I used to listen to every episode. It was great for brand new writers. Unfortunately, over time, the 15-minute format has limited deep dives into topics. Also, the hosts have become increasingly political and navel-gazing to the point that it’s almost not listenable. Every new season I give it a...Read full review »
Kat Rosetti via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/09/23
Give me more of that sweet sweet Sanderson Also I don’t like any of the other hosts. Erin and Dan are cool ig.
SoldierHayden via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/09/23
Thank you for continuing to teach me more about writing, more about the world, more about the ways different disabilities affects everything. This helps both my writing and myself. Thank you!
lykkenord via Apple Podcasts · Norway · 01/04/23
While the new hosts are smart, and know a lot about writing, I’ve missed having the team together of Brandon, Dan, Howard, and Mary Robinette. I hope you will be part of the show every once in a while in the future. I’ve loved listening to you every season since the beginning, and it’s like...Read full review »
RuthBBBB via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/26/22
These podcasts are the best
Bahaa MHB via Apple Podcasts · Algeria · 10/15/22
Used to be helpful with great advice and discussions. Now it's more about pushing ideology of a certain kind. Agree or not, the moralistic smugness is thick and they don't entertain reasonable counterviews. Regardless, I wish they wouldn't even bother on that and just focus on the...Read full review »
cheriet via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 10/01/22
Great podcast—packed full of excellent advice. I just wish they would host all their back seasons on Apple podcast instead of only the current one or two. Some things I’d like to listen to are in much earlier seasons and I’m sorry but trying to navigate the website is clunky and not user...Read full review »
Gfirl1256 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/01/22
I found some useful information. Just a couple things that bug me. One for such a short episode I don’t like the cut in for the book of the week in the middle. It disrupts it and changes the topics then onto a new topic then wait back to the other? The other thing is I am trying to listen to...Read full review »
nurself23** via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/14/22
Wow! I wish you guys were my irl pals!!! Imagine the conversations we could have. Thankyou so much for each episode; they are insightful, entertaining and mind blowing. You are my fave podcast!
Lee Harsen via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 05/05/22
I took short production course few years back and I am working on my writing. This podcast is full of fantastic tips and guidance to write better. Very profesional and in depth advice supported with examples. Very easy to follow and understand. I love the homework given at the end of each...Read full review » via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 02/15/22
It’s hard not to love this fun show — “Fifteen minutes long, because you’re in a hurry and we’re not that smart.” The hosts all bring their own unique spin to their subject matter, and their spur-of-the-moment banter keeps the show fresh. They do a great job of talking about theory and then...Read full review »
Oraxis via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/23/21
* I don’t know how to give questions for the mircocast’s. So I’ll just put them on here, and also thank you for the show, it really helps. - what’s your writing schedule on the weekends? - how would you write fight scenes that were a unique fighting form you came up with? - what are some tips to...Read full review »
Logan Hamblin via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/08/21
The earlier seasons of this show are amazing. So much useful content. It’s very hit and miss these days. The master class on poetry and this nice quotient have been tough to listen to.
slappybags007 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/26/21
Was a huge fan and avid listener of this once excellent and informative podcast. Absolute gold in the first 10-11 seasons but once Brandon’s involvement seems to wane it becomes less informative and a lot less useful as a teaching tool. Later seasons are more politically charged and sadly no...Read full review »
InkleDoodle via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 09/14/21
Best writing advice I ever got. It’s fantastic. And it’s even funny sometimes.
fammann via Apple Podcasts · Switzerland · 09/07/21
I’ve been enjoying the discussions and advice until today. During the MICE topic, a guest asks about the origins of the technique. Mary begins with a nearly immediate explanation of political differences between herself and her original teacher OSC. Card’s politics have absolutely nothing to do...Read full review »
Kitty_Blue via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/31/21
I just recently started listening to this but love most everything I’ve heard. The humor and relationships are great. The advice is impeccable!
4282021 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/16/21
I’ve listened to most of the episodes and they’re great. Howard is my favorite to listen to and I love the diversity in the story telling genres. I do skip a few episodes but only the ones that don’t apply to my writing such as writing children, writing historical fiction, etc. it’s definitely...Read full review »
Vampirefetish1 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/06/21
No human voice actually sounds that stilted. Why are they all over-enunciating everything? Is it a rich people thing? You can just talk in your regular voice on a podcast
MikeyM28 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/03/21
I used to get so much value and information for writing out of this podcast. It used to be a wonderful conversation and dialogue. And I really liked it when Mary joined and I hoped for a more balanced and diverse panel. But now... there are for guests as Mary teaches. Just gotta be honest. The...Read full review »
Docedward via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/24/21
It’s really good and has lots to learn, but with the last few episodes about poetry it has just bored me to death. While I see where you are going with it , it doesn’t entertain me very much anymore. Although it is still great, I do not really like how much of coarse their is. But while you will...Read full review »
leprechun67 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/20/21
I started listening to this cast in 2016 and it is still my go to. At the time, I had abandoned writing fantasy because it wasn’t “important” or “literary” enough. This podcast—these writers—helped me pursue my first love again. If you’re new and don’t write genre, there’s plenty here for you,...Read full review »
edbrooks93 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/16/21
I need to echo what many are saying. I expected this to be great with guests like Patrick Rothfuss, but why go off into political discourse? I want to learn about the craft. If I want social studies, I’ll take a class at my nearby community college. Certain other guests and panelists ruin this...Read full review »
Waytogo via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/26/21
I absolutely adore this podcast and have been a listener for years. It’s full of invaluable information about the art and business of writing from actively working and highly successful sci-fi and fantasy authors. Sometimes I wish the shows were longer, but then I remember how generous the hosts...Read full review »
ClareOhBear via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 02/11/21
I’ve listened to this podcast for years and continue to enjoy gleaning knowledge from this great group of writers. The episodes are well titled, so if you’re a writer or a reader, just pick a topic and dive in!
KatReviews2020 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/30/20
This podcast is one of my favorite things in the world, and I listen through the entire archive at least once a year. (I have seven kids, so audio stuff keeps me happy during all the housework!) The advice is spot-on as well as entertaining, and I only argue with Mary (and some of the guests)...Read full review »
gimpypooh via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/08/20
This is my favourite writing podcast: there are so many episodes; they cover so many topics and ideas; they always have interesting guest writers; they all write different types of fiction so there is always variety and range in their discussions. This is the perfect podcast for every type of...Read full review »
generousgardener via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 09/21/20
I’m not wholly insensitive to the issues of marginalization. But, sheesh, does it need to be a main focus of nearly EVERY podcast the last few seasons? Treat it like a dash of spice. Enough to add depth, but not enough to make every dish (episode) start tasting (sounding) the same.
Ostern via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/05/20
For a long while, I found this podcast helpful for learning about the craft of writing. But lately, it seems to have strayed from its original goal. During episode 15.04 with Patrick Rothfuss, Mary Robinette, cried foul about a “sexist” metaphor. I appreciate discussions of tropes and...Read full review »
D St. Amant via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/26/20
I really enjoy this podcast! In some of the early episodes I felt a female perspective was needed. Mary was a welcome addition. She has clearly done a lot of work to consider how words and stories can be marginalizing and offensive. She is wonderfully sensitive in ways many of us are not. We all...Read full review »
Ruby_Klo via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/11/20
I am not fully an author, but am more of an editor. Still, I love learning about the nuances of writing, mentally pan out some of the prompts/homework, and enjoy the hosts and guests. Through this podcast, I’ve been more open to other authors and writing styles/scenes. I’ve paid a bit more...Read full review »
SW_Pants via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/23/20
I love this podcast! It’s so informative and insightful. I’m glad that there is talk of social issues because representation is so important. The episode are pretty short which I really appreciate.
dragonofthewestt via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/14/20
Just amazing tips for writing and so much useful information about the process. One of the only writing podcasts that’s not marketing or interviews
NR.ZR via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 06/18/20
Started listening to this series, then I found out if you use an analogy of a love affair with a dark eyed beauty from Morocco, you’re a racist, and also using gender stereotypes. This white woman, Mary, is an insufferable feminist troll. Sheesh!
Fratellicoh via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/14/20
I’ve been listening for years, and have yet to stray! This is a must listen if you’re a sci-fi or fantasy author.
NancyInBlue via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/22/20
I really enjoy this podcast, but I am increasingly frustrated with one host in particular, and it lessens my enjoyment considerably. It has been so gratifying to see the show moving towards a more and more inclusive model as the seasons progress — touching on issues of representation that are...Read full review »
OneEyeAskew via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/15/20
There are a lot of great writing tips, particularly in series 11 on elemental genre. At a structural level, that series is incredibly helpful for anyone trying to sort out what they are trying to acccomplish with their work. Five stars for that series and for the earlier content, too. Over the...Read full review »
Fierce as a Wolverine via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/09/20
Great content, very inspiring, teaches me a ton about writing and literature!
KTuryna via Apple Podcasts · Czech Republic · 02/17/20
I love the advice I get from it as the master of excuses (like we all are). I see how politically charged it is though and I recognize that this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, even I get annoyed (this coming from a liberal, political science person).
CrankyDM via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/15/20
I would give this podcast a 5 out of 5 except I can’t stand Mary. She takes every opportunity to bring up gender and sexism she can find, and is turning the podcast into “how to write politically correct fiction” which is not what I am tuning in to learn. Please get her off the show.
ConversionChris via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/11/20
Overall the podcast is pretty well done. The hosts are professional authors and are easy to listen to. The run times are a bit short and lead to a lot of really good applicable conversations cutting short and not delving far enough in. Sometimes it seems like they’re scrambling to pour out as...Read full review »
BadAtWriting via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/05/20
What happened to this podcast? These people make things up for a living. That’s awesome! You are bot qualified to speak on social issues. Worse, no one asked you.
Calwarr via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/02/20
Fairly solid writing tips geared mostly towards sci-fi and fantasy authors. I liked the episode about depth vs width as I incorporated some techniques into my novel. However, I find the hosts insanely insufferable. Mary Robinette complained that an analogy about not eliminating dark shiny parts...Read full review »
Basic INFJ via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/28/20
This is a great resource for both aspiring and professional writers.
Erik Slader via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/27/20
Gotta love Mary Robinette telling it how it is in season 15 episode 4. Rothfuss adjusted okay, but I like the honesty of this show. Everybody learns, even the hosts.
Buldry via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/27/20
Guys, we get it, you’re liberals, do you have to spend every episode talking about offending various identities and oppression? Go back to talking about SciFi and writing. Relax, Hillary lost, the world goes on. I just listened for the first time in a year and Mary is calling Patrick Rotfuss a...Read full review »
AreWhy via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/26/20
I’m a new listener thinking starting a book for the first time in 20 years. Thank you for all the great (free!) advice. I just listened to “What Writers Get Wrong” and I have need of clarification, or further understanding. The guest speaker begins by saying she’d love more diversity in fiction...Read full review »
sherrylee99 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/18/20
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