Best creative nonfiction podcasts we could find (Updated June 2018)
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Brendan O'Meara is an author and journalist. The Creative Nonfiction Podcast 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.
 
Welcome to PodLit, the podcast brought to you by the literary journal Creative Nonfiction
 
Mike's Always Right—hosted by Mike Eiman—is high in fiber, and jam packed with inane ramblings about fiction writing, self-publishing, marketing, coffee and whatever else happens to strike Mike's fancy.
 
You Must Remember This is a storytelling podcast exploring the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century. It’s the brainchild and passion project of Karina Longworth (founder of Cinematical.com, former film critic for LA Weekly), who writes, narrates, records and edits each episode. It is a heavily-researched work of creative nonfiction: navigating through conflicting reports, mythology, and institutionalized spin, Karina tries to sort out what really happened behind the ...
 
Stories and Sound Design by Joe Stracci. I leave a lot out when I tell the truth.
 
The Nonfiction Podcast digs into the art and science of nonfiction writing. We look at one nonfiction article a week and break it down, talking with the writers about how they researched, reported, and put their stories together.
 
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If Not Now, When?
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An ordinary woman bares her soul in order to force a self-reckoning. Middle-age caught me by surprise. Our nest had recently become empty, I was working in the same office job for the last seven years, and like so many others before me, I wondered— Is this all there is? I had lost track of my writing dreams decades ago. This podcast is a record of, not only the journey back to a writing life, but also the journey back to my Self. Who was I before alcoholism, marriage, parenting, career, and ...
 
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Behind the Prose
Monthly
 
Behind the Prose explores and illuminates the craft of writing and its process through interviews with emerging and established writers. The podcast is released weekly and hosted by Keysha Whitaker. Visit behindtheprose.com for upcoming guests, news, and essays on writing.Listen. Learn. Write.
 
The Turtle Book Club is a podcast for people who love to wander through books. Come and get lost with comedian Bisha K Ali & researcher Sadaf Fahim. Leave pretentiousness at the door. There are no stupid questions except "Are there stupid questions?" If you like sweary, wonky thinking and joy - you're in the right place.
 
Valerie Khoo and Allison Tait, both successful journalists and authors, bring you the latest in news, opportunities, trends – and gossip – in the world of writing blogging and publishing. Whether you love the creative inspiration of Elizabeth Gilbert, the life-hacking non-fiction of Tim Ferriss or the phenomena that is JK Rowling, you’ll find it here.
 
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Book Fight
Weekly
 
A weekly podcast about books, writing, reading, and raccoons. Hosted by Mike Ingram and Tom McAllister, editors at Barrelhouse Magazine and authors of fiction and creative nonfiction. Winner of a 2015 Philadelphia Geek Award for Best Streaming Media Project. You don't need to read the books to enjoy the show!
 
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Sound Africa
Rare
 
SOUND AFRICA is a space for creative non-fiction from the African continent. We are licensed by the Composers Authors & Publishers Association of South Africa
 
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LITerally Podcast
Monthly+
 
We ask real questions about writing, publishing, and about living the life of a writer. We avoid typical literary BS and tell people the stuff they want to know. #LITerallyPodcast
 
A podcast all about creative nonfiction, telling true stories and sharing them with the world. Excerpts of true, personal stories and interviews with their authors. Hosted by Janna Marlies Maron, editor & publisher of Under the Gum Tree magazine.
 
You Must Remember This is a storytelling podcast exploring the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century. It’s the brainchild and passion project of Karina Longworth (founder of Cinematical.com, former film critic for LA Weekly), who writes, narrates, records and edits each episode. It is a heavily-researched work of creative nonfiction: navigating through conflicting reports, mythology, and institutionalized spin, Karina tries to sort out what really happened behind the ...
 
A writing show with J. Maureen Henderson and James Foreman.
 
You Must Remember This is a storytelling podcast exploring the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century. It’s the brainchild and passion project of Karina Longworth (founder of Cinematical.com, former film critic for LA Weekly), who writes, narrates, records and edits each episode. It is a heavily-researched work of creative nonfiction: navigating through conflicting reports, mythology, and institutionalized spin, Karina tries to sort out what really happened behind the ...
 
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Word Riot
Weekly
 
Good writing. No remorse.
 
essayist, poet, college prof, hubby, dad, Queen fan
 
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SOUNDPROOF
Monthly+
 
creative nonfiction for audio
 
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Now Here This
Monthly+
 
student-produced audio storytelling
 
In writing, a first draft is where creativity flows, a story takes root and the voice of a writer emerges. First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing highlights the voices of writers as they discuss their work, their craft and the literary arts. This show hosted by Mitzi Rapkin will primarily feature fiction and non-fiction authors along with occasional poets, screenplay writers, playwrights and songwriters. First Draft is a celebration of the craft of writing and the individuals who are dedicated t ...
 
Devin Galaudet lost his father's ashes and writes about in his memoir 10,000 MIles with my Dead Father's Ashes, which is available in bookstores everywhere September 18, 2018. Hi podcast on writing, editing, and promotion for writers is updated daily, Writing Daily.Devin is the Editor and Publisher of the well-established In The Know Traveler series of websites, which celebrated thirteen years in August. He also publishes several other travel-inspired websites including In The Know Hotels an ...
 
Hear essays created during the creative non-fiction short course held as part of the Otago University Summer School.
 
Generations Literary Journal’s Founding Editor Kiala Givehand interviews literary luminaries who are shaping the landscape by publishing fiction, poetry, and creative non fiction. Guests share their trials and triumphs as they navigate the world of manuscript development, literary journals, rejection, and the road to publication. Writers share their tips and strategies for crafting great writing and creating a literary life. Topics covered can include: writing, publication, literature, poetr ...
 
Steve and Becky Lyles read stories, essays, poems, jokes and quotes to inspire and enliven your day. Becky writes award-winning fiction under the name Rebecca Carey Lyles and nonfiction under Becky Lyles, and Steve composes poems and vignettes of daily life. Becky's books include Winds of Wyoming, Winds of Freedom, It's a God Thing, On a Wing and a Prayer, and Passageways: A Short Story Collection. But they don't just read their own work. Each podcast also includes the stories and thoughts o ...
 
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PIERSON TO PERSON
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Longtime documentary and non-fiction TV producer Brent Pierson talks with a variety of colorful people about everything from living in Los Angeles and working in the entertainment business and other interesting fields to creative expression, pursuing one's passion, and the many nuances of the human condition.
 
Life Out Loud is a literary nonfiction podcast series that features real students' stories. Born in a John Jay College Creative Nonfiction writing classroom in the Fall, 2015 semester, Life Out Loud seeks to diversify the perspectives typically shared in the CNF genre. Our project aims to amplify voices seldom heard though artful truth-telling simply because we believe that all stories matter; we make them, and they make us.
 
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The Bookshelf
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The Bookshelf features authors from around New Hampshire and the region, as well as books about New Hampshire by authors from anywhere. Covering mostly fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, it also features literary conferences, events and trends. Hosted by Peter Biello, The Bookshelf airs every other Friday on All Things Considered. What's on your bookshelf? Let us know by sending an email to books@nhpr.org .
 
"Unknown Words" is a bi-monthly podcast dedicated to highlighting the work of unpublished or lesser known writers. Each episode, Matthew reads a either a short story, creative non-fiction, or works of poetry then interviews the writer to gain some insight into the work's composition and just maybe that of the author's.
 
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Jim Kelly's Free Reads
Monthly
 
Welcome to Free Reads, where Hugo and Nebula award winning author James Patrick Kelly podcasts his fiction and non-fiction under a Creative Commons 3.0 license.
 
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Debra Dean is the bestselling author of four critically acclaimed books that have been published in twenty-one languages. Her debut,,The Madonnas of Leningrad was a New York Times Editors’ Choice novel, a #1 Booksense Pick, a Booklist Top Ten Novel, and an American Library Association Notable Book of the Year. It was long listed for the IMPAC I ...…
 
Can art defeat fascism? In the latest edition of ANGER MANAGEMENT, award-winning author, columnist and women’s rights activist Elif Shafak talks to Nick about the seductive dangers of sameness, how Western countries’ greatest weakness was our belief that we’d won all the big battles… and how we’ll never turn back the tide of anger until we unde ...…
 
Everyone has a story to tell. When and how you tell your story determines whether you live your life thriving or barely surviving. Living with her sociopath ex-husband for years, Stacy Brookman knows how it is to be in an abusive relationship and how to get back on her feet following the emotional devastation. This experience, and learning how ...…
 
In this episode I talk about working in Children’s Editorial and how to get your dream job, with Christine Modafferi (on Twitter @christinemodaff), Editorial Assistant for Children’s Non-Fiction at Bloomsbury. Books mentioned: - Olobob Top: The Amazing World of Olobob Top by Leigh Hodgkinson and Steve Smith; - Fantastically Great Women Who Chan ...…
 
Rachael Herron is the bestselling author of the novel The Ones Who Matter Most (Affiliate Link) (named an Editor’s Pick by Library Journal), as well as more than twenty other novels and memoirs. Her latest non-fiction is Fast-Draft Your Memoir: Write Your Life Story in 45 Hours (Affiliate Link). She received her MFA in writing from Mills Colleg ...…
 
This week, we're presenting stories about coming of age. Bildungsroman, if you will. (Thank you, eleventh-grade Honors English!) These storytellers will share stories about growing up and finding their identities -- whether it's within their family, or within their own bodies. Part 1: Growing up, Moni Avello struggles to understand her younger ...…
 
Joanna Penn is an award-nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thrillers under J.F.Penn and also writes non-fiction for authors. She’s an award-winning creative entrepreneur, podcaster, and YouTuber. Her site, TheCreativePenn.com has been voted in the Top 100 sites for writers by Writer’s Digest. Joanna Penn Links: Websit ...…
 
Talking to author, Dillon Jepsen, about his book 📖 "A State of Mind." 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 You can purchase his book below: 👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇 https://amzn.to/2IYIEPz #book #books #read #reads #reader #reading #booktube #booktuber #bookstagram #igbooks #bookporn #booklove #booklover #booklion #bookworm #booklife #bookish #epicreads #yalit #booknerdi ...…
 
Nonfiction Friends is an educational, library-based podcast that seeks to help the public learn interesting, quirky, and sometimes bizarre facts that can be found in the nonfiction section of their local library. Travel the Universe (or at least 791.457 of the nonfiction section) and join us as we talk about Doctor Who.Music credit:"Digital Lem ...…
 
Episode 10: Eileen Bjorkman, Creative Non-Fiction; Aviation History In This Episode, You’ll Hear: (Podcast run time 38 minutes) 1:15 - Introduction to Eileen Bjorkman, Creative Non-Fiction; Aviation History3:38 - Eileen discusses when she realized she was an author4:33- Eileen shares the origins of her book and her wiring journey9:14 - Eileen d ...…
 
Nonfiction Friends is an educational, library-based podcast that seeks to help the public learn interesting, quirky, and sometimes bizarre facts that can be found in the nonfiction section of their local library. Roll a d20 and join us in the 793.93 of the nonfiction section as we teach friends how to play Dungeons & Dragons!Music credit:"Digit ...…
 
Into the Vertical Blank: Growing Up Atari. Season 1 Episode 2: “A hole burned In my Pocket: Toys R Us And The Atari 7800". What was the “game cage”? What does it mean to “disconnect” while being “connected”? “Can a hole really be burned in your pocket?” In this episode, the brothers focus on the now closing Toys R Us, not with a history, but wi ...…
 
You've heard of living off grid? Well Michael Bunker lives OFF off-grid! A deliberate life, pre-industral living, fermented foods, REAL bacon! Michael Bunker - Plain, but not simple. WHAT AN AMAZING SHOW! I actually listened to the whole show again last night because Michael was so much fun and inspirational! Michael Bunker is a plain, beyond-o ...…
 
On this special two-part installment of Gut Reactions, Eric will be talking about a true crime story that has captured interest like few others – leading to countless film interpretations including The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Psycho, and Silence of the Lambs. But he is not alone. He is joined by two hosts from Everything Trying to Kill You: Ma ...…
 
Nonfiction Friends is an educational, library-based podcast that seeks to help the public learn interesting, quirky, and sometimes bizarre facts that can be found in the nonfiction section of their local library. Be our player 2 in this episode as we explore around the 793 section and talk about video games!Music credit:"Digital Lemonade" Kevin ...…
 
In this episode I go through the most disgusting of all the preps that are found in my two non-fiction prepping books, Dirt Cheap Valuable Prepping, and Dirt Cheap Valuable Survival Retreat. And boy, is this episode disgusting! Rated “R” for Revolting! Below are some helpful links for this episode: Travel bidet with carrying case, for $10 on Am ...…
 
A lot of writers and artists spend a lot of time doubting and feeling unhappy. Why? That’s the question. Part of it is that we’re creative people. Creative people tend to feel big feelings. We live in feelings and interpretations and expression. That can be hard on a heart. It’s hard to believe in yourself when the industry makes it so hard for ...…
 
Today’s episode is focused on the hit movie and now Broadway show, Waitress. The movie/musical sensation Waitress follows the main character Jenna, a diner waitress, uses her creative pie-making skills to cope with an unplanned pregnancy. Both the movie and the musical are rich with psychological elements of escapism, conflict-resolution, and g ...…
 
Nonfiction Friends is an educational, library-based podcast that seeks to help the public learn interesting, quirky, and sometimes bizarre facts that can be found in the nonfiction section of their local library. In this episode, we are in section 621.988 exploring the new world of 3D Printing. Music credit:"Digital Lemonade" Kevin MacLeod (inc ...…
 
This week’s episode is an interesting combination of factors. Donn and Mark recorded this episode back in February, but other episodes wound up taking precedence. We reference quite a bit Joanna Penn, a writer and podcaster we both respect a great deal. Joanna has written 26 books, both fiction and nonfiction, and has a lot of insights not only ...…
 
A lot of writers and artists spend a lot of time doubting and feeling unhappy. Why? That’s the question. Part of it is that we’re creative people. Creative people tend to feel big feelings. We live in feelings and interpretations and expression. That can be hard on a heart. It’s hard to believe in yourself when the industry makes it so hard for ...…
 
Nonfiction Friends is an educational, library-based podcast that seeks to help the public learn interesting, quirky, and sometimes bizarre facts that can be found in the nonfiction section of their local library. In this episode, we are in sections 725 (art) and 917 (travel), talking about Walt Disney World!Music credit:"Digital Lemonade" Kevin ...…
 
In this month's Advanced Self-Publishing Salon from the Alliance of Independent Authors, Orna Ross and Joanna Penn discuss self-publishing 3.0. Topics discussed this week include Update from Orna on London Book Fair and associated live events. LBF is among the most author-friendly book fairs. ALLi launched its new member magazine called The Ind ...…
 
Joanna Penn is an author, speaker and entrepreneur. Award-nominated author, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thrillers under J.F.Penn. She also writes inspirational non-fiction for authors and is an award-winning creative entrepreneur and international professional speaker. Her site, TheCreativePenn.com is regularly voted one ...…
 
Peter has written many books on New Zealand's leading creative authors, writers, painters and musicians. His most recent recognition was the 2017 Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in honour of his non-fiction. In this interview we talk about his work as an editor, writer, critic, curator and former academic in New Zealand and Cana ...…
 
Detective Carson “Mac” MacHenry can’t figure out why the Darmes are so interested in this one dead girl or why the secretive federal police have rushed the autopsy or why, a few days later, the records of the dead girl’s murder have been erased from all official government channels. Even stranger to the detective is the manner of death – injuri ...…
 
Nonfiction Friends is an educational, library-based podcast that seeks to help the public learn interesting, quirky, and sometimes bizarre facts that can be found in the nonfiction section of their local library. This week things get spooky as we highlight our very first local author by talking about cryptids! Music credit:"Digital Lemonade" Ke ...…
 
Welcome to episode 67 of the Sexology Podcast, today I’m joined by Erica Garza who talks to us about her book Getting Off, the connection between sexual shame and addiction and the story of her recovery from sexual addiction Born in Los Angeles to Mexican parents, Erica Garza has spent most of her adult life traveling and living abroad. She cur ...…
 
Nonfiction Friends is an educational, library-based podcast that seeks to help the public learn interesting, quirky, and sometimes bizarre facts that can be found in the nonfiction section of their local library. This week we get lost in space! Emily joins the Nonfiction Friends and brings some interesting facts about space while Josh talks abo ...…
 
Nonfiction Friends is an educational, library-based podcast that seeks to help the public learn interesting, quirky, and sometimes bizarre facts that can be found in the nonfiction section of their local library. This week is a very special mini episode with Josh who talk about his experience with baking.Music credit:"Digital Lemonade" Kevin Ma ...…
 
Your Creative Sparks: It’s easy to give up a BAD story, but why might you give up a really GOOD STORY? Your book’s true purpose is to FIND the people you have a SOUL CONTRACT to work with and CHANGE their lives. You can’t say you want to change people’s lives unless you can COME CLEAN about your relationship with MONEY. From the balcony of the ...…
 
As an Author I was struggling today. I had got stuck in the middle of writing a chapter in my book. It’s a non-fiction book on how to become a published author, but the areas making me pause were on the order of the sub chapters... ... my struggle was between organisation v creativity. Have you had similar problems? Explore with me the need for ...…
 
Siân Griffiths reads from “Cunt,” and we interview Creative Nonfiction Editor, Anna Cabe, on why she voted for the piece. Listen here for an glimpse of our latest issue and insight into our selection process.“Cunt” was originally published in Indiana Review 39.2, Fall 2017.Thanks to Youtube Audio Library and John Deley for letting us use “Beer ...…
 
Nonfiction Friends is an educational, library-based podcast that seeks to help the public learn interesting, quirky, and sometimes bizarre facts that can be found in the nonfiction section of their local library. This week we celebrate women's history month! Josh talks about Amelia Earhart and Rebecca talks about Hedy Lemarr!Music credit:"Digit ...…
 
Published on 14 Mar 2018. More of then than not, you are in the middle of your purpose before you realize it’s even started. God has a funny way of taking us on a journey to find our calling, and he is certainly capable of working through us all in a might way, even if we can’t see it. This is why I am so excited to have Matt Brough on the show ...…
 
Published on 14 Mar 2018. More of then than not, you are in the middle of your purpose before you realize it’s even started. God has a funny way of taking us on a journey to find our calling, and he is certainly capable of working through us all in a might way, even if we can’t see it. This is why I am so excited to have Matt Brough on the show ...…
 
Nonfiction Friends is an educational, library-based podcast that seeks to help the public learn interesting, quirky, and sometimes bizarre facts that can be found in the nonfiction section of their local library. This week is a special Fiction spotlight! Josh and Rebecca are discussing their favorite fiction novels - "Jane Eyre" and "Ready Play ...…
 
Do you want to journey deeper into self-awareness, but feel like you need a guide? It can be confusing to hear people rattle off a bunch of numbers and letters trying to help you better understand yourself if you don’t have enough context. Today, I talk with Anne Bogel about her latest book, Reading People, which gives an in-depth look at seven ...…
 
“These pieces are elaborate piecework—perforated, whip stitched, and distressed field-dressed dissections of language. Tortured? Maybe. But lusciously junked & juxtaposed, turned inside out & every which way but…No, in every way they make way.”—Michael Martone; “Imagine an entity composed of sheep, wheat, assholes, clitorises, stars. Why not? T ...…
 
Jon Brody (@ThePokerCEO) is the CEO at Ladder. Ladder is a growth marketing agency helping companies navigate and implement thousands of available tactics to grow revenues. In this episode, Jon talks about his company’s growth marketing playbook, successes, failures and how his professional poker player past helps him market more effectively. S ...…
 
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