My 6 Favorite Podcasts for Writers

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Words by Mia Sutton, illuminate co-founder

As a writer, I’m always looking to hone my writing skills. Over the years, I’ve tried to do that in many ways - taking classes and workshops, reading books and articles, joining Facebook groups, etc. I think I can safely say that if you love writing like me, you probably also love to learn about writing and have pursued some of those avenues I just mentioned. And while there are countless writing resources available on the web, podcasts hold a special place in my heart because they’re free, portable, and can be listened to at any time. In the car? Doing laundry? Making dinner? Chilling in the tub? Check, check, check, check.

Here are 6 of my favorite podcasts about writing. In these podcasts, you’ll find all types of helpful information and tips on making time for writing, finding inspiration, editing and grammar, publishing, and so much more.


Ann Kroeker Writing Coach podcast


This podcast is hosted by Ann Kroeker, naturally, and offers interviews, practical tips, and motivation for writers at all stages. The episodes are short so you only need a few minutes to listen to the ideas and apply them to your work. These episodes offer advice on self-editing, goal-setting, making time to write, and more.

My favorite episode: Ep 162: What Do You Do with Story Ideas?

Create If Writing Podcast


As writers, we know that the best way to get more eyes on our writing is to grow our writing platform - whether that’s a website or social media or a newsletter or a combo of all three. This podcast, hosted by blogger and author Kirsten Oliphant, is the place for you if you are a writer/blogger who wants to build an online platform without being smarmy.

My favorite episode: Ep 093: What is platform and how do you build it?

The Creative Penn Podcast


Some of us write for fun. And some of us write because we want to make a living out of it. Hosted by Joanna Penn, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, this podcast includes interviews, inspiration and information on writing and creativity, publishing options, book marketing, and more.

My favorite episode: Ep 370: The Business of Being a Writer with Jane Friedman

Grammar Girl podcast


Have you ever wondered if you are using commas correctly? Or what certain idioms of the English language actually mean? Or whether the grammar myths you always hear are actually true? Host Mignon Fogarty provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing by covering the grammar rules and word choice guidelines that can confuse even the best writers.

My favorite episode: Ep 574: Commas with Transition Words

Write-Minded Podcast


This podcast offers weekly inspiration for writers. Hosted by writing industry experts Brooke Warner of She Writes and Grant Faulkner of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), this podcast offers interviews with writers, authors, and publishing industry folks to give real talk about the ups and downs of the writing life.

My favorite episode: Everyone’s a Writer, featuring Mark Nepo

The Writer Files podcast


Have you ever wondered how famous writers stay inspired? How they always seem to keep writing? Host Kelton Reid studies the habits of a wide variety of acclaimed writers to learn their secrets of productivity and creativity.

My favorite episode: How to Stay Creative with Bestselling Author Austin Kleon: Part One

There you have it! Comment below and let me know if you’ve listened to these and if there are other writing podcasts that you love.

About the Author:

Mia Sutton is the editorial manager for Holl & Lane Magazine and the co-founder of illuminate. She has had a lifelong love affair with writing and is a self-proclaimed word nerd. Mia writes personal essays and poems - mostly about mental health, marriage, and motherhood. She loves donuts, cheesy action movies, pretty notebooks, and the Oxford comma. Mia lives in Virginia with her husband and 2 kids. You can read her writing at



Listen to these 6 podcasts to hone and improve your writing skills. Read more at