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We're a podcast for anyone who writes. Every week we talk to writers about their writing journeys and techniques, from early career debuts to self-publishers and narrative designers. We've featured Margaret Atwood, Jackie Kay, Sara Collins, Antti Tuomainen, Val McDermid, Sarah Perry, Elif Shafak and many more! The Writing Life is produced by the National Centre for Writing at Dragon Hall in Norwich.
 
Kelton Reid studies the habits, habitats, and brains of a wide spectrum of renowned writers to learn their secrets of productivity and creativity. Tune in each week to learn how great writers keep the ink flowing, the cursor moving, and avoid block. Explore our archives at writerfiles.fm to find interviews with notable guests that include bestselling authors John Scalzi (Old Man's War), Greg Iles (Natchez Burning), Jay McInerney (Bright Lights, Big City), Kevin Kelly (founder of WIRED magazi ...
 
If you want to know how bestselling authors find the time to write their books, the methods they use to be productive and how they find their ideas you will love this podcast. Writing coach Azul Terronez shares interviews with clients such as Pat Flynn, of the Smart Passive Income, Jon Vroman, of the Front Row Factor, and Dana Malstaff of Boss-Mom, Jadah Sellner of Simple Green Smoothies. Learn from New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling authors. Want to get behind th ...
 
Voice medicine to soothe your soul, from freedom worker, poet, author, and spoken word artist Dr. Jaiya John. Bedtime bliss. Morning meditation. Daytime peace. Comfort. Calm. Soul food. Come, gather around the fire. Let me read for you... Books online wherever books hang out. Learn more at jaiyajohn.com.
 
Join an internationally bestselling children's book author and her down-home husband and their dogs as they try to live a happy, better life by being happier, better people . You can use those skills in writing and vice versa. But we’re not perfect, just like our podcast. We’re cool with that.
 
Author Allison Tait and teacher-librarian-author Megan Daley, co-founders of the Your Kid’s Next Read community, talk books and reading for children of all ages. From board books and picture books, to junior fiction, middle-grade novels and YA blockbusters, they’ll help you find the perfect next book for the young readers in your life. Plus, practical tips on getting (and keeping) kids reading and writing, a whole lot of fun and … YKNR book question bingo.
 
Go behind the book with authors Katie Salidas, Jason LaVelle, and J.E. Taylor, as they give you an inside look at all aspects of the publishing industry. Meet the authors working their way to the top of the slush piles, and see what it takes to bring a story from idea to print.
 
Light-hearted conversation with callers from all over about new words, old sayings, slang, family expressions, and language change and differences, as well as word histories, etymology, linguistics, regional dialects, word games, grammar, books, literature, writing, and more. Listeners of all backgrounds can join author/journalist Martha Barnette and linguist/lexicographer Grant Barrett on the show with their language thoughts, questions, and stories: https://waywordradio.org/contact or word ...
 
Series of short self-contained scenes (vignettes)—entertaining and a wee bit provocative, especially if you are a woman of 'a certain age'. Helen is in her late-70s, adjusting to the reality of her ageing body, determined to claim her status as 'elder', 'crone', 'senior' with dignity, honesty and joy. Her family have other ideas, refusing to accept that she is, quite possibly, old. Written, performed and produced by Aussie-born, Liverpool-based actress, singer-songwriter and performance poet ...
 
Michael MacAuliffe (also known as Max Arthur Macauliffe) was a senior British administrator, prolific scholar and author. Macauliffe is renowned for his translation of Sikh scripture and history into English.This is one of the first (and still one of the few) comprehensive books about the Sikh religion in the English language. MacAuliffe had extensive access to manuscripts of the Sikh sacred writings (the Granth), as well as support from Sikh scholars and leaders of the time. This volume, vo ...
 
In Conversation with God is a daily reflection based on the seven book series of the same name by author Fr. Francis Fernandez-Carvajal. Two million copies of the book have been sold and it has served as a daily spiritual guide for faithful around the world. Now, Relevant Radio will give these writings another dimension by providing the daily reflections and teachings in audio form. Available only through the Relevant Radio app!
 
Authority Self-Publishing is a show where you can get detailed advice from three author marketing experts: Steve Scott, Barrie Davenport, and Ron Clendenin. Primarily, they cover Amazon Kindle publishing strategies (through the KDP platform). But they also offers a variety of marketing tactics you can use to grow your book-based business. Each episode contains 30+ minutes of actionable content you can immediately apply to your writing business. Tune in every Monday and Thursday to get the la ...
 
You are welcome to "LIFE LESSONS" BY KT JOSHUA. A podcast that offers exceptional and outstanding keys to selfdevelopement, personal growth, spiritual growth, spiritual leadership, and relationship Management. This podcast is aimed at Inspiring and impacting billions of people Globally to be informed and transformed. KT Joshua is a Nigerian Minister, conference speaker, teacher, counselor,mentor, relationship/marriage expert, consultant. He is a professional writer, publisher / author, he ha ...
 
Do you have a story inside you that you want to share with the world? Do you dream seeing your name on a bestseller cover? Do you have a special message to tell? If yes, then what are you waiting for? If the reason you have not written a book yet is that you have doubts or you simply don't know where to start, then this podcast is for you. Write 2B Read podcast is created to encourage and inspire writers to become authors. It will have very short episodes with tips, reflections and encourage ...
 
AuthorMBA features one-on-one conversations with today's brightest authors who excel at the business of books. Conversations feature insights into successful business models, revenue streams, publishing strategies, marketing know-how, author platform dos and don'ts, content essentials, career decisions, and more. Writing a good book isn't enough. Selling a good book usually isn't enough either. To thrive in the new book economy, today's most successful authors think like an entrepreneur with ...
 
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.
 
Do you love books? Are you in the mood for a laugh? Join Megan O'Russell's journey as she dives further into the epic adventure of being an author, explores her love and obsession of all things book-related, and finds the humor in writing roadblocks. With twenty books across six series, Megan has taken the Indie Book world by storm. Her journey from traditional publishing to prolific Indie author has been filled with lots of laughter and more than a few tears. Whether you're an avid reader o ...
 
Born an enterprising, forward-thinking and original "Avant-Garde" female, I believe in living a mission-inspired and purposeful life! I am passionate about inspiring women to live into their potential and elevate their confidence, especially visionary female leaders who are looking to scale up their business venture. My work is primarily with Founders, Leaders and professionals (6-figure+), and mission-inspired businesses or social enterprise groups, those who empower other women are especia ...
 
A book on improving eloquence, proficiency and grammar in everyday communication. ‘How to Speak and Write Correctly’ is not a manual of the styles to use in speaking and writing, nor is it a manual for grammar. It is a simple, useful book for helping ordinary people in effective communication. It lays down and explains broad rules of communication, further giving useful tips for effective communication. The book also lists common mistakes in communication and offers suggestions on how best t ...
 
A mysterious crime is being plotted in a tiny garret above a dilapidated apartment building in St Petersburg in Russia. The plotter, Rodion Raskolinikov, is a poor student who has delusions of ridding the world of “worthless vermin” and counter balancing these crimes with good deeds. He commits a murder to test his own theories and prove that crime comes naturally to the human species. Crime and Punishment is a path-breaking novel of ideas that changed the course of novel writing in the 20th ...
 
This is a collection of essays, verbal sketches, and stories by Washington Irving. Irving lived at the Alhambra Palace while writing some of the material for his book. In 1828, Washington Irving traveled from Madrid, where he had been staying, to Granada, Spain. At first sight, he described it as "a most picturesque and beautiful city, situated in one of the loveliest landscapes that I have ever seen." He immediately asked the then-governor of the historic Alhambra Palace as well as the arch ...
 
“Bahaism is not a new religion,” writes Hippolyte Dreyfus-Barney, “It is religion renewed… it does not pretend to represent the whole Truth; on the contrary, it recognises Truth in fundamental principles which are the basis of all former dispensations, and which for that very reason form the standpoint of concord too long lost sight of. And it requires people to renounce ancient superstitions, to abandon the dead letter in order to be penetrated by the living and vivifying spirit, then by th ...
 
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#PodcastersForJustice Co-hosts of the top international podcast "What You Will Learn," Adam Ashton and Adam Jones, spoke to me about why writers should (and can) read more, how to turn a podcast into a book, and The Sh*t They Never Taught You. What You Will Learn became Australia's #1 Book Podcast with over 4 million downloads, 300 episodes, and in…
 
Patty Lennon is a bestselling author, keynote speaker and the founder of The Receiving School. A former corporate banker that discovered there was more to living than making money, she left banking to help others do the same. Patty is a certified coach with a master's in psychology, blending brain science and metaphysics to help her fellow humans f…
 
It’s Be Brave Friday where Shaun or I (from Dogs are Smarter than People and Loving the Strange and just being an author in Maine) share people’s unedited, unfiltered stories, so we can all celebrate the big and little brave things we do all the time. Sometimes we don't even realize we're being brave. Here's Jordan's brave story and we are so grate…
 
W.G. Sebald wrote books including The Emigrants, Austerlitz and The Rings of Saturn, and mixed fiction, history, autobiography and photography . Carole Angier has now published the first biography of Sebald, Speak, Silence: In Search of W.G. Sebald, and is on the podcast today talking to Alice Kent. They go into fine detail about Carole's research,…
 
In Conversation with God is a daily meditation that features the writings of the saints and themes from the liturgical seasons and daily Mass readings. Each podcast will be available on the Relevant Radio App for one day only, so be careful not to miss out on the day’s reflection! In Conversation with God available at Scepter Publishers Install the…
 
Helen sets off to a different park for her walk, and finds a 'big kid' swing. As she walks, she ponders the state of the world, human exceptionalism, how trees communicate with each other, and also surprises herself with a few random memories. Please take a moment to rate and review the podcast if you can, or leave a comment on the website at https…
 
The author of "The Language of Leadership," Joel Schwartzberg, explains how you can make small tweaks to your language to make a big difference in your influence. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Grammar Pop iOS game. Peeve Wars card game. Gram…
 
Reading a short, short children's story I wrote at age 18 when I first started writing. The story begins, "A young boy walking in the fields..." I also update you on the status of my upcoming book, Fragrance After Rain, when you can expect your exclusive website preorders to ship to you, and when the book will be available on the open market. jaiya…
 
I was lucky enough to interview author and writer, Martin Vidal, and pick his brain. I hope you'll check out the video or podcast and give this man some props. I hope you'll listen to one of my favorite interviews yet with one of my new favorite people. Here are some highlights to entice you to listen. On Martin's website he says that he loves to w…
 
In the second of my two part series on taking bold steps in the publishing industry I speak to the owner of a brand new bookshop, Barnabas Christian Bookshop, in Dundee. We talk about making brave decisions and how bookshop managers and authors can work more closely together to put on events that reach the reading public.…
 
Books about books, books inside books… this week, Allison Tait and Megan Daley are celebrating children’s literature featuring books – from picture books to YA novels. Plus, Allison’s got tips for parents who’d like to get kids creating, not consuming, and Megan has some great suggestions for what to gift with books to create a special present. Rea…
 
So, now that we’re into the helpful part of the podcast and no longer talking about women in love with the alligators that attacked them or dogs and cats breaking records together, we thought we’d take a quick look at a big grammar mistake. And that’s when INTO is one word or two.Is it . . . Dude, I am so into you. Or is it . . . Dude, I am so in t…
 
There was a time when William Shakespeare was just another little 7-year-old in school. Classes in his day were demanding -- and all in Latin. A new book argues that this rigorous curriculum actually nurtured the creativity that later flourished in Shakespeare's writing. Don't know Latin? You can still adapt those approaches to stretch and hone you…
 
Today, D.C. and Avery discuss the love and hate aspect of writing. How do you keep the passion alive when your love for a story starts to wane? And when it comes to deadlines, how do you trudge through the parts of the process you hate in order to meet them? ----more---- Books mentioned in this episode: Neon Gods, by Katee Robert A Little Life, by …
 
Lucien’s Voyage - An Oakenfall Chronicle just released and Author Damien Tiller is here to share all the juicy details about this new adventure. Guest Damien Tiller https://www.oakenfallchronicles.com/ Spilling Ink the show that takes you behind the book to meet the authors and professionals in the publishing industry. #writerscommunity #writingcom…
 
Hey, Welcome to LOVING THE STRANGE, where we celebrate the weird and embrace the heck out of it. This week, in honor of Shaun Farrar, our own Florida man, we are talking about Florida men. In ancient times, so back in 2013, Florida man became a meme because there were just so many weird and bizarre news articles (mostly police beats) about Florida …
 
It's Be Brave Friday where Shaun or I (from Dogs are Smarter than People and Loving the Strange and just being an author in Maine) share people's stories, but this week, I'm sharing ours. It's the first time I've talked publicly about this and it's kind of hard. Trigger Warning for parent issues (not us). We have an adorable kid who has autism and …
 
Fresh from the Noirwich Crime Writing Festival comes Megan Abbott's astonishing lecture about the power of crime fiction and true crime to influence and reflect society, and the ethics and responsibilities of being a crime writer. Why has so much crime writing focused on the perpetrator, not the victim? How can representation in the genre improve, …
 
#PodcastersForJustice Award-winning writer and journalist, Leïla Slimani, spoke to me about the challenges of writing historical fiction, impostor syndrome, and what it's like to live In the Country of Others. “Imagination is the strongest, most powerful human capability. It allows everything: you can move in time, in space, create worlds. That’s w…
 
Based on the history of who was sailing the high seas, it's a good bet pirates sounded a lot more multicultural than Ol’ Long John Silver would have us believe. We also discuss when you need a comma before "because" to avoid confusion. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. Join the conversation …
 
A lot of people who have always wanted to write a book end up not writing one because they’re stuck in this phase of whether they should go the traditional publishing route or do self-publishing. Today's episode will focus on how to know what publishing path is right for you: traditional publishing or self-publishing? What We Discuss Today: Knowing…
 
Helen has trouble getting out of the house to go shopping, and Carol, the new salesperson at her local Cheese Shop, doesn't know what Picos Blue is! (Episode 14 "Hey Old Lady!}. Walking home in the rain, Helen and Carol share some private thoughts. If you live in the Liverpool area, you can have your Picos Blue delivered to your door by the marvell…
 
Getting kids started on ‘the classics’ can be great for their vocabulary and knowledge of context, history and the building blocks of a literary life – but when should you introduce them, and how? Megan Daley and Allison Tait discuss these perplexing questions, as well as looking at the role of school librarians and how to keep tweens engaged with …
 
Carrie reads a lot of novels in progress and helps writers make those novels better and one of the big things that happen that keep a book from being super star status is an unsatisfying ending. Yes. Yes, that is about books, not sex, Shaun. But some of the same principles apply to both. You want your ending to be satisfying even if it's an unhappy…
 
A librarian opens a book and finds a mysterious invitation scribbled on the back of a business card. Another discovers a child's letter to the Tooth Fairy, tucked into a book decades ago. What stories are left untold by these forgotten, makeshift bookmarks? Also: a "cumshaw artist" is the wily member of a military unit who knows the shortcuts of pr…
 
Instead of grinding your teeth about "very unique," pat yourself on the back for recognizing a widespread case of lexical broadening. Plus, we talk about why some people capitalize "Delta variant" and some don't. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter…
 
We have a new Early Career Writers' Resource Pack, and it's all about STRUCTURE. On the podcast we're thrilled to have journalist Chitra Ramaswamy interviewing Rebecca Watson about her stunning debut Little Scratch, which was shortlisted earlier this year for the Desmond Elliott Prize. Rebecca details the book's unique design and how the story and …
 
Shayna Hammond is a leadership and life coach who has developed thousands of leaders within the education and nonprofit sectors for nearly 20 years. She's the Founder and CEO of Lead for Liberation and Shayna Renee, a coaching practice dedicated to creating spaces, methods and conditions for black women in leadership to thrive. What We Discuss with…
 
Helen has been commissioned to write her memoir, and she is still not convinced that she has anything special to write about. So her publisher and long time friend Joey has asked Sadie, another old friend from college to give her some encouragement. Sadie and Helen were never close, but now find they have quite a lot in common. Support the show (ht…
 
From birds and bees to changing bodies, Allison Tait and Megan Daley recommend puberty books for tweens – and the adults in their lives. Plus, Megan looks at how to include a makerspace in school libraries and Allison encourages kids to write what they don’t know (yet). Read the show notes for all book references at yourkidsnextread.com Connect wit…
 
Let’s talk about subtext. And to talk about it, we’ve got to define that baby. So here goes. Masterclass defines subtext as: “In day-to-day life, there are often wide gaps between what people say and what they are thinking. These gaps can collectively be referred to as subtext—and they are valuable territory for fiction writers. Ernest Hemingway, w…
 
First-person Present Tense is often hated, but why? In this episode we chat about the reasons many dislike it, but also the ways it can be useful. We share excerpts from our writing that illustrate possible ways to tackle some common pitfalls of this tense/POV combo, as well. CORRECTION: Toward the end of the podcast while discussing Howl's Moving …
 
Youngsters want to know: What's the difference between barely and nearly, and what's so clean about a whistle, anyway? Plus, adults recount some misunderstandings from when they were knee-high to a grasshopper. Kids do come up with some surprisingly creative interpretations of words and phrases the rest of us take for granted! Read full show notes,…
 
The inimitable Kate Mosse joins the podcast to talk about her work on The Women's Prize for Fiction and her career as an author of fiction and non-fiction. Talking with Sarah Bower, Kate discusses the Discoveries writer development programme (opening for applications this month!), how the context of the Women's Prize has changed over the years, why…
 
#PodcastersForJustice Internationally bestselling novelist and short story author, Nickolas Butler, spoke to me about working sh*tty jobs, the irony of his latest title, Godspeed, and defining the modern western. Nickolas is an Iowa Writers' Workshop grad and author of the award-winning novel Shotgun Lovesongs, The Hearts of Men, and Little Faith, …
 
We naked apes have been making up sayings with the word "naked" for a long time. Plus, we talk about how to pronounce "short-lived" and when to capitalize "earth." Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Grammar Pop iOS game. Peeve Wars card game. Gra…
 
In today's episode, Jeff Brown is going to talk about his new book Read to Lead. Jeff is also an award-winning radio producer personality and former nationally syndicated morning show host. He currently hosts the podcast Read to Lead. What We Discuss with Jeff Brown: His intention behind the book Selecting the ideal readers for his book Characteris…
 
Susie has lunch with her grandmother Helen, then heads off to visit her parents. Helen calls daughter Janey to let her know Susie is on her way, and Jonathan answers the phone. Jonathan is also from Australia originally, so he and Helen have some cultural tropes in common, like the First Dog on the Moon. And Helen want to discuss 'women's business'…
 
Allison Tait and Megan Daley look at why cookbooks are great for kids (beyond the delicious creations) and have recommendations for everyone from tots to teens. Plus, we look at why reading out loud is essential – and not just to develop reading skills, but writing skills as well. And Allison shares her number one Book Week writing tip. Read the sh…
 
We’ve all met them. The human at a party, in a line, or god-forbid sitting next to you in an airplane and they talk and talk and talk and don’t pause to breathe. Do you enjoy those people? Not usually. Do you want them to shut the heck up for a half second? Usually. Well, writers, we hate to tell you all this, but we are guilty of doing this to our…
 
Cat hair may be something you brush off, but cat hair is also a slang term that means "money." In the same way, cat beer isn't alcoholic -- some people use cat beer as a joking term for "milk." And imagine walking on a beach with a long stretch of shoreline. With each step, the ground makes a squeaking sound under your feet. There's a term for the …
 
Tonight we’re talking about weird hobbies. And on the podcast itself we talk a lot more about this than we do in these notes. We even talk about WHY people have hobbies. What I like is when people who don’t even realize that their hobbies are weird or maybe just embarrassing. Coburg Banks has a list of weird hobbies people actually put on their res…
 
Here on Be Brave Friday we share Be Brave stories from our home in Maine because we want us all to ban together and be stronger, braver humans. This week, we found a few Be Brave moments on a Reddit thread (link in the notes) about “what improved your quality of life so much, you wish you did it sooner.” That might not seem like a place where being…
 
Simon is joined on the pod today by Tom Whyman, author of Infinitely Full of Hope: Fatherhood and the Future in an Age of Crisis and Disaster. Part philosophical theory and part memoir, Tom wrote the book while awaiting the birth of his child and deals with the challenge of maintaining hope in increasingly desperate times. Meanwhile, Steph and Simo…
 
Season 2 is on! Helen (in London) and her old college friend Joey (in Sydney) are chatting on Zoom, when Joey gets an unexpected phone call from Sadie, another college friend, who lives in New Hampshire, and connects her up with Helen. The joys of modern technology! They muse on the way Shakespeare is the voice of the Zeitgeist, and what? Rozzie ne…
 
#PodcastersForJustice Decorated speculative fiction and YA author and pundit, Charlie Jane Anders, chatted with me about the genesis of storytelling, how to weather 20 years of rejection, write through hard times, and her latest how-to for writers Never Say You Can’t Survive. "Being a writer doesn't have to mean you have a cool haircut and live in …
 
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