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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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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.…
 
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…
 
Today we spoke with Valerie Miner, author of numerous fiction, nonfiction, and poetry collections. Once, a decade ago, Miner was kind but instructive with my fledging writing and writing career, and I feel privileged to talk with her about her writing today. Watch and Subscribe on YouTube: https://youtu.be/jKI8FjXNT2s…
 
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…
 
Glenn Stout returns to the podcast to talk about the 30th and final edition of Best American Sports writing. His new book, Tiger Girl and the Candy Kid, is available for pre-order. Promotional support for the podcast is shared with The Writers' Co-op, a business podcast for writers. It is hosted by Wudan Yan and Jenni Gritters. Consider supporting …
 
So thrilled to have Pete Croatto (@petecroatto) back on the podcast after a 202-episode drought. His new book, From Hang Time to Prime Time (Atria Books), is out now. In over 300 interviews, Pete tells the story of how NBA became the behemoth it is today. But it all started in the late 1970s to the late 1980s. You can now become a CNFin' Member by …
 
The first Creative Nonfiction Podcast Audio Magazine is on the theme of ISOLATION: Essays about feeling alone. We bring you essays from Damon Brown, Magin LaSov Gregg, Gina Cardarelli, Kristina Gaddy, and April Nance. You'll want to share this with your fellow CNFers because we're going to want to showcase the beautiful work done by these five auth…
 
Meichi Ng (@barelyfunctionaladult) came by the show to talk about her incredible illustrated memoir Barely Functional Adult: It'll All Make Sense Eventually (Harper Perennial). To support the show, you can now become a member at patreon.com/cnfpod. Keep the conversation going on social media @CNFPod and check out the show notes at brendanomeara.com…
 
Being a journalist gave Kermit Pattison the license to be curious. He is the author of Fossil Men: The Quest for the Oldest Skeleton and the Origins of Humankind. It is published by William Morrow. Keep the conversation going on social media @CNFPod and be sure to head over to brendanomeara.com for show notes and to sign up for the monthly newslett…
 
Annie Duke is the author of How to Decide: Simple Tools for Making Better Choices. You can follow her @annieduke on Twitter and visit her website annieduke.com. Keep the conversation going by linking up to @CNFPod on social media and sign up for the monthly newsletters at brendanomeara.com. Reading recommendations, podcast news, and a CNFin' Happy …
 
Authors M. Ellen Dash and Ali Meeks talked with the LITerally Podcast about their new book Conquer Your Fear of the Triathlon Swim. As a swimmer and triathlete, I had a great time reading the step-by-step guide to overcoming anxiety in the water. This is a great book (and podcast, of course) for anyone hoping to turn their fear of open-water swimmi…
 
"That's what the practice is. It's for people who have read enough blog posts or books to know the method, but for whatever reason look straight at the method and blink," says Seth Godin. His 20th book is The Practice: Shipping Creative Work and it's a book for our troubled times. Keep the conversation going on social media @CNFPod and head over to…
 
Edward Parnell (@edward_parnell) comes by the show to talk Kurt Vonnegut, birds, grief, and his book "Ghostland: In Search of a Haunted Country." It is published by William Collins. Keep the conversation going on social media @CNFPod across the Big 3. Be sure you head over to brendanomeara.com for show notes and to sign up for my monthly newsletter…
 
"When you are being controlled by a fear, then you are not being yourself," says Amalia Andrade, @amaliaandrade_ on Twitter. Amalia is the author and illustrator behind What You Think About When You Bite Your Nails: A Fear and Anxiety Workbook (Penguin Life, 2020). Subscribe to the podcast wherever you download them and keep the conversation going …
 
"What can I leave out? And that point where I can start leaving things out becomes very liberating because then, in a way, the reporting continues, but it's narrowing," says Patrick Radden Keefe, a staff writer at The New Yorker, best selling author of Say Nothing, and host of Wind of Change. Follow him @praddenkeefe and follow the podcast @CNFPod.…
 
"I spend a lot of time thinking about promotion," says Kristen Meinzer, author of So You Want to Start a Podcast and How to be Fine, "because this is not Field of Dreams." Follow Kristen on Twitter @kristenmeinzer and while you're at it, follow the show @CNFPod. In this episode we talk about the nuts and bolts of why you should make a podcast and w…
 
"It's when you get stuck and you start to realize something's not right. It's usually because you're wrong," says Catherine Grace Katz, @Catherine_Katz on Twitter. She is the author The Daughters of Yalta: The Churchills, Roosevelts, and Harrimans: A Story of Love and War. It's published by Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt. Follow the show @CNFPod. This…
 
Ashley Molesso and Chess Needham (@ashandchess) are here to talk about their incredible and beautiful book The Gay Agenda: A Modern Queer History and Handbook (Morrow Gift, 2020) as well their stationery business that pushes art into the political realm. This show is sponsored by Scrivener, creative by writers for writers. Use the coupon code NONFI…
 
Elisa Gabbert (@egabbert) returns to talk about her new book The Unreality of Memory (FSG, 2020), as well has her poetry and how it ties into her prose. You'll also hear the five books for her Bookshelf for the Apocalypse and much, much more. This episode is supported by Scrivener, made by writers, for writers. Enter the promo code NONFICTION at ch…
 
Matt Hongoltz-Hetling is a freelance writer and author of A Libertarian Walks into a Bear: The Utopian Plot to Liberate an American Town (And Some Bears). It is published by Public Affairs. Support the show by supporting our flagship sponsor! Scrivener was made by writers for writers. Enter NONFICTION at checkout to receive a 20% discount. Follow t…
 
Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of the Scribd original "Letter to My Rage," as well as the memoir The Chronology of Water, the novels The Book of Joan and The Small Backs of Children, and the collection Verge. This episode was made possible by Scrivener. Enter the coupon code NONFICTION at checkout for 20% of the regular package for macOS and Window…
 
In this all-star break edition, the top ten downloaded interviews of the year and I read from a work-in-progress titled "Raph, the Space Cadet." This episode was made possible by Scrivener, by writers, for writers. And if you enter the coupon code NONFICTION at checkout, you'll get 20% the regular versions of Scrivener for macOS and Windows.…
 
Sian Griffiths, writer and sometimes co-host of the LITerally Podcast, joined us in the time of Covid, only a few miles from her house, via Zoom to talk about her new novel, Scrapple. As with everything in this day and age, we cannot avoid talking about life, the world, and our place in the world in it as writers! Thanks, Sian!…
 
"It's a whole new world. I remember I was reporting for the Stephen Miller book, I went to Trump's first reelection rally in Orlando. And it was the first time that I had ever been in a place where I felt reluctant and kind of scared to tell people that I was a journalist. I wasn't there undercover. I was there to interview people. It made me nervo…
 
Melissa Faliveno, author of Tomboyland: Essays (Topple Books, 2020) joins me on the show to talk about softball, vegetarianism, tornados, and why she wrote essays instead of a memoir. Keep the conversation going on social media @CNFPod.By Brendan O'Meara
 
"Great, so you're at the point in the writing process where you hate all your work. We all do that," says Rose Andersen, @roseandersen. This episode is sponsored by Scrivener, by writers for writers and Casualty of Words, a writing podcast for people in a hurry. Keep the conversation going on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, @CNFPod. See you there…
 
Stephanie Gorton, author of Citizen Reporters: S.S. McClure, Ida Tarbell, and the Magazine that Rewrote America, talks about the sacrifice of writing a book, reading fiction and nonfiction, and what it was like midwifing other people's books into the world before writing her own. This episode is sponsored by Scrivener, made by writers for writers, …
 
It's been a long time coming, but has time really passed over the last few months? Has it really? Here is our fun Literary Death Match Podcast from last year's event. Hosted by Adrian Todd Zuniga, five other writers joined us that day, including Laura Stott, Jan Bottiglieri, Jake Alvey, David Lindes, and Kara Van De Graff. It was a serious riot. An…
 
"That was always my understanding that if you want to be a freelance journalist, you're probably going to have to do a lot of things that you don't want to do. So it creates time space, resources for you to dig into the things that you want to do," says Wudan Yan, @wudanyan on Twitter. This episode is sponsored by Scrivener, created by writers, for…
 
"I wrote a column on my 30th birthday saying things I'd like ,by the time I was 40, was write one good book," says Roy Peter Clark. I'd say he did. Try about a dozen with Writing Tools and Murder Your Darlings being two that you know and love. He's @roypeterclark on Twitter. Follow the show @CNFPod. Let's give a big CNFin' welcome to Scrivener for …
 
Neal Bascomb, the best-selling author, joins us to talk about Faster: How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler's Best (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020), joins us to talk about the book, the essay he wrote as a kid that sent him on this path, and the myriad failed novels that put him on the nonfiction track. Keep the…
 
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