Great podcasts for writers

When the blank page is getting you down, it's time to put down the pen and pick up your headphones for a shot of inspiration.

Sometimes writing can be a long, lonely road.

Thankfully times have changed since the Bronte sisters wandered the windy moors in search of solace. If you’ve hit the wall, are looking for inspiration or just enjoy learning more about the craft of storytelling here are five great podcasts to get the ideas flowing.

Duncan Richards is an emerging writer who wanted to learn from the masters of the Australian screen. Turns out, they were more than willing to talk about both the business and the art of screenwriting. Whether you’re writing for the screen or the page, it’s inspiring to hear Australian writers talk about their creative process, how they overcame obstacles and what it takes to make their writing dreams a reality.

Guests include Michael Lucas (Offspring, Not Suitable For Children), Adam Zwar (Wilfred), Niki Aken (Anzac Girls) and Alice Bell (Puberty Blues, The Beautiful Lie).

Australia’s largest annual literary festival is available to enjoy for free in podcast form throughout the year, minus the crowds and BYO chardonnay. Hear from some of the biggest literary names from Australia and around the world in inspiring, witty, thought-provoking discussions.

Currently available on the podcast are conversations with feminist icon Gloria Steinham, Indigenous journalist Stan Grant and authors Anna Funder, Marlon James and Hanya Yanagihari.

Danielle LaPorte and Linda Sivertsen are based in the US and take a spiritual and practical approach to the publishing industry in their chats with authors, publishers and other creative minds about all things writing.

Guests include Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic), Ariana Huffington (The Huffington Post) and legendary screenwriting teacher Robert McKee.

For most of us, using correct grammar is a terrifying mix of blurry high school English memories and throwing something on the page and hoping it sounds right.

Thankfully, Mignon Fogerty, aka Grammar Girl, has created a short, sharp series of podcasts to complement her exhaustive website which will have you confidently using semi-colons, writing in active voice and deploying exclamation marks without fear of retribution.

This podcast isn’t so much about writing as demonstrating the art of storytelling. Hosted by Ira Glass, this weekly podcast is listened to by more than two million people around the world. Each podcast features true stories in both first person narrative and interview style, centred around a theme such as ‘Mind Games’ or ‘Babysitters’.

Ranging from the tragic to the ridiculous, This American Life is addictive listening and may just provide the next great ‘jumping off’ point for your writing.

What are your ‘go-to’ podcasts when you need inspiration? Let us know on the Writers' Forum.


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