When I can't hold a book in my hands, like when I'm driving or getting ready for work, I like to listen to podcasts. Me and the rest of the world, right?
The list here has a mix of learning and inspiration-type podcasts sprinkled in. As you probably already know, I'm a huge fan of the first one, The New Yorker: Fiction podcast. Read the full list of my favorites below, and feel free to leave personal recommendations in the comments.
To listen, I don't use anything fancy, just the Podcasts app on my iPhone.
My 7 Favorite Podcasts for Writers:
1. The New Yorker: Fiction- I just love this one. A famous author reads another famous author's short story, and then s/he talks about it with fiction editor Deborah Treisman. I think listening and reading good writing seeps into your brain, even if you don't feel like you're doing particularly hard work by listening to a story. The analysis by top writers/editor is just the icing on the cake.
2. The Writer's Market Podcast- Robert Lee Brewer and Brian A. Klems are a good team on this podcast. I think they balance each other out. Recent topics include things like juggling a freelancing career with writing a novel, New Year's resolutions, and copyrights/contracts explained by an attorney.
3. Design Matters with Debbie Millman- This isn't technically a writing podcast, but I think all the creative fields are connected in some way. Debbie interviews the biggest and brightest names (think Jonathan Adler, Seth Godin... I'm not picking a representative sample, but you get the idea).
4. The Kenyon Review Podcast- You can't go wrong with listening to a podcast hosted by one of the best literary journals.
5. Dear Sugars- Again, this isn't really a podcast about writing, but it's co-hosted by Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild, and Steve Almond. They read letters from people seeking advice and interview other people for their thoughts in addition to sharing their own. Their latest interview was with writer Ashley C. Ford.
6. Longform- This one is probably no surprise to you if you already listen to podcasts, but I had to include it on my list.
7. Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing- I actually prefer to read/search for things on this blog, but I've linked to the top 10 Grammar Girl podcasts. It's likely you'll be interested in at least one of these popular questions/topics on grammar.