Podcasts are a great way for busy writers to keep up with trends and techniques needed to perfect their craft and get ahead in the competitive writer’s market. Whether you are a newcomer to the field or an old pro, there is always something new to learn. A glance through the many online podcasts available for writers can be a bit overwhelming. What are some of the best podcasts for writers?
GrammarGirl. If you are a language arts guru, you may not need the technical tips and high school English class refreshers offered by this podcast–but, if you are like many writers, sometimes you could use a little help beyond the word processing program’s grammar checker. If grammar and word usage sometimes bogs down your writing flow, the Grammar Girl podcast available from Quick and Dirty Tips.com is there to set you back on track. The short podcasts discuss a range of grammar topics from confusing word usage to apostrophes. The podcasts are available through an RSS feed or as a free download via iTunes.
I Should be Writing. The I Should be Writing podcast is described by creator Mur Lafferty as “a podcast for the wanna-be writer”, but offers benefits to more seasoned pros as well. The podcast covers a variety of writing, editing and publishing insights that Mur Lafferty has gained throughout her career, along with author and industry expert interviews, and feedback to help an author or freelancer approach or find success in a writing career. Listeners can subscribe to the site’s Podcast feed or listen to individual episodes via iTunes.
The Creative Penn. Note the two “n’s” on Penn-as there is a similar website online as well. In the Creative Penn podcasts, Joanna Penn covers weekly topics ranging from writing tips and techniques through internet selling for book writers. Visits from guests and interviews take listeners through a variety of valuable writing related subjects. Podcasts are available for subscription feeds and as individual downloads on the author’s website.
For those involved in the ever changing world of freelance writing, the Freelance Radio podcasts offered by Freelance Switch served up some much needed information and insights. While this podcast bid its farewell in August, 2010, the archives are still available from iTunes and are well worth your time for a listen.
The Writing Show. Listen as Author Paula Berinstein addresses a number of writing themed topics. From screenwriting to weekly column writing-and inspiration for anything in between, guest experts are interviewed to offer the most knowledge on a given subject of interest. Podcasts are available to download from the site or via iTunes.
Even seasoned professionals require a refresher or a little reassurance sometimes. Take advantage of spare time or time set aside for podcasts to expand your writing knowledge–and learn some tried and true tips and tricks about the business from some of the top professionals in the field.