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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.






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 The music in the middle of the show is from Ben Sound. You can find him online at 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. 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.


Sara Novic

Sara Novic is the author of Girl At War, a critically acclaimed novel about the Croatian Civil War, told through decades and perspectives. Sara is also the fiction editor of Blunderbuss Magazine, a Professor at Stockton University, and deaf. We jump into all these topics and more in this episode of Writers Who Don't Write.


Jennifer Brody

Jennifer Brody is the author of the award-winning Continuum Trilogy and chats with us about YA, science fiction, world building and the film and book industry.


Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O’Connor is a reporter for the Special Projects unit at Gizmodo. In the past he’s written for The Awl and was a staff writer at Gawker (RIP). He discusses his career, his research habits, the Hulk Hogan fiasco, and Donald Trump.


Dave Weigel

Dave Weigel is a National Reporter for the Washington Post and author of the book The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock. He chats with us about what it's like covering politics today, media bias, and one story he's always struggled to tell.


Ken Liu

A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, Ken Liu is the author of The Dandelion Dynasty, a silkpunk epic fantasy series and The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, a collection of short stories. He's currently working on a Star Wars novel, which will become cannon. He joins us on the show this week to discuss all of this and more.


Aaron Lammer

Aaron Lammer is a proprietor of and a host of the popular Longform Podcast. He writes songs with the artist Francis and the Lights, who in 2016 alone worked collaboratively with Bon Iver, Kanye West, The Weeknd, Frank Ocean and Chance the Rapper. Earlier this year, Aaron released a new podcast called Stoner, where he explores the culture behind Marijuana. He chats with us about all of this, plus some very particular moments from his childhood.


Doree Shafrir

Doree Shafrir is a Senior Tech Writer at BuzzFeed News and has worked as an editor or staff writer at Rolling Stone, the New York Observer, Gawker, and Philadelphia Weekly, and has contributed to publications including the New York Times, The New Yorker, Slate, TheAwl, Daily Beast, Marie Claire, and Wired. She is the host of Matt and Doree's Eggcellent Adventure with her husband Matt Mira, and her first novel, Startup, was published by Little, Brown in April. She speaks with us about her...


Beau Lotto

Beau Lotto is one of the few speakers to have given two TED talks, which have amassed over 5 million views combined. He has also spoken at Google’s Zeitgest Minds, Wired, G8 and made significant programme contributions to BBC's Horizon, National Geographic Channel and PBS in the US. Today, we speak to him about his new book, Deviate, and discuss science writing, perception, and his career.


Nathan Hill

Nathan Hill’s debut novel The Nix was named the #1 book of the year by Audible and Entertainment Weekly, as well as one of the year’s best books by The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Slate, Amazon, and many others. Hill’s short stories have been published in The Iowa Review, Agni, The Gettysburg Review, The Denver Quarterly, and Fiction, which awarded him its annual Fiction Prize. On this episode, he discusses his career trajectory, meeting John Irving, and how to maintain humor...


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