4 Highly Recommended Writing Podcasts


Podcasts are awesome. You can learn something new AND be entertained while working out, doing chores, driving in the car, or taking a bath.

There are millions of podcasts out there, and a fair chunk of them are directed at writers. There’s one problem, though: they tend to be really, really boring. Like, fall asleep boring. I’ve listened to maybe five or six writing podcasts that didn’t make this list simply because they’re so snooze-worthy. In fact, the only one I’ve listened to that I haven’t ended up in a mini-coma is writing excuses.

The rest of these I haven’t listened to, but they come highly recommended. I look forward to checking them out.

Writing Excuses Writing Podcast

This is my favorite writing podcast. They’re only fifteen minutes long, but incredibly informative and entertaining (which is saying something, because all the other writing podcasts I’ve actually listened to are terribly boring.) It’s easy to download an hour’s worth of podcasts to my phone, and listen as I get my sweat on in the gym or go about doing chores.

If you only listen to one writing podcast, make it this one. You won’t be sorry.


Writing University Writing Podcast

I had to include this one, simply because it’s put on by my alma mater, the University of Iowa. I’ll point out that the U of I has the best writing MFA program in the country (It’s also the #2 party school, I must add). Now I didn’t go through the MFA program, but that tells you that they have to know what they’re talking about, right?

I haven’t listened to it yet, but I expect it to be very… literary, if I know my school at all.

Litopia Writing Podcast

Litopia is interesting. They don’t give you tips on craft, as far as I know. Rather, it’s a daily break-down of news that is of interest to writers.

Since I live under a figurative rock, I have high hopes for this podcast.


Grammar Girl’s Writing Podcast: Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing


This podcast professes to give you quick and dirty tips to write better through correct grammar, punctuation, usage, and new developments in the English language.

Sounds great, right? But it’s only available through Itunes. Grrr. What’s and android girl to do?

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H. Duke writes fantasy, horror, and more. Her works include the weird west / urban fantasy serial mashup, Jeremiah Jones Cowboy Sorcerer and the Christmas horror collection, Things on the Shelf: Three Tales of Christmas Terror, as well as the forthcoming Pagewalker series. She wrote the first season of Jeremiah Jones Cowboy Sorcerer while living in Arizona with her husband, Giru, and a shiny black dog named Jupiter. To see what she's up to now, visit her website.

2 comments for “4 Highly Recommended Writing Podcasts

  1. July 25, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    A lot of android streaming podcast apps actually aggregate their lists of available shows based on what’s in the iTunes database. One of them, somewhere, should have Grammar Girl available. If all else fails, I usually download them off of iTunes and just manually load them onto my phone since they download as MP3s anyway.

  2. hdziuk
    July 25, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    Thanks for the tip! I’ve since been able to get the Grammar Girl podcasts from an android app called Podcast Addict. Works pretty well.

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