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Penny Wincer is not too busy to write. Except of course, sometimes she is too busy to write as much as she would like. Join Penny as she has conversations with other writers about writing, publishing and creativity whilst juggling all the demands on them such as motherhood, caring and other paid work.

Penny Wincer is the author of Tender (Hodder, June 2020), a mother of two, a non-fiction writing coach and an Australian and long-term resident of London. She’s currently writing her second narrative non-fiction book, Home Matters (July 2024) and working on her first novel.

Not Too Busy To Write Penny Wincer

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 49 Ratings

Penny Wincer is not too busy to write. Except of course, sometimes she is too busy to write as much as she would like. Join Penny as she has conversations with other writers about writing, publishing and creativity whilst juggling all the demands on them such as motherhood, caring and other paid work.

Penny Wincer is the author of Tender (Hodder, June 2020), a mother of two, a non-fiction writing coach and an Australian and long-term resident of London. She’s currently writing her second narrative non-fiction book, Home Matters (July 2024) and working on her first novel.

    Stacey Heale on writing about death and life

    Stacey Heale on writing about death and life

    Stacey Heale is a fashion academic and writer whose husband Greg was diagnosed with terminal cancer when their youngest daughter was just a baby. Greg died 5 years later. In her memoir Now Is Not The Time For Flowers, Stacey writes about the big conversations that arise from imminent death. In this epsiode Stacey and I talk about writing about the dead, abandoning the typical memoir structure and the very funny side of a very dark experience. Now Is Not The Time For Flowers is out March 28th
    Links
    Now Is Not The Time For Flowers - Stacey Heale
    Stacey Heale on Instagram @stacey_heale
    Not Too Busy To Write on Substack - pennywincer.substack.com

    • 47 min
    Jesse Sutanto on writing a best selling series

    Jesse Sutanto on writing a best selling series

    Jesse Sutanto is the best selling author of Dial A for Aunties and Vera Wang's Unsolicited Advise for Murders and the winner of the Comic Writer in Print Award 2021. Jesse and I chat about her latest book in her very funny Aunties crime series The Good, The Bad and The Auntie, about her journey from Oxford MFA in Creative Writing, to leaning into her irreverent funny side and the success it led to. We also talk about writing drafts in 5 weeks (yes 5 weeks!!), the joy of sharing her Indo-Chinese culture with the rest fo the world and her favourite funny authors.
    Links
    The Good, The Bad and The Aunties - Jesse Sutanto
    Dial A For Aunties - Jesse Sutanto
    Vera Wang's Unsolicited Advice for Murders - Jesse Sutanto
    Jesse Sutanto on Instagram @jesseqsutanto
    Not Too Busy To Write on Substack pennywincer.substack.com

    Write Your Non-Fiction Book Proposal with Penny Wincer is at 7pm March 27th Book you place here - pennywincerwrites.com/workshops
    Podcast listeners can use the code TOOBUSY at checkout to receive £5 off

    • 33 min
    Charlotte Wood on writing craft and Australian fiction

    Charlotte Wood on writing craft and Australian fiction

    Charlotte Wood is an award winning Australian author of 10 books including the 2016 Stella Prize winner The Natural Way of Things and the 2020 international bestseller The Weekend. Her latest novel Stone Yard Devotional is about a woman who abandons her life, her marriage, her career and retreats to a religious community in a remote area of Australia, where she grew up. Charlotte and I talk about the themes that come up in her work, how her craft has changed over the course of her career, why it's so important to her to not over explain to the reader and of course, her favourite Australian fiction writers.
    Links
    Stone Yard Devotional - Charlotte Wood
    The Weekend - Charlotte Wood
    The Natural Way of Things - Charlotte Wood
    The Writers Room - Charlotte Wood
    The Slap - Christos Tsiolkas
    The Golden Age - Joan London
    The Good Parents - Joan London
    The Conversion - Amanda Lohrey
    Charlotte Wood's Substack - charlottewood.substack.com
    charlottewoodauthor.com.au
    Not Too Busy To Write on Substack - pennywincer.substack.com

    • 42 min
    Tamu Thomas on women who work too much

    Tamu Thomas on women who work too much

    Tamu Thomas is a transformational coach whose debut book Women Who Work Too Much helps over-achieving, over-functioning women set boundaries, find joy and flourish. In this conversation we talk about natural (rather than toxic) productivity, radical rest and why work (not over work) can be a positive thing. This is such an important conversation for those of us who are writers and have blurred boundaries between work, rest and play.
    Links
    Women Who Work Too Much - Tamu Thomas
    Tamu on Instagram @tamu.thomas
    Tamu on TikTok @tamu_thomas
    Book your place on the Non-fiction Book Proposal Workshop 27th March 2024 7pm Discount code for podcast listeners - TOOBUSY
    pennywincerwrites.com/workshops
    Not Too Busy to Write on Substack - pennywincer.substack.com

    • 50 min
    Bijal Shah on the power of bibliotherapy

    Bijal Shah on the power of bibliotherapy

    Author Bijal Shah is a trained Bibliotherapist who brings the power of reading into the therapy room. It's a technique that dates back to Ancient Greece and Bijal shares some of the tools and techniques she uses in todays episode.
    Certain that reading is a big part of your mental wellbeing? You will love this episode which does a deep dive into why books matter and how we can get the most out of our reading experience.
    Links
    Bibliotherapy: The healing power of reading by Bijal Shah
    Bijal Shah's website
    Not Too Busy To Write on Substack pennywincer.substack.com

    • 57 min
    Amy Arthur on pacing yourself as a writer

    Amy Arthur on pacing yourself as a writer

    Amy Arthur is an award winning writer and science journalist whose new book Pace Yourself is a practical guide to pacing - a tool developed to the manage symptoms of chronic illnesses like ME/CFS which Amy was diagnosed with as a teenager.
    This is such an important (and practical) conversation, not just for those who are managing chronic illnesses but for any writer juggling writing alongside many other responsibilities, who constantly feel like they never have quite enough energy.
    Links
    Pace Yourself - Amy Arthur
    Amy Arthur on Instagram @a_e_arthur
    Not Too Busy To Write on Substack pennywincer.substack.com
    Penny on Instagram @pennywincer

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 Ratings

listeninggurl ,

This podcast is excellent

Penny has great guests, gets to the point, and every episode is interesting

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Excellent Podcast for Writers

One of my favourite writing podcasts. Interesting interviews and lots of useful information. Five stars!

TheDaisyB_1234 ,

My new favourite podcast

Really gorgeous, thoughtful interviews - I learn so much, every episode is entertaining and nourishing! Proper brain food! I really enjoyed Lucy Werner and Shakaila Forbes Bell. I’m recommending this to everyone!

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