Podcasts For (YA) Writers

Guys, I love a good podcast. I listen in the car, when I’m cooking, while I’m folding laundry, when I put on makeup, and while I mow the lawn. I’ve got lots of favorites, but today I’m focusing on my preferred writerly podcast. The four I’ve featured below are particularly beneficial for YA writers, but I suspect all sorts of creative-types can benefit from these conversations on craft, industry, inspiration, relationships, and ingenuity. Images link to podcast websites. From iTunes: “Podcast interview series featuring authors, an epic road trip, music, bookstores, tall tales & more, hosted by Sarah Enni.”

From iTunes: “The craft of creative writing, screenwriting, playwriting, children’s books, and literary fiction as discussed by Cheryl Klein and James Monohan. We share tips and techniques of interest to any writer, student, or fan of quality prose fiction, screenplays, plays, English literature, etc. Each episode, we analyze popular novels, movies, Broadway shows, television shows, short stories, and more. Featuring various expert guests as well as material from Cheryl Klein’s book ‘Second Sight’ and James’ app ‘The Storyometer.'”

From iTunes: “A candid discussion of sexuality, culture and young adult fiction, featuring YA authors Christa Desir and Carrie Mesrobian.”

From iTunes: “Author Sara Zarr in conversation with writers, visual artists, musicians, filmmakers and more, with a focus on the practical and psychological aspects of creativity and the creative process.”

What are your favorite (writerly or otherwise) podcasts? 

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12 responses to “Podcasts For (YA) Writers

  1. I’m a HUGE fan of First Draft! Sarah Enni asks such great questions that a lot of other interviewers don’t. I love how she has the writers trace their writing journey from the very beginning.

    I’ve been looking for some more writing related podcasts, so I’ll definitely check out your other recs, too, they all sound great! Thanks for posting, Katy!

    • I love First Draft, too! I’ve listened to every single episode, and I’ve learned so much. I’ve also read books that I might not have picked up had I not heard their authors speak about them, which is so cool. You’ll have to let me know if you discover any new and awesome podcasts, Kaitlin!

  2. <33333 Thank you so much Katy!! It's been so, so awesome to see the YA sphere blow up with more podcasts! Adventures in YA and Book Nerd Problems are two others I love also 😀

  3. Yes! I am so glad you put together this post, Katy. I’ve been looking for new podcasts to subscribe to.

    I had The Narrative Breakdown and Sara Zarr’s on my list, but not the Oral History Project. And thanks to Kaitlin for the reco for First Draft.

    I also listen to Grammar Girl every once in a while. They are short, but fun.

  4. Hey Katie! Just popping by and saw this post…I love to listen to authors talking to other authors, so of course, I love Joanna Penn’s Creative Penn Podcast, and the Rocking Self-Publishing Podcast. I have one like that also, called Writer Groupie. I would love to invite you and your fans to check it out on my website at iTunes and over on Youtube.

  5. First Draft and Sara Zarr’s podcast are both on my list, but I hadn’t heard of the other two. Will definitely check them out! 🙂

  6. I’ve never listened to any podcasts, but I’m bookmarking these for when I finally take the plunge!

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