By Alexis Harmon
Over the last couple of years, podcasts have surged in popularity on music sharing platforms. From news, to comedy, to life advice, there’s a pod for everyone. As for writers, there are dozens of unique and helpful podcasts to choose from for advice straight from those in the industry – all for free! If you’re new to podcasts or are looking for a new one to keep you company and inspire your writing, check out some of the recommendations below.
One podcast that’s perfect for all storytellers is This Is Actually Happening by Whit Missildine. Through first person retellings, This Is Actually Happening explores unordinary stories from ordinary people, and how they react when their world gets turned upside down. Each storyteller and their experience is unique, and could definitely help spark some creativity.
If you’re short on time or want to search for specific advice, you may want to listen to Writing Excuses. With 15 seasons and a variety of hosts, Writing Excuses has you covered for all your writing needs in under 15 minutes per episode. The hosts also provide reading recommendations and writing prompts on some episodes!
Though it isn’t writing focused, Unlocking Us with Brené Brown is a must listen. Professor, author and speaker Brené Brown and her guests sit down each week to discuss some of the ideas, theories and experiences that make us all human. If you’re looking to dive deep into the human experience – and possibly uncover some truths about yourself – definitely give Unlocking Us a listen.
Looking for a laugh? Try How Did This Get Made by Earwolf. Each episode, hosts Paul Sheer, June Diane Raphael, and Jason Mantzoukas review and critique movies of questionable quality. They even offer shorter mini episodes with interviews, advice and more.
If you’re in search of inspiration from some of the greats, check out The Writer Files by Kelton Reid. Reid breaks down the habits of world-renowned writers in each episode and explores how bestselling authors fight writer’s block. If you’re in a rut and in need of tips and tricks to get you motivated, try out The Writer Files.
Another screenwriter-friendly podcast is Scriptnotes by John August and Craig Mazin. The hosts talk about all things writing, from getting it on the page to copyright law. Scriptnotes also features writers and performers alike that bring new and interesting perspectives to the podcast each week.
And, of course, The Write Process by the Writers’ Program is a must-listen for writers of all levels. Each episode, instructors, students, and alumni of the Writers’ Program walk through their writing process, from contemplation to completion. If you are searching for tips and tricks from professionals in a short-form, easy to consume format, The Write Process is the right podcast for you.
Alexis Harmon is a UCLA student studying English and Education Studies in addition to working for the Writers’ Program. She strives to write well, foster good vibes at all times and love cats to the point of annoyance.