Writers Who Don't Write

Writers Who Don't Write

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Hosted by Jeff Umbro and Kyle Craner, this project began as a way for the two of them to get over their own fears of writing, and slowly morphed into an inspiring multi-year project to tell the stories others find difficult. Each episode brings a well-…


V.E. Schwab
Oct 17, 2018 • 57 min
Victoria “V.E.” Schwab is the #1 NYT, USA, and Indie bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including Vicious, the Shades of Magic series, and This Savage Song. Her work has received critical acclaim, been featured by EW and The New York Times,…
Kwame Alexander
Oct 3, 2018 • 38 min
Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times Bestselling author of 28 books, including SWING, SOLO, and REBOUND, the follow-up to his, NEWBERY medal-winning middle grade novel, THE CROSSOVER. Some of his other works include BOOKED, a…
Camille Perri
Sep 19, 2018 • 51 min
Camille Perri is the author of The Assistants and When Katie Met Cassidy, and former books editor at Cosmo and Esquire. We sat down to talk with her about how her role as a books editor informed her writing, how she got her start, and what happened when…
Matthew Pearl
Sep 5, 2018 • 58 min
This week we sat down with author Matthew Pearl to discuss his path from studying law to writing and researching six(!) novels including The Dante Chamber, The Last Bookaneer, The Technologists, The Last Dickens, The Poe Shadow, and The Dante Club. Learn…
Jeff Pearlman
Jul 25, 2018 • 63 min
We chat with journalist and author Jeff Pearlman about writing profiles, writing about sports and the people who play them, and what it takes to do great research. Jeff has written several books including but not necessarily limited to Football for a…
Jennifer Wright
Jul 11, 2018 • 68 min
Jennifer Wright is the Author of Get Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them, and It Ended Badly: Thirteen of The Worst Break-Ups In History, is a political editor at Harper’s Bazaar, and has written for publications like…
Jim Butcher
Jun 27, 2018 • 48 min
Jim Butcher is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and the Cinder Spires. He lives in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. He came on the show this week to discuss his career, his most recent book Brief Cases, which…
2018 Summer Reading List
Jun 13, 2018 • 26 min
In this episode, in lieu of an author interview, Jeff and Kyle talk about the books they’re currently reading, as well as the books that are on their respective reading lists for this summer. Kyle’s fantasy heavy list includes The Kingkiller Chronicles…
John Green via Off Track
May 30, 2018 • 34 min
This week on the show we’re trying something a little bit different. Another podcast Jeff produces via The Podglomerate was able to get an interview with legendary author John Green, so we decided to play it for you. This was a two parter, so if you…
Melissa Albert
May 16, 2018 • 52 min
This week on the show we speak with NYT bestselling author Melissa Albert, who’s new novel The Hazel Wood is out now. We discuss what it’s like to write your first novel, to write without knowing quite where you’re going (at least at first) and about how…
Born to the Blade: Michael R. Underwood, Marie Brennan, and Cassandra Khaw
May 2, 2018 • 38 min
We sat down with Michael R. Underwood, Marie Brennan, and Cassandra Khaw; three of the four authors of Born to the Blade. Born to the Blade is a new serialized fiction offering from Serial Box - a company that specializes in serialized fiction in…
Tom Rachman
Apr 18, 2018 • 48 min
Tom Rachman is the author of four books, including The Imperfectionists, The Rise & Fall of Great Powers, Basket of Deplorables, and his most recent work The Italian Teacher. We spend a lot of time discussing Tom’s writing and revising process, we get…
Stina Leicht
Apr 4, 2018 • 46 min
Stina Leicht is the author of four novels: Blackthorne, Cold Iron, Of Blood and Honey and And Blue Skies From Pain. Her Feminist essays were featured in the Hugo Award winning Women Destroy Science Fiction! Issue of Lightspeed Magazine. She is currently…
Paul Cantor
Mar 21, 2018 • 65 min
Paul Cantor is a Writer and Music Producer who’s written for major publications like Vice, Rolling Stone, Esquire, NY Mag, Fader, Vulture, and many many more. He’s recently focused on publishing stories to Medium while he finishes his first book and we…
Michael Finkel
Mar 7, 2018 • 71 min
Michael Finkel is a journalist who has written for The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Men’s Journal, The Atlantic, and Skiing Magazine, among others. He is the author of Stranger in the Woods and True Story, which was turned into a major motion picture…
Dara Horn
Feb 21, 2018 • 62 min
Dara Horn is the award winning author of Eternal Life, as well as four other novels: A Guide For The Perplexed, All Other Nights, The World To Come, and In The Image. She’s also written a non-fiction book called The Rescuer, as well as pieces for major…
John August
Feb 7, 2018 • 70 min
John August is the author of Arlo Finch and the Valley of Fire and the host of Scriptnotes and Launch. He’s mostly known as a screenwriter. His credits include Go, Big Fish, Charlie’s Angels, Titan A.E., Charlie and Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride and…
Neel Mukherjee
Jan 24, 2018 • 68 min
Neel Mukherjee is a Calcutta born author living in London. His third book, A State of Freedom, was just published by WW Norton in January 2018 and is available wherever books are sold. The music at the top and the bottom of the hour is brought to you by…
The 2017 Recap
Jan 10, 2018 • 39 min
Jeff and Kyle sit down to recap the books they read in 2017, what they’re looking forward to in 2018, and where some of our previous guests are at in life and their careers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rerun: Lillian Cunningham
Dec 27, 2017 • 60 min
Writers Who Don’t Write interviewed Lillian Cunningham in March of 2017 regarding her role as the editor of the Washington Post’s On Leadership section and host of the popular Presidential podcast. She sat down with us to chat about writing, producing and…
The Star Wars (Novelist) Episode
Dec 13, 2017 • 63 min
Claudia Gray, Delilah Dawson and Ken Liu have authored nearly a dozen original Star Wars stories between them. They join the Writers Who Don’t Write this week to discuss writing within the Star Wars universe and everything that encompasses. Claudia Gray…
Andy Weir
Nov 15, 2017 • 66 min
Andy Weir is the author of The Martian and, most recently, Artemis. Though he’s wanted to be a writer his whole life, it was just a few years ago with the runaway success of The Martian that he was able to do so. He’s a lifelong space nerd and a devoted…
Amy Rose Spiegel
Nov 1, 2017 • 66 min
Amy Rose Spiegel is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor. Currently, she’s the editor-in-chief of Talkhouse Music, where musicians become critics and essayists. Previously, she was a story editor at Rookie and an associate editor at BuzzFeed. She is the…
Elliot Ackerman
Oct 18, 2017 • 62 min
Elliot Ackerman is an American author and journalist, currently based in Istanbul. Prior to his writing career, he served five distinguished tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. His books are Green on Blue and Dark at the Crossing, and he’s written for…
Doug Stanton
Oct 4, 2017 • 73 min
Doug Stanton is a journalist, lecturer, screenwriter, and author of the New York Times bestsellers In Harm’s Way and Horse Soldiers. Horse Soldiers is the basis for a Jerry Bruckheimer-produced movie by the same name, starring Chris Hemsworth and Michael…
Claire Messud
Sep 20, 2017 • 72 min
Claire Messud is a recipient of Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellowships and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Author of five previous works of fiction including her most recent novel, The Burning Girl. She chats with us…
The McElroys
Sep 6, 2017 • 39 min
Justin, Travis and Griffin McElroy from My Brother, My Brother and Me have recruited their dad Clint for a campaign of high adventure. Join the McElroys as they find their fortune and slay an unconscionable number of … you know, kobolds or whatever in ……
Sara Novic
Aug 23, 2017 • 53 min
Sara Novic is the author of Girl At War, a critically acclaimed novel about the Croatian Civil War, told through decades and perspectives. Sara is also the fiction editor of Blunderbuss Magazine, a Professor at Stockton University, and deaf. We jump into…
Jennifer Brody
Aug 9, 2017 • 60 min
Jennifer Brody is the author of the award-winning Continuum Trilogy and chats with us about YA, science fiction, world building and the film and book industry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Brendan O’Connor
Jul 26, 2017 • 71 min
Brendan O’Connor is a reporter for the Special Projects unit at Gizmodo. In the past he’s written for The Awl and was a staff writer at Gawker (RIP). He discusses his career, his research habits, the Hulk Hogan fiasco, and Donald Trump. Learn more about…
Dave Weigel
Jul 13, 2017 • 66 min
Dave Weigel is a National Reporter for the Washington Post and author of the book The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock. He chats with us today about writing about politics in the current political atmosphere, his career trajectory, and…
Ken Liu
Jun 28, 2017 • 75 min
A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, Ken Liu is the author of The Dandelion Dynasty, a silkpunk epic fantasy series and The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, a collection of short stories. He’s currently working on a Star Wars novel,…
Aaron Lammer
Jun 14, 2017 • 65 min
Aaron Lammer is a proprietor of Longform.org and a host of the popular Longform Podcast. He writes songs with the artist Francis and the Lights, who in 2016 alone worked collaboratively with Bon Iver, Kanye West, The Weeknd, Frank Ocean and Chance the…
Doree Shafrir
May 30, 2017 • 64 min
Doree Shafrir is a Senior Tech Writer at BuzzFeed News and has worked as an editor or staff writer at Rolling Stone, the New York Observer, Gawker, and Philadelphia Weekly, and has contributed to publications including the New York Times, The New Yorker,…
Beau Lotto
May 17, 2017 • 63 min
Beau Lotto is one of the few speakers to have given two TED talks, which have amassed over 5 million views combined. He has also spoken at Google’s Zeitgest Minds, Wired, G8 and made significant programme contributions to BBC’s Horizon, National…
Nathan Hill
May 3, 2017 • 69 min
Nathan Hill’s debut novel The Nix was named the #1 book of the year by Audible and Entertainment Weekly, as well as one of the year’s best books by The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Slate, Amazon, and many others. Hill’s short stories have…
Colin Barrett
Apr 19, 2017 • 72 min
Colin Barrett is an Irish short story writer and the author of the critically acclaimed Young Skins. He’s won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, The Guardian First Book Award, and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. His work has been…
Bonus: Alyssa Cowit & Greg Dunbar of Live From Snack Time
Apr 12, 2017 • 38 min
Alyssa Cowit teaches at an elementary school in New York City. In May 2015, she started the Instagram account Live from Snack Time with Greg Dunbar, a digital marketing manager with Walt Disney Studios. Together they have grown Live from Snack Time to a…
Corinne Fisher
Apr 5, 2017 • 55 min
Corinne Fisher is a stand-up comedian, writer and actor. She co-hosts the wildly popular Guys We F**cked: The Anti Slut-Shaming Podcast with Kyrstyna Hutchinson, which now boasts a million+ listeners worldwide. Their book, FUCKED, will be published in…
Lillian Cunningham
Mar 22, 2017 • 63 min
Lillian Cunningham is the editor of the Washington Post’s On Leadership section and host of the popular Presidential podcast. She sat down with us to chat about writing, producing and hosting a poiltical podcast during the 2016 election, what comes next,…
Louise O’Neill
Mar 8, 2017 • 62 min
Louise O’Neill is the Irish young adult author of Asking For It and Only Ever Yours. The Guardian called her the “best YA fiction writer alive today” and the New York Times called Asking For It “riveting and essential.” She has won all the awards, and…
Mike Brown
Feb 22, 2017 • 62 min
Mike Brown is a standup comic and writer based in Harlem, New York. He was named one of Rooftop Comedy’s Comics to Watch, Caroline’s Best of New Talent, has performed at Comedy Central’s New York Comedy Festival, The San Francisco Sketchfest, The Lucille…
Alana Massey
Feb 8, 2017 • 65 min
Alana is a writer covering identity, culture, virtue and vice for basically every outlet there is, save The New Yorker which she gets into in this interview. This week on the show she discusses what it’s like to write with an audience in mind, One…
Bonus: Sanura Williams from MyLitBox.com
Feb 3, 2017 • 10 min
Writers Who Don’t Write is brought to you this week by My Lit Box. Each month you’ll receive a newly released novel by a writer of color as well as some book related goodies. A book lover’s dream, delivered straight to your mailbox. Listeners of the show…
Margaret Eby
Jan 25, 2017 • 76 min
Margaret Eby is a journalist and critic who writes about books, movies, music, television, and various cultural ephemera. She currently works as culture editor at ExtraCrispy, a new Time Inc. food site. Previously, she was the features and essays editor…
Phil Klay
Jan 11, 2017 • 72 min
Phil Klay is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in Iraq’s Anbar Province from January 2007 to February 2008 as a Public Affairs Officer. After being discharged he went to Hunter College and received an MFA.…
Blair Braverman
Oct 12, 2016 • 70 min
Blair Braverman is a nonfiction writer and dogsledder whose work has appeared in This American Life, The Atavist, Buzzfeed, Orion, The Best Women’s Travel Writing and elsewhere. She is training for the Iditarod, a 1100-mile dogsled race across Alaska. Her…
Mychal Denzel Smith
Oct 5, 2016 • 77 min
Mychal Denzel Smith is a Knobler Fellow at The Nation Institute and a contributing writer for The Nation magazine. He has also written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, Salon, Feministing.com, The Guardian, The Root, theGrio, ThinkProgress, and The…
Hollie Overton
Sep 28, 2016 • 56 min
Hollie Overton is an author and screenwriter based in Los Angeles. She writes for or has written for the show’s Shadowhunters and The Client List, and her new book Baby Doll was out this summer. She sat down with us this week to discuss her history in…
Mark Manson
Sep 21, 2016 • 67 min
Mark Manson is an author, blogger and entrepreneur. He writes personal development advice that doesn’t suck. His new book, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life, was released last week. He’s written essays…
Stephanie Danler
Sep 14, 2016 • 70 min
Stephanie Danler is a writer based in Brooklyn. She holds an MFA in creative writing from The New School and is the author of the newly released novel Sweetbitter. She’s written essays for Travel + Leisure, Lit Hub, Vogue and The Paris Review. She sat…
Evan Ratliff
Sep 7, 2016 • 79 min
Evan Ratliff is the CEO, co-founder and editor of Atavist Magazine. This past July he collected 10 pieces of journalism from the magazine’s five year history in a new book from Norton called Love and Ruin. Evan is also a co-host of the Longform podcast…
Tanwi Nandini Islam
Jun 28, 2016 • 66 min
Tanwi Nandini Islam, author of Bright Lines, a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, speaks to Writers Who Don’t Write about running a retail business while maintaining a writing career, putting herself out there on the Internet as a…
Reza Farazmand
Jun 22, 2016 • 50 min
Reza Farazmand draws comics and writes things at Poorly Drawn Lines (PDL). PDL’s Wikipedia page is ridiculous, mostly because it’s accurate, so I’m going to post the whole thing here. “Poorly Drawn Lines features mostly standalone comic strips that range…
Ester Steinberg
Jun 15, 2016 • 71 min
Ester Steinberg is a comedian in Los Angeles. She is the star of Oxygen’s hit show Funny Girls. Her dark comedy smoking whitefish is currently in development at ABC. She was recently featured in Time Out LA for her hugely popular Kibitz Room Comedy Show…
Matt Lubchansky
Jun 8, 2016 • 57 min
Matt Lubchansky is a cartoonist and an editorial assistant at The Nib, which is a cartoon website relaunching this summer at First Look Media. He’s the author/co-author of three books; co-author of the recently published Dad Magazine (Quirk Books 2016), a…
Dana Schwartz
Jun 1, 2016 • 65 min
Dana Schwartz is an arts and entertainment writer for the New York Observer. She was formerly a New Yorker cartoon assistant and a staff writer and video producer at Mental Floss. She runs the parody Twitter accounts for @guyinyourMFA and @dystopianya. In…
Tim Urban (Part II of II)
May 25, 2016 • 69 min
Tim Urban is the head writer for Wait But Why, a very unique blog with a cult following that Kyle and I love. We love it so much, in fact, that we convinced Tim to sit in our sweltering studio for almost 3 hours and then cut that recording into two parts.…
Tim Urban (Part I of II)
May 18, 2016 • 73 min
Tim Urban is a writer for Wait But Why, a very unique blog with a cult following that Kyle and I love. We love it so much, in fact, that we convinced Tim to sit in our sweltering studio for almost 3 hours and then cut that recording into two parts. In…
Jessica Pressler
May 11, 2016 • 73 min
Jessica Pressler is a contributing writer for New York Magazine and has written for Elle, GQ, and a number of other outlets. She speaks to us this week about some of her profile pieces on the titans of the finance world, celebrity interviews, the…
Jason Diamond
Apr 27, 2016 • 68 min
Jason Diamond is an associate editor at Men’s Journal and the author of the forthcoming book, Searching for John Hughes. Prior to this he was an editor at Jewcy.com and Flavorpill, and he founded the literary website Vol. 1 Brooklyn. His work has been…
Kevin Nguyen
Apr 20, 2016 • 77 min
Kevin Nguyen is the editorial director for Google Play Books. Before this, he was a book reviewer at Grantland, worked at Amazon and Oyster Books, and has published online at The Paris Review, The New Republic, The Atlantic, The Millions, and elsewhere.…
Aaron Edwards
Apr 13, 2016 • 60 min
Aaron Edwards is a mobile editor at Buzzfeed News. Before that, he was an editor at Breaking News, at Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome, and at the New York Times as a James Reston Reporting Fellow. He also held internships at The AP London…
Lev Grossman
Apr 6, 2016 • 75 min
Lev Grossman is TIME Magazine’s book critic, their lead technology writer and the author of The Magicians, The Magician King and The Magician’s Land. You may have heard Lev’s name recently, as he was (one of two reporters) responsible for writing the TIME…
Ian Hunt
Apr 1, 2016 • 50 min
Ian Hunt came on the show this week to tell us a story about definitely almost maybe potentially meeting Daniel Radcliffe in a story that is a lot like what it’s like to live in New York: dirty, confusing, exhilarating, and soul crushing all at the same…
Bijan Stephen
Apr 1, 2016 • 57 min
Bijan Stephen, an associate editor for The New Republic. Bijan has written for Wired, The New Republic, Fast Company (Today in Tabs), TIME, and more than a dozen other outlets, is our guest on the show this week. Prolific doesn’t really do him justice.…
Clive Thompson
Apr 1, 2016 • 89 min
Clive Thompson, a journalist for Wired and The New York Times Magazine among many other outlets, is our guest on the show this week. He’s the author of Smarter Than You Think and you can find him online at smarterthanyouthink.net and at his blog at…
Laurie Frankel
Apr 1, 2016 • 51 min
Laurie Frankel joins us via Skype from Seattle to discuss her work, her life, and her untold stories. Laurie is a writer, teacher and a parent. She’s on the board of Seattle7 Writers, a literary nonprofit based in the Pacific Northwest and her third novel…
Victoria Taylor
Apr 1, 2016 • 73 min
Victoria Taylor is our guest on the show this week. Victoria has worked at ID PR, Reddit and WeWork and is a rock star in the community building world of the Internet. We discussed Shake Shack, books, making people smile, her new role at WeWork, some of…
Matt Gallagher
Apr 1, 2016 • 59 min
Matt Gallagher was an Army Captain in Iraq in 2007 and 2008 and kept a blog called Kaboom during his tour. In June of 2008, the Army asked him to shut down the website. In this episode, we explore why, we discuss Matt’s new book Youngblood, and we talk…
Teaser
Apr 1, 2016 • 0 min
Writers Who Don’t Write is an hour-long longform interview show about telling the stories our guests never could, hosted by Jeff Umbro and Kyle Craner. We publish new episodes on Wednesday nights. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…