Podcasts are more popular than ever. 30% of us now listen to a podcast every month!
No matter what you’re interested in, you’re bound to find a podcast. And if you’re a writer, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
From the craft of writing to marketing your work, you can learn valuable tips to help you succeed further.
We’ve made a list of 15 writing podcasts that are perfect for any writer. Bookmark your favorites for inspiration today!
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Podcasts For Writing Tips
‘The Writer Files’ is a podcast that explores the creative habits of writers. It’s hosted by Kelton Reid, who interviews renowned writers to find out how they stay productive and avoid the dreaded writer’s block.
From crime novelists and journalists to poets and TV writers, Reid speaks to writers from a wide range of genres. If you’re interested in the science behind writing, this is the podcast for you!
Where to listen: You can listen to episodes of ‘The Writer Files’ on Apple Podcasts, TuneIn, Stitcher, Google Play, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.
‘Fifteen minutes long, because you’re in a hurry, and we’re not that smart.’ So runs the tagline of this bite-size writing podcast, which aims to help writers of all genres hone their craft and, ultimately, write better.
‘Writing Excuses’ airs weekly, with masterclass-style episodes that feature quick tips on how to boost your technique. It’s currently in its twelfth season, which means there’s a big archive if you can’t wait a week for their next episode.
Where to listen: You can download episodes on the ‘Writing Excuses’ website or subscribe to Apple Play or Android.
Award-winning thriller author Joanna Penn is behind ‘The Creative Penn’, a writing podcast that posts a new episode every Monday.
Penn covers every step of the writing journey, from starting a book to marketing the finished copy. This podcast is an excellent choice for those of us who want to learn more about the commercial aspects of writing.
Where to listen: Subscribe on RSS, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Android, Stitcher, Spotify, or YouTube. Alternatively, find the podcasts and transcripts on ‘The Creative Penn’ website.
This award-winning writing podcast aims to make you a better and more successful writer. It has easy to digest information, with advice on everything from grammar and punctuation to personal style.
The Grammar Girl herself is Mignon Fogarty, a writer who’s appeared both on TV and American bestseller lists. In her podcast, she interviews experts on the history of phrases, busts grammar myths, and discusses her favorite words.
Where to listen: Listen to ‘Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing’ on all major podcast apps: Amazon Echo, Apple Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, PodChaser, and PodBean.
‘Helping Writers Become Authors’ is hosted by the award-winning writer K.M Weiland. His practical tips are great for honing your skills and helping you find your voice.
Aimed at aspiring novelists, this writing podcast will help you turn your ideas into drafts. It covers topics such as character development, structuring stories, and polishing your prose.
Where to listen: You can find every episode (over 500 of them!) on the ‘Helping Writers Become Authors’ Website or subscribe to its RSS feed.
Podcasts About Making More Money As A Writer
Hosted by Kirsten Oliphant, ‘Create If Writing’ is the writing podcast for people who love writing but hate self-promotion. Kirsten’s goal is to help writers make a living from doing what they love, without being ‘smarmy’ when building a platform.
Episodes include how to build communities on social media, how to launch your book, and how to change track when your first idea fails.
Where to listen: Subscribe to ‘Create If Writing’ via Apple Podcasts, listen on YouTube, or find it on your favorite podcast app.
The ‘ProBlogger’ podcast, as its name suggests, aims to help its listeners become better bloggers. It’s hosted by Darren Howse, an Australian blogger, speaker, and entrepreneur.
If you want to boost your blog, you’ll find useful tips in this writing podcast. Whether you’re just starting a blog or looking to evolve it, Howse explains how you can optimize your platform and earn more money from your writing.
Where to listen: Listen to the ‘ProBlogger’ podcast by subscribing with iTunes, Stitcher, or RSS.
This is the podcast for anyone interested in self-publishing their work. Bestselling author Mark Dawson hosts the show alongside writer James Batch, where they discuss all things related to the world of indie publishing.
No matter what stage of your career you’re at, you could benefit from their weekly inspirational (and educational) episodes. The pair interviews both self-published stars and those who have made it big with traditional publishing. Also, listen out for Dawson’s masterclasses, where he delves into topics such as how to build a mailing list.
Where to listen: Find episodes of ‘The Self Publishing Show’ on its website or listen on iTunes, Stitcher, or YouTube. Make sure to subscribe via Google Play or the App Store!
Podcasts With Publishing Tips
‘The Manuscript Academy’ claims to be reinventing the writing conference for the digital age. You have to pay for its world-class consultations – but its brilliant podcast is absolutely free.
Literary agent Jessica Sinsheimer masterminds the Academy. Her podcast features interviews with other top agents and editors, as well as how-to writing tips.
Sinsheimer also accepts 1-page writing submissions, which have the chance of winning feedback on the podcast. Listen out for the advice she gives to our fellow writers and remember her tips for yourself!
Where to listen: ‘The Manuscript Academy’ podcast is available on Soundcloud and iTunes.
If you are interested in self-publishing, but not sure where to start? The folks at Reedsy – a digital platform that unites authors and freelance publishers in the UK – will demystify the industry for you.
If you’re an aspiring author who thinks that self-publishing could be the route for you, you’ll find valuable advice in this writing podcast. Reedsy covers everything from writing kids’ fiction to standing out in the self-publishing marketplace.
Where to listen: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts. Alternatively, copy the URL that’s listed on the Reedsy website into your favorite podcast app.
The ‘Novel Marketing Podcast’ is hosted by Thomas Umstattd Jr., who has over a decade’s experience in publishing. As an author, literary agent, and marketing director, he knows what it takes to succeed in the industry – and shares his tips with us in this podcast.
In his weekly episodes, Umstattd interviews other industry experts on topics such as blogging, selling books, and even how to start running your writing podcast!
Where to listen: The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, TuneIn, Stitcher, Pandora, RSS, and Android. You can also subscribe via email.
Podcasts To Inspire Writers
Bestselling author Linda Sivertsen (or ‘Book Mama’ as she’s also professionally known) aims to capture ‘the magic and mayhem of authoring and publishing books.’ Her monthly podcast features deep conversations with big names such as Cheryl Strayed, Elizabeth Gilbert, Deepak Chopra, and even Tom Hanks!
Expect chat on everything from publishing deals to discovering your creativity. This podcast will give you the courage to pursue your writing dream, thanks to its inspiring mix of advice and encouragement.
Where to listen: Subscribe to ‘The Beautiful Writers Podcast’ through iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and iHeartRADIO. If you’re planning on taking a trip soon, you can even listen via American Airlines!
‘StoryCorps’ is a podcast with a difference. Rather than having regular hosts, each week features a different pair of people as they sit down to have an unscripted conversation.
Couples, best friends, family members, strangers – these episodes deal with nothing less than the things that make us human. Listen in and allow yourself to be inspired by the experiences of others.
This is also an excellent choice for writers who struggle writing dialogue. The conversations here will help attune you to the rhythms of natural speech, making it easier for you to write convincing dialogue for your characters.
Where to listen: ‘StoryCorps’ is available on NPR One, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Spotify, and RSS.
The science fiction writer Mur Lafferty hosts this award-winning podcast. Launched in 2005, it deals with the ’emotional roadblocks’ that can crop up in a writing career.
Lafferty covers topics such as self-doubt, creative stoppages, and the pitfalls of comparing yourself to other writers. His relatable content is more personal than many other podcasts. He’s honest about his struggles with productivity and reminds us that it’s normal to tackle writer’s blog from time to time. He is right there, helping us find our way out.
Where to listen: Find ‘I Should Be Writing’ on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, TuneIn, Android, or RSS. You can also subscribe via email.
Sponsored by the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh, the ‘Longform’ writing podcast is hosted by Aaron Lammer, Max Linsky, and Evan Ratliff.
In each weekly episode, we hear from a different showcased writer. From Pulitzer prize-winners to New York Times columnists, these writers talk about how they approach the challenge of telling non-fiction stories.
If you’re interested in hearing about the creative process behind some of your favorite non-fiction, tune in to ‘Longform’. It’s the perfect place for freelance journalists who might find that other podcasts are mainly targeted at novelists.
Where to listen: Subscribe to the ‘Longform’ podcast via the iTunes store, or find it on Spotify, Pocket Casts, Stitcher or Overcast.
Queue Up Your Favourite Podcast
I hope this list of 15 writing podcasts has inspired you. Whether you’re looking to banish writer’s block, find out how to monetize your craft, or learn from your favorite writers, you’re sure to find something to tune into here.
Do you have a favourite writing podcast? Let us know what your top picks are in the comments!