What does it take to launch, grow and sustain a successful career as a writer? Listen in each week as Matt & Parul, two friends and founders of the London Writers' Salon, sit down with a writer they admire – from best-selling novelists to popular bloggers, award-winning playwrights, journalists, poets, and more – to explore the mindset, practical tools, craft secrets and creative practices they use to write well, publish often, and build successful and sustainable writing careers.
#095: Hester Musson — Writing Gothic Historical Thrillers, Querying Agents, Moving Past Rejection, Creating Tense Dialogue
Hester Musson (The Beholders) on getting published, and the research, writing and querying process for her gothic historical thriller.
#094: Farrah Storr — Lessons from a former Editor-In-Chief at ELLE & Cosmopolitan on Writing Engaging Articles, Substack, and Leaning into Discomfort
Farrah Storr, former Editor-In-Chief (ELLE/ Cosmopolitan) and Head of Writer Partnerships for Substack on what it takes to grab the attention of a reader, overcoming the fear of publishing work and leaning into discomfort.
#93: Jami Attenberg — Writing 1000 Words A Day, Learning How to Write Again, Finding Creative Inspiration, Committing to Creativity Daily
The New York Times bestselling author Jami Attenberg talks about her latest non-fiction book 1000 Words: A Writer’s Guide to Staying Creative, Focused, and Productive All Year Round, finding inspiration even when you’re feeling disconnected, how she stays focused, and how we can commit to creativity every day.
#92: Alex Bescoby - Documentary Storytelling, Brand Partnerships, Funding for Filmmaking, Editing for TV and Pulling Together The Right Team
Filmmaker, author, presenter Alex Bescoby (The Last Overland) takes us behind the scenes of his Channel 4 documentary. We discuss brand partnerships, finding the right team, dealing with setbacks and the editorial process.
#091: Suzie Sheehy — Writing Popular Science, Making Complex Subjects Accessible, Narrative Nonfiction, The Reality Of Getting Published, Twelve Experiments That Changed Our World
Accelerator Physicist and author Dr. Suzie Sheehy (THE MATTER OF EVERYTHING: TWELVE EXPERIMENTS THAT CHANGED OUR WORLD) on simple storytelling techniques to make science and other complex subjects engaging.
#090: David Arnold — Writing Love Stories, Building Strong Characters, Mastering Young Adult Novels, From Musician to Writer
New York Times bestselling author David Arnold on his journey from professional musician to writer, choosing POV, using vignettes and writing characters that YA readers can’t resist in his latest book 'I Loved You In Another Life.'
Inspiring & practical
The hosts do a very good job of getting diverse writers to let their hair down and reflect on their personal experiences of finding their way into writing careers. Thank you, LWS!
Must listen for writers
I enjoy the range of writers interviewed - fiction, non-fiction, poets, children’s authors etc and the topics covered - writing, literature, business, mindset. Every episode is different and I learn a lot even though it’s a very easy and accessible listen
LWS Podcast is my favorite go to for inspiation
No matter what these podcasts need fail to inspire to keep writing. I always learn something new or take away a nugget that makes my writing better. Thanks for all the great interviews. My favorite and always excited to find a new one or re listen to a favorite!