Convert that commute to a crammer session with inspiring content from fine minds in literature and publishing. You'll find here the best podcasts for writers according to the novelists of The Novelry.
These podcasts with writers and editors will prove consoling and cheering, and see you through not just the first draft, but the long haul. Ten great podcasts to keep writers smiling.
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On your Android phone.
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Lessons in creative writing from great novelists, poets and playwrights such as Ted Hughes, W.B. Yeats and Allen Ginsberg. Find Your Story. Place. In Search of Character with Graham Greene. Find Your Voice. Routines and Rituals.... Presented and produced by Cathy FitzGerald. Updated weekly. Enjoy.
An interview with a different editor each week from the world of publishing. It’s aimed at readers who want to hear the behind the scenes story of how their favourite books get made, and aspiring authors who want to know how to get published. Featuring advice from editors behind Nobel and Booker Prize-winning authors (and practically every other literary prize.) Truly heartening. I recommend the enjoyable episode with Louisa Joyner from Faber. Enjoy.
With Robert Harrison. Interviews with opinion leaders from the Arts such as Marilynne Robinson, Sarah Churchwell on The Great Gatsby, Grisha Freiden on Leo Tolstoy. ("For civilised man, death has no meaning...") and Tobias Wolff on American Fiction. Enjoy.
Dan Simpson looks inside the daily diary of writers; tips, tricks and inspiration. Episodes with B.A Paris. Anne Cleeves ('learning by living and never plotting'), and Jeffrey Deaver, the bestselling thriller writer on research, writing and puzzles. "As much as I enjoy literary fiction, that's not what I do. I create puzzles and games." Enjoy.
A weekly look at the world of books, presented by Claire Armitstead, Richard Lea and Sian Cain. In-depth interviews with authors from all over the world including Sophie Hannah on the perfect recipe for a crime novel, Elizabeth Strout on the return of Olive Kitteridge, Madeleine Miller on why Circe is the perfect protagonist to upend the traditional hierarchies of myth, Ann Patchett, Lucy Ellman, and many intriguing subjects including Feminist Fairytales. Enjoy.
10. How To Fail
Ultimate comfort listening! Novelist Elizabeth Day shares lessons from the challenges in her own life and those of famous interviewees including Marian Keyes, Sebastian Faulks, David Nicholls. ('Despite all his achievements, Nicholls admits he still feels ‘very thin-skinned’ which is partly why he left Twitter after accidentally getting into a row with Stephen Fry and why, when a critic once said ‘No-one turns to David Nicholls for great sex scenes’ he felt he had to defend himself.') And Phoebe Waller-Bridge. ("I've always got a kick out of saying something which feels truthful but is taboo.") Enjoy.
If you’re just starting out, you’d be wise to start with The Classic Course which will help you nail the big idea here. If you would like guidance all the way from an idea through to completing a book to publishing standard then our Book in a Year plan is best for you here. If you’d like to get stuck in and start writing an idea you have, then our Ninety Day Novel course would be the jumpstart for you here. You’ll be able to choose your own tutor from our award-winning and bestselling authors, and as a member you’ll have access to our regular writing classes. You’ll enjoy the worldwide community of writers like you in every time zone. It’s a happy place and you’ll find a warm welcome whether you're an old hand or a complete beginner. Discover why so many writers describe The Novelry as 'life-changing' (it's the phrase we hear most!) Happy writing starts here.