6 Must-Listen Podcasts For Novelists, Screenwriters & Storytellers

Joel Lee 28-02-2012

podcasts for novel writingAre you stuck in a writing slump? Have you ran out of story ideas? Are you puzzled and confused over the publishing industry? Do you need guidance on becoming a professional wordsmith? There are lots of resources – good and bad – out on the web, and they all claim to improve your writing, improve your sales, etc. But who has the time to browse and keep up with dozens, if not hundreds, of writing-related websites, blogs, forums, and workshops?


That’s why I’ve compiled a list of the best creative writing-related podcasts for all you creative writers out there. The beauty of listening to podcasts is that you can listen to them while doing other things, like cleaning your house or doing the dishes. Or writing.

Writing Excuses

podcasts for novel writing

Writing Excuses is a fiction writing podcast run by Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn, The Wheel of Time, and The Stormlight Archive), Dan Wells (I Am Not a Serial Killer), and Howard Tayler (Schlock Mercenary). They live and die by their tagline:

Fifteen minutes long, because you’re in a hurry, and we’re not that smart.

This podcast is popular and garners over 10,000 downloads per episode. Every Monday, they come out with a new episode that covers a specific topic related to creative writing, whether it’s about literary techniques, idea farms, plotting, or the publishing industry.

On top of that, they’re just plain fun and funny. Definitely one of the best writing podcasts out there – period.


The Writing Show

podcasts for screenwriters

The Writing Show has been around since 2005 and it’s still running strong today. Hosted by Paula Berinstein, this podcast is chocked full of information and inspiration for all kinds of writers – novelists, contract writers, copywriters, screenwriters, technical writers, and more!

Topics on the show range from interviews with authors to roundtable discussions on the state of the industry, from tips and tricks on writing to publishing and marketing your finished books. Each episode goes on for 30 to 60 minutes and there are over 180 episodes available in the archive. There’s literally a library full of great information here.

Dead Robots’ Society

podcasts for screenwriters


The Dead Robots’ Society is a podcast/community that was started by Justin Macumber. The aim of the show is to offer advice and support for aspiring writers.

Interesting fact – Macumber was inspired by the next podcast series listed in this article, I Should Be Writing.

Topics covered include author interviews, writing tips, genre and book reviews, industry analysis, and discussions about writing in general.

I Should Be Writing

podcasts for screenwriters


I Should Be Writing is an award-winning podcast about writing, hosted by the charming Mur Lafferty. Like most writing podcasts, the show’s central aim is to help and encourage aspiring writers to become better, even professional.

Lafferty’s credentials include freelance writing, podcast producing, and editing for Escape Pod magazine. She is also a self-professed geek and fangirl. For all of you readers looking for nerdy girls, chew on that!

There are over 200 episodes in the archives. If you have the time, definitely give this podcast a listen.

The Secrets

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Michael A. Stackpole, the New York Times bestselling author, once ran a podcast series called The Secrets. What kind of secrets does he talk about? It seems he gives you the nitty gritty details – the secrets – on how to succeed as a fiction writer.

He covers everything from inspiration to planning to execution to querying to marketing. If you’re a new creative writer, you’ll learn pretty much anything you’ve ever wanted to know about the writing world in his podcast.

The Secrets was discontinued sometime between 2005 and 2006, but the audio files are still available for download and the information is still relevant today.


podcasts for novel writing

If you’re thinking of specializing in screenwriting, Scriptcast is one podcast that you won’t want to miss. It’s hosted by a guy who calls himself Script Doctor Eric, a professional screenwriter and script reader. Screenwriters from all over the world have sent in their testimonials describing how much Scriptcast has helped them, so it’s hard to come up with a good reason why you shouldn’t listen to this.

As of December 2011, there have been 29 episodes. As far as I know, episodes are still being produced, even if they are released somewhat irregularly.

Do you know any great creative writing podcasts that were left off of this list? Share them with us in the comments. We’re always open to hearing about what’s still out there on the web.

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  1. K. C. Woodard
    May 27, 2016 at 1:55 am

    Another one that every writer should check out is the Story Grid podcast. The premise behind it is that a first time novelist meets up with an experienced editor, and they have weekly discussions about writing craft. It's seriously insightful--I couldn't recommend it more to those with an interest in story structure and writers wanting to make their stories "work".

      January 19, 2017 at 2:16 am

      I love this podcast, too.

  2. Kim
    February 20, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    May I humbly suggest my own? For writers- by writers.

  3. Mel
    December 1, 2015 at 1:00 am

    Writing excuses has at least one more host -- Mary Robinette Kowal.

  4. Anonymous
    May 16, 2015 at 7:01 am

    The best by far is 'A Writer's Life'. The site is but I listen on iTunes.

    'Writing Excuses' is good, but the audio quality is really bad.

    • Ronald
      January 20, 2016 at 1:29 am

      Hey thanks! Great tip!

  5. Gareth
    March 24, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Tom Occhipinti's podcast was fantastic, but after only about 25 of them he vanished. A real shame. I'll have to check one of these out.

  6. Anonymous
    December 28, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Thank you. Really useful.

    • Anonymous
      January 1, 2015 at 10:04 am

      There's also The Narrative Breakdown.

  7. Jason
    July 26, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Scriptnotes from John August and Craig Mazin is easily one of the best podcasts out there for screenwriters. Those two guys have been at it for 15+ years each, are very successful, and know the ins and outs of the screenwriting business like no one else.

    • Joel Lee
      July 27, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      John August's blog is what really helped me when I was an aspiring screenwriter long ago. If his podcast is half as informative as his blog posts, it should be awesome! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Justin Macumber
    March 1, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Aw, thanks for the mention! I've been doing the Dead Robots' Society podcast now for four and a half years, and I've met so many wonderful people in that time. We have 214 regular episodes, several special episodes, and a couple dozen panels recorded at various conventions, plus some audio fiction, all available in our RSS feed. Come on over and see if you like what we do! :)

    • Joel Lee
      March 7, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      It's my pleasure to include Dead Robots' Society in this list. I was blown away when I first saw the DRS podcast archive. Tons and tons of great resources there. Thanks so much for putting so much effort into consistently delivering these helpful tools for writers!

  9. Paula B.
    February 29, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Dear Joel,

    Thank you so much for mentioning The Writing Show! I'm so glad you're finding our shows valuable!

    Just a couple of updates. We now have more than 350 shows in our archives. In addition, we have more than 20 feedback shows, which we call slush pile workshops. People send in first chapters of novels, memoir, and nonfiction as well as short stories, and we offer feedback right on the show. It's free to participate. Guidelines are available at I hope you'll send some chapters in. :)

    Best regards,
    Paula B.
    Producer and host, The Writing Show

    • Joel Lee
      March 7, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      Thanks for the update, Paula. I do find the Writing Show to be immensely helpful and I can't thank you enough for all the work that goes into it. Here's to the continued success of it. :)

  10. Tim Ward
    February 29, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Thanks, Joel. I hadn't heard of The Writing Show, and the episodes look very interesting. It's hard to narrow down to top 6, but you did a good job. 

    • Joel Lee
      March 7, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      There are a ton of podcasts out there, so narrowing was indeed tough. I'm glad you approve of my selection!

  11. Dave Robison
    February 29, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Thank you, Joel!  I've been listening to writer/writing podcasts for a while and there are a couple in this list I'd never heard of (but have now added to my subscription list).

  12. readingnthedark
    February 29, 2012 at 6:31 am

    Wow!  Great resource.  Thank you.  I am going to check them all out.