20 Inspiring Writing Podcasts to Subscribe to Right Now

20 Inspiring Writing Podcasts to Subscribe to Right Now

In the last few years podcasts have exploded in worldwide popularity.

From celebrities like Anna Faris to your 15-year-old nephew, everyone seems to have a podcast.

Still, there’s a reason podcasts are so popular. Their versatility, accessibility and ability to transport, educate and empower is hard to beat.

For writers looking to bust writer’s block, hone their craft or spice up a boring commute, there’s no shortage of podcasts from amateurs and experts alike. Here, we’ve compiled 20 writing-related podcasts worth subscribing to.

But writer beware: You might find yourself binge-listening for hours.

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Every writer looking to improve their knowledge of the English language should bookmark this podcast. With helpful and insightful tips on grammar and storytelling, Mignon Fogarty’s podcast is sure to help you improve your writing skills.

A great place to start: The most popular episode from this podcast is “.” Take a listen to a fun history lesson in a more recent podcast titled

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Hosted by Kelton Reid, The Writer Files is a long-running podcast that delves deep into habits and habitats of famed writers. Reid interviews writers from a broad spectrum, giving each listener a chance to see into the mind of an accomplished wordsmith within their genre or interest.

A great place to start: One of Reid’s biggest interviews was with best-selling author Douglas Coupland, titled “.” Take a listen to a fascinating episode titled

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This National Public Radio (NPR) program discusses language examined through the lens of history, culture and family. The podcast is rich with detail and exciting storytelling, and typically runs for about an hour.

A great place to start: A fun episode from October 2013, “” looks at some poorly written query letters, and much more. In a more recent episode “” shares writing advice from Mark Twain, and the origin story of words including polka, smarmy and bully pulpit.

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Writing Excuses is hosted by four writers who provide quick tips for writing techniques. This fast-paced podcast runs about 15 minutes per episode, with the fun tagline “Fifteen minutes long, because you’re in a hurry, and we’re not that smart”.

A great place to start: A relevant episode for all writers, “” talks about the concept of breaking into the industry, how to do it and what happens if you have a hard time. In a very practical episode titled “,” the four writers share their favorite writing software.

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This award-winning podcast is hosted by the always honest Mur Lafferty. Length varies, but episodes typically feature an interview with an author who has a new book. The episodes often provide encouragement to “would-be” writers to believe in themselves and get writing.

A great place to start: An honest and vulnerable episode titled “” is one all writers should take a listen to: Lafferty opens up about her own fears and failures. In “?” She answers the age old question.

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Dead Robots’ Society is a fun podcast by aspiring writers, for aspiring writers. Inspired by Mur Lafferty’s podcast, the hosts share writing insights typically related to writing novels.

A great place to start: The hosts talk about writing excellent short fiction in the episode, “.” In a more recent episode Terry and Paul discuss the unique topic of “,” bringing characters to life by creating dialogue that is not grammatically correct.

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Well-known author Jeff Goins hosts this podcast about life, collective work and artistry. Goins is known for his inspirational messages, and his podcast is no different. This podcast is all about finding what you were born to do, and getting started creating a portfolio of your dreams.

A great place to start: In an inspirational episode, Goins talks about “.” Goins discusses his own passion-focused experiment and how it worked out for him. In a more recent episode, Goins interviews author Elizabeth Marshall about how to “.”

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Author Joanna Penn covers many topics related to writing, including publishing, developing your craft and where to find inspiration. Penn also interviews many professionals in the field.

A great place to start: Steal publishing secrets from Penn’s interview with successful indie author Dean Crawford, “.” Another episode titled “” offers tips on writing with energy.

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This podcast is hosted by two writers, veteran author Shawn Coyne and amateur writer Tim Grahl. Their goal? Help writers create great stories. The twist? These hosts put their own work up for critique. Coyne also offers many practical tools to help writers craft a story that works.

A great place to start: ,” where Coyne critiques the first scene in Grahl’s novel. They also discuss some literary greats, including Ernest Hemingway and Agatha Christie. In “,” the authors discuss what to do after crafting your initial draft using their story spreadsheet.

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Beautiful Writers Podcast features conversations with some of the most well-recognized writers in the world. Host and writer Linda Sivertsen interviews best-selling authors Elizabeth Gilbert, Rob Bell, Glennon Doyle Melton, and Brene Brown. Episodes are typically in-depth and include personal anecdotes from creatives in the business.

A great place to start: The interview with , where she chats about habits that spark creativity. Expert in inspiring writers, Anne Lamott, shares many nuggets of wisdom in “.”

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In this NPR podcast, hosts gather stories from Americans across the country. Although not a traditional podcast for writers, this podcast offers inspiration for excellent storytelling.

A great place to start: Two people share their experiences with two separate hostage situations that had very different endings, in the episode “.” A popular episode from 2016 was re-released in 2017, titled “,” this story explores the relationship between a husband who likes to wear women’s clothes, and his wife who has stood by him for four decades.

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In host Damian Barr’s The Literary Salon, authors read excerpts from their books — all in front of a live audience in glamorous locations.

A great place to start: In a popular episode, reads from her bestselling book, Me After You. “” is interviewed in the Lancaster Ballroom at the Savoy Hotel about his sophisticated novel A Gentleman In Moscow.

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Award-winning author K.M. Weiland hosts this podcast that offers mentorship and advice to aspiring writers hoping to publish their own novel someday. Weiland offers practical advice on many topics related to storytelling and story structure.

A great place to start:” is a practical podcast chock-full of helpful advice. Weiland shares how to write powerful scene arts in “.”

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Self-Publishing Podcast is an interesting and informative show for anyone interested in the world of self-publishing. The hosts share personal stories along with practical tips.

A great place to start: ” covers a writing niche that’s not talked about much. A helpful episode titled “” is relevant to many.

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Bestselling author Gretchen Rubin hosts a podcast on ways to practice happiness and how to find a more fulfilling everyday life. Although this podcast isn’t specifically for writers, it features many well-known bestsellers who share helpful habits that have made them successful. It also includes co-host Elizabeth Craft, Gretchen’s sister, a TV writer living in Los Angeles.

A great place to start: A fun and light-hearted is offbeat and amusing. In “,” Gretchen shares a two-minute mini-podcast on success.

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In this Hugo Award Finalist, veteran podcaster Mur Lafferty and co-host Matt Wallace offer advice to writers with deadlines. The purpose of Ditch Diggers isn’t to offer information on honing the writer’s craft, but on pressing through tough deadlines and helping writers pay their bills through writing.

A great place to start: Spend an afternoon with “.” In this movie-length podcast, Mur and Matt discuss many hot button topics related to writing and earning an income from your craft, and major “no-nos” in the writing industry. In a fun interview with Lexi Alexander the hosts and Lexi discuss “

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A podcast hosted by aspiring novelist and screenwriter Ben Hess. Story Geometry features interviews with industry experts on their craft and the community of writing. Although this podcast isn’t updated regularly, there’s plenty of exciting content in the archives.

A great place to start: One of the intriguing podcasts titled “,” an interview with a 90-year-old debut author who was stationed in six countries while raising three children with her CIA Agent husband. Take a listen to “,” where Hess interviews three authors on writing about sex.

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This podcast hosted by Jeff Rutherford feels almost like an online book club. Rutherford interviews the author of a particular book in each episode, and also discusses the author’s writing habits and their inspiration. Readers can engage by calling and leaving a voicemail for Rutherford.

A great place to start: An interview with best-selling author “,” an interview with urban fantasy novelist “.”

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A podcast about creative writing and literature, hosted by writer and literary reviewer John King. The purpose of this podcast is to discuss the writing life and foster a sense of community amongst writers.

A great place to start: Listen to an interview with the sophisticated poet and novelist “.” Or, take a listen to the episode “,” where John sits down with some literary friends to drink and discuss writing and literature.

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Hosted by the mega-popular Nerdist platform, The Writers Panel features interviews with the hottest writers in a variety of genres, from TV, film, fiction, comic books and more.

A great place to start: An interview with creators of both Fargo and HBO’s The Leftovers titled “.” Or take a listen to an interview with the executive producer and creator of the mega-hit “.”

Your turn: What are your favorite podcasts for inspiration or writing tips?

This post originally ran in December 2015. We updated it in August 2017.

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71 comments

  • Diana Osberg says:

    Sometimes I find that podcasts are a lot of fluff without much substance. Not so for this Visual Mindscape screenwriting podcast with award-winning screenwriter Bill Boyle, hosted by the International Screenwriters Association (ISA): . Bill provides lots of excellent tips for writing your screenplay in a more powerful, visceral way, and it’s free!

    • Brianna Bell says:

      Thanks for the great suggestion, I have not heard of that one yet.

      This list has something for everyone. Some light hearted posts, some very hard hitting, others that will really get your inspirational juices flowing.

  • Lukas B. says:

    I would definitely mention The Writer Files at Rainmaker.fm with Kelton Reid who interviews different types of renowned writers (e.g. recently J. Goins or J. Penn of your list).

  • Randy says:

    Helping Writers become Authors by KM Weiland is one the best podcasts I’ve listened to.

  • Podcasts are a fantastic way to gain new skills and perspectives for your writing. They can also help you to keep up with the latest industry news and trends. Thank you for the share.

  • Thanks for the list. It gives me something to listen to the next couple of days I’ll spend scooping snow.

    Writing Excuses is by far my favorite. I love the format, and with only fifteen minutes, they get right to the point.

  • Dorit Sasson says:

    This is a great list – thanks for sharing! I’m definitely going to have a listen and I agree with the “no-fluff” comment.

    I interview “no-fluff” authors and teachers of writing for my podcast, “Giving Voice to Your Courage” — with the theme of courage in mind. In the past I’ve interview Julia Cameron of The Artist’s Way as well:

    Here’s the archive:

  • Ben Hess says:

    Thanks for the list Brianna! And I need to add the amazing Story Geometry podcast hosted by a filmmaker / aspiring novelist (me 🙂 in partnership with Pam Houston’s literary non-profit Writing by Writers. We launched in August and are 7 episodes in to our Season One. Thanks for giving it a listen!

  • Gethin Morgan says:

    I’d have to add the authorstrong podcast to this list, and unlike all the others … its daily!

  • Cecil Wade says:

    I’ll second the “Helping Writers Become Authors” recommendation, and add two others that I think are excellent: 1) “The Writership Podcast” and 2) “Writer 2.0”

  • Kim says:

    Very helpful. Thanks.

  • Kim says:

    I’d add Ben Hess’ Story Geometry mentioned above. Thus far, it features many of the great writers teaching at Pam Houston’s Writing by Writers workshops. Good stuff. Also, for years, I’ve listened to Barbara DeMarco Barrett’s Writers on Writing. Not a podcast, first and foremost, but a radio show that’s aired for 15-some years at KUCI 88.9 FM. Check out the extensive archives.

  • Dan Thompson says:

    Another couple I enjoy are:

    The Rocking Self-Publishing Podcast () with interviews of successful self-published authors.

    Ditch Diggers () where Mur Lafferty and Matt Wallace talk about writing as gritty job, i.e. less listening to your muse and more digging a ditch.

  • Great list, Brianna. Thanks so much! And I’ll cast another vote for Story Geometry where Ben Hess weaves the words and craft of writers like Steve Almond, Ron Carlson, Lidia Yuknavitch, and Pam Houston into inspiring podcasts. A great place to start: Episode 1–you don’t want to miss any of it!

  • Renee says:

    Great list. Thanks for compiling it. I have been adding episodes like crazy! I would also add So you want to be a writer an Aussie Podcast by two fantastic writers Allison Tait and Valerie Khoo. They talk about writing, blogging and freelancing as well as interviewing writers, agents and other industry experts.

    • Gayle says:

      I agree. So You Want to be a Writer is my favourite podcast, full stop. Definitely a must for all writers especially for author interviews.

  • Dana Craig says:

    There are so many to choose from – thanks for compiling this list, Brianna! Like Renee, I’m a big fan of “So You Want to Be a Writer” – actionable, practical advice served up in a friendly environment.

    For a “deep dive” into the craft of writing, I’d recommend “Story Geometry”, mentioned above. It talks about the art of storytelling and how to weave that throughout the prose. And then if you’re wondering about the reality of making a business out of writing, that’s covered too.

  • leonie wise says:

    I have been really enjoying In Her Room featuring women writers from around the world. Some beautiful conversations where I often find myself talking to the podcast, or just nodding along with something that has been said.

    Thanks for this list. I now have some new ones to try out!

  • RK Ryde says:

    Fantastic List.

    I listen to a few of those podcast – my favourite being The Creative Penn by Joanna Penn. I also enjoy The Rocking Self Publishing podcast, The Worried Writer and a new one I’ve just started listening to is Elizabeth Gilbert’s podcast, based on her new book, Magic Lessons.

  • James says:

    Thanks for mentioning The Narrative Breakdown, Brianna! We just posted episode #60, on writing quality dialogue.

  • This is fabulous. Thank you!

  • I’m surprised you haven’t mentioned The Writing Show. Deep archives, deep data.

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  • Ed Gandia and Ray Edwards both have writing related podcasts that are a wealth of information, especially if you’re doing copywriting or content marketing writing.

  • Kim Smith says:

    Great list – may I suggest, – I interview authors of all genres to see how they did it.

  • Gessie says:

    Your Creative Life Podcast with Vanessa Carnevale is my favorite. Really inspiring for writers!

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