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Really Useful Links: Writing Related Podcasts by Amanda J Evans

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In this week’s Really Useful Links column, I thought I would turn the focus towards podcasts and take a look at some of the wonderful writing related series available. There are thousands of writing related podcasts out there with many more being launched all the time. They can range from short fifteen to twenty-minute episodes up to hour long shows. If you enjoy learning through listening or want to brush up on your writing craft during your workday commute, podcasts are the perfect solution.

The five I have chosen to feature are a mixture of lengths and whether you are traditionally published, self-published, or just a beginner writer, there is something to be learned in each and every one.

  1. https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts – The Grammar Girl podcast has been running since September 2016 so there are over 670 episodes available. Approximately fifteen minutes each, they provide a fun and friendly dose of writing advice in three bite sized chunks. You’ll get a Quick and Dirty Tip, a Meaty Middle, and a Final Tidbit. The podcast covers everything from punctuation and grammar to style and voice and if you don’t want to listen to the podcasts, you can read everything on the blog.
  2. https://thecreativepenn.com/podcasts – This weekly podcast from Joanna Penn is for fiction writers and those who are interested in self-publishing. Each episode is approximately 60 to 70 minutes, so you will need to put aside some time to listen. Joanna interviews an author or expert on a particular subject, but begins each episode with an overview of her own writing and publishing career. She also covers industry news for the past week. With over 422 episodes available on topics covering everything from audiobooks, newsletters, goal setting, book cover design, co-writing, and editing, there is something for everyone.
  3. https://writingexcuses.com – Another weekly podcast for fiction writers. Each episode is only fifteen minutes long and this show is hosted by several different writers covering a range of topics. The tagline is, “fifteen minutes long, because you’re in a hurry, and we’re not that smart.” It’s an informal and chatty show and it’s well worth digging through the archives.
  4. https://selfpublishingformula.com/spf-podcast – A weekly dose of inspiration and education hosted by Mark Dawson and James Blatch. Each episode is 50 minutes and you can watch the video on Youtube as well (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5Qu8GvA0lUm3GmzBqmmfeg). Mark is a very successful self-published author earning over one million last year. The show covers a range of topics for those wishing to self-publish including marketing, book covers, how to write a compelling villain, non-fiction, being a hybrid author, and much more.
  5. https://writersonwriting.blogspot.com – This is Barbara DeMarco-Barrett’s weekly radio talk show for fiction writers and the focus is on craft. Each show lasts approximately 60 minutes and features authors talking about their books and craft. There have been some big names on the show including Lianne Moriarty (http://writersonwriting.blogspot.com/2019/01/liane-moriarty-mark-russell-gelade-on.html). The show also features editors and literary agents that provide help with cover letters and insights into the publishing world. You can subscribe for free on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/ie/podcast/writers-on-writing/id447667260)

I hope you’ve found these podcast links useful. If you’d like even more, be sure to check out PlayerFM. This site has a huge list of writing podcasts that you can scroll through and it also shows when the show was last updated. I look forward to bringing you more really useful links next week. If there is a topic that you’d like to see covered, be sure to leave a comment and I will see what I can do.

(c) Amanda J Evans

www.amandajevans.com, Facebook and Twitter: @amandajevans


Amanda J Evans is an award-winning Irish author of YA and Adult romance in paranormal and fantasy genres. Growing up with heroes like Luke Skywalker and Indiana Jones, her stories centre on good versus evil with a splice of love and magic thrown in too. Her books have all won awards and her latest novella, Hear Me Cry, won the Book of the Year Award at the Dublin Writers Conference 2018. Amanda has been featured in a number of poetry anthologies in 2017 and 2018 including A Bowl of Irish Stew, a charity anthology for Pieta House and her short story Moonlight Magic was included in the Owl Hollow Press Anthology, Under the Full Moon’s Light, published in October 2018. Amanda is currently polishing her novel, Winterland, which will be submitted to agents and publishers in 2019, and is also working on a Bronte inspired story for an anthology due for publication in 2020. Amanda is also the author of Surviving Suicide: A Memoir from Those Death Left Behind, published in 2012. You can find out more on her website www.amandajevans.com, Facebook and Twitter: @amandajevans