Writers Who Don't Write

71 EpisodesProduced by Jeff Umbro & Kyle Craner / The PodglomerateWebsite

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-known creative into the studio to discuss his or… read more

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V.E. Schwab

October 17th, 2018

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 …

Kwame Alexander

October 3rd, 2018

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, …

Camille Perri

September 19th, 2018

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 …

Matthew Pearl

September 5th, 2018

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 …

Jeff Pearlman

July 25th, 2018

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 …

Jennifer Wright

July 11th, 2018

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 …

Jim Butcher

June 27th, 2018

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 …

2018 Summer Reading List

June 13th, 2018

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 …

John Green via Off Track

May 30th, 2018

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. …

Melissa Albert

May 16th, 2018

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 …

Born to the Blade: Michael R. Underwood, Marie Brennan, and Cassandra Khaw

May 2nd, 2018

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 …

Tom Rachman

April 18th, 2018

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 …

Stina Leicht

April 4th, 2018

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 …

Paul Cantor

March 21st, 2018

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 …

Michael Finkel

March 7th, 2018

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 …

Dara Horn

February 21st, 2018

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 …

John August

February 7th, 2018

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 …

Neel Mukherjee

January 24th, 2018

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 …

The 2017 Recap

January 10th, 2018

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. 

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Rerun: Lillian Cunningham

December 27th, 2017

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 …

The Star Wars (Novelist) Episode

December 13th, 2017

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 …

Andy Weir

November 15th, 2017

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 …

Amy Rose Spiegel

November 1st, 2017

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 …

Elliot Ackerman

October 18th, 2017

Elliot Ackerman is an American author and journalist, currently based in Istanbul. Prior to his writing career, he served five distinguished tours of …

Doug Stanton

October 4th, 2017

Doug Stanton is a journalist, lecturer, screenwriter, and author of the New York Times bestsellers In Harm’s Way and Horse Soldiers. Horse Soldiers …

Claire Messud

September 20th, 2017

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 McElroys

September 6th, 2017

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 …

Sara Novic

August 23rd, 2017

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 …

Jennifer Brody

August 9th, 2017

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.  

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Brendan O'Connor

July 26th, 2017

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). …

Dave Weigel

July 13th, 2017

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 …

Ken Liu

June 28th, 2017

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 …

Aaron Lammer

June 14th, 2017

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 …

Doree Shafrir

May 30th, 2017

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, …

Beau Lotto

May 17th, 2017

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 …

Nathan Hill

May 3rd, 2017

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 …

Colin Barrett

April 19th, 2017

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 …

Bonus: Alyssa Cowit & Greg Dunbar of Live From Snack Time

April 12th, 2017

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, …

Corinne Fisher

April 5th, 2017

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 …

Lillian Cunningham

March 22nd, 2017

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 …

Louise O'Neill

March 8th, 2017

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" …

Mike Brown

February 22nd, 2017

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 …

Alana Massey

February 8th, 2017

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 …

Bonus: Sanura Williams from MyLitBox.com

February 3rd, 2017

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 …

Margaret Eby

January 25th, 2017

Margaret Eby is a journalist and critic who writes about books, movies, music, television, and various cultural ephemera. She currently works as …

Phil Klay

January 11th, 2017

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 …

Blair Braverman

October 12th, 2016

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 …

Mychal Denzel Smith

October 5th, 2016

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 …

Hollie Overton

September 28th, 2016

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, …

Mark Manson

September 21st, 2016

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 …

Stephanie Danler

September 14th, 2016

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 …

Evan Ratliff

September 7th, 2016

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 …

Tanwi Nandini Islam

June 28th, 2016

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 …

Reza Farazmand

June 22nd, 2016

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 …

Ester Steinberg

June 15th, 2016

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 …

Matt Lubchansky

June 8th, 2016

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 …

Dana Schwartz

June 1st, 2016

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 …

Tim Urban (Part II of II)

May 25th, 2016

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 …

Tim Urban (Part I of II)

May 18th, 2016

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 …

Jessica Pressler

May 11th, 2016

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 …

Jason Diamond

April 27th, 2016

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 …

Kevin Nguyen

April 20th, 2016

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 …

Aaron Edwards

April 13th, 2016

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 …

Lev Grossman

April 6th, 2016

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. …

Ian Hunt

April 1st, 2016

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, …

Bijan Stephen

April 1st, 2016

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. …

Clive Thompson

April 1st, 2016

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 …

Laurie Frankel

April 1st, 2016

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 …

Victoria Taylor

April 1st, 2016

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 …

Matt Gallagher

April 1st, 2016

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 …


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