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The Creative Nonfiction Podcast with Brendan O'Meara is a weekly podcast that showcases leaders in narrative journalism, essay, memoir, documentary film, and radio. Brendan teases out the origins, habits, routines, and tactics these masters—Pulitzer Prize winners, New York Times bestsellers—use so that listeners can apply those tools to their own work.
 
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Episode Summary: For Aven, the experience of falling in love with Bryce feels like diving into an ocean: an experience so intense and all-encompassing it seems never-ending. There is just one problem. An unspoken rule amongst seasonal national park employees means that Aven and Bryce never discuss their future. Until Bryce unexpectedly broaches the…
 
There's a stealth memoir quality to The Ringer's Rob Harvilla on his incredible podcast "60 Songs that Explain the 90s." Yes, they are songs that define the decade, but they are also songs that define him. Keep the conversation going on social media @CNFPod and subscribe wherever you podcast. Consider becoming a member at patreon.com/cnfpod to get …
 
Episode Summary: The morning Aven meets Bryce, falling in love is the last thing on her mind. A flat bike tire, unexpected ride to work, and mysterious good samaritan set the scene for a storybook-perfect first date. Or, do they? Podcast Details: ​“Tender-Hearted Human” is a collection of serialized, true-life stories of adventure, romance, and bec…
 
Canadian writer and journalist Lindsay Jones stops by HQ to talk about her Atavist story The Milk Box Babies about the cottage hospital industry of rural Canada and the secret that upended two families. I also speak with editor-in-chief Seyward Darby. Subscribe to The Atavist and the podcast. Keep the conversation going @CNFPod on Twitter and IG an…
 
Episode Summary: After only two months of living in Yosemite National Park, everything Aven thinks she knows about herself begins to unravel. The job, the husband, the American Dream she has spent so many years preparing for and chasing… Suddenly Aven no longer desires any of those things... Podcast Details: ​“Tender-Hearted Human” is a collection …
 
Ximena Vengochea is the author of Listen Like You Mean It: Reclaiming the Lost Art of True Connection (Portfolio). We talk about: Life audits Listening (duh) Interviewing And listener drain Follow the show on social media @CNFPod and consider being a member at patreon.com/cnfpod.By Brendan O'Meara
 
Episode Summary: Yosemite National Park employee Aven Kane never intends to kiss a guest. Tourists are so far off her and her co-workers’ radars that she sometimes forgets they even exist. To Aven, tourists are anonymous. Replaceable. Until she meets Jonathan... Podcast Details: ​“Tender-Hearted Human” is a collection of serialized, true-life stori…
 
"My mind is a very bad neighborhood and I should not go there alone," says Bronwen Dickey. She is the author of Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon, a Best American Sports Writing notable pick, and the journalist behind many pieces that have appeared in Esquire and Outside Magazine. She's my best friend and I'm so happy to have her back for …
 
Episode Summary: For one brief and idyllic summer, Yosemite National Park becomes the center of Aven’s world. The tent cabin she shares with her best friend Kay serves as a home base like no other, and the characters she meets within its twisting trails become larger than life... Additional Resources: Each episode of “Tender-Hearted Human” builds u…
 
"How do you find your style? How do you find your voice? And the truth is, I think that you don't find it until you stop trying to find it, you just make work," says Jason Naylor, @jasonnaylor, author and illustrator of Live Life Colorfully: 99 Ideas to Add Joy, Positivity, and Creativity to Your Life. It is published by Chronicle Prism. Newsletter…
 
Episode Summary: When Aven Kane quits her Yosemite National Park job to follow her heart, the last thing she expects is to end up heartbroken, broke, and jobless. Not to mention an illegal park squatter... Additional Resources: Each episode of “Tender-Hearted Human” builds upon the previous week’s story. However, each installment also stands alone,…
 
Jenni Gritters, @jenni_gritters, a freelance writer and co-host of The Writers' Co-op Podcast with her friend and colleague Wudan Yan, comes by CNF Pod HQ to talk about all things freelance writing. Support the show by becoming a member at patreon.com/cnfpod. Newsletter: brendanomeara.com Twitter and Instagram @CNFPod.…
 
Episode Summary: ​Meet Aven Kane, the storyteller and adventurer behind “Tender-Hearted Human.” This brand-new podcast is a collection of serialized, true-life stories of adventure, romance, and becoming your own hero. Additional Resources: Each episode of “Tender-Hearted Human” builds upon the previous week’s story. However, each installment also …
 
The journalist Phil Hoad comes by to talk about this Atavist story "Cat and Mouse" about a rash of pet murders in London. We're also joined by lead editor Jonah Ogles, who unpacks Phil's pitch and what made the story irresistible. Keep the conversation going on social media @CNFPod and sign up for the monthly CNFin' newsletter at brendanomeara.com.…
 
Jackie MacMullan, columnist for ESPN and a long-time writer for The Boston Globe, stops by the show to talk about being the final guest editor for The Best American Sports Writing. Show notes are at brendanomeara.com. Care to support the show a little more? Become a member at patreon.com/cnfpod where you'll get exclusive access to the audio magazin…
 
Claire McNear is a staff writer for The Ringer and the author of Answers in the Form of Questions: A Definitive History and Insider's Guide to Jeopardy! (Twelve, 2020). We jam about her rise in longform journalism and how she came to write this great book. Social media: @CNFPod Patreon: patreon.com/cnfpod Show notes and newsletter: brendanomeara.co…
 
Damon Brown (@browndamon) returns to talk about his new book Build From Now: Know Your Power, Know Your Abundance and Nourish the World. Social media: @CNFPod Patreon.com/cnfpod Show notes and newsletter at brendanomeara.com This show is brought to you by Vol. III of Casualty of Words, a writing podcast for people in a hurry.…
 
Carolyn Holbrook is the author of Tell Me Your Names and I Will Testify: Essays (University of Minnesota Press). We talk about how teaching and writing keeps her sane, not giving a rip about winning awards (and winning one anyway!), and how she arrived at linked essays as a way to write what is, in effect, a memoir. Show notes are at brendanomeara.…
 
Investigative journalist Scott Eden returns to the podcast to talk about his Atavist story "The Gilded Age." This is a new and exciting partnership with The Atavist Magazine where we at CNF Pod HQ will feature The Atavist's featured writer and featured story for that month. Check out this story and others at magazine.atavist.com and subscribe to re…
 
Alexandra DiPalma, the boss behind Domino Sound and the leader of the Podcast Workshop, is back to talk all things podcasting! Check out akimbo.com/thepodcastworkshop to learn more and if you use the link in the show notes at brendanomeara.com, you could take advantage of a killer discount on the seventh iteration of the workshop. We talk about her…
 
Ashkan Soltani Stone and Natale Zappia co-write the book Rez Metal: Inside the Navajo Nation Heavy Metal Scene (University of Nebraska Press). They riff about getting out of the way of the story and the collaborative process. Show notes are at brendanomeara.com and consider becoming a CNFin' member over at Patreon, patreon.com/cnfpod. Keep the conv…
 
Podcasters and writers V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell come by CNF Pod HQ to talk about their writing nonfiction, writing novels, and producing their wonderful podcast Fiction/Non/Fiction. It is part of the Lithub Radio Network. Follow the show @CNFPod and if you dig this CNFin' enterprise, consider the killer options at Patreon page, patre…
 
"Writing a book could potentially be very tedious, but I'm writing to make myself laugh or cry. If I'm not crying or laughing, I'm like, so bored," says Michael Leviton (@michaelleviton). He's the author of the memoir To Be Honest. It is published by Abrams Press. Keep the conversation going on social media @CNFPod and consider being a member of th…
 
Athletic Brewing's Mason Gravely (@alive_adventures on IG) is here to talk about his experience on the Without Compromise podcast he produces for Athletic, as well as the Adventure Sports Podcast, biking across the country, nearly DYING, and lots more. Keep the conversation going on social media @CNFPod and consider joining our Patreon community to…
 
Lamorna Ash (@LamornaAsh) is the author of Dark, Salt, Clear: The Life of a Fishing Town (Bloombury). Her background in anthropology served her well as she immersed herself in the fishing town of Newlyn. Keep the conversation going on social media @CNFPod and consider being a CNFin' member on patreon.com/cnfpod. Support for this show goes to Wudan …
 
Lee Gutkind, author of several books and, most recently, the memoir My Last Eight Thousand Days: An American Male in His Seventies (University of Georgia Press), returns to the show to talk about voice, starting his day, the eternal "rope test," magical moments, and the optimistic days ahead. Promotional support is provided by The Writers' Co-op Po…
 
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