290 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.

    Episode 283: Freelancing, Abundant Mindsets, and Writing from a Place of Anger with Jen A. Miller

    Episode 283: Freelancing, Abundant Mindsets, and Writing from a Place of Anger with Jen A. Miller

    Jen A. Miller returns after a near-five-year absence from the show to talk about her new e-book about supercharging your freelance career. She's @byJenAMiller on Twitter.

    Sponsor love: West Virginia Wesleyan College's MFA in Creative Writing and Casualty of Words, a writing podcast for people in a hurry.

    Social: @CNFPod

    Patreon: patreon.com/cnfpod

    Newsletter and show notes: brendanomeara.com

    • 55 min
    Episode 282: Jeannine Ouellette on Wanting to be Devastated, Self-Scrutiny, and Her Memoir 'The Part That Burns'

    Episode 282: Jeannine Ouellette on Wanting to be Devastated, Self-Scrutiny, and Her Memoir 'The Part That Burns'

    Jeannine Ouellette is the author of the memoir The Part That Burns (Split/Lip Press). She can be reached @msjeannineouellette on Instagram and @_elephantrock on Twitter.

    Show notes and the monthly newsletter are at brendanomeara.com.

    Social media: @CNFPod on Twitter, @creativenonfictionpodcast on IG

    Patreon: patreon.com/cnfpod

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episode 281: Susan Orlean Tackles Ledes, Generating Story Ideas, and 'On Animals'

    Episode 281: Susan Orlean Tackles Ledes, Generating Story Ideas, and 'On Animals'

    Susan Orlean is the best selling author of The Library Book, Rin Tin Tin, and The Orchid Thief. She's a staff writer for The New Yorker and her latest collection is On Animals.

    Show notes and newsletter at brendanomeara.com

    Social Media: @CNFPod on Twitter and @creativenonfictionpodcast on Instagram.

    • 55 min
    Episode 280: Laura Todd Carns and 'Searching for Mr. X,' an Atavist Original

    Episode 280: Laura Todd Carns and 'Searching for Mr. X,' an Atavist Original

    Laura Todd Carns (@LauraToddCarns) comes by the show to talk about her Atavist feature "Searching for Mr. X."

    We also hear from the lead editor of the piece Seyward Darby. Visit magazine.atavist.com to read the piece and subscribe to The Atavist.

    Keep the conversation going @creativenonfictionpodcast on IG and @CNFPod on Twitter.

    Show notes and to sign up for the Up to 11 Newsletter, visit brendanomeara.com.

    • 40 min
    Episode 279: Athena Dixon on Opening Doors, Day Jobs, and the Personal Essay

    Episode 279: Athena Dixon on Opening Doors, Day Jobs, and the Personal Essay

    Athena Dixon (@AthenaDDixon) is the author of the essay collection "The Incredible Shrinking Woman." 

    We talk about day jobs, finding the time to write, and stringing together essays for a collection.

    Sponsors: West Virginia Wesleyan College's MFA in Creative Writing and the Empathy Prize.

    Social Media: @creativenonfictionpodcast on IG and @CNFPod on Twitter.

    Patreon: patreon.com/cnfpod

    • 58 min
    Episode 278: Having a 'Blast' with Volcanologist Jess Phoenix

    Episode 278: Having a 'Blast' with Volcanologist Jess Phoenix

    Jess Phoenix (@JessPhoenix2018) is a volcanologist and the author of Ms. Adventure: My Wild Explorations in Science, Lava, and Life (Timber Press, 2021).

    Lots of great stuff here.

    Social Media: @creativenonfictionpodcast on IG and @CNFPod on Twitter.

    Patreon: patreon.com/cnfpod

    Sponsor help: mfa.wvwc.edu and thefacingprojectpress.submittable.com

    • 1 hr 26 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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