Here at Film 14 we’re all about cinematic book trailers. That is to say, moving pictures and movie magic are right up our alley. However, if you’re looking for a great podcast as a way to brush up on your writing skills, do we have a few recommendations for you!
One of the unexpected ways technology has benefited writers is with the rise of writer-based podcasts. Accessible and convenient, these podcasts are free and perfect to listen to while you’re on the go or working around the house.
In addition to the wide variety of audio dramas and interview based programs out there, there are a lot of shows that provide lessons, tips and tricks for authors of all kinds — from maverick independents to veteran professionals.
For Good Technique: Helping Writers Become Authors
Helping Writers Become Authors delivers on its name by providing intimate direct lessons and tips from author K.M. Weiland. Weiland’s expertise is in narrative structure, and her show is straight up down-to-business advice and examples on how to make your prose lean, concise, and impactful.
Each episode is around 18-19 minutes in length, and is akin to getting an exclusive one on one lesson with a writing professor.
For Exploring Different Styles: Writing Excuses
Writing Excuses is the long running show where writers Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Dan Wells and Mary Robinette Kowal take a different aspect of writing such as ‘world building’ or ‘viewpoints’. Each episode is about “15 minutes long, because you’re in a hurry and we’re not that smart,” so expect quick sharp brevity from the hosts.
Each host comes equipped with a different professional background and expertise, so the audience gets to see how writing tricks are applied across genres — from the hottest SciFi read to an episode of Sesame Street. It’s a great show if you like banter and good host chemistry.
If You Like Crime Fiction: Writer Types Podcast
Writer Types is a total dream show for fans of mystery, thriller, and crime fiction. Hosted by Eric Beetner and S.W. Lauden, each episode is a mix of discussions, shorts, reviews, news updates and — most exciting — interviews with some of the biggest movers and shakers of mystery fiction.
While not as ‘technique’ focused, the audience is treated to fascinating interviews with incredibly talented writers like Gillian Flynn and Meg Gardiner, and may even pick up a new story or two. Great show if you like your coffee strong, your mysteries complex and your situations… dangerous.
If You Like TV: The Writers Panel with Ben Blacker
Moderated by Supernatural and Thrilling Adventure Hour writer Ben Blacker, The Writers Panel is an interview-based show with showrunners and writers from almost EVERY TELEVISION SHOW on the air. What sets this podcast apart from the rest is its focus on the business aspects of writing. Each episode provides great insight into what it takes to break into the television industry and how each show and writers room works differently from each other.
Bonus! The show often hosts live panels that are open to the public. Proceeds from these panels go to the non-profit writing and tutoring organization 826LA — that is to say, listening to this show helps you and young aspiring writers.
If You Like Classic Literature: Selected Shorts
The only thing that can make a great story better is a great storyteller. Selected Shorts is a series from PRI where star actors from television and theater read classic and contemporary short fiction to a live audience.
The stories and performers offer a wide range of variety, and it’s a fantastic way to buff up on your short fiction knowledge since some of these are harder to come by than others. While the show does feature a lot of contemporary fiction, the focus is generally on classic writers and hidden gems.
If You Like Contemporary Fiction: The New Yorker: The Writer’s Voice
Self explanatory and exceptional to listen to, The Writer’s Voice has authors from the New Yorker read their own fiction, with well-known names such as T.C. Boyle appearing alongside rising star authors.
It’s a great way to experience a wide variety of hip, contemporary writing and good practice when you are called upon to read your own work one day.