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

Following Your Own Threads of Inspiration, featuring Elizabeth Gilbert

In this week’s episode, Brooke and Grant are joined by best-selling author and inspiring human Elizabeth Gilbert in a conversation about the paradigm shift happening around women’s power, specifically when it comes to women writers and women’s stories,…

Finding the Poetry of Your Story, featuring Elizabeth Acevedo

Listening to Elizabeth Acevedo talk about her process, her experience, and her work is poetry in itself. In this episode we talk about how writing is a vehicle for emotional expression that might not necessarily get directed elsewhere and how poetry is…

In Celebration of the Short Form (Short Stories and Essays), featuring Pam Houston

This week’s episode is an exploration and celebration of the short form with one of its masters, Pam Houston. Whether you write essays, short stories, interlocking essays, memoirs-in-essay, or short polemics,

The Unlikely Author, featuring Matt de La Peña

In this week’s episode, Matt la Peña shares how explores how he went from being a non-reader as a kid to becoming a writer and author as an adult, which involved falling in love with Sandra Cisneros’s The House on Mango Street.

The Art (and Cost) of Reckoning, featuring Kiese Laymon

In this honest and heartfelt episode about the power of writing a reckoning (rather than a tell-all), guest Kiese Laymon shares why he wrote his latest memoir, Heavy, as a letter to his mother, how writing the book came at a cost,

The Persistence Payoff, featuring Nancy Davis Kho

This week’s episode is a celebration of persistence, with author Nancy Davis Kho sharing her long journey to publication, how she grew and cultivated her author platform, and her process of writing and shopping work along the way.

Writing without Judgment, featuring Jeannette Walls

To write with dispassion, without judgment, or with distance is something many writers struggle with. In this week’s episode, Jeannette Walls, author of the best-selling memoir, The Glass Castle, shares how she was able to detach herself from judgment …

Writer as Entrepreneur: Project Jumping, Project Juggling, featuring Joanna Penn

Popular author, blogger, and podcaster Joanna Penn joins Grant and Brooke to discuss some of her tips and best practices for staying productive and juggling multiple projects at once. To truly succeed as an authorprenuer takes a lot of discipline,

Mining the Emotional Complexity, featuring Adrienne Brodeur

This week’s guest wrestled with her memoir for forty years, and wrote it in two. In this generous interview, Adrienne Brodeur shares about the many variations this book took over the years, about finding her north star in Vivian Gornick’s words,

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