I admit it: I really love listening to good podcasts. I was hooked on the medium long before I started doing my own podcast; I’ve really grown to appreciate over the years, listening to both fiction and nonfiction podcasts, how much work goes into a really good podcast.

That’s why I’ve pulled together a list of 8 podcasts I can recommend that I think are worth your time and attention as a writer. I haven’t listened to each episode of each podcast (that would be like eating every chocolate-covered cherry in every box, in every case and pallet in a candy factory truck), but I know what I like and at least 1 of these 8 podcasts is the right one for you wherever you are in your writing career.

The Mechanics:

grammargirlGrammar Girl. Everybody needs a little grammatical tune-up from time to time, and Grammar Girl delivers in (usually less than 10 minute) bites.



writingexcusesWriting Excuses. Want to write amazing fiction? Give Writing Excuses a listen. Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, and Daniel Wells discuss writing techniques in a fast-paced, 15-minute format.


helpingwritersHelping Writers Become Authors. Helping Writers Become Authors provides writers help in summoning inspiration, crafting solid characters, outlining and structuring novels, and polishing prose. Learn how to write a book and edit it into a story agents will buy and readers will love.


Marketing for Writers

novelwritingNovel Marketing Podcast. This is the show for novelists who hate marketing, but still want to become bestselling authors.



authorhangoutThe Author Hangout by Book Marketing Tools – Want to learn the ins and outs of self-publishing? This podcast is for you!



fundingdreamFunding the Dream on Kickstarter Podcast. Thinking about going a third way? Not traditional publishing, not self-publishing, but crowdfunding your next–or first–book, there’s a podcast just for you.

And just for the fun (or what we writers think is fun)…

longformThe Longform Podcast. A weekly conversation with a non-fiction writer about how they got their start and how they tell stories. Co-produced by Longform and The Atavist.


selectedshortsSelected Shorts. It’s time to sit back and listen to a story! This is Public Radio International’s award-winning series of short fiction read by the stars of stage and screen.