As a professional writer, I love to update myself on writing techniques, publishing opportunities, and news in the writing world. But, as a busy writer, I usually don’t have time. That’s why I was thrilled a couple of years ago, to come across the world of podcasts and websites airing podcasts specifically for writers. Now, when I’m in the car, waiting for an interviewee to show up, or on an international trip, listening to podcasts is a great way to not only spend my time, but learn and grow as a writer while I’m listening. There are hundreds of sites offering podcasts useful for writers but these five have some of the best writing podcasts out there.
The Writing Show – For any writer delving into the world of writing podcasts for the first time, you can’t go wrong starting out with The Writing Show. As the title suggests, on this podcast website, you’ll learn just about everything there is to know about writing. From popular subjects like how to write a successful Hollywood screenplay or how to get published, to more specialized (and sometimes odd) subjects like writing a graphic novel and writing Irish crime fiction.
The Writing Show has hundreds of podcasts for writers, with archives of more than six years of shows. Start out here, and it’ll probably be a year before you emerge to go on to others in my list of Top Five Podcasts For Writers.
Grammar Girl – Now, as a writer, I have to admit I’m not always the world’s best grammarian. That’s why I love listening to podcasts at Grammar Girl. Run by Mignon Fogarty, Grammar Girl approaches grammar topics like Active Voice vs Passive Voice, Lay vs Lie, and my all-time bugbear Think Different vs Think Differently (we all have Apple to blame for that abomination). She gives what she calls ‘Quick and Dirty Tips’, that are helpful, smart and get right to the point.
Grammar Girl’s podcasts are downloadable and, as short as 5-10 minutes, they’re a wonderful quick way to bone up on your grammar.
Performancing – If you’re a writer who’s main writing is done on a blog, you’ll love Performancing’s podcasts. Blogs are fun to write but can be hell when it comes to figuring out how to write an interesting blog post and, even more frustrating, how to get traffic to your blog. That’s where Performancing’s podcasts come in. With subjects like how to use WordPress to its maximum benefit, coverage of BlogWorld Expos,or how to effortlessly make money blogging, every blogger will find useful stuff here.
Performancing also has its own blog, with extra written information vital for bloggers who want to make it big. So, once you’ve finished with the podcasts, don’t forget to check that out too.
Meet The Writers – I love listening to interviews with writers who’ve ‘made it’, that’s why Barnes & Noble’s ‘Meet The Writers’ series is such a joy for me. With podcasts of interviews with luminaries such as Garrison Keilor, Richard Ford and Neil Gaiman, if you want to know how other writers have become successful, this is a must-listen site.
Just read the Barnes & Noble list of writers and click on any name with an audio symbol next to it. There’s a fabulous podcast waiting for you.
Writers on Writing – When I lived in California, I used to listen to this radio show religiously, so was delighted to discover it online with every show from the past archived in a podcast. Hosted by author Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, Writers on Writing features everything from interviews with authors of fiction, poetry and screenplays to style and voice.
DeMarco-Barrett recently moved her podcast archives here, but start out on the main page of Writers on Writing first, then migrate.
The Writing Show
Meet The Writers – Barnes and Noble
Writers on Writing