Any podcasts that can help with writing skills?

(One per answer please, I'll add my own fave to get started.)


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My favourite is Writing Excuses

"15 minutes long because you're in a hurry, and we're not that smart!"

Focus is on fiction (especially spec fiction) and advice for aspiring writers. The hosts are:

  • Brandon Sanderson (Wheel of Time, Mistborn, etc)
  • Howard Taylor (Schlock Mercenary)
  • Dan Wells (I Am Not a Serial Killer, etc)
  • Mary Robinette Kowal (Shades of Milk and Honey, etc)

And they have guest stars and stuff.

More about it on my blog.

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    Fantastic podcast. Very informative, but also short enough to digest easily. May 14, 2015 at 4:42
  • if nothing else, one of the best taglines for a podcast. Ever.
    – Thufir
    Dec 22, 2018 at 17:02

I would like to add I Should be Writing my Mur Lafferty. It was the first writing blog I ever listen to and I've gotten quiet a bit of good advice from Mur over the years.

Mur has also done a number of interviews with different professionals, including people like Neil Gaiman. It's worth your time to check it out.

  • I enjoyed the episode I tried of this one, though I don't listen regularly because it went on a bit long and didn't seem very structured (seemed like about 20 mins of content stretched out to an hour).
    – MGOwen
    Dec 2, 2010 at 2:05
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    "60 minutes long because you're not writing anyway, and we're too smart for our own good!"
    – erikric
    Dec 2, 2010 at 8:46
  • @erikric I just love that comment Dec 10, 2010 at 17:49

If you're interested in writing speculative fiction, I highly recommend the Odyssey Podcasts, which are recorded sessions from the annual Odyssey Writing Workshop.

  • This is good...
    – MGOwen
    Mar 1, 2012 at 22:40

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