5 Great Podcasts For Writers

22/04/2017 Lists, Writing 12

5 Great Podcasts For Writers

What’s not to love about podcasts? They’re free, portable, and are a great way of getting a dose of inspiration and entertainment into your day, all whilst doing something ordinary and necessary, like driving to work, or exercising, or walking the dog.

You can find podcasts on pretty much any topic, but my personal favourites all tend to revolve around the craft of writing, and I can definitely vouch for the fact that they’re an incredible resource for any budding writer! Therefore I thought I’d post a list of my five favourites, some of which I’ve undoubtedly mentioned many times before, and others that are more recent discoveries:

  • The Creative Penn with Joanna Penn

I’ve definitely mentioned this one a few times, but with good reason!

Joanna Penn is a self-published thriller author and blogger over at The Creative Penn (another incredible resource for writers), and her weekly podcast is chock full of great advice about the craft of writing, the business side of being an author, self-publishing and book marketing. Each episode includes a lively interview with a different writer, blogger, or publishing industry professional, as well as the latest news in publishing and writing, which is useful for helping you keep your finger on the pulse as a writer.

  • Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert

This one is a very recent discovery, but I’ve been enjoying it so much I’ve been binge listening to the backlist. I really love the format of this one: Elizabeth Gilbert (yes, that’s the writer of Eat Prey Love and Big Magic) interviews someone experiencing some kind of creative problem at the beginning of the episode, which she then attempts to help them work through with the help of some of her writer friends. Some of the advice she gives people can be a little bit airy-fairy for my taste, but for the most part it’s a really inspiring podcast!

  • Ctrl Alt Delete with Emma Gannon

This one isn’t specifically about writing, but does touch on it a lot, as Emma Gannon interviews someone in each episode who makes some kind of living online, whether they’re an author, blogger, Youtuber, illustrator or TV presenter. She’s interviewed everyone from Lena Dunham and Sophie Kinsella, to Zoella and Cheryl Strayed, and always manages to make it feel like you’re just listening in on a fun, but incredibly inspiring chat between friends!

  • Writing Excuses with Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Taylor and Dan Wells.

This is another recent discovery, and I really couldn’t believe I’d gone all this time not knowing that Brandon Sanderson does a podcast!

Writing Excuses is formatted into short, bite-sized episodes (around 20 minutes each) in which one writing topic is covered. It has a really ‘nuts and bolts’ approach to writing, talking in depths about very specific aspects of the craft (pace, narration, chapters, point-of-view etc.) and they even give you some little homework tasks at the end to help you work on the topic that they’ve been talking about!

  • The Portfolio Life with Jeff Goins

The Portfolio Life is a podcast created by writer and blogger Jeff Goins, and is all about helping you ‘find the work you were born to do’, and getting people creating. In each episode Jeff interviews a writer, blogger or other creator around topics as varied as finding your voice, building your audience, creative thinking and finding your calling.

5 Great Podcasts for Writers


So do you listen to any of these podcasts? Are there any others you would recommend?

12 Responses to “5 Great Podcasts For Writers”

  1. Melissa @ Quill Pen Writer

    I love Writing Excuses! They always touch on really interesting topics, and the homework at the end can be great for kicking the creative juices into gear. (Though I suspect I’ve plenty of missing assignments…) Thanks for the other recommendations; I’ll definitely check them out! 😀

    • Laura

      Writing Excuses is so good! I definitely haven’t done all the homework assignments either, but the few that I’ve done have been really great for helping me get to grips with the topic at hand 🙂

  2. Ikram

    I don’t really listen to podcasts but the ones mentioned above sound really interesting. I’ll definitely go check them out. 🙂

  3. Greg

    I don’t listen to a lot of podcasts although I’d like to (I keep trying to get into Welcome to Night Vale but it’s a little TOO weird for me lol), but I haven’t tried any writers casts. The Creative Penn and Ctrl Alt DEl sound like ones I would like. Thanks for sharing these!

  4. Catherine

    Great post, will have to have a look at some of these! I like the BBC Academy podcasts, you’ve got to sift through to find the good writing ones but there are lots of interviews with TV writers that give good general writing advice I think 🙂

  5. Victoria

    I absolutely love Ctrl Alt Delete, and I’ve been meaning to purchase the book of the same name. All of these podcasts sound really interesting, I can’t wait to give them all a listen now! Podcasts are something I’m trying to get into a lot more, especially podcasts about writing and creativity. Brilliant post! 🙂

    • Laura

      I read the Ctrl Alt Delete book a while back (but I have been so slow to review it!), and it was really good! Especially as I already liked Emma Gannon’s voice from her podcast, because it’s very much in the same chatty tone. I would definitely recommend it 🙂
      I really hope you enjoy these other podcasts! 🙂

  6. Pamela

    I don’t really listen to podcasts, but I love K.M. Weiland’s advice on her blog. And I know she has a podcast because she later posts them as a video + the transcription in a blog post at Helping Writers Become Authors. I have learned so much from her and her books are a must have.

    • Laura

      I’ll definitely have to check out K.M. Weiland’s blog and podcast! Thanks for the recommendation! 🙂

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