The quality, diversity, and popularity of podcasts have grown exponentially over the last several years. No longer a niche market for true crime addicts or news junkies, it is now the sheer variety of audio content available that many find overwhelming. You might already know this if you’ve searched for writing podcasts on your platform of choice. There are lots to choose from! And although plenty of them makes for excellent and helpful listening, it can still be a bit tricky to know where to start. Here’s a selection of some of our top choices that can help you use your downtime (or procrastination time) to get inspired, improve your writing, or learn something new about our beloved English language.
We’ve mentioned Mignon Fogarty before on the blog, and that’s because the original Grammar Girl knows how to serve up bite-sized writing tips complemented with a side of English language history. For anyone who loves getting into the nitty-gritty of etymology and language knowledge while improving their writing skills, this is not one to miss! For 13 minutes well spent, check out the episode “Top Ten Grammar Myths” to ensure you’re not among those spreading them.
National Public Radio is always a safe bet for quality audio programming, and this deep dive exploration into the English language fits the bill. With all the storytelling prowess you’ve come to expect from NPR, A Way With Words offers lively conversations about the language of current events, new words and slang, semantics and other writerly topics. These episodes tend to run for about an hour, so make yourself a cup of tea and dive into a vivid portrait of Civil War Letter with the episode, “Hidden Treasures.”
Shouldn’t we all? But when you need a break, check out this award-winning podcast with acclaimed host Mur Lafferty. Offering plenty of encouragement for writers at stages of their career, Lafferty typically interviews an author who has a new book. Maybe you are looking for a midweek pick-me-up after a particularly disheartening rejection? Listen to “What does “No” mean?” and get some perspective on why rejection in the publishing industry might not be a hard-stop.
A catch-all offering for those looking to fine-tune their craft and get a deeper understanding of publishing tips and trends, hosted by Joanna Penn, The Creative Penn Podcast provides plenty of food for thought. Here you’ll get the inside scoop thanks to interviews with many professionals in the field. Scroll the episode titles for a topic that speaks to your current needs, or start with how to Turn Your Author Failures, Setbacks, and Mistakes Into Success.
The Drunken Odyssey with John King are you feeling a little lonely as you toil away on your writing projects at home? Join writer and literary reviewer John King as he discusses the craft with those who know the writing life well and understand what it takes to develop a sense of community amongst writers. Check out this recent episode with Lily Brooks-Dalton about the experience of having her novel adapted into a prominent Netflix flick.
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