10 Podcasts for Writers

Whether you are a novice or a pro, chances are you need a bit of guidance, inspiration, or the chance to get outside your head and out of your own way. This is where podcasts come in.

The following podcasts cover topics such as writing mechanics, book marketing, genre writing, the trials and tribulations of the writing life, and poetry.

  1. I Should Be Writing
    Science fiction author Mur Lafferty’s podcast is well into its 12th year and still going strong. Lafferty offers a mix of writing tips, personal foibles, and interviews with other published authors.
  2. Writing Excuses
    Each episode of Writing Excuses is 15 minutes long “because you’re in a hurry, and we’re not that smart,” and the podcast has been around since 2008. Hosts and guests cover every writing topic under the sun, and over the past few years, they have developed year-long “seasons” where the episodes link together under a common theme to form a comprehensive lecture.
  3. Sell More Books Show
    We all could use some help selling ourselves, and this podcast provides just that service. With episodes on email marketing, social media campaigns, and the latest trends in self-publishing, the Sell More Books Show is much more than a digital snake-oil salesman.
  4. The Dead Robots’ Society
    Listening to this podcast feels like an afternoon with your nerdiest friends spent discussing publishing, what it means to “get political” in one’s writing, and favorite books.
  5. Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
    Grammar Girl is all about teaching its audience the mechanics of writing in easily digestible snippets. Whether you’re a student, a language teacher, a novelist, or a poet, making GG part of your daily podcast regimen will only improve your sentences.
  6. Writing Class Radio
    Follow the stories of students in a writing class as they create and discuss work, make artistic breakthroughs, and share in the writing journey.
  7. Write Now with Sarah Werner
    Werner’s podcast focuses on the writing life and the struggle to create a healthy balance between one’s work and everything else. “Recurring themes include books, coffee, rainy days, truth, beauty, lasers, dinosaurs, and all of your other favorite things.”
  8. Ann Kroeker, Writing Coach
    Kroeker provides quick tips on mechanics, revision, types of editing, publishing, and setting goals.
  9. Odyssey Writing Workshop
    Here is a podcast just for authors working in sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. Each episode is an excerpt from a workshop held at St. Anselm College of Manchester, New Hampshire. Featured authors include Holly Black, Elizabeth Bear, Theodora Goss, and Terry Bisson.
  10. Voicemail Poems
    This one is purely for fun. Voicemail Poems is a unique online literary magazine where contributors submit their work by calling a number and reading the text over the phone. Accepted pieces are then included on the VP podcast, hosted by Logen Cure.Do you have a personal favorite writing podcast? Feel free to share links in the comments!


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