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Children's Book Writers
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Podcasts on Writing: A Starter List From Our Members

Motivation? Craft? Research? Keeping up with the publishing world?

All in a portable, on-the-go format?

Yes, please.

Here’s a starting list of podcasts for and about writers, recommended by our region’s traditionally published members:


Two episodes to try: Episode 4–Marietta Zacker

A Conversation with Jane Yolen


Book Friends Forever

Two episodes to try: Celebrity Books and Social Media

Hustle Culture and the Great Resignation



Two episodes to try: The Art of Graphic Novel Adaptations, with Gareth Hinds

Career Building with Guest Author Kate Messner


Fiction Writing Made Easy

Two episodes to try: How to Test Your Story Idea Before Writing

How to Plan Your Writing Projects for the New Year


Ask a Librarian with Julie Chavez

Two episodes to try: Collecting and Seeking Stories

Libraries and Bookstagram



Two episodes to try: Van G. Garrett – Kicks

Julie Hedlund – Over, Bear! Under, Where?


Picture Book Summit

Two episodes to try: Samantha Berger – 5 Tips for Funny Picture Books

Emma Walton Hamilton – Submission Savvy


Ologies with Alie Ward (science podcast)

Two episodes to try: Echinology (Sea Urchins and Sand Dollars) with Rich Mooi

Carnivore Ecology (Lions, Tigers, & Bears) with Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant


The Sh** No One Tells You About Writing

Two episodes to try: The Importance of Endings – Lisa Scottoline

Framing Scenes, Writing a YA Series, and A Bookseller Recommends Comps


How Writers Write

Two episodes to try: How Fiona Davis Writes

How Maurice Ruffin Writes


The Next Best Seller with Madie Bramble

Two episodes to try: Cam Wolf—Killing it at Self-Publishing

Frank L. Cole – Dragons, Trolls, and Wizards Oh My!