31+ Writing Podcasts You've GOT to Hear (Best of the Best)

30+ Writing Podcasts You’ve GOT to Hear (Best of 2024)

by Mel Wicks


This post is for writers.

Authors of fiction and non-fiction. Freelancers and copywriters. Bloggers and content creators.

We all need information to help us hone our craft, we all crave inspiration when we’re feeling blocked, and we’re all short on time.

It’s no wonder writing podcasts have exploded in popularity the last few years — they’re convenient, portable, and packed with valuable insights.

But with hundreds of great podcasts for writers to choose from, in niches covering everything from self-publishing to freelancing, which podcasts should you listen to, and where do you even start?

Right here.

Because we’ve done the hard work for you.

We’ve listened to over 80 hours of different episodes from around the world to compile this epic list of the best writing podcasts.

It’s the largest, most-definitive guide of its kind, and we’ve organized it to help you answer the only question that matters:

Which podcasts are right for me?

How to Find Your Perfect Writing Podcasts

To make it as easy as possible to find the best writing podcasts for you and your unique situation, we’ve divided our list into 6 categories:

  1. Making a Living as an Author or Writer
  2. Advice and Support for Freelance Writers and Content Creators
  3. Improving Your Writing Skills
  4. Finding Inspiration, Support, and a Writing Community
  5. Self-Publishing and Book Marketing
  6. The All-Rounders: The Craft, Business, and Process of a Writer’s Life

You can save time by jumping to the podcast category that best fits your needs. Or, dip in and out of a couple of categories to get a feel for content and style before you subscribe to your favorites.

Want to start your own podcast? Check out How to Start a Podcast: No Fluff (Just the Essentials)

Each podcast listing provides you with:

  • A brief introduction on what to expect;
  • Links to all sources where you can listen and/or download episodes;
  • An audience reference guide to judge if this podcast is relevant to you;
  • The reasons why we think you’ll love it;
  • The average length of each show (based on the 10 most recent episodes);
  • A link to a standout episode so you can take the podcast for a quick spin.

Plus, we have a bonus writing podcast at the end. (More on that later.)

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your AirPods and let’s dive in.

#1: Create If Writing Podcast

Writing Podcasts: Create If Writing

Cute name, huh?

Hosted by Kirsten Oliphant, Create If Writing is a weekly podcast for writers and bloggers who want to build an online platform “without being smarmy.”

Chock full of practical episodes (“How to Cut Your Business Expenses” and “A Simple Book Launch Framework” are two standouts), Kirsten also does regular interviews with successful writers and bloggers who share tips on everything from the importance of community to copywriting basics.

Who Should Listen to This Podcast:

Bloggers and authors who are ready to market themselves online.

Why You Will Love This Writing Podcast:

It delivers honest, practical, and often inspiring advice from a writer who’s been there, done that, and bought the t-shirt, all while raising 5 children.

“If you tell someone about your book and say, ‘It’s kind of like a sci-fi thriller, with a little romantic comedy and fantasy mixed in,’ then YOU ARE IN TROUBLE.” – @kikimojo

Average Length of Episode:

  • 30 minutes (16 to 47 minutes)

#2: Ditch Diggers

Writing Podcasts: Ditch Diggers

Ditch Diggers, launched in 2015, is about the business of writing.

It’s aimed squarely at writers who are facing deadlines, rejections, and everyday bills.

Presented in a conversational tone by Hugo Award Finalist, Mur Lafferty, and co-host Matt Wallace, Ditch Diggers is raw and honest and often sprinkled with colorful language.

You have been warned.

Who Should Listen to This Podcast:

Book writers looking for down to earth advice about editing, agents, publishing rights, and other commercial aspects of writing.

Why You Will Love This Writing Podcast:

Leaving aside the practical advice from the lived experience of the two presenters, you’re going to love the podcast’s funky theme tune.

It includes the line, “It’s hard work but the perks are fun and exciting; Facebook will still be there when you’re done writing.”

“I would tell my younger self, put your ass in that chair, write more things and get them out there.” – @MattFnWallace

Average Length of Episode:

  • 22 minutes (9 minutes to 1 hour)

#3: High Income Business Writing Podcast

Writing Podcasts: High-Income Business Writing

Ed Gandia is a successful copywriter and coach who shares actionable advice, ideas, and interviews with industry experts in this monthly podcast.

Ed is a systems man who talks about processes and strategies — which he has applied to his own writing business — as well as real case studies from the industry to help you propel your writing business to the next level.

Or, in Ed’s own words:

“In this nuts-and-bolts, no-nonsense podcast, you’ll discover how to get better clients, earn more in less time, and bring more freedom and joy into your writing business.”

Who Should Listen to This Podcast:

Copywriters, bloggers, and freelance writers who want to “earn more in less time, doing what they love for better clients.”

Why You Will Love This Writing Podcast:

This is a must-listen if your livelihood depends on your writing chops and you need a dose of expert advice and guidance from the trenches.

“Writers underestimate what they bring to the table. The ability to create content is an important part of being able to scale a business.” – @EdGandia

Average Length of Episode:

  • 38 minutes (29 to 45 minutes)

#4: The Copywriter Club Podcast

Writing Podcasts: The Copywriter Club

The Copywriter Club is hosted by Kira Hug and Rob Marsh, who interview talented copywriters, copy editors, and other professional content creators.

The results are weekly snapshots of the successes, failures, processes, and habits of talented writers, and plenty of other ideas worth stealing.

Recent episodes have included “Symphonic Copywriting With Doug Pew,” “Telling the Truth About Advertising With Bob Hoffman,” and “What Copywriters Need to Know About Design with Lori Haller.”

Who Should Listen to This Podcast:

Copywriters, bloggers, and content creators who want to take their skills and writing business to the next level.

Why You Will Love This Writing Podcast:

Writing, in general, can be a lonely business, but listening to the Copywriting Club makes you feel connected, inspired, and educated. Plus, you get a written transcript with every episode.

“You want your copy to sound like you’re talking with friends. So, you’ve got to break these stodgy old grammar rules.” – @copywriterclub

Average Length of Episode:

  • 50 minutes (43 to 58 minutes)

#5: Copyblogger FM

Writing Podcasts: Copyblogger FM

Copyblogger FM is hosted on Rainmaker.fm — a podcast network from the people behind Copyblogger.

Presented by Sonia Simone, along with the occasional guest expert, each episode focuses on an aspect of content marketing, copywriting, managing creative slumps, mindsets, and more.

Recent episodes have tackled topics such as moving from “making a living” to driving real revenue, how to reenergize your email list, and the reasons good writers sometimes have trouble finding good clients.

Who Should Listen to This Podcast:

Copywriters, bloggers, and content marketers who want to stay up to date with emerging content marketing trends and best practices in copywriting.

Why You Will Love This Writing Podcast:

Sonia Simone is the queen of content marketing and one of the best content writers in the business. If you are interested in this form of writing, you will hang on her every word.

“Listening is one of the most powerful things that any kind of writer can do.” – @soniasimone & @copyblogger

Average Length of Episode:

  • 20 minutes (12 to 34 minutes)

Where You Can Listen:

#6: Hot Copy Podcast

Writing Podcasts: Hot Copy

Presented by co-hosts and Australian copywriters Belinda Weaver and Kate Toon, Hot Copy is chock full of copywriting techniques, interviews with other successful copywriters, advice on how to find and manage clients, and more.

According to their podcast description, it’s “perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about copywriting, the writing bits and the running a business bits.”

Recent episodes have included “How to Work With Agencies,” “Super Tips from the Experts,” and “Sweary Copy: Smart Tactic or Trying Too Hard?”

Who Should Listen to This Podcast:

Copywriters, freelance writers, and bloggers who want to hone their copywriting skills and learn more about running a freelance writing business.

Why You Will Love This Writing Podcast:

These girls have so much fun! It’s like eavesdropping on a conversation between two besties who happen to be sharing great advice and expert tips on all things copywriting.

“There are enough clients out there who are willing to pay what you’re worth if you market yourself right.” – @hotcopypodcast

Average Length of Episode:

  • 42 minutes (14 to 59 minutes)

#7: B2B Writing Success Podcast

Writing Podcasts: B2B Writing Success

This one is for freelance writers who specialize in the business to business (B2B) niche.

Hosted weekly by copywriter Steve Slaunwhite, topics include copywriting tips, landing new clients, finding your niche, and growing your copywriting business.

Recent episodes have tackled topics such as how to raise your rates, getting better paying gigs, and Zig Ziglar’s 5-step process for overcoming any challenge.

Who Should Listen to This Podcast:

B2B writers who want to grow their business and improve their writing skills.

Why You Will Love This Writing Podcast:

Because it hones in on everything a B2B writer wants to know about running a successful business and provides a weekly dose of inspiration.

“Your positioning needs to drive a stake in the ground and say this is where I shine, this is where I add the most value.” – @steveslaunwhite

Average Length of Episode:

  • 21 minutes (14 to 30 minutes)

Where You Can Listen:

#8: Writing Excuses

Writing Podcasts: Writing Excuses

Writing Excuses is a weekly podcast by writers, for writers. It’s all about the craft of writing.

Launched in 2008, it began introducing season-long themes in 2015, each one focused on a different aspect of the writing process. Themes have included structure, character, elemental genres, and how to write a novel. The current theme is worldbuilding.

The podcast is presented in a conversational format by a group of six, plus the occasional guest writer, and each episode comes with a writing exercise and a book of the week.

Who Should Listen to This Podcast:

Fiction writers, whether they write for fun or profit. It’s all about becoming a better writer.

Why You Will Love This Writing Podcast:

Because the presenters live up to its tagline, “15 minutes long because you’re in a hurry and we’re not that smart,” which of course is not entirely true.

The average length of the episodes is still short and snappy at 19 minutes, but they’re packed full of insight from seasoned writers, who are very smart.

“Like many of the great ironclad writing rules, ‘show-don’t-tell’ is not only not ironclad, it’s really squishy.” – @WritingExcuses

Average Length of Episode:

  • 19 minutes (15 to 25 minutes)

#9: Writing Class Radio

Writing Podcasts: Writing Radio Class

Writing Class Radio is a podcast of a writing class.

Or rather, it originated from a writing class and continues to broadcast real-life stories from students and any aspiring writer who wants to submit their story.

Created and presented by writers and teachers Andrea Askowitz and Alison Langer, Writing Class Radio covers the art and process of writing, by analyzing individual stories, as well as discussions with editors and publishers.

Who Should Listen to This Podcast:

Anyone with a passion for writing, telling stories, and studying the craft of writing.

Why You Will Love This Writing Podcast:

It’s raw, emotional, unexpected, and sometimes tear-jerking, but everything is done with a passion for writing.

“The truth is what makes a reader want to read a story.” – @wrtgclassradio

Average Length of Episode:

  • 19 minutes (13 to 29 minutes)

#10: Helping Writers Become Authors

Writing Podcasts: Helping Writers Become Authors

Want to learn how to write a book?

How to outline and structure your story, and polish your prose?

Then this podcast is for you.

Presented by award-winning and internationally published author, Karen (K.M.) Weiland, each episode focuses on a different aspect of the craft of writing.

And with 465 episodes broadcast to date, you’re sure to find something of value.

Who Should Listen to This Podcast:

Fiction writers looking for an experienced and down to earth mentor who delivers actionable advice in spades.

Why You Will Love This Writing Podcast:

Apart from the wonderful classical music at the start of each episode, which provides a dramatic sense of arrival, Karen delivers her podcast in a “let’s get straight down to business” approach.

“My estimate is that as much as 75% of what is referenced as writer’s block is really just plot block.” – @KMWeiland

Average Length of Episode:

  • 16 minutes (15 to 18 minutes)

#11: Ann Kroeker, Writing Coach

Writing Podcasts: Ann Kroeker Writing Coach

Ann Kroeker is a published author, professional speaker and writing coach who shares her love of writing through her podcast.

She keeps each episode to around 15 minutes and focuses on writing tips, ideas, and concepts to help writers at all stages, interspersed with longer interviews with publishing professionals.

Subjects include everything from outlining and editing, to goal setting and writing schedules.

Who Should Listen to This Podcast:

Established and emerging writers who want to reach their writing goals.

Why You Will Love This Writing Podcast:

Ann delivers each episode in a light, easy-to-listen-to tone and instills confidence as she breezes through her topics and interviews.

Plus, each episode comes with full show notes and links to resources.

“Don’t let the fear of a messy, awkward first attempt stop you from trying.” – @annkroeker

Average Length of Episode:

  • 15 minutes (9 to 52 minutes)

Where You Can Listen:

#12: Story Grid Podcast

Writing Podcasts: Story Grid

This podcast takes the form of a one-on-one coaching session between Shawn Coyne, a successful author and editor, and Tim Grahl, a self-confessed struggling writer, as they discuss Tim’s progress and road bumps on his way to becoming a published author.

The Story Grid is a tool developed by Shawn to analyze stories and provide helpful editorial comments. It tells the writer what’s working, what’s not, and how to fix it.

Tim is both brave and lucky. It’s hard for him to hide his fears and struggles, but wow, what great advice he’s getting.

It’s like being a fly on the wall. But what’s going to happen when Tim finishes his book?

Who Should Listen to This Podcast:

Book writers who are struggling with the process of structuring, editing, building characters, and other technical issues.

Why You Will Love This Writing Podcast:

If you’re partial to the deeply analytical and process-driven approach to fiction writing, this one’s for you.

“The fact is that the creative act requires blue-collar effort 99% of the time.” – @StoryGrid

Average Length of Episode:

  • 46 minutes (32 minutes to 1 hour)

Standout Episode:

Where You Can Listen:

#13: The Creative Writer’s Toolbelt

Writing Podcasts: The Creative Writer's Toolbelt

Presented by British writer and creative writing mentor, Andrew J Chamberlain, this podcast combines practical teaching and interviews with writers, editors, and authors.

Each episode explores an aspect of the creative writing technique, with examples, allowing you to apply what you learn immediately to your writing.

Topics include story, style, character, and the writing process.

Who Should Listen to This Podcast:

Book writers who are looking for the best advice and insight to take their story from concept to first draft.

Why You Will Love This Writing Podcast:

Because this podcast is for all writers (from beginner to intermediate), it serves up practical advice in bite-size morsels. It’s packed with useful writing tips and tools.

“Sometimes you just have to be brave enough to jump and know that the universe is going to catch you.” – @writerstoolbelt

Average Length of Episode:

  • 48 minutes (11 minutes to 1 hour, 19 minutes)

Where You Can Listen:

#14: The Taylor Stevens Show

Writing Podcasts: The Taylor Stevens Show

Taylor Stevens is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author.

And she has one of the most interesting backstories in the business.

Taylor presents this podcast with co-host and indie author, Steve Campbell. They talk about all things writing, research, publishing, productivity, mindset, and more.

Recent episodes have tackled topics such as generating emotion in your reader, what happens when you let plot drive your characters, and the importance of understanding your audience.

Who Should Listen to This Podcast:

Aspiring writers and authors who want to “kick writing in the butt one word at a time,” as they say at the beginning of each episode.

Why You Will Love This Writing Podcast:

The two co-hosts have great chemistry, which leads to a casual half hour, often sprinkled with humor and inspiration. But at its heart, it delivers real gems of advice about the craft of writing.

“Your villains and heroes can only be as real and authentic as you, the author, is capable of creating them. And that takes empathy.” – @Taylor_Stevens

Average Length of Episode:

  • 25 minutes (13 to 35 minutes)

#15: Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

Writing Podcasts: Grammar Girl

Presented by Mignon Fogarty, Grammar Girl was the winner of the best education podcast in the 2017 podcast awards.

Mignon describes herself as “your friendly guide to the English language: writing, history, rules and cool stuff,” and that’s exactly what she delivers.

In recent episodes, she’s discussed dangling participles, what it’s like to be an editor and translator, and how to find work as a freelance writer.

Who Should Listen to This Podcast:

Writers and bloggers who have a fascination for the origin of English words, and want to sharpen their skills when it comes to grammar and sentence structure.

Why You Will Love This Writing Podcast:

Because it’s a wonderful reference source, but also a fascinating history lesson for all writers, poets, and word-nerds alike.

“By studying how others write and use specific grammar styles, you give yourself an opportunity to strengthen your writing in new and exciting ways.” – @GrammarGirl

Average Length of Episode:

  • 15 minutes (4 to 23 minutes)

Standout Episode:

#16: Story-A-Day Podcast

Writing Podcasts: Story A Day

Storyaday.org is an online hub for writers who want to “write every day, not someday.”

It sets creativity challenges, provides writing prompts, and publishes posts on creativity and the craft of writing.

The podcast, presented by Julie Duffy, was launched in 2010 and provides 15 minutes of pep talks and writing prompts every second Saturday. Recent posts have included “Finding Support” and “Goals vs. Reality.”

Who Should Listen to This Podcast:

Writers and bloggers who are looking for support, insight, and inspiration to keep writing.

Why You Will Love This Writing Podcast:

Because it’s more than a podcast. It’s a supportive community of like-minded writers who want the freedom to write well or badly, as long as they are inspired to keep writing.

“I didn’t know that making friends with other writers was going to be so important to my writing journey, but it really has been.” – @StoryADayMay

Average Length of Episode:

  • 15 minutes (9 to 19 minutes)

Where You Can Listen:

#17: Beautiful Writers Podcast

Writing Podcasts: Beautiful Writer's Podcast

Presented monthly by author, Linda Sivertsen, together with different co-hosts, the podcast presents in-depth conversations with some of the world’s best-known writers.

Recent interviewees have included:

  • Candice Bergen;
  • Seth Goden;
  • Lee Child;
  • and Ann Patchett.

Who Should Listen to This Podcast:

Writers looking for inspiration and practical advice on everything from writing practices to dealing with rejection.

Why You Will Love This Writing Podcast:

Because Linda and her co-hosts manage to provoke honest, funny, and insightful discussions from writing celebrities who are happy to bare all.

“Write like no one will ever read it because it will make you braver and more audacious and free.” – @LindaSivertsen

Average Length of Episode:

  • 62 minutes (29 to 90 minutes)

#18: 88 Cups of Tea

Writing Podcasts: 88 Cups of Tea

88 Cups of Tea (what a great name!) was created in 2015 by actor, producer and writer, Yin Chang. It’s self-described as a safe space for storytellers to ”learn and feel empowered, inspired, and motivated.”

Each weekly episode is an interview with a writer, novelist, literary agent, or storyteller of another kind. Topics cover how-to’s, writing advice, career nuggets, and the highs and lows of being a storyteller.

So pull up a chair and a cup of tea, and enjoy!

Who Should Listen to This Podcast:

Writers of every persuasion who are looking for a nurturing and inspiring community of like-minded souls.

Why You Will Love This Writing Podcast:

Because Yin is a warm and considerate host, filled with unabashed enthusiasm and curiosity about writing. Or, as one listener puts it: “It feels like I’m sitting with my friends talking about books and I LOVE IT!”

“Do it when you feel you have this story pouring out of you and you have to write it out.” – @88cupsoftea

Average Length of Episode:

  • 1 hour and 7 minutes (56 minutes to 1 hour and 40 minutes)

Where You Can Listen:

#19: Write Now With Sarah Werner

Writing Podcasts: Write Now

A weekly podcast hosted by podcast coach and writer, Sarah Werner.

Sarah focuses on finding a healthy work, life, and writing balance, by talking about writing struggles, breakthroughs, and sharing writing tips and secrets.

Episodes are interspersed with “Coffee Breaks,” which are conversations with other writers.

Recent episodes have discussed burnout, how to handle it when someone steals your idea, and affirmations for writers.

Who Should Listen to This Podcast:

Aspiring writers who are looking for encouragement and inspiration to write every day.

Why You Will Love This Writing Podcast:

Because it’s honest, personable (listen to the Burned Out, Exhausted, and Overwhelmed episode), and very motivating.

Listening to Sarah is like a great session with your therapist who says all the right things to get you back in the chair and writing.

“The only person who can tell you who you are and what you can do – and can’t do – is you.” – @WriteNowPodcast

Average Length of Episode:

  • 33 minutes (23 to 54 minutes)

Where You Can Listen:

#20: Reading and Writing Podcast

Writing Podcasts: Reading and Writing Podcast

It’s a very simple concept:

Host Jeff Rutherford interviews published authors who share their writing experiences and life stories. Occasionally, writers will read excerpts from their novels.

It’s like a cross between your favorite book club and the insider secrets of successful authors.

Episode schedule is intermittent, with new episodes sometimes published weekly, but usually monthly.

Who Should Listen to This Podcast:

Book writers of any genre who want to learn from and be inspired by the experiences and wisdom of published authors.

Why You Will Love This Writing Podcast:

Because it’s a valuable insight into the ideas, work processes, and lessons learned from contemporary fiction and non-fiction writers.

“Read all you can of the really good stuff out there. It inspires and it teaches.” – @JeffRutherford

Average Length of Episode:

  • 17 minutes (12 to 28 minutes)

#21: Story Makers Podcast

Writing Podcasts: Story Makers Podcast

Presented by published writers Angie Powers and Elizabeth Stark, Story Makers Podcast mainly features interviews with other writers, filmmakers, and industry experts.

These interviews are intermingled with conversations between the two presenters about their current projects, what they’re struggling with, tips and advice, and their love of writing.

Recent topics have included simplicity in storytelling, setting goals, revisions, and writing humor.

Who Should Listen to This Podcast:

Writers who want to be inspired by other writers’ stories, and who want to pick up some valuable writing techniques along the way.

Why You Will Love This Writing Podcast:

The two hosts present the podcast as a spontaneous and informal conversation.

They invite you into their writing world and sweep you up with their passion. In fact, there’s a whole episode about why they love writing.

“That voice in your head that comments, while you’re writing, doesn’t know anything about writing. It’s just panicking, but it’s convincing.” – @Elizabeth_Stark

Average Length of Episode:

  • 31 minutes (27 to 39 minutes)

Where You Can Listen:

#22: Write-minded Podcast

Writing Podcasts: Write-Minded

Write Minded describes itself as “weekly inspiration for writers.”

It’s presented by co-hosts Brooke Warner of She Writes and Grant Faulkner of National Novel Writing Month.

Brooke and Grant interview published writers and industry professionals, and tease out a weekly “green light” moment.

The podcast is professionally produced and provides valuable insight, while still sharing the hosts’ spirit of community and collaboration.

Who Should Listen to This Podcast:

Anyone who loves to write, but needs a nugget or two of inspiration to keep going.

Why You Will Love This Writing Podcast:

Because it’s presented by two confident and polished writers, who treat their audience and guest writers with the same respect.

And because each episode comes with a “writing action” — a set of instructions based on the theme of the discussion to make you think about, and practice, your skills as a writer.

“It’s all about serving your story.” – @brooke_warner

Average Length of Episode:

  • 30 minutes (27 to 34 minutes)

#23: The Worried Writer

Writing Podcasts: The Worried Writer

This monthly podcast is stuffed full of tools, techniques, and inspiration to help you overcome your self-doubt and fear of writing.

Presented by author, Sarah Painter, each episode has a motivational title (“Just Keep Swimming,” “Little and Often is the Key”), and comes complete with show notes and links to resources.

Sarah also interviews other writers about their processes, their mindset, and their writing life.

Who Should Listen to This Podcast:

Aspiring writers who struggle with fear and procrastination.

Established authors looking for ways to increase their productivity.

Why You Will Love This Writing Podcast:

Sarah’s sing-song (Scottish) voice is the perfect tone for this empathetic and comforting podcast.

If you suffer at all from self-doubt (and what writer doesn’t?), Sarah is your new best friend and champion.

“Writing advice is like a buffet, take what you like… Leave everything else behind.” – @SarahRPainter

Average Length of Episode:

  • 43 minutes (21 minutes to 1 hour)

#24: Write or Die

Writing Podcasts: Write or Die Podcast

Very edgy, fly-on-the-wall style podcasting by two young debut authors, Claribel Ortega and Kat Cho.

Recent episodes start seemingly mid-conversation with guest writers, and with little introduction.

It’s like listening to friends hanging out in a café talking about writing and publishing.

Often funny and brash, the girls are bitingly honest about the real, unglamorous side of writing. And they love to champion the underdog.

Who Should Listen to This Podcast:

Young aspiring authors who feel alone on their writing and publishing journey, and want inspiration and camaraderie from their peers.

Why You Will Love This Writing Podcast:

Because this one doesn’t sweep the struggles and challenges under the rug.

Hearing writers you love admit they also struggle is oddly comforting.

“I think publishing loves the overnight success story narrative, but it’s never really the truth.” – @WriteOrDiePod, @claribel_ortega, and @KatCho

Average Length of Episode:

  • 1 hour and 8 minutes (40 minutes to 1 hour 37 minutes)

Where You Can Listen:

#25: SPA Girls Podcast

Writing Podcasts: SPA Girls Podcast

The SPA (Self-Publishing Authors) Girls Podcast is presented weekly by four romance and urban fantasy writers from New Zealand.

While it’s aimed at those who want to self-publish, it covers all aspects of the craft and process of writing.

For example, recent episodes have included: “Facebook Ads with Maria Luis,” “Learn Dictation with Kilby Blades,” and “How to Write a Regency Romance.”

Who Should Listen to This Podcast:

Anyone who is new or curious about self-publishing, especially in the romance genre.

Why You Will Love This Writing Podcast:

Because it covers such a variety of subjects — from deep-dives into micro-topics to broad interviews with published authors and industry professionals. And each episode comes with show notes and links to useful resources.

“When you get close to publishing, you have to get someone to read it who is going to give you the absolute truth.” – @spagirlspodcast

Average Length of Episode:

  • 45 minutes (28 to 60 minutes)

#26: Book Marketing Mentors

Writing Podcasts: Book Marketing Mentors

Book Marketing Mentors is a weekly podcast presented by international best-selling author, Susan Friedmann.

It’s dedicated to helping writers market and sell their book.

Susan interviews marketers and publishers, and presents proven strategies, tools, ideas, and tips.

Recent episodes have included selecting the right niche, embracing change, and attracting more readers.

Who Should Listen to This Podcast:

Authors who want to take their creative work to the next level and need help with the business of publishing and marketing their book.

Why You Will Love This Writing Podcast:

Because Susan asks the right questions, puts her guests at ease, and presents a professional half-hour, chock full of actionable advice.

And for those who prefer to read the interviews, there’s a downloadable transcript.

“Success is nothing magical. It’s just a few simple disciplines repeated over time.” – @bookmrktgmentor

Average Length of Episode:

  • 30 minutes (27 to 34 minutes)

#27: The Self Publishing Show

Writing Podcasts: The Self Publishing Show

The premise of this podcast is there’s never been a better time to be a write.

Why? Because the world of publishing is changing: “No more barriers or gatekeepers between you and your reader.”

It’s presented by two Brits: Mark Dawson, a renowned success story in the self-publishing industry, and James Blatch, a wannabe author who is currently writing his first novel.

Together, they explore all topics in the world of self-publishing, with a focus on actionable tips for new and experienced indie authors.

Who Should Listen to This Podcast:

Any writer or author who wants to self-publish and avoid the same mistakes made by those who came before them.

Why You Will Love This Writing Podcast:

This is an essential resource for anyone thinking of publishing their fiction or non-fiction book.

Packed full of tips and advice from industry experts, it also comes with downloadable transcripts of every episode.

“There are traditional publishing deals that are the right move, but 90% of them – in this market – I’d walk away from.” – @SelfPubForm and @JamesBlatch

Average Length of Episode:

  • 1 hour (39 minutes to 2 hours)

#28: The Well-Storied Podcast

Writing Podcasts: The Well-Storied Podcast

Presented by Kristen Kieffer, an author of fantasy fiction and creative writing resources, The Well-Storied Podcast has been running since early 2017.

Kristen sets out to encourage and inspire fiction writers across all aspects of the writing life.

Recent episodes have included “How to Rediscover Your Love for Writing,” “Why I Set & Quit a Hundred Book Reading Challenge,” and “Do You know What Drives Your Story’s Narrative?”

Who Should Listen to This Podcast:

Fiction writers who want to make a living out of writing.

Why You Will Love This Writing Podcast:

Kristen’s advice is practical and inspiring, and it comes from the heart as she develops her own writing career.

Her friendly style takes writers by the hand and helps them learn from her experiences, insights, and mistakes.

“Forget about what other writers are doing, figure out what you want from your writing, and go rock your vision with confidence.” – @kristen_kieffer

Average Length of Episode:

  • 16 minutes (11 to 20 minutes)

#29: The Writer Files

Writing Podcasts: The Writer Files

The Writer Files is hosted by Kelton Reid, who studies the “habits, habitats, and brains” of writers to learn their secrets of productivity and creativity.

Guests have included bestselling authors John Scalzi (Old Mans War), Greg Iles (Natchez Burning), Jay McInerney (Bright Lights, Big City), and Kevin Kelly (founder of WIRED magazine).

Recent episodes have included “How to Stay Creative with Bestselling Author Austin Leon” and “The Writer’s Brain on Productivity v. Creativity.”

Who Should Listen to This Podcast:

Writers and bloggers who crave to learn and be inspired by the experiences and knowledge of successful writers and authors.

Why You Will Love This Writing Podcast:

Because it digs deep into the motivation and psyche of a broad range of authors.

It provides useful insights into the methods and practices of the writers we’d like to emulate.

“You can have the best writing skills in the world, but if you don’t go out and market them, how is the world is going to find you?” – @KeltonReid

Average Length of Episode:

  • 27 minutes (18 to 37 minutes)

#30: The Creative Penn Podcast

Writing Podcasts: The Creative Penn Podcast

The Creative Penn is hosted by British author Joanna Penn, who writes fiction (as J.F. Penn) and non-fiction for authors, so she knows her stuff.

The weekly episodes cover everything from improving your writing skills to publishing, book marketing, and making a living as a writer.

Topics in recent episodes have included voice search for authors, how to pitch your book for television and movies, and the importance of self-publishing.

Who Should Listen to This Podcast:

Aspiring writers and authors who want to know everything about the writing life.

Why You Will Love This Writing Podcast:

Because it’s got it all: information, inspiration, and interviews with successful writers.

Plus, each episode comes with show notes and a full transcript.

“Read widely, look further, dig deeper – because each of us has stories that need telling, and a voice that is distinct.” – @thecreativepenn

Average Length of Episode:

  • 1 hour (46 minutes to 1 hour 18 minutes)

The Bonus Writing Podcast

We promised you a bonus podcast, and here it is.

To be included in our epic compilation, the 30 podcasts we’ve listed above are all current, with new episodes uploaded at least monthly.

This bonus podcast is no longer running, but we still think it’s worthy of your attention.

Here’s why:

#31: Zero to Book

Writing Podcasts: Zero to Book

Zero to Book ran for 26 episodes during 2016 and followed the process of turning an idea into a published book in real time.

Bestselling author Jeff Goins and Pamela Wilson hosted an on-going conversation in the Rainmaker.fm network about Pamela’s journey to become a published author.

While the show is no longer running, the episodes are still available and make for compelling listening.

Who Should Listen to This Podcast:

Writers and bloggers who all believe they have a book inside them, but they’re not quite sure how to go about getting it out.

Why You Will Love This Writing Podcast:

Because it’s a frank and fascinating guide on how to write and publish a book. It covers every step of the process from how to figure out your big idea, to building an audience of readers and how and when to launch. It’s the complete compilation.

“The best marketing of any book is the content of the book itself.” – @pamelaiwilson & @jeffgoins

Average Length of Episode:

  • 30 minutes (18 to 51 minutes)

Where You Can Listen:

Editor’s Note:

Pamela successfully published her book, Master Content Marketing: A Simple Strategy to Cure the Blank Page Blues and Attract a Profitable Audience (affiliate link), in late 2016.

Besides being full of valuable insights on content marketing, the book is an excellent companion piece to anyone who followed Pamela’s and Jeff’s journey.

Which Writing Podcasts Will You Listen To?

It’s hard to choose, isn’t it?

Do you want to grow your freelance business? Want to improve your craft and become a better writer? Or maybe you need inspiration and guidance to write your first book, and successfully launch it to a multitude of devoted fans.

But whatever your need, know this: you’re not alone.

There’s a whole community of like-minded writers out there, just waiting to provide you with the support, insight, and motivation you need.

They’ve got your back. And they share the answers and advice you’re looking for, week in, week out.

So, go on. Sign up to a few writing podcasts today. Find some new friends and take your writing to a whole new level.

And if there’s a great writing podcast we missed, be sure to tell us about it in the comments.

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31 thoughts on “30+ Writing Podcasts You’ve GOT to Hear (Best of 2024)”

  1. Wow what a great list! Several times I’ve attempted to seek out writing podcasts and get disappointed. Now, I’ve saved a few podcasts relevant to me. So helpful!

      • I sure did. Lots of long dog walks with my AirPods and a notebook! I saved quite a few of the podcasts myself, Vicky and it’s opened up a whole new world for me. Enjoy.
        Cheers, Mel

      • I like Writer’s Well which was not on the list. How Writer’s Write and How do you write by Rachel Herron.
        Thanks for considering these for your next list.

    • I couldn’t agree more, Tanya. And it’s great to know there are so many talented people willing to help writers like us through their podcasts.
      Cheers, Mel

  2. Hi Ann,
    Thank you for your very informative post.

    I completely agreed with you that ‘Podcasting’ digs deep into the motivation and psyche of a broad range of authors, especially when you hear someone like ‘Create If Writing Podcast’ and ‘Ann Kroeber’. Moreover, I’m waiting for Jon’s padcast, if he has any plan to share some on SmartBlogger.

    Can’t miss this! As it provides us useful insights into the methods and practices of the writers, we would like to emulate. As an aspiring writer, we all need such inspiration that stimulate the writer in us. Thanks for bringing it forth and the best thing – it is all here in a single post.

    Thanks, once again Ann– appreciates it a great deal. Have a nice weekend 😊.


  3. Hey Mel, thanks so much for including ‘The Writer Files’ on this comprehensive list of great writing pods, it’s an honor (I also produce Copyblogger FM, so another thank you).

  4. Super cool to see my Zero to Book podcast project round out this list.

    At the time I recorded it with Jeff Goins, I was managing the editorial team at Copyblogger, running their educational programs, and attempting to write my first book. Jeff and his wife were expecting their second child! We both knew we could only commit to the podcast if it had a beginning and an end.

    It was important to me to capture all the angst and doubts any first-time author goes through, and I believe our recordings stand the test of time.

    So grateful you included them here, Mel. Thank you!

    • You are so welcome, Pamela. One of the criteria for entry into the list was that the podcasts had to be current, but I so loved what you and Jeff put together I couldn’t leave it out. That’s why it appeared as a bonus entry😊. It’s a wonderful go-to source of information for anyone on a book-writing journey and I hope many more people now get to hear it.
      Cheers, Mel

  5. Hi Ann,

    For carving a great piece of content for our audience we need to understand our audience well. Literally, I love to learn and acquire something that adds value to my writing skills.

    Developing great writing skills need time and we should focus more on that. Thanks for sharing these writing podcasts, I would definitely go with them. Would you like to tell me which is your favorite writing podacsts among the list that you shared in the post.

  6. Hi Jitendra, my favorite podcasts may not be the right ones for you. It depends where you are on your writing journey and where you want to go. I suggest you pick two or three that sound like a good fit, and go from there. Happy listening!
    Cheers, Mel

  7. Hi Mel,

    Thanks so much for this great list. I am a podcast Junkie and I’m always looking for more writing podcasts to tide me over during those times (driving, walking, etc) when I can’t be actively sitting with my laptop. My favorites are Writing Excuses and the Joanna Penn podcast, but there are several here I haven’t heard of before that I’m looking forward to trying out! I also really enjoy the Science Fiction and Fantasy Marketing podcast. It really covers more than just marketing, as they interview authors who often talk about their writing process, plotting strategies, etc.

    Anyway, thanks for the great post, I’m looking forward to checking many of these out!

    Best, Sarah


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