteen minutes long, because you’re in a hurry, and we’re not that smart.” Pick up a few handy writing tips in record time.
- First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing : Mitzi Rapkin hosts weekly interviews with authors of both fiction and nonfiction who discuss their work, the craft, and literary arts.
- The Dead Robot’s Society : Focusing mostly on novel-writing craft, this podcast is aimed at aspiring writers and teaches great content covering topics like setting and riveting characters.
- The Literary Salon : Imagine going back in time, when authors held readings in salons. Instead of listening to an audiobook, try listening to authors read excerpts from their books in front of live audiences. There’s nothing like hearing an author read her own writing!
- 10-Minute Writers Workshop : Though the podcast shuttered in 2017, there are 60 great 10-minute episodes peek into how great writers conjure and craft their work. From creative rituals to guilty distractions, writers revealed what it really takes to get pen to paper.
- Sell More Books Show : This weekly podcast hosted by Bryan Cohen and H. Claire Taylor casts a net over everything self-publishing— marketing , promotion, trends, and timely tips.
- Book Marketing Show Podcast : Dave Chesson, a terrific book marketer, not only shares marketing advice but features case studies and interviews with marketing experts.
- Wordslinger Podcast : Thriller writer Kevin Tumlinson interviews authors and offers terrific insights into the indie publishing world and the writing life.
- Writing Unblocked : Whether you are writing books, screenplays, poems, or other projects, these brief episodes with tips and interviews will help you get unblocked in your writing process.
What are some Non-Writing-Related Podcasts That Can Uplift Writers
Since writing can be a daunting and sometimes discouraging endeavor, we writers can benefit emotionally by listening to some podcasts that have nothing to do with writing but everything to do with inspiring us and lifting our spirits.
- The Kindness Project : Nicole Phillips, author of the book Kindness Is Contagious , spreads the message of the healing power of kindness on this NPR channel.
- Happier with Gretchen Rubin : This best-selling author shares her practical and manageable advice about happiness and good habits, hosted along with her writer/producer sister.
- The Science of Happiness : Learn research-tested strategies for a happier, more meaningful life, drawing on the science of compassion, gratitude, mindfulness, and awe. Hosted by award-winning professor Dacher Keltner.
- The Joy of Procrastination : By removing the shame associated with procrastination, hosts Jackson and Sullivan help listeners look at procrastination in a positive way.
- Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations : Oprah interviews thought-leaders, best-selling authors, spiritual luminaries, as well as health and wellness experts to inspire and answer life’s big questions.
- The Positivity & Prosperity Podcast : Victoria Maskell focuses on mind-set, motivation, and the courage to follow your dreams. A great podcast if you need a positivity boost.
- The Next Big Idea : This is one of my favorites, as it opens my mind to new concepts in tech and sociology, as well as gets me thinking creatively about our culture and how we might design a better future.
There are so many more great podcasts, but I can’t list them all in this post.
While there aren’t enough hours in the day, surely you can carve out an hour or two—whether you’re sitting and relaxing, working out, or on the move—to listen to a podcast.
Tap into the audio ether that will enrich your writing life.
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Here are 70 Best Writing Podcasts worth listening to in 2023
1. Grammar Girl Quick & Dirty Tips for Better Writing
2. The Creative Penn Podcast For Writers
3. So You want to be a Writer | Australian Writers' Centre
4. Writing Excuses
5. Inside Writing
6. Write-minded Podcast
7. Your Best Writing Life
8. The Writer Files | Writing, Productivity, Creativity, & Neuroscience
9. Drunken Pen Writing Podcast
10. The Writing Life
11. The Murverse Mothership
12. The Writing and Marketing Show
13. DIY MFA
14. Writers With Wrinkles
15. The Daily Writer with Kent Sanders
16. Writing for a Change Podcast
18. The Failing Writers Podcast
19. Just Keep Writing
21. The Shit No One Tells You About Writing
22. The Writers' Co-op
23. Inside Scoop Live!
24. Dead Robots' Society
25. Reading And Writing Podcast
26. AAWW Radio | New Asian American Writers & Literature
27. Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers
28. Creative Writing Club
29. Write The Book: Conversations on Craft
31. Amie Kaufman On Writing
32. Bad Ideas about Writing
33. Friends & Fiction
34. Story Grid Podcast
35. The Story Studio Podcast | Writing, Storytelling, & Marketing Advice for Writers & Business
36. Kobo Writing Life Podcast
37. Ann Kroeker | Writing Coach Podcast
38. WRITERS on Writing: Conversations with Authors
39. Create If Writing
40. Write Night!
41. Creative Writing Career
42. USTinig: The Official Podcast of the UST Center for Creative Writing & Literary Studies
43. Start Writing
44. Street Writers
45. Write Now with Sarah Werner
46. Beautiful Writers Podcast
47. How Writers Write
48. The Writer's Mindset
49. Fiction Writing Made Easy
50. First Draft | A Dialogue on Writing
51. Home Row: Just Keep Writing
52. High-Income Business Writing Podcast
53. The Writing Coach Podcast with Rebecca L. Weber
54. The Keep Writing Podcast
55. Writer Groupie Podcast
56. Writing for Children
57. Writers on Writing
58. The Offcuts Drawer
59. Stop Writing Alone
60. MFA Writers
61. ...and it's writing.
62. The Writing Gym Podcast
63. Author Your Dream
64. The Every Day Novelist
65. Write Your Best Book
66. The Business of Writing Podcast
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The Unmistakable Creative Podcast
The Unmistakable Creative Podcast is hosted by Srinivas Rao, a creative entrepreneur and writer. He interviews creative professionals and entrepreneurs who have experienced success in their fields. Many of his guests have built businesses and created art that have left a lasting impact on their audiences. Through these interviews, Rao explores the creative process, personal growth, and the unique journey of each guest. The podcast also covers topics such as how to stay motivated and inspired, the importance of building consistent habits, and how to overcome fear and resistance.
The Writer Files: Writing, Productivity, Creativity, and Neuroscience
In this episode of The Writer Files, host Kelton Reid speaks with author and writing coach Steve Scott about his journey to becoming a full-time writer, how to maximize productivity and creativity, and how to use neuroscience to improve writing. Steve shares his strategies for developing a daily writing habit, which include setting a goal, breaking it down into achievable steps, and using the Pomodoro Technique. He also discusses why it's important to focus on the process of writing rather than the outcome and shares tips for staying inspired and motivated. Finally, Steve explains how to use neuroscience to make writing easier and more effective.
In this podcast, Dan Simpson talks to authors, editors, and other professionals in the publishing industry about their writing routines. The discussion revolves around how they structure their day and what advice they have for aspiring authors. The podcast also covers topics such as how to stay motivated when writing, how to deal with writer’s block, and how to use tools like social media to market and promote their work. Ultimately, the podcast serves as a great resource for authors looking to hone their craft and maximize their productivity.
The Creative Penn Podcast For Writers
The Creative Penn Podcast for Writers is hosted by Joanna Penn, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, entrepreneur and speaker. In the podcast, she shares her personal journey as a writer, as well as advice and resources for writers who want to become successful authors. She interviews other successful authors to get their tips and tricks, as well as exploring topics such as writing craft, marketing and publishing, and the business of being an author. Joanna also offers insight into the writing process, including how to stay motivated, overcome writer's block, and write without fear.
The Creative Writer's Toolbelt
In this podcast, Andrew Chamberlain provides an overview of the tools and techniques available to creative writers. He discusses the importance of writing every day, setting concrete goals, and using tools such as journals, outlines, and character sheets to help organize ideas. He also covers ways to find ideas and how to develop them, tips for overcoming writer’s block, and strategies for marketing and selling your work.
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Top 10 Best Creative Writing Podcasts on Spotify (2023)
Are you an aspiring writer seeking inspiration and guidance? Look no further than the world of podcasts! Podcasts are an excellent source of knowledge and motivation, and for those passionate about creative writing, they offer a treasure trove of insights, tips, and storytelling magic. In this article, we’ll delve into the top 10 best creative writing podcasts on Spotify. These podcasts are the perfect companions for writers, offering a blend of expert advice, captivating interviews, and a touch of creative brilliance.
“Writing Excuses” is a dynamic and concise fifteen-minute podcast that caters to busy writers seeking valuable insights into creative writing. Now in its seventeenth season, the show’s enduring popularity owes much to the energetic and knowledgeable presenters. With each host being a practicing writer, “Writing Excuses” covers a broad spectrum of writing interests and genres, making it a go-to resource for hundreds of writing topics. Whether you’re intrigued by using food as a creative device or need tips on creating a character who’s out of their depth, this podcast offers both traditional and contemporary perspectives on the craft. Notably, “Writing Excuses” explores vital aspects such as gender, writing “the other,” and the use of sensitivity readers, keeping it in tune with emerging writing trends. The podcast’s engaging live recorded episodes, featuring entertaining crosstalk among the hosts, combined with its frequent updates, make it an invaluable resource for writers on the go.
In the world of creative writing podcasts, “Writing Excuses” stands out as a quick and informative companion for aspiring and seasoned writers alike. Its punchy format respects your time while delivering rich content, and its experienced hosts cover a wide array of writing techniques and themes. Whether you’re looking to enhance your storytelling skills or stay up-to-date with the latest trends in writing, “Writing Excuses” offers a blend of traditional wisdom and contemporary insights that will inspire and educate you in just fifteen minutes per episode.
The Writer Files
Delve into the minds of renowned authors and unlock the mysteries of their creative processes with “The Writer Files” podcast. Host Kelton Reid leads captivating conversations that revolve around keeping the ink flowing, the cursor moving, and defeating the dreaded writer’s block. Each episode features insightful discussions with an array of literary luminaries, including Nobel Prize winner Abdulrazak Gurnah, #1 New York Times bestselling author Emily Henry, celebrated writer Walter Mosley, New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline, #1 New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane, and bestselling author Matt Haig. With a roster of accomplished guest hosts, such as neuroscientist Michael Grybko, journalist Adam Skolnick, and short story writer Robert Bruce, this podcast brings together diverse voices from the literary world.
“The Writer Files” offers a mix of interviews that delve into the intricacies of writers’ daily routines and in-depth explorations of the science underpinning creativity. It incorporates behavioral techniques to enhance its listeners’ writing efficiency. While some may question the use of neuroscience to dissect the art of writing, this podcast fills a crucial gap in the discourse surrounding a writer’s career. It dispels the romanticized notion of the solitary writer and acknowledges the challenges of modern workloads. For instance, the episode on “Busting the Myth of the Starving Artist” highlights the importance of writers leading healthy lives without sacrificing their art. “The Writer Files” is a reminder that creativity and well-being can coexist harmoniously, making it an indispensable resource for all aspiring and established writers
The Creative Penn Podcast For Writers
The Creative Penn Podcast for Writers” is a cornerstone in the world of indie writing and self-publishing. Hosted by Joanna Penn, a prolific author who has penned both nonfiction guidebooks and thrilling fiction under the name J.F. Penn, this podcast offers invaluable insights for writers venturing beyond traditional publishing. With a rich history in the podcasting realm, “The Creative Penn” remains a trusted resource for authors. It delivers a weekly dose of wisdom through interviews and solo segments, equipping you with the essential guidance required to navigate the dynamic landscape of self-publishing. While it does touch on writing craft and processes, this podcast shines by focusing on the business and marketing aspects of the writing world, making the often less-loved dimensions of full-time writing genuinely intriguing. Whether it’s exploring the latest debates about NFTs in literature, publishing fiction on Substack, or authors harnessing Kickstarter to fund their books, “The Creative Penn Podcast” keeps you on the cutting edge of the industry, ensuring you never get stuck in a creative rut.
This podcast is a must-listen for writers seeking to thrive in the ever-evolving self-publishing arena. Joanna Penn’s vast experience and insightful guests make it a goldmine of knowledge for both seasoned authors and those starting their writing journey. Stay tuned to “The Creative Penn Podcast” for the latest trends and strategies that will empower your writing career.
Write Now with Sarah Werner
“Write Now with Sarah Werner” is a must-listen podcast for aspiring writers seeking to strike a balance between work, life, and writing. Each week, Sarah Werner delivers a dose of encouragement, honest advice, and inspiration that’s essential for anyone dedicated to pursuing their writing passion and crafting words daily. With recurring themes such as books, coffee, rainy days, truth, beauty, lasers, dinosaurs, and all your other beloved interests, this podcast offers a delightful blend of creativity and relatability. It’s the perfect companion to keep your writing spirit alive while navigating the demands of daily life.
Whether you’re a seasoned wordsmith or just starting your writing journey, “Write Now with Sarah Werner” provides the guidance and motivation you need to maintain a consistent writing practice. Tune in to discover a world where your favorite things and the art of storytelling come together to fuel your creative fire.
In Writing with Hattie Crisell
n the “Writing with Hattie Crisell” podcast, seasoned journalist Hattie Crisell takes you on a captivating journey into the writing studios of diverse literary talents. From novelists and screenwriters to poets and journalists, Crisell delves into their creative processes, revealing the why, how, and what of their writing endeavors. This podcast is a treasure trove of insights for writers and enthusiasts, providing a unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the art and craft of writing. With each episode, you’ll discover valuable lessons and inspiration to elevate your own writing skills and techniques, making it a must-listen for anyone seeking to enhance their storytelling prowess.
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn from the best in the writing world. Join Hattie Crisell as she unravels the secrets behind the creative minds that shape our literary landscape. Whether you’re an aspiring author or a dedicated reader, “Writing with Hattie Crisell” offers an invaluable perspective on the writing process, encouraging you to refine your craft and embark on your own creative journey. Tune in, and let these engaging conversations help you become a better writer.
Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing is a five-time award-winning podcast, consistently recognized as the Best Education Podcast by the Podcast Awards. Hosted by Grammar Girl, this podcast offers quick, approachable tips to elevate your writing abilities and foster your appreciation for the English language. Regardless of whether you are a native English speaker or learning it as a second language, Grammar Girl covers a spectrum of topics, including grammar, punctuation, writing style, and business writing, empowering you to become a more proficient and prosperous writer. As a proud member of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network, Grammar Girl is your ultimate resource for honing your written communication skills.
DIY MFA Radio
“DIY MFA Radio” is your ultimate destination to transform your writing from ordinary to exceptional. Gain valuable insights, tools, and techniques from renowned authors, masterful writing instructors, and insiders from the publishing industry. This podcast equips you with the skills to unleash your creative potential, allowing you to bring your stories to life on the page. Past episodes have featured esteemed guests such as Delia Ephron, John Sandford, Steve Berry, Jojo Moyes, and more.
In an evolving landscape where writer’s block often pushes us to consider the traditional route of a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program, “DIY MFA Radio” offers a refreshing alternative. Hosted by Gabriela Pereira, this popular show doesn’t replace an MFA but provides a comprehensive toolkit for writers to diversify and strengthen their craft without the burden of steep tuition fees. Each episode explores a wide array of writing and publishing questions, bringing in insights from celebrated authors like Jojo Moyes, Brenda Jackson, and Steve Berry. From unraveling the intricacies of character development to shedding light on literary tropes and even delving into crafting unique genres like Amish Romance, “DIY MFA Radio” offers a seminar-like experience through the medium of soundwaves, all without incurring student debt. Dive into this podcast to fuel your writing journey and enhance your storytelling prowess.
Longform Podcast” is a valuable resource for writers and storytellers in the digital age, hosted by Aaron Lammer, Max Linsky, and Evan Ratliff. This podcast focuses on in-depth interviews with writers, journalists, filmmakers, and podcasters, offering a deep dive into their creative processes. In an era dominated by clickbait, “Longform” champions the slow burn of creative nonfiction, providing a platform for writers dedicated to longform writing. The recent surge in episodes featuring authors promoting their books and novels aligns with the resurgence in book sales, making it a timely and relevant aspect of the show. With a diverse array of guests and a broad industry scope, “Longform” effectively captures the evolving landscape of storytelling, shedding light on how previously marginalized voices have made their mark in the world of longform writing.
The Writer’s Voice
*Experience the allure of The New Yorker’s finest fiction without the need for a subscription or copious free time. The Writer’s Voice is a captivating addition to The New Yorker’s exceptional podcast repertoire, alongside shows dedicated to fiction, poetry, and The New Yorker Radio Hour. What sets The Writer’s Voice apart is precisely what its name suggests: the authors themselves read their works, lending an unparalleled sense of intimacy to the narratives. While it may not be an indie production, the prestige of The New Yorker attracts some of today’s most accomplished writers. If you’re a contemporary writer eager to explore how ‘our moment’ is portrayed on the page, this podcast is your essential literary companion.”
The Shit No One Tells You About Writing
“The Shit No One Tells You About Writing” is a podcast tailored for emerging writers seeking to enhance their writing skills and gain insights into the complex world of publishing. Hosted by Bianca Marais, a bestselling author renowned for ‘The Witches of Moonshyne Manor,’ this podcast features in-depth interviews with authors, agents, editors, and other key players in the book industry. Marais is joined by literary agents Carly Watters and CeCe Lyra from P.S. Literary Agency, who engage in the insightful “Books with Hooks” segment, critiquing query letters and opening pages. With a perfect blend of practical advice, candid insights, and a touch of humor, this podcast is a valuable resource for aspiring writers looking to navigate the challenging path to publication.
For emerging writers, the journey is often paved with rejection and obstacles before achieving success. “The Shit No One Tells You About Writing” addresses these hurdles and provides essential tools to help writers comprehend the sometimes enigmatic publishing world. Host Bianca Marais, an accomplished author herself, doesn’t shy away from the realities of the publishing industry, offering authentic and practical guidance. What sets this podcast apart is the invaluable query letter critiques by co-hosts Carly Watters and CeCe Lyra, providing an extra layer of insight for writers seeking industry acceptance. If you’re eager to understand the dynamics of the publishing world and explore the often unspoken truths about writing, this podcast is a must-listen for aspiring writers striving to find their place in the literary realm.
In the world of creative writing podcasts on Spotify, you’ll find a diverse range of voices and perspectives to help you grow as a writer. Whether you’re a seasoned author or just starting your writing journey, these top 10 podcasts are sure to ignite your creativity, provide valuable insights, and keep you motivated to write your masterpiece. So, tune in, take notes, and let these podcasts be your companions on your quest to become a better writer. Happy writing!
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are creative writing podcasts? Creative writing podcasts are audio programs that focus on various aspects of writing, including storytelling techniques, writing advice, author interviews, and tips for aspiring writers.
Why should I listen to creative writing podcasts on Spotify? Spotify offers a wide selection of creative writing podcasts that are easily accessible. These podcasts provide valuable insights, inspiration, and tips for writers, making them a convenient resource for honing your craft.
How can I access these podcasts on Spotify? To access these podcasts, you’ll need to download the Spotify app on your mobile device or visit the Spotify website. Search for the podcast by name in the app’s search bar and start listening.
Are these podcasts suitable for beginners, or are they more for experienced writers? The podcasts listed in the article cater to a wide range of writers, from beginners to experienced authors. They offer advice and insights at various skill levels, so you can find something that suits your needs.
Are these podcasts free to listen to on Spotify? Yes, many of these podcasts are available for free on Spotify. However, some may offer premium content or ad-free versions for a subscription fee. Most of the valuable content is accessible without a subscription.
Can I download these podcasts for offline listening? Yes, Spotify offers an offline listening feature. You can download episodes of your favorite podcasts and listen to them without an internet connection.
Do these podcasts cover specific genres of creative writing? Some of the podcasts may focus on specific genres like fantasy, science fiction, or non-fiction, but the majority cover general aspects of creative writing that can be applied to various genres.
Can I get writing tips and techniques from these podcasts? Absolutely! These podcasts are a valuable source of writing tips, techniques, and insights from experienced authors, editors, and industry professionals.
Do these podcasts feature guest authors or industry experts? Many of these podcasts host interviews with renowned authors, editors, and industry experts, offering unique perspectives and experiences in the world of creative writing.
How often are new episodes released on these podcasts? The frequency of new episodes varies from podcast to podcast. Some may release weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, so you can choose those that align with your preferences and schedule.
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The 20 best podcasts of 2023
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In 2023, podcasting continued to evolve with more options—from arts, literature, and family-friendly content to true crime, mental health, and history—for every kind of listener. At their core, each of these podcasts takes full advantage of the medium's ability to forge intimate connections between creators and listeners while covering topics that engage, educate, or entertain—everything that makes our audiophile hearts sing. Here are 20 of the absolute best podcasts of 2023, complete with rave reviews from Audible listeners.
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"A thoughtful and entertaining show that gives you an intimate look into the lives of aspiring singers. You also learn more about Daveed Diggs, Kelly Rowland, and Sara Bareilles. The show nurtures the singers and teaches the audience about the craft of songwriting. I hope they produce a second season." — Ebony, Audible listener
In the Room with Peter Bergen
"This is my new favorite podcast. I love the mix of interviews and clips; it’s serious and entertaining in the vein of a 60 Minutes or old Frontline . The topics fill a void I don’t hear in any other media. Can’t wait for more episodes!" — Shane, Audible listener
If Books Could Kill
"It doesn't hurt to take a critical look at the books that hold value in our society. Sociology is a really complicated subject and boiling it down to a few statistics in a book doesn't always work, even when it's neatly packaged. The show is funny in addition to educational, which is my favorite kind of podcast." — Amazon customer
The Coldest Case In Laramie
"Sure took me back to the old days ... We didn't necessarily even see it at the time because it's how things were: misogyny, classism, racism, lack of regard or understanding of mental health issues, etc. I was 18 in 1985. No one in power thought they were the 'bad guy' by operating in these 'good ol' boys' ways, but the truth suffered. The truth matters, and we'll probably never know it now." — Jerri, Audible listener
Wiser Than Me with Julia Louis-Dreyfus
"Thank you, Julia, for making this happen. There is such a void in communication between the ages. This is fantastic! The sharing of knowledge, experiences, and advice is wonderful. AND the humor, oh the humor! Please keep doing this. You’re bringing so much joy to so many of us right now." — Amazon customer
Murder on Sex Island
"Though I am biased in my love for Jo Firestone, this is truly an excellent mystery that is both fun to listen to and think about after. Also buy the book!" — Taylor, Audible listener
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The 13th Step
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Next Year in Moscow
"Brilliant. Very well put together combination of facts, research, interpretation, and commentary. Somehow calming to understand how we got to this awful place." — Amazon customer
The Greatest Day: The Epic Story Behind Hip-Hop's Most Iconic Photograph
"It was great to hear all the info and work behind this iconic issue of XXL . It brings back great memories of how eager I was as a teen to read these hip-hop publications on a monthly basis. I recall sharing, debating, and gazing at these often. This particular episode highlights one of the dopest issues. Great listen for anyone who is true to the culture." — Robert, Audible listener
Yes We Cannabis
"I stumbled upon this and thought I’d give it a whirl. The writing is thoughtful and funnier than I anticipated. This was the first time I’ve ever listened to a show like this. I’m so used to visual accompaniment that I didn’t think it would land. But I was pleasantly surprised. It worked quite well. Looking forward to the next project or season two." — Lee, Audible listener
The goop Pursuit: Leaning into Pleasure
"A bold and daring discussion especially for women of my generation (45+). While shocking on one level, it is also liberating to see young people exploring their sexuality in a way that women of my generation would never have dared! A must-listen for everyone." — Devialini, Audible listener
Your Mama's Kitchen
"I have not been a podcast listener in the past but this concept intrigued me. I have always thought that gathering around the kitchen table was child-rearing 101. Some of the most memorable moments of my childhood happened there. Can't wait to hear other's thoughts." — Firefly Mama, Audible listener
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The 25 Best Creative Agency Websites to Inspire Yours
Published: November 13, 2023
Being a content marketer, you see a lot of creative agency websites. And that's why I can tell you exactly what the best creative agencies must have to be successful. Better yet, I've rounded up examples of unique creative agency websites that excel in providing value for visitors. Get your notebook ready to take notes: You're about to get a major helping of inspiration from these outstanding creative agency websites.
25 Inspiration-Worthy Creative Agency Websites
My 25 favorite creative agency websites all have one thing in common: They don't forgo aesthetic appeal for functionality. Remember: No matter how much you want your creative agency site to stand out, the primary goal is to ensure it's user-friendly . Keep that in mind as you peruse these websites.
Let's dive right in.
1. Our Own Brand
What I like: I love the animations that bring this website to life. However, if you prefer a static site, you can exit the display and find a more traditional presentation of the company's key information.
What I like: When you scroll down to the bottom of the website, the copy invites you to 'Say Hi' and reach out to the agency. I love that verbiage — it's so warm and inviting. Copy matters !
3. Noomo Agency
What I like: As you scroll, words such as 'immersive' and 'interactive' pop up — and the website shows you that the agency is in real-time, thanks to parallax scrolling that makes you feel like you're completely immersed in the world of Noomo Agency.
What I like: Norry features a navigation menu at the bottom of the site, so when you scroll down, you can easily find what you are looking for.
5. 19th & Park
What I like: 19th & Park is true to its branding, making it visually compelling. For example, even in the site section where the agency mentions well-known brands it works with, it uses its signature font instead of its logo. I love the consistency.
6. In Progress Agency
What I like: This agency keeps the copy short and sweet — and because of that, it's never overwhelming.
What I like: EditStudio's footer presents contact information so you can easily get in touch. Plus, the footer is simple and straightforward, which contrasts sharply with the busy, engaging website.
8. Inspira Marketing Group
The agency also showcases brands it works with, and underneath, offers visitors the opportunity to check out case studies to learn more. Finally, the footer stands out, thanks to how it provides a straightforward horizontal navigation menu and quick social media links. You'll also find addresses for the agency's locations. Inspira's website provides everything visitors may need. Lastly, Inspira's website prioritizes inclusivity , as you can see accessibility adjustments available in the bottom right-hand corner.
What I like: Am I biased because I worked at Inspira Marketing Group before my role at HubSpot? Maybe. But I know strong creative agency websites when I see them, and Inspira's fits the bill. I also love how this website features the blog at the bottom of the homepage so it's visible and site visitors don't have to dig around to find it.
9. Beyond 8
What I like: Despite the theatrical entrance, Beyond 8 keeps it simple and straightforward on the actual website.
What I like: This agency site reveals that, in some cases, whitespace is a good thing.
What I like: As you roll the mouse over the different types of work the agency does, more information about the offering pops up.
12. Designers Agency
What I like: The footer keeps it simple by just including buttons for the agency's different social media pages.
13. AdKey Agency
What I like: AdKey's website keeps it simple with an elegant neutral color palette. There are just a couple of pops of colors throughout.
What I like: FVM's branding is very cohesive — the agency has a boxy logo, and that boxiness is reflected throughout the website in its buttons.
What I like: The footer features the animation from the top of the page, which adds a sense of continuity to the site.
What I like: One really clever part of Consciously's site is the portion where they mention what the company does, such as content, strategy, branding, and growth. From there, you can figure out if Consciously offers what you're looking for, which saves site visitors time.
17. Social Driver
What I like: The 'Contact Us' button is bright pink and is included in several different places on the website, so you're never far from a tool that will help you reach out.
18. Oak Theory
What I like: The agency's footer stands out for many reasons. For starters, it's colorful and aesthetically pleasing. Additionally, it offers a menu so visitors can easily click to wherever on the site they need to go. Lastly, it offers social media buttons so you can connect with Oak Theory on social.
19. Ragsdale Design Group
What I like: When you click the hamburger button in the top right corner, the menu becomes full-screen, and you can peruse the different pages. The agency also includes its accolades at the bottom of the menu.
What I like: When you scroll to the bottom of the website, you are invited to input your email so Tinted can stay in touch.
21. Citizen Group
What I like: Talk about a pop of color! Citizen Group wows with a bright orange background.
What I like: This agency's website isn't too busy, which is its strength. Instead, it gives you the necessary information and allows you to opt-in to receive email communications to learn more.
What I like: There are purposeful pops of color throughout this website that are true to Sensis' branding and add a sense of playfulness.
24. Hero Collective
What I like: This website keeps it simple with just a few colors. Sometimes less is more.
25. Six Cinquième
What I like: This agency clearly displays its social media icons at the bottom of the website, so you can find its social presence easily when you scroll down.
Make Creative Agency Websites that Shine
Now that you've seen plenty of creative agency websites, you likely have a better idea of what you'd want to emulate on your site or what wouldn't work for you. Remember: Don't be afraid to take risks on your site — you are making it for a creative agency, after all. However, don't substitute creativity for functionality. Both are equally essential.
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The Best Video Podcast Software: Remote Recording and Editing Tools
Video podcasting has exploded in popularity. Here are the best video podcasting software programs to help you stay on trend.
As social media platforms like Instagram Reels, YouTube Shorts, and TikTok have become more popular, so have video podcasts. Quick clips of longer shows perform incredibly well on these platforms and can drive new eyes (and ears) to your podcast.
That’s why more and more podcasters are investing in video podcasts . Adding video to your podcasts requires more than just a mic and a camera, though. Using the right video podcast software is crucial if you want to create high quality podcasts and grow your audience.
With so many options out there, choosing software can be a difficult task. We’re here to help you narrow it down to the tool that’s right for your needs, whether that’s a remote recording studio or a powerful editor (or both!).
In this post, we’ll share our list of the best video podcast software and the key features that make them special. With the right recording and editing tools, you’ll be ready to create great video podcasts in no time:
- Top Video Podcast Recording Tools
- Top Video Podcast Editing Tools
Quick look at our top picks
- 🏆 Best online video podcast editing software : Kapwing Our online video editing tool makes it quick and easy to create podcasts. Quickly trim down your video by editing the video transcript. And our audio editing tools ensure that your podcast is free of long pauses, filler words, and unwanted background noise.
- 💻 Best video podcasting software for remote recording: Streamyard If you’re not often in the recording studio with your podcast co-host or guests, you need a video podcasting software that can locally record crystal clear audio and video – even if your Zoom call is a little choppy. Streamyard provides easy-to-use local recording, up to 4K. No complicated OBS setup required.
- 🖥️ Best video podcast software for beginners: Zencastr The free version of Zencastr is geared towards beginners and hobbyists, but we love the video quality. If you’re interested in professional podcasting, or if video podcasting is a hobby (totally valid!), the free software might be just what you need.
- 💻 Best video podcasting software for Mac power users: Final Cut Pro Final Cut Pro has plenty of advanced features that translate well to video podcast creation, like object tracking, auto-subtitling, and multi-cam sync. The slightly higher learning curve isn’t a hurdle if you’re already familiar with the interface and keeping all your editing work in one place is great for streamlining your workflow.
The Best Remote Recording Software for Video Podcasting
Best video podcast software for remote recordings
Gone are the days when everyone needed to be in the recording studio together to produce a podcast. Many popular video podcasts are produced remotely now. Remote production does come with some extra hoops to jump through, but Streamyard helps simplify the process. We’re a remote marketing team, here at Kapwing, and this is the tool we use to record our weekly video podcasts .
Whether you’re interviewing a guest speaker or you co-host the show with a remote team member, everyone can record high-quality local video and audio with Streamyard’s online recording studio. Your recordings are saved automatically as separate files, available to download immediately after you wrap the episode.
The best part is, Streamyard is browser-based, so there’s no software for you or your guests to download (and you know we’re fans of browser-based tools here 😉). You can invite up to nine guests (for a total of ten people on your podcast) with the paid plans. Even on the free plan, you can co-host your podcast remotely with up to four guests.
✅ Reasons to try:
- High-quality local video and audio recording
- Separate audio and video tracks for every participant
- Invite up to 10 people per recording
- Browser-based tool compatible across operating systems
- Supports screen-sharing
- Supports live-stream and multistream
⚠️ Reasons to skip:
- Actual video editing capabilities limited
- Basic: $20/month
- Pro: $39/month
Best free video podcast recording software
Zencastr’s free version is another video podcast software we like for beginners. The local recording feature makes for excellent video and audio quality, much better than Zoom and similar software. Zencastr is resource intensive, so you’ll have to have at least 10GB of free space on your hard drive. That’s a lot more than other software that requires a download, but the quality payoff is nice.
Zencastr is limited in the free version, but for anyone new to video podcasting, it’s a great place to start. Once you get comfortable with podcast software, you can upgrade to the pro plan for more advanced features. The pro plan and higher tiers don’t offer as many features as comparable podcast software, but if you like Zencastr, the price might be worth it. Otherwise, be sure to check out the rest of our list for more advanced software at a lower price.
- Intuitive and user-friendly free version
- Automated tools make editing easy and simple
- Reliable file storage and project backups
- Great for podcast hobbyists and new podcast creators just starting out
- Resource intensive podcast software
- All guests must meet the system requirements to join
- Pro: $20/month
- Growth: $49/month
- Thought Leader : $99/month
Best video podcast software for livestreaming episodes
We typically think of podcasts as an on-demand genre of content, but there’s not a hard and fast rule. If you have an audience that engages with live content, streaming your video podcast live can be a great way to generate extra views. Restream’s software supports both live streaming and high-fidelity recording, so you can podcast both ways without sacrificing quality in either direct.
Want to capitalize on the higher engagement of livestreaming but still want the polish of a pre-recorded video? Restream supports uploading and streaming of existing content. You can also produce remote shows with guest invites and multi-seat accounts.
Like some of the other video podcast softwares on this list, Restream is pretty limited when it comes to actually editing the podcast footage after recording. You’ll be stuck with a few options of layouts and backgrounds with limited trimming and cutting functionality.
- Option to live stream or record without going live
- Generous cloud storage for recordings
- High resolution stereo audio with echo cancellation and noise suppression
- Split-track video and audio recording
- Broadcast live podcasts to multiple platforms at the same time
- Upload and stream pre-recorded podcast episodes
- Supports multi-channel live chat
- Limited video editing capabilities
- No podcast hosting or publishing
- Standard: $16/month
- Professional: $41/month
Once you’ve got your video podcast recorded, you’ll need to polish it up. While the above tools do come equipped with editing capabilities, if you’re looking for something a little more robust, check out some of the editors below.
The Best Video Podcast Editing Software
Best Online Software for Video Podcast Editing
You don’t have to be a professional video editor to create high quality podcasts with Kapwing. Our AI editing tools handle the tedious and technical aspects of the editing process, so you can focus on the creative elements of recording podcasts. For editing both audio and video recordings, Kapwing’s intuitive software has you covered.
One of our favorite features for easy podcast editing is our text-based editor . Simply edit the text of the transcript to cut out any mistakes, chit-chat, or other parts of the audio recording you don’t want in the finished video. Kapwing’s AI seamlessly syncs the transcript changes with the video recording, so your edits and transitions are always smooth and professional looking.
You’ll need good audio files to go with that polished video podcast. Our audio editing tools are super easy to use. Remove background noise, clean audio files of pops and clicks, and automatically remove silences and long pauses. You can even auto-level the volume and auto-caption your videos – fast, accurate subtitles are non-negotiable when sharing podcast clips on social media.
Speaking of which, Kapwing makes it easy to create and share social clips with automatic resizing and social media safe zones. Trim down your video into short, social clips by searching and editing the podcast transcript with our text-based editor. And coming soon, our “Find Highlights” feature will automatically find and create multiple clips from your podcast. You can reformat these clips for social media in just a few clicks, creating 10x the content in half the time.
- Edit video and audio all with one video editor
- Transcribe your podcast to get more mileage out of each episode
- Automatically remove silences with SmartCut
- Easily remove background noise and add background music
- Add fast, accurate auto-subtitles in a few clicks
- Full suite of powerful, intuitive AI-powered tools
- Quickly trim down your video with our transcript editor
- Publish directly to social media
- Easy learning curve and large library of tutorial video and blog posts
- A small watermark is added to videos exported on the Free version.
- Currently lacks a dedicated mobile video editing app.
- Pro: $16/month (billed annually; $24/month if billed monthly).
- Enterprise: Priced per team. Request a custom demo from our sales
5. Final Cut Pro
Best video podcast software for seasoned video editors
Most video podcasters aren’t going to need a program like Final Cut Pro, but if you’re a professional podcaster with a Mac or iPad, Final Cut could be what you’re looking for. Final Cut has a lot of advanced editing tools that translate well to video podcasting, like object tracker, auto subtitles, and automatic syncing for multiple camera angles.
Final Cut also supports advanced audio editing, which is necessary even for video podcasts. In fact, viewers are much more forgiving of a video with lower image resolution than a video with poor audio quality. Final Cut’s multichannel audio editing software allows you to make sure you sound good, no matter which channel your audience is tuning in on.
Final Cut does require a download, coming in at a massive 4.7GB for the software alone. You’ll need newer hardware to run Final Cut, along with at least 16-32GB freed up to run the program at optimal level. Final Cut is a lot more software than most will need, but Apple loyalists will find the interface familiar and easy to learn.
- Magnetic timeline for efficient timeline management
- Familiar UI for Apple users
- Advanced audio editing tools for high-quality sound
- Multicam and multi track editing support
- Impressive library of motion graphics
- Great color correction and color grading tools
- New dedicated software for iPad
- Apple product only
- Resource intensive, which can be hard on older Macs
- More expensive than comparable programs with similar advanced features
- Steep learning curve not suitable for beginners
- $299.99 one-time purchase for desktop
- iPad is $49.99/year
Best video podcast software for beginners
Podcastle boasts similar recording studio capabilities as some of the other options on this list, but is specifically marketed toward beginners with plenty of presets, templates, and tutorials to help you get started. In addition to local recording and multi-track audio editing, Podcastle’s video editing tools are beginner-friendly with custom branding tools, preset layouts, lower thirds, and even a social media clip finder.
AI-powered editing tools, voice cloning, and AI-generated episode summaries all add incredible value and efficiency to your editing workflow. Unfortunately, all of the best tools are only available at the higher subscription tiers, which is why Podcastle isn’t higher up on our list.
- Up to 10 remote participants in recording studio
- High-quality, AI-powered background noise removal
- Unlimited text-based editing for every plan
- Automatically generated text summaries of each episode
- Create voice clones with Revoice for post-production edits
- Beginner-friendly templates, presets, and layouts
- Watermark with free plan
- Most automated tools are locked behind paywall
- Basic: Free
- Storyteller: $11.99/month
- Pro: $23.99/month
Video podcasting is a great tool to reach a wider audience, but it also makes your podcast more accessible. Closed captions, subtitles, and visuals are just some of the advantages of video podcasting. In short, turning your own podcast into video content just makes sense, especially if you’re hoping to monetize your podcast.
You don’t need to be a professional video editor or spend big bucks on video podcast software. Even if you’re a beginning podcaster, the right video podcast editing software can have you making high quality podcasts in no time.
FAQs About Video Podcast Software
1. can i use zoom to record my video podcasts .
A lot of people like to use Zoom for live streams because it’s familiar and you can have up to 100 participants in one video. The screen sharing, virtual backgrounds, and collaborative features make Zoom a pretty neat platform for live streaming.
But as a podcast video recording app, Zoom is very limited. The video quality can fluctuate and Zoom doesn't record audio tracks separately or locally. We recommend using a dedicated remote recording studio, like Streamyard or Zencastr, instead.
If you’ve already recorded on Zoom, we’ve got you covered! With Kapwing, you can download live stream videos from your YouTube or other live streaming platform and edit both the audio and video. You can even trim the video to repurpose for another social media platform like Instagram reels or TikTok.
2. Is Descript a good program for video podcasting?
While Descript is a popular option for video podcasts, there are a few reasons it didn’t make our list. The biggest reason is that Descript just isn’t optimized for social media. Since most podcast creators are adding video content to branch out to other platforms, social media optimization is super important. There are plenty of video podcasting softwares that better support social media that we would recommend as Descript alternatives .
3. Is Adobe Premiere Pro good for video podcasts?
While there’s a lot to love about Adobe products, for video podcasting, you’re going to need more than just Adobe Premiere Pro to get the best audio and video quality for your podcast. Adobe Premiere Pro plus Adobe Audition is the best combination of Adobe products for video podcasts. But even bundled, buying this software is going to cost more than the podcast software on our list. Plus Adobe is resource intensive, requiring expensive hardware to get the most out of this software pair.
4. Do I need a special video camera for podcast video recording?
Having high quality video and audio is important for video podcasting. While you can get by with less than 4k video, especially if you're only publishing your video clips to social media, you must have good audio. We recommend investing in a quality mic first and foremost before spending a ton of money on a new camera.