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Brendan O'Meara is an author and journalist. The Creative Nonfiction Podcast is a weekly podcast that showcases leaders in narrative journalism, essay, memoir, documentary film, and radio. Brendan teases out the origins, habits, routines, and tactics these masters—Pulitzer Prize winners, New York Times bestsellers—use so that listeners can apply those tools to their own work.

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Brendan O'Meara is an author and journalist. The Creative Nonfiction Podcast is a weekly podcast that showcases leaders in narrative journalism, essay, memoir, documentary film, and radio. Brendan teases out the origins, habits, routines, and tactics these masters—Pulitzer Prize winners, New York Times bestsellers—use so that listeners can apply those tools to their own work.

    Episode 189: Damon Brown on ‘Bring Your Worth’ and the Secret Power of Cocktail Napkins

    Episode 189: Damon Brown on ‘Bring Your Worth’ and the Secret Power of Cocktail Napkins

    Damon Brown is the author of Bring Your Worth and he joins me to talk about that, creativity, and a whole lot more. 

    Thanks to Bay Path University's MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing for the support.

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 188: Katherine Keith — Say Yes to Life

    Episode 188: Katherine Keith — Say Yes to Life

    Katherine Keith, author of Epic Solitude, talks about resilience in the face of unspeakable tragedy.

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    Episode 187: Ander Monson — It’s Electric

    Episode 187: Ander Monson — It’s Electric

    Ander Monson talks about his essay "My Monument."

    • 45 min
    Episode 186: Brin-Jonathan Butler — Misfits, Status, and ‘Tourist Information’

    Episode 186: Brin-Jonathan Butler — Misfits, Status, and ‘Tourist Information’

    Brin-Jonathan Butler returns!

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Episode 185: Tim O’Brien on Memory, Failure and his ‘Maybe Book’

    Episode 185: Tim O’Brien on Memory, Failure and his ‘Maybe Book’

    Tim O'Brien, author of Dad's Maybe Book, talks all things writing, reading and turning a maybe something into an actual something.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 184: Kristina Gaddy — ‘Flowers in the Gutter’ and the Loving What’s Underneath It All

    Episode 184: Kristina Gaddy — ‘Flowers in the Gutter’ and the Loving What’s Underneath It All

    Hey, CNFers! It's Kristina Gaddy, author of Flowers in the Gutter.

    This episode is sponsored by Bay Path University's MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing.

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Customer Reviews

Times Roman ,

Thumb's up for CNF

Brenda O'Meara may meander a bit off the top, but his interviews are consistently good & the writers who are chosen are consistently impressive. As a journalist (& journalism instructor who teaches in a Creative Nonfiction MFA program in Canada), I often use observations made in these interviews in my workshops & lectures. (Giving credit each time, & encouraging people to listen to the podcast.) And I often learn something myself, or am reminded of something I've forgotten.

Teenaesthete ,

Even if you don't write CNF

Even though I'm not a CNF writer (I'm a playwright), this is an entertaining and useful podcast about writing, period. Great advice and moral support from a wide range of CNF writers at different stages of their careers. Brendan O'Meara is an engaging interviewer, who asks questions that get to the heart of each subject's writing practice.

Food Gearhead ,

Great learnings for all genres

I listen to this podcast while running and I can only say that it's one of the few podcasts where I wish I had my notebook in hand. I've got a few flagged for a second listen when I'm back at my desk, pen poised and ready for the wisdom. Thanks for casting into the pod world, I'm hooked.

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