Looking for podcasts for writers? You’re in the right place! Here are 50 of the most popular (and helpful) podcasts for writers.
What are the best podcasts for writers? Well…it depends what you’re looking for. There are SO many podcasts for writers so I decided to jump headfirst into the overwhelm and sort out the best, most popular podcasts for writers so you don’t have to. And also so you can find some new podcasts to listen to. Because I know you’re looking.
I’ve given these 50+ podcasts loose categories based on their most general topics and format. I’ve also tried to limit the list to podcasts still being updated. They’re organized by category in alphabetical order. I’ve chosen them based on writer recommendations as well as my personal favourites. Have I missed a fantastic, life-changing podcast? (I know I have.) Please let me know in the comments.
Because this list is HUGE I’ve created a handy table of contents so you can jump to the category you’re most interested in.
Podcasts for Writers Table of Contents
- Canadian podcasts about writing
- Writing craft-related podcasts
- General writing podcasts, author interview podcasts, etc.
- Self Publishing podcasts for writers
Canadian | Podcasts for Writers
True, these podcasts fit into the other categories. However. I wanted to highlight some fantastic Canadian literary podcasts because it’s just so rare! Perhaps you are looking for some great podcasts for writers AND something a little North. See? It’s such a good reason to have this category.
A monthly podcast on all things Canadian and Literature. Hosted by Dina Del Bucchia and Daniel Zomparelli. Last Monday of the month.
Podcast Playlist curates the best content and stories from the podcast world. Each week, your audio DJs Matt Galloway and Lindsay Michael sample some of the most intriguing of what the internet has to offer.
The Next Chapter
CBC Radio’s Shelagh Rogers travels the country, conversing with authors and readers of all kinds. A new episode every Monday.
Craft | Podcasts for Writers
The writing craft. How do you improve on your writing without going back to school? You listen to podcasts of course! These craft-focused podcasts will help you in your writing from everything to overcoming writer’s block to strategies for meeting deadlines to making writing your career. I tried to split this into non-fiction and fiction but so many of them meander back and forth in the end I thought oh sod it, here are a ton of awesome podcasts for writers on the writing craft you’re WELCOME.
10 Minute Writer’s Workshop
A peek into how great writers conjure and craft their work. From creative rituals to guilty distractions, writers reveal what it really takes to get pen to paper.
Ann Kroeker, Writing Coach
Writing Coach Ann Kroeker wants you to reach your writing goals and believes you’ll make significant progress (and have fun!) by being more curious, creative, and productive. She provides practical tips and motivation for writers at all stages, keeping episodes short and focused so writers only need a few minutes to collect ideas, inspiration, resources and recommendations to apply to their work. Tune in for solutions addressing anything from self-editing and goal-setting solutions to administrative and scheduling challenges. Subscribe for ongoing input for your writing life that’s efficient and encouraging.
Creative Writing Career Podcast
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.
Ditch Diggers is the business of writing, when the craft is not as important as the deadline. (Oh the craft is very important. But deadline without craft can be worked with, but craft without deadline is pointless.) We don’t worry about art here, we worry about paying bills with your writing. Because ditch diggers don’t get ditch digger block, so we refuse to let writer’s block stop us from doing our work.
Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
WINNER OF BEST EDUCATION PODCAST IN THE 2017 PODCAST AWARDS. Grammar Girl provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing. Whether English is your first language or your second language, these grammar, punctuation, style, and business tips will make you a better and more successful writer. Grammar Girl is a Quick and Dirty Tips podcast.
Helping Writers Become Authors
Helping Writers Become Authors provides writers help in summoning inspiration, crafting solid characters, outlining and structuring novels, and polishing prose. Learn how to write a book and edit it into a story agents will buy and readers will love. (Music intro by Kevin MacLeod.)
High-Income Business Writing: Freelance Writing
Ed Gandia, co-author of the bestselling book, The Wealthy Freelancer, reveals how to propel your writing business to the six-figure level (or the part-time equivalent). In this nuts-and-bolts, no-nonsense podcast, you’ll discover how to get better clients, earn more in less time, and bring more freedom and joy into your writing business. Ed will walk you through the practical, “doable” systems and strategies he has developed in his own writing business—the same systems he has taught his private coaching clients. He’ll also show you what’s working for other business writers by bringing you real case studies from the field. And he’ll share all this information in an honest and transparent way, with no hype or fluff. Topics covered include: getting better and higher-paying clients; banishing the feast-or-famine cycle; doing more of the work that excites you; how to raise your fees and rates; boosting your productivity; making your business recession-proof; discovering and leveraging your strengths; finding your niche; pricing content writing projects; pricing copywriting projects; writing white papers; writing case studies; writing web copy; writing articles; and much more.
Hot Copy: A copywriting podcast for copywriters
In each episode of Hot Copy, Belinda Weaver and Kate Toon share the secrets of successful copywriters including copywriting tips, shortcuts, writing resources, interviews with other successful copywriters (yes, their secrets too!). And a few laughs, snorts, and giggles along the way. All focused on helping you become a better copywriter. This podcast is perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about copywriting, the writing bits and the running a business bits.
This is the show for novelists who hate marketing, but still want to become bestselling authors. Our goal is to make book promotion fun and easy for writers who would really rather be writing.
Odyssey Writing Workshop
Odyssey is an intensive six-week workshop for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror held each summer on the campus of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. Top authors, editors, and agents serve as guest lecturers. These podcasts are excerpts from guest lectures.
The Creative Writer’s Toolbelt
The Creative Writers Toolbelt gives practical accessible advice to Creative writers. Each episode explores an aspect of creative writing technique, with examples, allowing you to apply what you learn immediately to your writing. We also throw in the occasional interview with writers and other artists, exploring their wisdom on subjects like story, style, character and the writing process.
Write Now with Sarah Werner
A weekly podcast for aspiring writers looking to find a healthy work/life/writing balance. Get the encouragement, honest advice, and inspiration you need to pursue your passion and write every day. Recurring themes include books, coffee, rainy days, truth, beauty, lasers, dinosaurs, and all of your other favorite things.
Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, and Daniel Wells discuss writing techniques in a fast-paced, 15-minute format.
Writing for Children: How to Write a Children’s Book, Writing for Magazines, Getting Paid for Writing, Getting Published
Do you want to learn how to write for children? The Institute of Children’s Literature has taught hundreds of thousands of aspiring writers, and the director of ICL is the host of Writing for Children. Bestselling children’s author Katie Davis focuses on the craft of writing for children: how to write a children’s book, how to write for children’s magazines, how to get paid, and get published. There are listener questions, with answers from the experts at the Institute, plus hard-to-find resources and links included in every week’s show notes.
Writing in Suburbia
An unedited, unscripted, uncensored pro writing podcast for pro writers or those that want to make a living with their writing. The daily grind of writing while dealing with everyday life.
General Writing, Interviews, Etc. | Podcasts for Writers
I wanted to create a category for interviews but so many of these podcasts mostly do interviews and sometimes do solocasts so I got stuck. I know. So these are more general discussions on writing, with many interviews. Whatever this category should be called I hope you find these podcasts for writers helpful, useful, and inspiring.
A Way With Words
A Way with Words is a fun and funny radio show and podcast about language. Co-hosts Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett talk with callers from around the world about linguistics, slang, new words, jokes, riddles, word games, grammar, old sayings, word origins, regional dialects, family expressions, books, literature, folklore, and speaking and writing well. Email your language questions for the show to email@example.com. Or call with your questions toll-free *any* time in the U.S. and Canada at (877) 929-9673. From anywhere in the world: +1 (619) 800-4443.
Create If Writing
Create If Writing is a weekly podcast for writers and bloggers dealing with authentic platform building online. You will hear from experts on list-building, connecting through Twitter, and how to utilize Facebook. But tools for building an audience would feel empty without a little inspiration, so these training episodes are balanced with inspirational interviews with writers who share their creative process, ups and downs, and how they have dealt with success or failure. Kirsten Oliphant is a self-published author with an MFA in Fiction who has been blogging for 11 years and is in the top 20 of Houston’s Social Media Power Influencers. She has spoken at Blog Elevated, Houston Social Media Breakfast, Adventure Con, Houston Business Advancement Conference, and Social Media Day Houston. She created the Free Email Course and loves to get nerdy about all things email list.
Dead Robots’ Society
The Dead Robots’ Society, a gathering of aspiring writers podcasting to other aspiring writers, hoping to help each other along the way to the promised land of publication.
First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing
In writing, a first draft is where creativity flows, a story takes root and the voice of a writer emerges. First Draft highlights the voices of writers as they discuss their work, their craft and the literary arts. This weekly show hosted by Mitzi Rapkin will primarily feature fiction and non-fiction authors along with occasional poets, screenplay writers, playwrights and songwriters. First Draft is a celebration of writing and the individuals who are dedicated to bringing their carefully chosen words to print as well as the impact writers have on the world we live in.
I Should Be Writing
Writing interviews and how-tos from a SF writer who’s still learning.
A weekly conversation with a non-fiction writer about how they got their start and how they tell stories. Co-produced by Longform and The Atavist.
Bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert returns for the second season of her hit podcast MAGIC LESSONS, ready to help another batch of aspiring artists overcome their fears and create more joyfully. This year’s guest experts include Neil Gaiman, Gary Shteyngart, Amy Purdy, Michael Ian Black, Brandon Stanton, Martha Beck, and Glennon Doyle Melton. MAGIC LESSONS art courtesy of Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.
Read to Lead
If you believe as I do, that intentional and consistent reading is key to success in business and in life, then this is your podcast. My goal each week is to bring you key thoughts and insights from my conversations with those I consider to be among today’s brightest minds: our generation’s non-fiction authors. We discuss their latest book, as well as their unique perspectives on Leadership, Business, Personal Development, Marketing, Career, and Entrepreneurship. If you love reading, or desire to do more of it, then consider this podcast your audio Cliff’s Notes. The Read to Lead Podcast is a three-time Best Business Podcast nominee.
Reading and Writing Podcast
Interviews with authors about their books, their writing habits, their favorite novels, and how they got started writing.
So You Want to Be A Writer
Valerie Khoo and Allison Tait, both successful journalists and authors, bring you the latest in news, opportunities, trends – and gossip – in the world of writing blogging and publishing. Whether you love the creative inspiration of Elizabeth Gilbert, the life-hacking non-fiction of Tim Ferriss or the phenomena that is JK Rowling, you’ll find it here.
After banging his head against the literary wall on various projects for years, aspiring novelist and screenwriter Ben Hess was desperate for advice and guidance. Leveraging over a decade of video production, filmmaking, and storytelling, he turned off his camera, turned up the mic, and started asking award winning writers their perspective on the craft and community of writing. Welcome to Story Geometry.
Story Grid Podcast
Helping you become a better writer. Join Shawn Coyne, author of Story Grid and a top editor for 25+ years, and Tim Grahl, struggling writer, as they discuss the ins and outs of what makes a story great.
The Beautiful Writers Podcast
Writer Linda Sivertsen (aka Book Mama) brings together the world’s most beloved bestselling authors and creatives for monthly chats on writing, publishing, deal-making, spirituality, activism, and the art of romancing creativity. These up-close conversations—with the likes of Dean Koontz, Tom Hanks, Gabby Bernstein, Brené Brown, Van Jones, Elizabeth Gilbert, Seth Godin, Glennon Doyle Melton, Robert McKee, Anne Lamott, Rob Bell, Dani Shapiro, Terry McMillan, Marianne Williamson, Steven Pressfield, Arianna Huffington, Martha Beck, Mary Karr, Gretchen Rubin, and so many others (including super agent, Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, head of worldwide literary at William Morris Endeavor)—are a fan favorite, downloaded nearly 500,000 times and frequently profiled on “Best Podcast” lists and at the top of the Literature category on iTunes. If you’ve ever wished you could sit down with your favorite writers to ask them how they do it, year after year, book after book (or album after album), consider this your new, not-so-guilty pleasure. Join Linda and her celebrity co-hosts (and original co-founder, Danielle LaPorte—also a recent guest and guest host) for deep, funny, powerful monthly interviews with authors and songwriters who have pulled it off—from breakout success to staying power. Find heart-centered encouragement, street-smart advice, and insider success (and failure!) stories for every writer and creative type. Details of biggest mistakes, best shortcuts, behind-the-scenes agent, press, and publishing stories help you gain the courage to get your book, blog, ballad, or biz birthed into the world. Take your dreams from idea to done with us. The Beautiful Writers Podcast. Where inspiration is constant, and swearing, optional (although highly appreciated).
The Drunken Odyssey with John King: A Podcast About the Writing Life
Join author John King for eclectic interviews with writers from a variety of genres, including fiction writing, poetry, memoirs, and journalism. From literature to genre writing to the movies, all writing is up for discussion. In particular, The Drunken Odyssey features discussion of all aspects of the writing process—not just the published manuscript, pristinely presented to the entire literate world, but also the scrawled notes and tortured drafts that lead writers there. In long-form interviews, writers discuss their process and the way that writing has influenced their lives. Besides this interview, each episode also features a short memoir essay from a writer about a beloved book, plus John King responds to listener’s questions and observations about the writing (and the drinking) life.
The Portfolio Life with Jeff Goins
Jeff Goins shares thoughts & ideas that will help you to pursue work that matters, make a difference with your art & discover your true voice!
The Publishing Profits Podcast
We believe authors change the world by sharing important stories and ideas. Let us help you get your story out to more people and make the world a better place. We interview authors who are self-published, indie published, and traditionally published to find out what’s working right now to help you grow your career and sell more books. On The Publishing Profits Podcast show, international bestselling author and publisher Tom Corson-Knowles interviews the publishing industry’s best authors, publishers, editors, literary agents, marketers, and attorneys to share inspiration, education and best practices. Our mission is to help authors and publishers succeed in the new era of publishing. Ebooks didn’t even exist 15 years ago. Today, readers spend more than $6 billion each year on ebooks in the United States alone. Are you taking advantage of this huge shift in reader purchasing habits? Tune in and learn how to build a full-time career and income as an author by proactively responding to the huge changes in the industry. Whether you’re just thinking about writing your first book or you’re a multi-published author, you’ll find new ideas to help you take your career to the next level. The show’s audience includes writers, new and experienced authors, publishers, literary agents, editors, graphic designers, bloggers, content creators, marketing professionals, public relations and PR experts, and publishing attorneys.
The Writer Files
Kelton Reid studies the habits, habitats, and brains of a wide spectrum of renowned writers to learn their secrets of productivity and creativity. Tune in each week to learn how great writers keep the ink flowing, the cursor moving, and avoid writer’s block.
The Writers Panel
The Writers Panel series is an informal chat moderated by Ben Blacker (co-creator of the Thrilling Adventure Hour; writer for Supah Ninjas, Supernatural, among others) with professional writers about the process and business of writing. Covering TV, film, comic books, music, novels, and any other kind of writing about which you’d care to hear. Proceeds from the live panels benefit 826LA, the national non-profit tutoring program.
Kevin Tumlinson, Bestselling and Award-Winning Thriller Author, talks to authors and entrepreneurs to get their behind-the-scenes story. Each week, you can tune in to a full hour of wisdom and insight from some of the most intriguing people on the planet. It’s all about the story here.
Writer’s Voice with Francesca Rheannon
Writer’s Voice features author interviews and readings, as well as news, commentary and tips related to writing and publishing. We also talk with editors, agents, publicists and others about issues of interest to writers. Francesca Rheannon is producer and host of Writer’s Voice. She is a writer, an independent radio producer and a broadcast journalist.
Writer’s Who Don’t Write
Hosted by Jeff Umbro and Kyle Craner, this project began as a way for the two of them to get over their own fears of writing, and slowly morphed into an inspiring multi-year project to tell the stories others find difficult. Each episode brings a well-known creative into the studio to discuss his or her career, their newest projects, and one story they’ve always struggled to tell. Guests include Andy Weir, Lev Grossman, Stephanie Danler, The McElroys, Claire Messud, Mark Manson and Tim Urban, among dozens of others.
Writing Class Radio
Writing Class Radio is for people who love stories and who get inspired by hearing other people tell their stories and who wants to learn a little bit about how to write their own stories. You’ll hear students write their way to the truth. And you’ll hear students trying to deal as we follow them outside of class and into their real lives. Plus you’ll hear all the juicy stuff that happens in writing class—resistance, crying, breakthroughs, connection. There’s no better way to understand ourselves and each other than by writing and telling our stories. Everyone has a story. What’s yours?
Self Publishing | Podcasts for Writers
Two years ago I wouldn’t have considered self publishing a category of podcasts to include but now…well times have changed. This mega trend has permeated the book publishing industry and is forcing change. It’s exciting times! Enjoy these top-rated podcasts and learn from the pros how to create a career from self publishing.
Author Audience: Helping You Reach More People With Your Message
Shelley Hitz is on a mission to help you reach more people with your message because she believes every person has God-given gifts and abilities to impact the world. Each episode of Author Audience will be packed with ACTIONABLE training, spiritual inspiration, and encouragement for you to write, publish, and market your books. However, this podcast is not just about how to write and self-publish a book. It is so much more. Episodes also include topics on book marketing, social media marketing, how to sell more books, product creation, coaching, speaking, etc. Shelley’s passion is to help you connect with your audience in the best way possible. If you are a Christian author, Christian entrepreneur, or someone who simply wants to reach more people with your message, you’re in the right place! The question is, are you ready to let your light SHINE?
Authority Self-Publishing is a show where you can get detailed advice from three author marketing experts: Steve Scott, Barrie Davenport, and Ron Clendenin. Primarily, they cover Amazon Kindle publishing strategies (through the KDP platform). But they also offers a variety of marketing tactics you can use to grow your book-based business. Each episode contains 30+ minutes of actionable content you can immediately apply to your writing business. Tune in every Monday and Thursday to get the latest news on indie publishing. Finally, each episode comes with detailed show notes where you can get a recap of the content and all the resource links that are mentioned.
Book Marketing Show Podcast with Dave Chesson
Are you ready to increase your book sales, and hit the bestseller list consistently? Welcome to the Book Marketing Show, where in this weekly podcast Dave Chesson will not only show you some of the best book sales tactics but also bring on top-notch guests to show how each tactic taught here was a game changer for their books and how it can be for yours as well. Having created one of the largest websites on book marketing, Kindlepreneur.com, he’s also been a book-marketing consultant for top NYT Bestselling authors in both Fiction and Non-fiction as well as helping big name publishing companies increase their sales. He’s been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, and a multitude of book related websites across the net. So, tune in as you learn for free about the art to book marketing and how others are using these tactics to improve their sales and how you can too!
Happy Self Publishing Podcast
Are you an aspiring author who wants to successfully self-publish your book? Are you looking for ways to increase your book sales and use your book to grow your business? You are in the right place because this is Happy Self Publishing show where you get all your questions related to book writing, publishing and marketing answered by successful authors. Enjoy the show with your host—the founder of Happy Self Publishing, Jyotsna Ramachandran.
Kobo Writing Life Podcast
The Kobo Writing Life Podcast features exciting interviews with bestselling authors, tips on the craft and business of writing, and advice for successfully self-publishing. Millions of readers are waiting to discover your book.
Mark Dawson’s Self Publishing Formula
Mark Dawson is a bestselling self-published author on multiple platforms including Amazon and Kobo. He is the author of the John Milton thriller series and its spin-off Beatrix Rose. In addition, he’s written several “Soho Noi” novels. Mark’s breakthrough came when he developed a marketing strategy for promoting and selling his books. His swift success enabled him to quit his 9 to 5 job and he has generated gross revenues of more than a million dollars in less than five years. Mark has become a leading voice in the self publishing industry and he advocates and teaches a strategy based around offering books for free, mailing list development and social media advertising. In 2015, he published the acclaimed online course “Facebook Ads for Authors.” That course now includes modules on Twitter and YouTube advertising and is constantly evolving. He has also developed a course for writers at the start of their careers—Self Publishing 101. James Blatch co-hosts the podcast and he represents the first time, wannabe author. James is a former BBC News journalist who is currently writing his first novel. Between them James and Mark explore the world of self publishing with a focus on actionable tips for new and experienced indie authors.
Self Publishing School
Chandler Bolt from Self Publishing School teaches how to write a book, how to launch it, and use it to grow a six-figure income. Gary Vaynerchuk, Pat Flynn, Grant Cardone, Lisa Nichols and Russell Brunson are just a few of the successful authors you’ll learn from on this show. On this show you’ll learn how to grow your income, authority and business with a book. Chandler reveals what it really takes to successfully launch a book, without the BS of traditional publishing.
Sell More Books Show
Authors, are you struggling to get the word out about your books? Discover the latest book marketing and publishing news, tools and strategies. This is the Sell More Books Show with Jim Kukral and Bryan Cohen. Every week you’ll get helpful tips and ideas to make your book sales soar.
Smarty Pants Book Marketing Podcast
The podcast that helps authors make sense of all the social media marketing options out there and gives practical tips on how to sell more books and build loyal fans with social media. Based on award-winning marketer Chris Syme’s 20+ years in marketing and bestselling indie author Becca Syme’s self-publishing journey, the show features successful self-published authors and book marketing experts weekly.
The Creative Penn Podcast
Information, inspiration and interviews on writing, self-publishing, book marketing and making a living with your writing.
The Self-Publishing Podcast
Want to publish and sell more books? Want to get your writing into the world without contending with agents, publishers, or the other gatekeepers in traditional publishing? There’s never been a better time to make money as a writer—to take your books directly to readers and be in charge of your own business rather than jumping through hoops to please the Powers that Be. Full time authors Johnny B. Truant, David Wright, and Sean Platt (owners of the 2M+ words-per-year indie publishing company Sterling & Stone) explore everything related to getting your writing published…and making money doing it…in today’s new DIY digital publishing frontier. This isn’t artsy talk—it’s “authorpreneurial” business strategy that turns self-publishing from sideline into a rewarding career.
Stories | Podcasts for Writers
This category could also be called Miscellaneous I suppose, but most of them are people telling stories and authors reading stories. Even though these are more peripheral podcasts for writers I thought they could be included as they offer some great storytelling tips and tricks we could all learn from.
Happier with Gretchen Rubin
Gretchen Rubin is HAPPIER, and she wants you to be happier too. The #1 bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before gets more personal than ever as she brings her practical, manageable advice about happiness and good habits to this lively, thought-provoking podcast. Gretchen’s cohost and guinea pig is her younger sister, Elizabeth Craft, a TV writer and producer living in Los Angeles, who (lovingly) refers to Gretchen as her happiness bully. Part of the Panoply Network.
Stories of the human heart. A candid, unscripted conversation between two people about what’s really important in life: love, loss, family, friendship. When the world seems out of hand, tune in to StoryCorps and be reminded of the things that matter most.
The Literary Salon
Damian Barr’s Literary Salon tempts the world’s best writers to read exclusively from their latest greatest works and share their own personal stories. Star guests have included Bret Easton Ellis, Jojo Moyes, John Waters, Helen Fielding, Diana Athill and Louis de Bernières – all in front of a live audience at leading glamorous locations. Suave salonnière Damian Barr is your host. Don’t worry it’s not a book club—there’s no homework. Salon Selective! Produced by Russell Finch.
Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of true stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. Moth storytellers stand alone, under a spotlight, with only a microphone and a roomful of strangers. The storyteller and the audience embark on a high-wire act of shared experience which is both terrifying and exhilarating. Since 2008, The Moth podcast has featured many of our favorite stories told live on Moth stages around the country.
There we go! I hope you can find some new and inspiring podcasts from this list of 50+ podcasts for writers. And if you have a favourite I haven’t listed please let me know in the comments. I’m ALWAYS looking for new podcasts and I’d love to keep adding to this list.
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