353 episodes

The Creative Nonfiction Podcast with Brendan O'Meara is a weekly podcast that showcases leaders in narrative journalism, essay, memoir, documentary film, radio and podcasts about the art and craft of telling true stories.

Follow the show @CNFPod and visit patreon.com/cnfpod to support!

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

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 124 Ratings

The Creative Nonfiction Podcast with Brendan O'Meara is a weekly podcast that showcases leaders in narrative journalism, essay, memoir, documentary film, radio and podcasts about the art and craft of telling true stories.

Follow the show @CNFPod and visit patreon.com/cnfpod to support!

    Episode 345: Sarah Souli

    Episode 345: Sarah Souli

    Sarah Souli is a freelance journalist whose piece "A Matter of Honor" was this month's Atavist Magazine feature.
    Social: @CNFPod
    Support: Patreon.com/cnfpod
    Show notes/newsletter: brendanomeara.com

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Episode 344: Rachel Dickinson

    Episode 344: Rachel Dickinson

    Rachel Dickinson is the author The Loneliest Places: Loss, Grief, and the Long Journey Home (Three Hills Press).
    Support: Patreon.com/cnfpod
    Newsletter: brendanomeara.com

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 343: Kristina R. Gaddy

    Episode 343: Kristina R. Gaddy

    Kristina R. Gaddy is the author of Well of Souls: Uncovering the Banjo's Hidden History.
    Social: @CNFPod
    Support: Patreon.com/cnfpod
    Show notes/newsletter: brendanomeara.com

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode 342: Remembering Philip Gerard

    Episode 342: Remembering Philip Gerard

    Philip Gerard was a beloved writer and instructor. He was the author of several books including The Art of Creative Research, The Last Battleground, and Cape Fear Rising.
    Support: Patreon.com/cnfpod
    Social: @CNFPod
    Show notes/newsletter: brendanomeara.com

    • 3 hr 2 min
    Episode 341: Isidra Mencos

    Episode 341: Isidra Mencos

    Isidra Menco (@isidramencos) is the author of Promenade of Desire. It is published by She Writes Press.
    Support: Patreon.com/cnfpod
    Social: @CNFPod
    Show notes: brendanomeara.com

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 340: J.B. MacKinnon

    Episode 340: J.B. MacKinnon

    J.B. MacKinnon is a freelance writer based out of Vancouver, BC. His piece, "True Grit," appears in the November issue of the Atavist Magazine.
    Social: @CNFPod
    Support: Patreon.com/cnfpod
    Show notes/newsletter: brendanomeara.com

    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
124 Ratings

124 Ratings

Meg.Dohm ,

Great blend of practical and artistic gems

I discovered the CNF pod last year on a long road trip — and immediately filled my drive time with bingeing these interviews. What really drew me in is how Brendan is able to ask writerly questions and also get guests to talk practicalities (day jobs, routines, frustrations). I always walk away having gained more depth on some aspect of writing. An excellent addition to the regular rotation!

Ummm..me ,

Excellent guests, great questions

Okay, I’ll start with this: I don’t love the music, and I fast forward through a lot of The host’s chatter at the beginning (sorry!) But that’s easy to do—and the lineup of guests and topics hits so many points of interest for me, and Brendan’s passion and persistent, thoughtful questions draw them out so well, that I find myself looking for another segment to listen to as soon as I finish one. It’s a master class in nonfiction writing.

Karenworkshops ,

Inspired me to get writing again now

See here I am writing. Seriously, though, I listened to Brendan’s short episode today, chatting and reading his craft essay on cooking and writing parallels, while I took the dog for an early walk, and I got interested. Then I listened to his interview of Jane Friedman with great pleasure even though I’m not really interested in the business side of writing, still they made It interesting. And now I see the endless list of past podcast episodes, interviews of all the authors I know and don’t know. Enough for years to come. Then I looked him up and read The Day That Never Came and so far I have not even touched the breakfast dishes. Brendan’s interview style is casual enough to be easy and fun to listen to, serious enough to be inspiring. And on top of all that, while it shouldn’t matter, it helps that he’s got a perfect podcast bass voice.

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