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.
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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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