How to improve your writing skills by listening to podcasts on writing

Listening to writing podcasts

Do you want to improve your writing skills but don’t have enough time to read blogs or books on writing? I certainly know how you feel. Sometimes, it’s hard to find enough time to write, much less stay up to date on the ever-changing publishing industry, marketing techniques, and writing tips.

Here’s the solution: Listen to some of the increasing number of writing podcasts. You can listen to writing advice or industry news on your way to work, while you exercise, do laundry, or clean your house. Podcasts are an excellent way to turn wasted time into a learning experience, so I put together a list of 33 writing podcasts that you might want to check out.

The Author Biz Podcast

A weekly podcast hosted by Stephen Campbell, intended for writers of all types, covering the craft and the business of writing.

The Author Hangout

Weekly interviews with marketing experts. Each interview is recorded live, and the audience gets to ask questions. You can watch the video or listen to the podcast version.

Buddy’s Writing Show

Buddy Gott is interviewing writers, asking them about their writing process. There’s also a YouTube channel if you prefer the video format.

The Business of Writing Today

Host Peggy Dekay offers interviews and advice about self-publishing, marketing, and the business of writing.

The Creative Penn Podcast

Author and entrepreneur Joanna Penn offers bi-weekly interviews and information on writing, publishing and self-publishing, marketing, and creative entrepreneurship. You might want to also check out her helpful website and blog.

The Dead Robots’ Society Podcast

Justin Macumber and his co-hosts cover topics ranging from writing tips and industry news to book reviews and author interviews.

Fiction School Podcast

Three award-winning authors and writing professors—Jody Gehrman, Baker Lawley, Tommy Zurhellen—cover all aspects on writing and promotion your work.

Firsts in Fiction Podcast

Aaron D. Gansky and his guests discuss all aspects of writing, e.g., trends in fiction, internal conflict, character archetypes, etc. There’s also a YouTube channel if you prefer to watch the video.

Grammar Girl

Mignon Fogarty a.k.a. Grammar Girl presents short episodes on grammar issues, for example lay vs. lie.

Helping Writers Become Authors Podcast

K.M. Weiland offers advice on characterization, plotting, and the most common writing mistakes among many other things. She offers also a written version of each podcast. Make sure you also check out her helpful blog.

Hide and Create

Hosts Jordan Ellinger, Joshua Essoe, Debbie Viguié, and Michael J. Sullivan discuss all aspects of the writing craft and also give advice on marketing.

Inside Creative Writing

In this weekly podcast, host Brad Reed discusses craft and techniques for writers of fiction and creative nonfiction.

I Should Be Writing

Writer Mur Lafferty shares some craft information but mostly focuses on the ups and downs of an aspiring writer, how to deal with self-doubts, become more productive, etc.

Kobo Writing Life Podcast

Interviews and discussions about writing with well-known fiction and nonfiction authors such as Kathy Reichs and Hugh Howey.

The Narrrative Breakdown

Editor Cheryl B. Klein and James Monohan and other guest co-hosts discuss storytelling tips and techniques of interest to any writer.

Newbie Writer’s Podcast

There are 155 weekly episodes so far, hosted by Damien & Catharine Bramkamp, covering all aspects of writing, from platform building to writing a book in a weekend.

Novel Marketing

Bestselling writer James L. Rubart and Author Media CEO Thomas Umstattd talk about how to build an author platform and market your book. Each episode is usually 15-20 minutes long.

Odyssey Podcasts

These podcasts are excerpts from lectures given at the Odyssey Writing Workshop, mostly geared toward writers of science fiction and fantasy, but helpful to all other fiction writers as well.

The Portfolio Life

In this weekly podcast, Jeff Goins and his guests discuss the writing life. You might also want to subscribe to his excellent blog.

Rocking Self-Publishing

Simon Whistler interviews top self-published authors, talking about their success stories. A new interview is posted every Thursday.

Roundtable Podcast

Hosts Dave Robison and Brion Humphrey invite writers to share their story ideas and then everyone chines in, asking questions, pointing out problems, dissecting plot and characters, and finding solutions.

Savvy Self-Publishing Podcast

Full-time indie author Lindsay Buroker gives advice about writing, self-publishing, and promotion. There hasn’t been a new episode since 2012, but most of the information is still interesting today.

The Secrets

Bestselling author Micheal A. Stackpole talked about the secrets of succeeding as a fiction writer, from getting ideas to plotting to marketing and the future of publishing. Hasn’t been updated since 2008, but the advice still holds true.

The Self-Publishing Podcast

Indie authors Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant, and David W. Wright and their guests talk about every aspect of self-publishing. A lot of what they talk about is also helpful for traditionally published authors. Their podcast comes with a language warning, though.

Self-Publishing Roundtable

The hosts vary, but they’re always indie authors interviewing fellow indie authors, talking about marketing techniques and writing in specific genres. If you prefer the video version, check out the YouTube channel.


This podcast, hosted by authors Gregory A. Wilson and Bradley P. Beaulieu, features podcasts that consist of three episodes each. The hosts review a book in episode 1, interview the author in episode 2, and discuss writing techniques using that book as an example in episode 3.

The Story Board

Host Patrick Rothfuss, an award-winning fantasy author, and his guests discuss writing in a Google+ Hangout, so there’s video too. A new episode goes live every first Thursday of the month.

This is Your Life

Michael Hyatt’s weekly podcast on platform-building and productivity. He doesn’t discuss writing, but topics such as overcoming resistance, developing more discipline, how to build your e-mail list, etc., could still be helpful to writers.

Write For Your Life

A weekly podcast about writing, copywriting, reading, and the publishing industry, hosted by Iain Broome and Donna Sørensen. Write for Your Life is part of the 5by5 network, currently airing its third season.

The Writing Coach

Kevin T. Johns talks to publishers, editors, authors, and publishing experts. So far, there are just three episodes, but it might still be worth checking out.

Writing Excuses

Authors Brandon Sanderson, Daniel Wells, Howard Tayler, and Mary Robinette Kowal talk about fiction-writing techniques. Each episode is about 15 minutes long because, as they say, “you’re in a hurry, and we’re not that smart.”

The Writing Show

Host Paula Berinstein offers craft advice, interviews, and inspiration for all kinds of writers, including a “slush pile workshop.” No longer updated, but you can still find the episodes online.

The Writing University Podcast

The Virtual Writing University offers advice for fiction and nonfiction writers, for example on writing dialogue and description or on researching nonfiction.

Did I miss a podcast that could be of interest to writers?
Which are your favorite writing podcasts?
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Happy listening, everyone.

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