Who doesn’t love a good podcast? That’s why we’ve gathered here for you eight great ones especially for writers, whether you’re looking for inspiration, exercises, or practical advice, or if you just want to fan-out over your favorite authors.
The Writer Files: Writing, Productivity, Creativity, and Neuroscience
Formerly of Copyblogger, host Kelton Reid “studies the habits, habitats, and brains of a wide spectrum of renowned writers to learn their secrets of productivity and creativity.” Includes interviews with best-selling authors such as Jay McInerney, Emma Donoghue, Maria Konnikova, Austin Kleon, and more.
Short and fast paced, this podcast offers quick tips on a variety of writerly topics such as The Business of Writing, Perseverance, and the Seven-Point Story Structure. Each episode is just 15 to 20 minutes long, and the hosts differ from season to season.
Beautiful Writers Podcast
Host and an award-winning author Linda Siversten “brings together the world’s most beloved bestselling authors for monthly chats on writing, publishing, deal-making, spirituality, activism, and the art of romancing creativity.” Past guests include Cheryl Strayed, Terry McMillan, Tom Hanks, Dean Koontz, Ann Patchett, Maria Shriver, Anne Lamott, Dani Shapiro, Arianna Huffington, Mary Karr, Joy Harjo, and more.
The Creative Penn Podcast: Writing, Publishing, Book Marketing, Making A Living With Your Writing
Posted every Monday, episodes “include interviews, inspiration and information on writing and creativity, publishing options, book marketing and creative entrepreneurship.” Host Joanne Penn “writes non-fiction for authors and is an award-nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling thriller author as J.F. Penn.”
Hosted by writer and blogger Julie Duffy, the StoryADay podcasts offers 10-to-15-minute episodes that tackle a particular writing or publishing topic, and offers a writing assignment to complete before the next episode.
Write-minded: Weekly Inspiration for Writers
This podcast is perfect for “writers craving a unique blend of inspiration and real talk about the ups and downs of the writing life.” Hosted by Brooke Warner, publisher of She Writes Press, and Grant Faulkner, executive director of NaNoWriMo, each episode features a theme and an interview with a writer or publishing industry professional.
88 Cups of Tea
Founded and hosted by actor, director, and activist Yin Chang, this podcast is “for creative writers looking for guidance in their storytelling journey and connection to a community.” Topics include “overcoming rejections and challenges, querying tips and crafting advice, lifestyle habits that support the heart and the soul,” and more. Includes interviews with authors, literary agents, film/TV writers, and more.
Minorities in Publishing
The Minorities in Publishing podcast discusses “diversity (or lack thereof) in the book publishing industry with other professionals working in-house as well as authors and those in the literary scene.” Founded and hosted by Jennifer Baker, a writer and publishing professional.