Write-minded Podcast

Hosted ByBrooke Warner & Grant Faulkner

Write-minded: Weekly Inspiration for Writers is for writers craving a unique blend of inspiration and real talk about the ups and downs of the writing life. Hosted by Brooke Warner of She Writes and Grant Faulkner of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), each theme-focused episode of Write-minded features an interview with a writer, author, or publishing industry professional. There’s always a takeaway at the end of each show for listeners, too. Brooke and Grant interview writers, authors, and publishing industry folks, and bring to this weekly podcast their shared spirit of community, collaboration, and a deeply held belief that everyone is a writer, and everyone’s story matters.


All Episodes

The Highs and Lows of Authoring a Series, featuring Michelle Cox

Series enthusiasts, this week’s episode tackles the why, the how, the ups, and the downs of series writing with She Writes Press author Michelle Cox, who’s written five books so far in her Henrietta and Inspector Howard series.

Making Your Words Matter, featuring Jacqueline Woodson

In this week’s episode, guest Jacqueline Woodson’s very interview is a window into the power of words. We touch upon meaning, taking the time to consider what words you put on the page, the value of slow reading,

Building Bridges Across Borders, featuring Luis Alberto Urrea

In this week’s episode, Grant and Brooke speak with the ever-charming storyteller and best-selling author Luis Alberto Urrea about borders and how borders are often bridges to understanding. In this interview,

In Defense of Memoir, featuring Mary Karr

Even though Mary Karr has called memoir “a bastard,” and “an ugly little genre,” she’s also its biggest defender and champion. This interview, which kicks off the third year of Write-minded, covers some of the big topics that weigh on memoirists’ minds…

Ready, Set, Publish, featuring Courtney Maum

It’s back to school—in the weirdest possible iteration we’ve ever known, but still . . . And it’s in the back-to-school spirit that Brooke, Grant, and guest Courtney Maum talk about how to get published and how to stay published,

Extra! Extra! YA Special, featuring Nic Stone and Elizabeth Acevedo

Young Adult novels are all the rage—because they’re not exclusively for young-adult readers; really these books are for everyone. These two interviews with YA superstar authors Nic Stone and Elizabeth Acevedo are both inspiring and timely.

Extra! Extra! Memoir Special, featuring Kiese Laymon and Jeannette Walls

If you listen to Write-minded regularly, you know we have a soft spot for memoir—Brooke teaches it; Grant is wavering about whether to write one himself. So we’re bringing back two favorite guest interviews,

Extra! Extra! Dystopian Fiction Special, featuring Veronica Roth and Cory Doctorow

This week Grant and Brooke are digging into their archived interviews to feature the first of three genre-specific mash-up episodes, starting with dystopian fiction—because, as Cory Doctorow’s novel Radicalized claims, “Dystopia is now!

Productive Procrastination, featuring Bridget Quinn

In this week’s episode, Grant and Brooke share their worst moments of procrastination, and both come to the awareness that they probably are productive procrastinators. This week’s guest, Bridget Quinn, has some important insights into this topic,

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