The Creative Nonfiction Podcast with Brendan O'Mearaactive
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Brendan O'Meara
Brendan O'Meara is an author and journalist. The Creative Nonfiction Podcast 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.
Country Of Origin |
USA
Produced In |
Eugene, OR
Premiere Date |
2013-03-20
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#amwriting ,
#cosmos ,
#journalism ,
#memoir ,
#whyIwrite
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Weekly

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112 Available Episodes (112 Total)Average duration: 00:57:35
Aug 17 | 01:11:59
Episode 113—Jennifer Goforth Gregory: Your Ticket to Earning Six Figures
Aug 10 | 00:41:57
Episode 112—Paul Willetts Slays 'King Con'
Aug 03 | 01:08:32
Episode 111—The Empowering and Exciting Nature of Film with Emer Reynolds
Jul 27 | 01:10:23
Episode 110—Scott Neumyer on Podcasting, Writing, and Anxiety
Jul 20 | 00:46:06
Episode 109—Jean Guerrero Tries to Solve the Mystery of Her Father
Jul 13 | 00:50:56
Episode 108—Katie Baker on Working Outside of Journalism and Cultivating Enthusiasms
Jul 03 | 00:48:02
Episode 107—Matt Pentz on Collaboration, Hard Work, and U.S. Soccer
Jun 29 | 00:47:41
Episode 106—Rebecca Fish Ewan and 'The Forces of Gravity'
Jun 22 | 01:13:52
Episode 105—From Factories to the Front Pages with Jonathan Green
Jun 15 | 01:11:44
Episode 104—Elizabeth Rush on "Rising" and What It Means to Be a Woman in the Field
Jun 08 | 00:50:59
Episode 103—Persistent, Constant, Careful Work with Dennis Overbye
May 25 | 01:02:42
Episode 102—Jane Friedman on The Business of Being a Writer
May 18 | 01:14:11
Episode 101—Creative Writer's Toolbelt Host Andrew Chamberlain Brings the Hammer
May 11 | 00:48:59
Episode 100—Mary Karr Talks 'Tropic of Squalor,' Grinding Through Early Drafts, and Cellos
May 04 | 01:05:59
Episode 99—David Grann on 'The Killers of the Flower Moon' and Why Every Story is a Struggle
Apr 27 | 01:07:25
Episode 98—Lisa Romeo on Her Memoir “Starting with Goodbye” and the Power of Paper Habits
Apr 25 | 01:15:34
Episode 97—Jeff Geiger on Oral Storytelling, Failure, and Fear as Feul
Apr 20 | 01:10:12
Episode 96—Emily Poole Illustrated
Apr 14 | 01:27:57
Episode 95—Mike Sager on the Magical Nature of Creating, Suspending Disbelief, and Preaching Beyond the Choir
Apr 07 | 01:24:31
Episode 94—Finding Clarity with Kevin Wilson
Mar 30 | 00:29:53
Episode 93—The Hidden Life of Life with Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
Mar 23 | 00:45:45
Episode 92—Ellen Stokken Dahl and "The Wonder Down Under"
Mar 16 | 00:35:57
Episode 91—Mary Pilon’s Freelance Rumspringa and the Best Advice She Got from David Carr
Mar 09 | 00:33:01
Episode 90—Mary Pilon Brings You "The Kevin Show"
Feb 23 | 00:55:21
Episode 89—Sarah Minor Isn't Your Typical Writer
Feb 16 | 00:56:45
Episode 88—Rachel Corbett says "Stop Trying So Hard."
Feb 09 | 01:09:39
Episode 87—Hope Wabuke on Empowering the Marginalized, Starting from the Present, and Finding Her Experience
Feb 02 | 00:49:09
Episode 86—Noah Strycker on his Big Year in Birding, Community, and What to Leave Out
Jan 26 | 01:10:18
Episode 85—Jamie Zvirsdin on Sincerity, Permission, and Hard Work
Jan 19 | 01:09:27
Episode 84—Adam Valen Levinson: Young and Restless
Jan 12 | 01:20:44
Episode 83—Victoria Stopp on Battling Chronic Pain, Being Disorganized, and Writing in a Camper
Jan 05 | 00:21:28
Episode 82—The Language of the Gods
Dec 22 | 01:03:23
Episode 81—Google as Religious Experience and Trusting Self-Doubt with Rachel Wilkinson
Dec 15 | 00:57:08
Episode 80—The Wild Life of Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
Dec 08 | 01:05:17
Episode 79—From Potholes in Parking Lots to the Jungles of Borneo with Sy Montgomery
Dec 02 | 01:04:39
Episode 78—Louisa Thomas on Problematic Writers, Mercenary Work, and Picking Up the Phone
Nov 24 | 00:45:40
Episode 77—Blaire Briody says Good Reporting is Good Writing
Nov 17 | 01:12:20
Episode 76—Erica Berry on Binge Writing, Writing as Learning, and Werewolves
Nov 10 | 00:50:03
Episode 75—Chris Arvidson on "The Love of Baseball," Deadlines, Pacing, and Curiosity
Nov 03 | 00:53:27
Episode 74—Madeleine Blais says Reality is Compelling Enough
Oct 27 | 01:06:03
Episode 73—Patsy Sims on Book Research as Mini-education, Not Giving Up, and "The Stories We Tell"
Oct 20 | 00:22:48
Episode 72—Creative Nonfiction's Hattie Fletcher Kickstarts Year 2 of 'True Story'
Oct 13 | 01:24:29
Episode 71—Working Backward with Elizabeth Rush
Oct 06 | 01:07:22
Episode 70—Erica Westly on Softball and Structure
Sep 29 | 01:07:00
Episode 69—Matthew Mercier: From Edgar Allan Poe’s Basement to The Moth Stage
Sep 22 | 00:57:28
Episode 68—Peter Brown Hoffmeister on Failure as Fuel, Staying Hungry, and Wolf Naps
Sep 15 | 00:55:37
Episode 67—Carol Marine on Daily Painting, Flow States and Overcoming Burnout
Sep 08 | 01:20:59
Episode 66—Brin-Jonathan Butler on the Risk of Chess, Obsession with Obsessives, and the Blessing of Struggle
Sep 05 | 00:58:38
Episode 65—How to Start Your Own Conference with Hippocamp Founder Donna Talarico
Sep 01 | 01:06:57
Episode 64—Matt Tullis on "Running with Ghosts," Aging Out of Jealousy, and Bringing a Reporter's Mind to Memoir
Aug 25 | 00:49:34
Episode 63—Bronwynn Dean Talks Marijuana, Gonzo Journalism, and the Power of Performance
Aug 18 | 01:00:47
Episode 62—Penny Lane is Her Real Name
Aug 11 | 01:05:53
Episode 61—Susan Orlean on Writing for an Audience and the Entrepreneurial Nature of a Writing Career
Aug 04 | 01:02:38
Episode 60—The Godfather of Creative Nonfiction: Lee Gutkind
Jul 28 | 00:23:05
Episode 59—Jessica Lahey Reads "I've Taught Monsters"
Jul 21 | 01:00:55
Episode 58—Get 1% Better with Joe Ferraro
Jul 14 | 01:14:49
Episode 57—Joe Donahue on the Art of the Interview
Jul 07 | 00:52:38
Episode 56—Sonja Livingston Serves Up 'Ghostbread'
Jun 30 | 00:56:21
Episode 55—Do Funny Things Always Happen to Nikki Schulak?
Jun 23 | 00:53:56
Episode 54—Andre Dubus III on his Accidental Memoir, the Love of Revision, and Getting the F*ck Off Social Media
Jun 16 | 00:59:09
Episode 53—Jessica Abel and the Power of Creative Focus
Jun 09 | 01:01:56
Episode 52—How to Write an 80,000-Word Book in 42 Days with Joe Drape
Jun 02 | 00:56:52
Episode 51—Jessica Lahey on Hidden Monsters, the Gift of Failure, and Keeping Your Butt in the Chair
May 26 | 01:05:22
Episode 50—Ted Conover's Deep Dive into Immersion
May 19 | 00:58:24
Episode 49—Dinty W. Moore on the Gift of Feedback, Reading Like a Mechanic, and Patience
May 05 | 00:31:43
Episode 48—Roy Peter Clark Redux
Apr 28 | 00:44:24
Episode 47—Shawna Kenney on 'Zines, Advice, and Finding Your Tribe
Apr 21 | 00:56:22
Episode 46—Editor Hattie Fletcher on Seeing Rhythms and the Power of Reading Slush
Apr 14 | 00:46:38
Episode 45—Bronwen Dickey Returns to Talk about the Paperback Release of Pit Bull, Troll Culture, and How Perfectionism Kills
Apr 08 | 00:05:00
Episode 44—Philip Gerard and the 'Thrill' of Creative Research
Mar 31 | 00:54:18
Episode 43—Mary Heather Noble on Emotional Charges, Emotional Distance, and Not Discarding Work
Mar 24 | 01:54:41
Episode 42—Roy Peter Clark, America's Writing Coach on Living a Life of Language, Lowering Standards, and the Meaning of Literacy
Mar 17 | 00:54:30
Episode 41—Jennifer Niesslein, the Full Grown Person behind Full Grown People
Mar 10 | 00:57:36
Episode 40—How to Be Like Mike (Copperman)
Mar 03 | 00:21:44
Episode 39—The Gentleman's Guide to Arousal-Free Slow Dancing
Feb 24 | 01:40:36
Episode 38—Philip Gerard Helps You Get Out of Your Head
Feb 17 | 00:55:42
Episode 37—Author Angela Palm is a Cartographer? Well, sort of
Feb 10 | 00:34:21
Episode 36—The Joyful Kim Kankiewicz Writes with Her Ears
Feb 03 | 01:02:23
Episode 35—Sybil Baker on Discovery and the Art of Being Different
Jan 27 | 01:02:38
Episode 34—Tom McAllister Talks Podcasting, Plowing Through First Drafts, and the Writer's Need for Urgency
Jan 20 | 00:39:42
Episode 33—Melissa Chadburn Shares All Her Secrets!
Jan 13 | 01:02:41
Episode 32—Kevin Wilson on the Comfort of the Uncomfortable, the Power of No Backup Plan, and the Five Minutes That Changed His Life Forever
Dec 02 | 00:58:25
Episode 31—Jen Miller on Freelancing, Tenacity, Running, and Swinging Her "Where's My Money Bat" (It's a Thing)
Nov 25 | 00:24:10
Episode 30—I read my Pushcart Prize-Nominated Essay "That Pickoff Play"
Nov 18 | 00:53:27
Episode 29—Pete Croatto, 10 Years a Freelancer (and counting)
Oct 26 | 00:56:19
Episode 28—Sarah Shotland Takes Us to Prison
Oct 06 | 01:10:12
Episode 27—Author Paul Lisicky on Writing in Unlikely Times, Simultaneous Projects, and Preserving Play
Sep 21 | 00:58:19
Episode 26—Kevin Robbins Talks Harvey Penick and the Sacrifices of Writing a Book
Aug 04 | 00:47:58
Episode 25—Elane Johnson on her Winning Essay, Accepting Your Work as Good, and Writers Block
Jul 22 | 01:05:56
Episode 24—Brin-Jonathan Butler Takes Us to Cuba
Jul 11 | 01:07:38
Episode 23—Tom Stanton on Key Moments, the Use of Timelines, and Starting His Own Newspaper
Jun 23 | 01:33:17
Episode 22—Jeff Krulik on "Heavy Metal Parking Lot," "Led Zeppelin Played Here," and His Kinship with Oddities
May 06 | 01:27:30
Episode 21—Bronwen Dickey on the Tao of Henry Rollins, Binaural Beats, and Her Three Rules for Any Writer
Mar 07 | 00:48:53
Episode 20—Glenn Stout Returns!
Mar 03 | 01:03:35
Episode 19—We Go Back in Time with Brian Mockenhaupt!
Feb 25 | 01:06:17
Episode 18—Mary Pilon
Jan 27 | 01:35:55
Episode 17—Brin-Jonathan Butler
Jan 11 | 00:49:08
Episode No. 16: Charles Bethea on Late-Night Pitching, the Anxiety of Reporting, and the Magnitude of Breakfast
Dec 28 | 00:57:24
Episode No. 15: Eva Holland on the Nature of her Hustle, Being Super Analog, and liking Faramir
Dec 06 | 01:05:05
Episode No. 14—Glenn Stout on Combining the Things You Love, Effort, and the Poem That 'Knocked Him on his Ass'
Oct 31 | 01:02:31
Episode 13—Greg Hanlon on the Audacity of Voice and the Value of Struggle
Sep 10 | 00:51:11
Episode 12—Sarah Einstein on writing an other-person-centric memoir, Jane Eyre, and Count Chocula
Jun 19 | 01:10:24
Episode 11—Carrie Hagen on Finding the Essence of Story
Apr 20 | 01:11:01
Episode 10—Joe DePaulo on Talese, Kramer, and What It Means to be Edited
Apr 09 | 01:14:25
Episode 9—Inside the Reporting Mind of John Scheinman
Mar 31 | 01:03:50
Episode 8—Maggie Messitt on Shi#y First Drafts and Making Documentaries on Paper
Aug 28 | 00:55:07
Episode 7: Richard Gilbert
Jul 03 | 00:23:20
Hashtag #CNF Episode 6—Brian Mockenhaupt
Jun 21 | 00:13:30
Hashtag #CNF Episode 5—Sheri Booker
Jun 08 | 00:39:25
Hashtag #CNF Episode 4—Harrison Scott Key
Apr 12 | 00:21:55
Hashtag #CNF Episode 2—Author/Nonfiction Editor Tom McAllister
Mar 20 | 00:10:20
Hashtag CNF Episode 1—Author Susan Kushner Resnick
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