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The other day, I was looking around the iTunes store for some good podcasts about writing, and found a great resource in The Writing Show with Paula B. If you haven't yet listened to a podcast, think of them as commercial-free, independently produced radio shows that are free to download.

Episodes of The Writing Show are mostly formatted as a sort of "NPR"-style interview with authors, publishers, agents, and writing professors. All the guests I've heard so far are both engaging and refreshingly candid; the interviews sound more like a lively lunch date than a lecture.

The styles of writing that are discussed range from poetry to screenplays to personal essays and historical fiction. The business side of writing is highlighted as well, and there are entire episodes devoted to such things as query letters to literary agents and POD publishing, as well as such topics as writing when visually impaired and plagiarism.

The episodes are of a perfect length to listen to on your commute, at lunch, or even (my personal favorite) when cleaning the house or doing other chores!

If you use iTunes, you can download the podcasts directly from the iTunes store. If you do not, episodes are also available free on the show's website, which is:

and the direct link to the podcast archive is:


Some of my favorites?

From December 7, 2008, the show Writing Historical Fiction featured guest author Christine Blake. She talks about her book Woman, Redeemed, which is an account of Mary Magdalene's life, with a focus on the culture and community of Jewish women during that point in history. Blake describes how she fleshed out a historical figure about which little is actually known and whether the story or the research comes first when writing.

October 5, 2008 had guest Sheila Bender explain the ins and outs of Writing the Personal Essay; she gets right to the root of a lot of hangups that people have about essay writing. In addition, Bender reads her own excellent personal essay entitled, "Tomorrow is Under Construction," which is reason enough to listen to that episode!

A Spiritual Approach to Writing aired on May 18, 2008 and is simply lovely. The title pretty much says it all!

Yes, this show is totally my new addiction!

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The following comments are for "The Writing Show - Podcasts for Writers"
by Mandolin

@ Mandolin
Thanks for sharing this resource. Thursday, when you're here at my house, I'll have you hook me up with the program!


( Posted by: OchaniLele [Member] On: December 30, 2008 )

Woman Redeemed the book....
I am fascinated by the subject of women in the Bible whether the old or new testament, Mary Magdaline, I do believe got a very bad rap and was not what most believe her to have fact, well, I will talk about that to you privately...

Thanks for sharing this, sounds fascinating;-)

( Posted by: TheRealKarmaTseringLhamo [Member] On: December 30, 2008 )

@ Ochani Lele
I sure will! :)

( Posted by: Mandolin [Member] On: December 30, 2008 )

@ Lena
Ooh, feel free! Listening to the author describe her book, made me want to go read it right away. She discusses how she made the choice to make her interpretation of Mary Magdalene sort of an "everywoman" for readers to relate to. In the author's words, she's [Mary] neither as "low" as a prostitute or as "high" as Christ's wife, simply a woman and disciple.

As opposed to another book on Mary Magadalene that I enjoyed, The Passion of Mary Magdalen by Elizabeth Cunningham, where MM is a fiery, redheaded Druid priestess who speaks in modern, sassy cadences and has a VERY colorful vocabulary! The author has a farm in NY where they hold a celebration for every Wiccan sabbat, and I have danced many a maypole there. :)

So, as you can probably guess, feel free to email me, I'd love to talk! :)

( Posted by: Mandolin [Member] On: December 30, 2008 )

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