437 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 @creativenonfictionpodcast on Instagram and Threads and visit patreon.com/cnfpod to support!

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

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 140 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 @creativenonfictionpodcast on Instagram and Threads and visit patreon.com/cnfpod to support!

    • video
    Episode 416: A Lifelong Search for Voice with Acamea Deadwiler

    Episode 416: A Lifelong Search for Voice with Acamea Deadwiler

    Acamea Deadwiler is an essayist and memoirist and the author of Daddy's Little Stranger.

    This is a really rich conversation about how her book was once a collection of essays, but she had to rewrite it as a more cohesive memoir, finding voice, breaking down a piece of writing like game tape, and what playing basketball and getting cut taught her about a career in writing.

    Newsletter: Rage Against the Algorithm [https://rageagainstthealgorithm.beehiiv.com/]

    Show notes: brendanomeara.com [http://brendanomeara.com/]

    Support: Patreon.com/cnfpod [http://patreon.com/cnfpod]

    • 1 hr 6 min
    • video
    Episode 415: Sam Jefferies, Hammering Out Screed

    Episode 415: Sam Jefferies, Hammering Out Screed

    Sam Jefferies is the author of Legacy on Ice: Blake Geoffrion and the Fastest Game on Earth (Univ. of Wisconsin Press).

    Sam talks about how he built scenes, folded in the book writing and reporting around his family and day job, listening to tape on commutes to get the material into his bloodstream, and maintaining a sense of individual style without exhausting the reader.

    Newsletter: Rage Against the Algorithm [https://rageagainstthealgorithm.beehiiv.com/]

    Show notes: brendanomeara.com [http://brendanomeara.com/]

    Support: Patreon.com/cnfpod [http://patreon.com/cnfpod]

    • 1 hr 9 min
    • video
    Episode 414: John Rosengren on Cuts, Note Taking, and Darkness for The Atavist

    Episode 414: John Rosengren on Cuts, Note Taking, and Darkness for The Atavist

    John Rosengren is a journalist based out of Minnesota whose "Anatomy of a Murder" marks Issue 151 for The Atavist Magazine.

    Newsletter: Rage Against the Algorithm [https://rageagainstthealgorithm.beehiiv.com/]

    Show notes: brendanomeara.com [http://brendanomeara.com/]

    Support: Patreon.com/cnfpod [http://patreon.com/cnfpod]

    • 57 min
    • video
    Episode 413: Young Woman and the Sea, from Book to Movie

    Episode 413: Young Woman and the Sea, from Book to Movie

    Glenn Stout is the author of Young Woman and the Sea: How Trudy Ederle Conquered the English Channel and Inspired the World. It's now out in movie theaters and re-issued as a movie tie-in paperback by Mariner Books.

    Newsletter: Rage Against the Algorithm [https://rageagainstthealgorithm.beehiiv.com/]

    Show notes: brendanomeara.com [http://brendanomeara.com/]

    Social: @creativenonfiction podcast on IG and Threads

    Support: Patreon.com/cnfpod [http://patreon.com/cnfpod]

    • 56 min
    • video
    Episode 412: Leaving the Emotional Moments Unsaid with Lilly Dancyger

    Episode 412: Leaving the Emotional Moments Unsaid with Lilly Dancyger

    Lilly Dancyger (@lillydancyger) is a writer and editor whose latest book is First Love: Essays on Friendship (Dial Press).

    In this episode Lilly talks about her trepidation around writing a true-crime memoir, braided essays, book marketing, and when to let the emotion of the moment do the talking.

    Newsletter: Rage Against the Algorithm [https://rageagainstthealgorithm.beehiiv.com/]

    Show notes: brendanomeara.com [http://brendanomeara.com/]

    Social: @creativenonfiction podcast on IG and Threads

    Support: Patreon.com/cnfpod [http://patreon.com/cnfpod]

    • 57 min
    • video
    Episode 411: The Heart Part and Big Dreams with Isa Adney

    Episode 411: The Heart Part and Big Dreams with Isa Adney

    Isa Adney (@isaadney) is a writer and documentary producer and the author of The Little Book of Big Dreams: True Stories About People Who Followed a Spark (She Writes Press).

    Newsletter: Rage Against the Algorithm [https://rageagainstthealgorithm.beehiiv.com/]

    Show notes: brendanomeara.com [http://brendanomeara.com/]

    Social: @creativenonfiction podcast on IG and Threads

    Support: Patreon.com/cnfpod [http://patreon.com/cnfpod]

    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
140 Ratings

140 Ratings

Curious Chimp ,

Sublime Sustenance

I’ve just recently followed this podcast and what a joy. Brendan does an exceptional job keeping the conversations real. It’s clear his subjects trust and respect Brendan’s intentions and curiosities about writing in general and their writing life specifically. Listening to this podcast often feels like listening in on two writing friends connecting after a while apart excited to share their discoveries and passions with each other. Honest and generous insights into the wide variety of creative lives. Good stuff.

LeviJustinRogers ,

The most metal podcast on creative nonfiction

The best/most metal podcast for those interested in writing CNF or hearing from some of their favorite CNF authors. I love Brendan’s style. I love his rages against the algorithms and authenticity about the writing life. I always learn about new and interesting books/authors while listening. He also has a great newsletter.

NHCWIK ,

Love this Podcast

One of the best writing/interviewing podcasts out there on creative non-fiction writing and its authors. Brendan has a wonderful voice and personality to listen to and his questions are thoughtful and relevant. He conducts his interviews in a manner that make them sound more like easy going conversations. Brendan is funny and real and so are his guests. Conversations range from writing lifestyles and tactical advice to general discussions about the genre. Great listens all the time. Thanks Brendan.

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