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Podcasts for Writers.

podcasts for writers Feb 23, 2020
podcasts for writers

Convert that commute to a crammer session with inspiring content from fine minds in literature and publishing. 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.

How To Get Podcasts. 

All podcasts are free, and most are available via many different apps.

On a website:

You can do this from a computer or from the web browser on your phone.

  • Find a website that has podcasts you like.
  • Find the player on the page, check your device’s sound is switched on and click play to listen to the podcast.

On your iPhone or iPad.

If you have an iPhone you can use the Apple podcasts app to listen to podcasts.

  • The Podcasts app should already be downloaded on your phone so search your apps for ‘Podcasts’. If it’s not, go to the app store and download it.
  • Open the Podcast app and go to the search page (click on the magnifying glass button in the navigation at the bottom).
  • A search box should appear at the top, next to another magnifying glass icon. Tap on this and type in the name of the podcast you want to find. Hit “enter” on your keyboard.
  • Choose the podcast you want from the search results and tap on it. This should take you to the podcast’s homepage.
  • Once you’re on the podcast homepage you’ll see a list of recent episodes. Tap on one to play it.
  • If you like what you hear, a subscribe button at the top of the page lets you subscribe for free. This means the app will automatically download the latest episodes to your library.

On your Android phone.

If you have an Android phone you can use the Google podcasts app.

  • Install the app.
  • Once you open the app, use the search box (look out for the magnifying glass icon) and type in the name of the podcast you want to find.
  • Choose the podcast you want from the search results and tap on it again. This should take you to the podcast’s homepage.
  • Once on the podcast homepage you should see a list of most recent episodes. Tap on one to play it.
  • If you like it, tap the subscribe button at the top of the page. When you subscribe to a podcast, it’ll appear at the top of the Google podcasts app, and a new section in the app will let you know about new episodes from podcasts you’ve subscribed to. 

The Novelry's Top Ten Podcasts for Writers.

 1. The Invisible College

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.

2. Backlisted

Backlisted is one of the most popular book podcasts. Each episode features a guest (usually a writer) who has chosen a book they love and which they think deserves a wider audience. Over 100 books are discussed. Enjoy.

A book club type podcast in which the great works are discussed in close details for you to explore how they work featuring the novels of Hemingway, Jane Austen, Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and many more. You'll find your 'hero' book here! Enjoy.
"Meet the writer's who sell millions of books," Washington Post. Listen to leading lights from the publishing industry, million-selling, chart-topping authors who collectively have sold over half a billion books. Binge on over 250 interviews with authors including Michael Connelly, Joanne Harris, Ian Rankin, plus agents, editors, and more. 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.

7. Entitled Opinions

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.

8. Writer's Routine


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.

9. The Guardian Books Podcast

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 KeyesSebastian 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.

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