296 episodes

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.

The Creative Nonfiction Podcast with Brendan O'Meara Brendan O'Meara

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 108 Ratings

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.

    Summer

    Summer

    Issue 2 of the audio magazine "Summer" is now available on the public feed!

    Essays from Jake Gronsky, Matthew Denis, Carrie Hagen, and Krystina Wales, as well as three original poems by Jorah LaFleur. 

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode 288: And the Category Is ... Ricky Tucker

    Episode 288: And the Category Is ... Ricky Tucker

    Ricky Tucker is a writer, teacher, and voguer. He's the author of And the Category Is ... New York's Vogue, House, and Ballroom Community (Beacon Press).

    Sponsor love: West Virginia Wesleyan College's MFA in Creative Writing

    Social Media: @CNFPod

    Newsletter: brendanomeara.com

    Patreon.com/cnfpod

    • 59 min
    Episode 287: Boomerang with Achy Obejas

    Episode 287: Boomerang with Achy Obejas

    Achy Obejas is an author and poet whose latest collection is Boomerang/Bumeran, poems in English and Spanish that aim to be gender-free (tough in Spanish) while addressing immigration, displacment, love, and activism.

    Social media: @CNFPod, @creativenonfictionpodcast

    Up to 11 Newsletter: brendanomeara.com

    Patreon: patreon.com/cnfpod

    Sponsor love: West Virg. Wesleyan College's MFA in Creative Writing

    • 55 min
    Episode 286: Jen Winston on Essay Collection as Memoir

    Episode 286: Jen Winston on Essay Collection as Memoir

    Jen Winston is the author behind Greedy: Notes from a Bisexual Who Wants Too Much (Atria).

    She's @jenerous on the socials, and you can keep the conversation going @creativenonfictionpodcast on IG and @CNFPod on Twitter.

    Sponsor love: West Virg. Wesleyan College's MFA in Creative Writing

    Patreon love: patreon.com/cnfpod

    Up-to-11 Newsletter and show notes: brendanomeara.com

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 285: Tony Perrottet and 'The Butcher of Havana'

    Episode 285: Tony Perrottet and 'The Butcher of Havana'

    Tony Perrottet is a journalist and historian whose latest piece is "The Butcher of Havana" for The Atavist Magazine.

    patreon.com/cnfpod

    @CNFPod

    Up to 11 Newsletter

    • 1 hr
    Episode 284: Kim H. Cross on Scenes, Structure, and The Stahl House

    Episode 284: Kim H. Cross on Scenes, Structure, and The Stahl House

    Kim H. Cross (@kimhcross) is the author of The Stahl House: Case Study House #22: The Making of a Modernist Icon (Chronicle Chroma).

    She is a best selling author and her work has been featured in The Years' Best Sports Writing and Best American Sports Writing, among many other places.

    Sponsor: W. Virginia Wesleyan College's MFA in Creative Writing

    Patreon: patreon.com/cnfpod

    Social Media: @CNFPod (twitter) and @creativenonfictionpodcast (IG)

    Up to 11 Newsletter: brendanomeara.com

    • 1 hr 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
108 Ratings

108 Ratings

Jeannine in MPLS ,

Literary Gold

I love the CNF podcast! I discovered it while at the HippoCamp Creative Nonfiction conference in PA, and have been devouring the archives ever since. Not only is Brendan interviewing a breathtaking array of literary luminaries, but he's engaging them in conversations that are genuinely fresh and enlightening. Provocative. These episodes get me thinking in new ways about the craft writing--which I dearly appreciate, of course, as a writer myself--but also about what it really means to live and thrive as a writer. How to be in this strange, challenging, beautiful life and keep loving it and pressing ahead with the work of it not just in spite of the peculiarities we grapple with, but because of them.

mamawharr ,

Informative and inspiring

I walk my dog to this podcast and then, when I return home, I write. Brendan’s questions and candid conversation inspires me and gives me the substance to continue on this journey that can sometimes feel lonely and dull. I also experience a kind of community listening in on these exchanges and they’ve been especially helpful during the pandemic when many conferences and readings have been canceled.

AT in ATL ,

Good chats on craft and purpose

Thanks for this engaging and entertaining podcast! I’ve discovered new essayists to read, as well as drawn inspiration and insight as I continue my own work.

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