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Writers Who Don’t Write is an hour-long longform interview show about telling the stories our guests never could, hosted by Jeff Umbro and Kyle Craner. We publish new episodes on Wednesday nights.

Writers Who Don’t Write is an hour-long longform interview show about telling the stories our guests never could, hosted by Jeff Umbro and Kyle Craner. We publish new episodes on Wednesday nights.
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Writers Who Don’t Write is an hour-long longform interview show about telling the stories our guests never could, hosted by Jeff Umbro and Kyle Craner. We publish new episodes on Wednesday nights.






2018 Summer Reading List

In this episode, in lieu of an author interview, Jeff and Kyle talk about the books they're currently reading, as well as the books that are on their respective reading lists for this summer. Kyle's fantasy heavy list includes The Kingkiller Chronicles from Patrick Rothfuss, The Codex Alera and the Dresden Files from Jim Butcher, The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin, among others. Jeff's list includes Little Fires Everywhere from Celeste Ng, some newspapers from the 1940s for a show he's...


John Green via Off Track

This week on the show we're trying something a little bit different. Another podcast Jeff produces via The Podglomerate was able to get an interview with legendary author John Green, so we decided to play it for you. This was a two parter, so if you enjoyed it you can search for Off Track with Hinch and Rossi on your podcast app of choice and listen to part 2. We'll see you in a couple weeks.


Melissa Albert

This week on the show we speak with NYT bestselling author Melissa Albert, who's new novel The Hazel Wood is out now. We discuss what it's like to write your first novel, to write without knowing quite where you're going (at least at first) and about how much more relevant and poignant all those famous quotes about writing are once you start doing it yourself.


Born to the Blade: Michael R. Underwood, Marie Brennan, and Cassandra Khaw

We sat down with Michael R. Underwood, Marie Brennan, and Cassandra Khaw; three of the four authors of Born to the Blade. Born to the Blade is a new serialized fiction offering from Serial Box - a company that specializes in release serialized fiction in print and audio/e-book formats on a weekly basis. We speak with the authors about the process of writing serialized fiction, of writing in a Hollywood-style writers' room, and about the challenges of dividing and conquering a fantastic...


Tom Rachman

Tom Rachman is the author of four books, including The Imperfectionists, The Rise & Fall of Great Powers, Basket of Deplorables, and his most recent work The Italian Teacher. We spend a lot of time discussing Tom's writing and revising process, we get into different aspects of his newest novel, and he tells us the story of the first novel he never published.


Stina Leicht

Stina Leicht is the author of four novels: Blackthorne, Cold Iron, Of Blood and Honey and And Blue Skies From Pain. Her Feminist essays were featured in the Hugo Award winning Women Destroy Science Fiction! Issue of Lightspeed Magazine. She is currently working on the novel, Persephone Station, a Feminist SF Space Opera to be published by Saga Press in 2018. We speak with Stina about all things fantasy, and she tells us about how she worked through the pressure she felt while writing Of...


Paul Cantor

Paul Cantor is a Writer and Music Producer who's written for major publications like Vice, Rolling Stone, Esquire, NY Mag, Fader, Vulture, and many many more. He's recently focused on publishing stories to Medium while he finishes his first book and we talk to him about his life, his career, and the one story he's always struggled to tell.


Michael Finkel

Michael Finkel is a journalist who has written for The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Men's Journal, The Atlantic, and Skiing Magazine, among others. He is the author of Stranger in the Woods and True Story, which was turned into a major motion picture starring Jonah Hill and James Franco. He sat down with Writers Who Don't Write to discuss his work, his career, and one story he's always struggled to tell.


Dara Horn

Dara Horn is the award winning author of Eternal Life, as well as four other novels: A Guide For The Perplexed, All Other Nights, The World To Come, and In The Image. She's also written a non-fiction book called The Rescuer, as well as pieces for major news outlets like The Washington Post. Though the story of Eternal Life spans thousands of years, Dara has called it her most autobiographical work for reasons we get into in the show. She tells us the story of the art heist that inspired...


John August

John August is the author of Arlo Finch and the Valley of Fire and the host of Scriptnotes and Launch. He’s mostly known as a screenwriter. His credits include Go, Big Fish, Charlie’s Angels, Titan A.E., Charlie and Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride and Frankenweenie. He also owns the company Quote-Unquote Apps, where he has released several popular apps and doodads, including Highland, Weekend Read, Bronson Watermarker, and Less IMDb.


Neel Mukherjee

Neel Mukherjee is a Calcutta born author living in London. His third book, A State of Freedom, was just published by WW Norton in January 2018 and is available wherever books are sold. The music at the top and the bottom of the hour is brought to you by Ryan Dann of Holland Patent Public Library. You can find him online at wwwhollandpatentpubliclibrary.com. The music in the middle of the show is from Ben Sound. You can find him online at www.bensound.com. Writers Who Don’t Write is...


The 2017 Recap

Jeff and Kyle sit down to recap the books they read in 2017, what they're looking forward to in 2018, and where some of our previous guests are at in life and their careers.


Rerun: Lillian Cunningham

Writers Who Don't Write interviewed Lillian Cunningham in March of 2017 regarding her role as the editor of the Washington Post's On Leadership section and host of the popular Presidential podcast. She sat down with us to chat about writing, producing and hosting a poiltical podcast during the 2016 election, what comes next, and the presidency of Chester Arthur, America's most forgotten president. Since we interviewed her, she has launched Constitutional, an excellent podcast looking back...


The Star Wars (Novelist) Episode

Claudia Gray, Delilah Dawson and Ken Liu have authored nearly a dozen original Star Wars stories between them. They join the Writers Who Don’t Write this week to discuss writing within the Star Wars universe and everything that encompasses. www.claudiagray.comwww.whimsydark.comkenliu.name Writers Who Don’t Write is brought to you by Sudio Sweden headphones. You can get your own pair of headphones by using discount code 'WWDW' which will give you 15% off any purchase! Go to...


Andy Weir

Andy Weir is the author of The Martian and, most recently, Artemis. Though he's wanted to be a writer his whole life, it was just a few years ago with the runaway success of The Martian that he was able to do so. He's a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects such as relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. This week, he chats with us about his career, his work, and the one story he's always struggled to tell. The music at the top and...


Amy Rose Spiegel

Amy Rose Spiegel is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor. Currently, she’s the editor-in-chief of Talkhouse Music, where musicians become critics and essayists. Previously, she was a story editor at Rookie and an associate editor at BuzzFeed. She is the creator behind Enormous Eye. Her first book, Action: A Book About Sex, was published by Grand Central in 2016. She speaks with the Writers Who Don’t Write about her career, her writing, and the one story she always struggled to tell. The...


Elliot Ackerman

Elliot Ackerman is an American author and journalist, currently based in Istanbul. Prior to his writing career, he served five distinguished tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. His books are Green on Blue and Dark at the Crossing, and he’s written for Esquire, GQ and The New Yorker, among others. Dark at the Crossing is currently one of five books nominated for the National Book Award for fiction. He speaks with us today about the one story he struggled to tell. The music you heard at...


Doug Stanton

Doug Stanton is a journalist, lecturer, screenwriter, and author of the New York Times bestsellers In Harm’s Way and Horse Soldiers. Horse Soldiers is the basis for a Jerry Bruckheimer-produced movie by the same name, starring Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon, to be released by Warner Bros. in 2018. In Harm’s Way, the definitive account of the sinking, rescue, and valor of the USS Indianapolis crew, spent more than six months on the New York Times bestseller list and became required...


Claire Messud

Claire Messud is a recipient of Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellowships and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Author of five previous works of fiction including her most recent novel, The Burning Girl. She chats with us about place, story, YA and chick lit, and growing up.


The McElroys

Justin, Travis and Griffin McElroy from My Brother, My Brother and Me have recruited their dad Clint for a campaign of high adventure. Join the McElroys as they find their fortune and slay an unconscionable number of ... you know, kobolds or whatever in ... The Adventure Zone. We chat with the McElroy clan to celebrate the finale of the first campaign arc in The Adventure Zone.