London Writers' Salon

By Parul Bavishi, Matthew Trinetti

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Episodes: 105

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What does it take to launch, grow and sustain a successful career as a writer? Listen in each week as Matt & Parul, two friends and founders of the London Writers' Salon, sit down with a writer they admire – from best-selling novelists to popular bloggers, award-winning playwrights, journalists, poets, and more – to explore the mindset, practical tools, craft secrets and creative practices they use to write well, publish often, and build successful and sustainable writing careers.

Episode Date
#105: Krystal Sutherland — Secrets To Writing a Page-Turner, Writing Young Adult Fantasy & Thrillers, How to Motivate Yourself, Amazon Studios
May 18, 2024
#104: Rupal Patel — Lessons from the CIA, Building A Creative Practice, Prioritising Time & Writing Non-Fiction
May 04, 2024
#103: Pádraig Ó Tuama — Reading, Analysing & Writing Poetry; Making A Living as a Poet
Apr 27, 2024
#102: Michael Jamin — Writing for TV, Personal Essays, Self-Publishing & Building a Platform
Apr 22, 2024
#101: Eliza Reid — Writing Fiction & Nonfiction as Iceland's First Lady
Apr 06, 2024
#100: Clara Vulliamy — Crafting Picture Books and Older Children's Stories, Dealing with Rejection, Finding Your Voice
Mar 30, 2024
#99: Kim Krizan — Writing 'Before Sunrise' series, Crafting Memorable Characters For Ethan Hawke & Julie Delpy & Other Screenwriting Tips
Mar 23, 2024
#98: Chip Conley — Why Life Gets Better With Age, Creativity in Midlife, Role of Newsletters and Blogs, Creating Ideal Conditions for Writing
Mar 10, 2024
#97: Leo Vardiashvili — Disciplined Writing, From Aspiring to Debut Author, Plotting Literary Fiction, Maintaining Pace, Organising the Query Process
Mar 03, 2024
#96: Lucinda Halpern — How to Get Signed With a Literary Agent, Unlock Your Book’s Big Idea, Query Letter Essentials, Unconventional Ways to Engage With Beta-Readers
Feb 25, 2024
#095: Hester Musson — Writing Gothic Historical Thrillers, Querying Agents, Moving Past Rejection, Creating Tense Dialogue
Feb 17, 2024
#094: Farrah Storr — Lessons from a former Editor-In-Chief at ELLE & Cosmopolitan on Writing Engaging Articles, Substack, and Leaning into Discomfort
Feb 11, 2024
#93: Jami Attenberg — Writing 1000 Words A Day, Learning How to Write Again, Finding Creative Inspiration, Committing to Creativity Daily
Feb 03, 2024
#92: Alex Bescoby - Documentary Storytelling, Brand Partnerships, Funding for Filmmaking, Editing for TV and Pulling Together The Right Team
Jan 28, 2024
#091: Suzie Sheehy — Writing Popular Science, Making Complex Subjects Accessible, Narrative Nonfiction, The Reality Of Getting Published, Twelve Experiments That Changed Our World
Jan 20, 2024
#090: David Arnold — Writing Love Stories, Building Strong Characters, Mastering Young Adult Novels, From Musician to Writer
Jan 13, 2024
#089: Emma Gannon — The Success Myth, Substack, Self-Publishing, Productivity Dysmorphia, The Arrival Fallacy, Being A Happy Creative
Dec 30, 2023
#088: Seth Godin — The Practice of Making & Shipping Work That Matters, Marketing, Creative Courage, The Resistance, Finding Purpose, Building Community
Dec 23, 2023
#087: Victoria Hislop — Writing Bestselling Historical Fiction, Researching History, Character Development, Evoking Sense of Place, Planning A Novel
Dec 17, 2023
#086: Gwyn Bennett — Navigating & Succeeding in Self-Publishing, Pros and Cons of Traditional Publishing, Writing Sales Copy, Amazon Categories, Building an Audience, Handling Rights, Hiring Help
Dec 09, 2023
#085: Maggie Smith — Crafting Viral Poems, Writing Memoir, Becoming a Better Poet, Narrative Device, Substack, Commercial vs Creative Work
Dec 02, 2023
#084: Jean Kwok — Writing Family Drama & Constructing Thrillers, Successful Daily Writing Routines, Handling Failure & Pressure, How to Stay Focused On Your Craft
Nov 25, 2023
#083: Peter Komolafe — Rewriting Your Relationship with Money & Visualising Success, Writing Non-Fiction, Building A Brand
Nov 18, 2023
#081: Publisher Natalie Doherty — The Magic of Writing for Children, Market Trends, Behind the Scenes of Publishing, Children’s Book Categories, Social Media
Nov 11, 2023
#081: Ellie Middleton — Writing While Neurodivergent & Building An Audience, Writing Nonfiction, Content Creation & Going Viral
Nov 04, 2023
#080: Benjamin Hutchinson — Writing & Reading as Tools for a Meaningful Life, Writing Big Idea Nonfiction, Learning from Literary Greats
Oct 28, 2023
#079: Herminia Ibarra — Navigating Career Transitions & Owning the Writing Identity. Also, Writing Big-Idea NonFiction, Being a Confident Writer, Learning Goals Vs Performance Goals
Oct 21, 2023
#078: Chris Guillebeau — Embracing Experimentation in Money-Making and Creativity, Plus Writing Non-Fiction and Tools for Creators
Oct 14, 2023
#077: Guinevere Turner — Writing 'Go Fish', 'American Psycho', Crafting Memoir & Excavating Memories of Growing Up in a Cult
Oct 07, 2023
#076: Harriet Johnson — Writing Non-Fiction, Storytelling Like a Barrister & Writing to Inspire Change
Oct 01, 2023
#075: Natasha Lance Rogoff — Bringing Sesame Street to Russia & Writing Memoir, Behind the Scenes Of A Global Television Series, Art in Times of War
Sep 23, 2023
#074: Joy Sullivan — Growing a Community Around Your Poetry & Writing, Dealing With Creative Blocks, Avoiding Cliches, Tips for Reading & Writing Poetry
Sep 16, 2023
#073: Nicola May — Self-Publishing Bestselling Rom-Coms, Using Price To Drive Sales, Writing From The Heart, Marketing Tips and The Importance of Persistence
Sep 09, 2023
#072: Cyndie Spiegel — Writing NonFiction, Microjoys, Finding Joy in Difficult Times & Navigating Transitions
Aug 26, 2023
#071: Ed Wilson — Submitting to Agents & Navigating Publishing, Junior vs Experienced Agents, How to Follow up with Agents, Smaller vs Larger Literary Agencies
Aug 19, 2023
#070: Hannah Bos — Writing TV From The Heart, HBO’s Somebody Somewhere, Artistic Partnerships, Writing Friendships For The Screen
Aug 12, 2023
#069: Polina Marinova Pompliano — Writing Newsletters and Non-Fiction, Ambition vs Delusion, How to Study & Learn From Geniuses
Aug 05, 2023
#068: Samantha Shannon — Writing Fantasy Fiction, Plotting, Worldbuilding & Keeping Anxiety At Bay
Jul 29, 2023
#067: Megan Davis — Writing Literary Thrillers & Crime Fiction, Dual Timelines, Bringing Conflict To The Page
Jul 22, 2023
#066: Ricardo Fayet — How to Promote Your Book In a Crowded Marketplace, Finding Readers, Finding Freelance Help with Reedsy
Jul 17, 2023
#065: Maggie O’Farrell — The Art Of Writing & The Marriage Portrait
Jul 09, 2023
#064: Madeleine Milburn — Catching an Agent's Eye & Building an Author-First Agency
Jul 01, 2023
#063: Krystal Sutherland — Writing Young Adult Novels & Bringing Characters to Life
Jun 24, 2023
#062: Emilie Marneur — The Business of Publishing, Role of A Literary Scout, Behind-The-Scenes at the Launch of Amazon Publishing & Audible, Launching Digital-First Imprint Embla & Marketing Essentials.
Jun 10, 2023
#061: Joanna Nadin — Lessons From Writing 90+ Books for Kids, Teens & Adults, Writing Tools & Plotting Your Book
Jun 03, 2023
#060: Natalie Lue & Hattie Crisell — Forging A Portfolio Career: From Journalism To Starting A Substack Newsletter, Launching A Podcast, Self Publishing and Landing A Publishing Deal
May 27, 2023
#059: Madeleine Dore — Rethinking Writing Ruts & Routines, Imperfect Creative Processes, Substack, Blogging, Creative Cycles
May 20, 2023
#058: Steven Pressfield — The War of Art, Battling Resistance, Having A Creative Calling, Writing Memoir
May 13, 2023
#057: Abigail Bergstrom — On Becoming A Literary Agent, Tips For Building An Author Brand, Inside the Publishing Industry, Recovering From Burnout
May 06, 2023
#056: Jonathan Escoffery — Writing Award-Winning Short Stories, World Building, Managing Reader Anticipation, Dynamic Storytelling
Apr 29, 2023
#055: Dr Gloria Mark — Finding Focus For Creativity, 4 Different Attention States, Practicing Forethought, “Flow" vs “Focused Attention”
Apr 16, 2023
#054: Anna Jordan — Developing as a Playwright, TV Writing (Killing Eve/ Succession), Shitty First Drafts, Overcoming Self Doubt.
Apr 08, 2023
#053: Stephen Markley — Writing Epic Novels, Creating Sprawling Narratives, Inside TV Writers Rooms, Persisting as a Writer, Having Stephen King As A Fan, Making Money As A Writer, Staying Away from Feedback
Apr 01, 2023
#052: Orna Ross — How to Succeed as Indie Author, Marketing Essentials, Paying Yourself First
Mar 25, 2023
#051: Cecile Pin — Writing Literary Fiction, Telling Your Family’s Story, Starting Your Career as an Author, Reality of Working In Publishing, Advice For First-Time Authors
Mar 18, 2023
#050: Jasmine Richards — Creating Bestselling Children’s Book Series, Ideating, Secrets Of A Great Pitch & The Business Of Children’s Publishing
Mar 11, 2023
#049: Huma Qureshi — Writing the Memoir You're Not Sure You Can Write, Writing About Grief, Importance Of Role Models
Mar 04, 2023
#048: Oliver Burkeman — Writing Impactful Articles, Making the Most of Our Finite Lives, Reevaluate Your Relationship With Time, Being Happier
Feb 28, 2023
#047: Rebecca Stott — Balancing Writing & Researching Historical Fiction, Chasing Your Curiosity, Accuracy In Historical Fiction, The 'History Of Emotions'
Feb 20, 2023
#046: ​​Bec Evans & Chris Smith — How To Overcome Creative Blocks & Get It Written. Plus Banish Procrastination, Dealing With Imperfect Environments, The Power Of Noticing
Feb 11, 2023
#045: Jay Clouse — Find Your Niche, Become a Professional Creator & Build Your Creative Platform. Learn To Experiment, Charge Without Guilt
Feb 04, 2023
#044: Eimear Ryan — Learning to Write a Novel, Creative Resilience & Behind The Scenes of a Literary Press
Jan 29, 2023
#043: Tom Rob Smith - Writing Thrillers, Screenplays & High-Stakes Stories
Jan 21, 2023
#042: Laura Kay — Writing Romantic Comedy, Creating Relatable Characters and Queer Visibility in Fiction
Jan 14, 2023
#041: Christy Lefteri - Using Real Stories to Inspire Powerful Fiction
Jan 07, 2023
#040: Jean Kwok — Overcoming Fear & Rejection & Writing Novels That Move Readers
Dec 31, 2022
#039: Nikesh Shukla: Breaking Into Publishing, Lessons From Running A Literary Agency & Writing A Memoir
Dec 17, 2022
#038: Derek Sivers - Focus, Ambition, Writing Clearly & How to Live
Dec 10, 2022
#037: Daniel Paisner - Secrets from the 'World's Most Prolific Ghostwriter', Working With Serena Williams, How To Unearth The True Story
Dec 04, 2022
#036: Pragya Agarwal — From Academic Writing to Big Idea Nonfiction & Tackling Complex Ideas
Nov 26, 2022
#035: Soman Chainani — Writing Dark Tales For Children, Navigating Hollywood & Balancing Creative Work With Discipline
Nov 19, 2022
#034: Bonnie MacBird — Sherlock Holmes, Crime Fiction, Lessons from Hollywood & NaNoWriMo
Nov 12, 2022
#033: Joanna Penn — The Indie Writer Path, Web 3.0 & AI-Assisted Creativity
Nov 05, 2022
#032: David Whyte — Poetic Imagination & The Way of the Poet
Oct 29, 2022
#031: Beth Kempton — Becoming a Fearless Writer & Writing Bestselling Non-Fiction
Oct 22, 2022
#030: Harriet Minter — Manage Your Time & Regain Control Of Your Creative Career
Oct 15, 2022
#029: Stacey Halls — Writing Historical Fiction & Building A Life Around Your Writing
Oct 08, 2022
#028: Nir Eyal — How to Build An 'Indistractible' Writing Life
Oct 01, 2022
#027: Hamish McKenzie — The Future of Newsletters, Writing About Elon Musk & How to Make It on Substack
Sep 27, 2022
#026: Julia Cameron — Writing With Intuition, Overcoming Perfectionism & Pursuing The Artist’s Way
Sep 21, 2022
#025: Will Storr — The Science of Storytelling, Moving Past Rejection & Writing Impactful Non-Fiction
Sep 13, 2022
#24: Steph Smith - Beyond Blogging: Self-Publishing, Creating Content & Selling with Heart
Sep 03, 2022
#023: Rebecca Schiller — The Art Of Writing A Memoir, Writing Truthfully and Dealing With Neurodivergence
Aug 27, 2022
#022: Kat Falls: How to Brainstorm Like a Screenwriter, Writing YA and Creating Complex Fantasy Worlds
Aug 20, 2022
#021: Yancey Strickler — Overcoming Creative Anxiety, The Importance Of Sharing Your Ideas With Others, and How To Create A Better Future with Bentoism
Aug 14, 2022
#020: Katherine May — Writing Memoirs, Wintering, and Embracing Every Season of a Creative Life
Aug 06, 2022
#019: Emma Reed Turrell — Turn Your Expertise Into A Book, Learn To Set Boundaries & Stop "People Pleasing" In Your Writing
Jul 30, 2022
#018: Ruta Septys — How to Write Gripping Historical Fiction, The Importance of Melody And Rhythm & Giving Voice to Underrepresented History.
Jul 23, 2022
#017: Natalie Lue — Reclaim Control of Your Emotional & Creative Life & Choose Your Own Publishing Path
Jul 16, 2022
#016: Marti Leimbach — The Art of Writing a Novel
Jul 09, 2022
#015: Nish Panchal — How to Build a Writing Career in TV & Film
Jul 02, 2022
#014: Cathy Newman — Juggling Creative Projects, Writing News Stories and The Power of Creative Collaboration
Jun 25, 2022
#013: Selina Lim — Writing Authentic Dialogue for TV, Writing about Sex, Love & Drama, and A Peek Into a Writers’ Room
Jun 18, 2022
#011: The One With Matt & Parul — Why We Created This Podcast
Jun 11, 2022
#012: Anthony Anaxagorou — Push Past Self-Doubt and Think Like a Poet
Jun 11, 2022
#010: Casper ter Kuile — Writing Rituals, Digital Sabbaths & Finding Meaning in Everyday Moments
May 28, 2022
#009: Polina Marinova Pompliano — Growing Your Newsletter, Dealing With Self-Doubt and Criticism & the Future of Media
May 21, 2022
#008: Diana Evans — Turning Raw Feelings and Observations into Compelling Fiction, Keeping a Writing Schedule & Overcoming Writer’s Block
May 14, 2022
#007: Mike Michalowicz — Break Free from the Starving Artist Mindset and Manage Your Money with Confidence
May 07, 2022
#006: Tim Grahl — The Secrets Behind Bestsellers, Authentic Marketing and Writing About Devastation
Apr 30, 2022
#005: Ben Hardy — Setting Ambitious Writing Goals, Designing Your 'Future Self' & Mastering Articles on Medium.com
Apr 23, 2022
#004: Anna Wilson — Writing About Grief and Bringing Your Whole Self to Your Writing
Apr 16, 2022
#003: Chris Guillebeau — How to Spark a Movement and Build a Readership (and Make Money Doing It)
Apr 09, 2022
#002: Holly Bourne — How to Write Stories Readers Will Love
Apr 09, 2022
#001: Alastair Humphreys — Make a Living Writing About Your Life & Adventures
Apr 08, 2022