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Inspiring Podcasts for Writers to Help You Learn and Improve

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Podcasts are fast becoming one of the most popular ways to learn. It seems like everyone with a computer and a microphone these days is starting a podcast! We love them too—it's a great way to stay inspired and creative while also folding laundry, doing DIY, or walking the dog.

If you are a writer, there is no shortage of podcasts for you. Here are our favorites to help improve your writing technique and style, guide you through self-publishing and marketing, and inspire you to rededicate yourself to the craft.

Happy writing!

Contents:
  1. 1: I Should Be Writing
  2. 2: The Creative Penn Podcast
  3. 3: The Bestseller Experiment Podcast
  4. 4: Creative Writing Career Podcast
  5. 5: The Book Marketing Show with Dave Chesson
  6. 6: Reading and Writing Podcast
  7. 7: Grammar Girl
  8. 8: Write Now with Sarah Werner
  9. 9: Helping Writers Become Authors (K.M. Weiland)
  10. 10: The Self Publishing Show (Mark Dawson and James Blatch)
  11. 11: Writer 2.0 with A.C. Fuller
  12. 12: Ann Kroeker, Writing Coach
  13. 13: The Very Serious Writing Show
  14. 14: 10 Minute Writer's Workshop
  15. 15: Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert
  16. 16: Longform
  17. 17: Write-Minded Podcast
  18. 18: Goins, Writer: Embracing the Discipline to Write Your Book

1: I Should Be Writing

Award-winning host Mur Lafferty focuses on the emotional roadblocks authors are likely to find in their writing career. He discusses the bumps he has encountered in his own career and interviews many other professional writers.

2: The Creative Penn Podcast

Joanna Penn interviews authors and experts based around a particular topic each week. Her focus is on self-publishing, but she covers a huge range of topics related to this. Some episodes focus on fiction, others look at the process of living a creative life.

3: The Bestseller Experiment Podcast

Could you write and publish a Bestseller in one year? That’s exactly what Mark Stay and Mark Desvaux, our two crash-test authors, did.

Now it’s your turn! Join the two Marks in their weekly podcast as they talk with leading lights from the publishing industry, million-selling, chart-topping authors who collectively have sold over half a billion books!

Binge over 250 hours of interviews from authors including Michael Connelly, Joanne Harris, Bryan Cranston, Ian Rankin, John Connolly, and more.

4: Creative Writing Career Podcast

There are many ways to make writing your career, and these podcasters can tell you how from personal experience! From Pixar scripts to dialogue for the Game of Thrones video game, these writers not only know the craft, they know how to get jobs that utilize their writing skills, and not in the most obvious way.

5: The Book Marketing Show with Dave Chesson

This podcast deploys the best tactics and strategies to help you sell more books! Listen to from experts in the self-publishing industry talk about how to publish your books.

6: Reading and Writing Podcast

Sometimes there is no better impetus to write than inspiration from those you admire. Hear these fascinating interviews and let them spur you to content creation!

7: Grammar Girl

Just like any profession, writing requires brushing up on technique every once in a while. Even though grammar is not always considered the most fun or creative aspect of writing, this engaging podcast will help you remember just how important those tools are.

8: Write Now with Sarah Werner

Sarah Werner knows the ins and outs of technology and how it intersects a career in writing. In this podcast Sarah not only shares her knowledge with you, but helps you practice good writing habits every day. Like writing therapy, but in a podcast!

9: Helping Writers Become Authors (K.M. Weiland)

Author K.M. Weiland offers fantastic, detailed advice on the craft of writing fiction on her blog. The posts/episodes cover broad topics about writing/creativity like "6 Lifestyle Changes You Can Make to Protect Creativity" and specific ones like "Tips for How to Choose the Right Sentences".

If you like podcasts that are focused on giving focused, actionable advice, rather than ones that are more like hanging out with writers as they chat, then K.M.’s is a great option for you.

10: The Self Publishing Show (Mark Dawson and James Blatch)

On this podcast, bestselling author Mark Dawson and his co-host James talk to authors and experts about self-publishing and marketing. Each episode has both video and audio, and the focus is always on drawing out lots of information from interviewees.

11: Writer 2.0 with A.C. Fuller

Journalism is not dead! Fuller interviews writers of many kinds on this podcast, but writers with journalistic aspirations will find this show particularly insightful.

12: Ann Kroeker, Writing Coach

Ann wants you to be productive, she wants you to write well but she also wants you to HAVE FUN DOING IT. This podcast is encouragement up the wazoo. If Ann’s positive attitude doesn’t excite you into pursuing your writing dreams, nothing will.

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13: The Very Serious Writing Show

Not serious at all, this show features writers sharing their wisdom on the craft to someone who does not qualify as an expert. These interviews look on the lighter side of a craft that is often taken a little too seriously.

14: 10 Minute Writer's Workshop

Practice makes perfect! Except for when you’re a writer of course. There is always more to be done, more to be learned and edited, and always more to be written. This podcast will help you reinstate practical tools to put your pen to paper. Or fingers to keyboard.

15: Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert

A little unusual, “Magic Lessons” encourages writers to explore their relation to other art forms. Gilbert will inspire you to write, paint, sing, dance – maybe all at the same time! Give her a chance, and watch your creativity blossom.

16: Longform

Here we have a serious podcast featuring in-depth interviews with prominent writers, delving into their most revered works, and the business side of getting them published. Definitely a podcast for the seasoned, serious writer.

17: Write-Minded Podcast

This podcast is for writers craving a unique blend of inspiration and real talk about the ups and downs of the writing life. Hosted by Brooke Warner of She Writes and Grant Faulkner of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), each theme-focused episode of Write-Minded features a pep talk, a green-light moment, and a writing action.

18: Goins, Writer: Embracing the Discipline to Write Your Book

In this podcast, Jeff Goins discusses tips and tricks for learning to love the discipline you need to actually sit down and write your book.

Which writing podcasts do you love? Did we get your favorites or miss out on them? Let us know in the comments!

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Hayley Milliman
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Hayley is thrilled to be ProWritingAid's Content Lead, as it gives her an excuse to think deeply about words every single day. Prior to joining ProWritingAid, Hayley spent a number of years as an elementary school teacher, which was a crash course in learning how to entertain an indifferent audience. These days, she puts her storytelling skills to use writing blog articles and working on her first novel.

When Hayley isn't hunched over her keyboard, you can find her figure skating at the ice rink or hiking with her dog.

She is the co-author of the book Museum Hack's Guide to History's Fiercest Females (which was an Amazon bestseller) and How to Build Your Author Platform on a Shoestring.

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