20 Best Academic Writing Podcasts of 2021

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Are you wanting to learn more about academic writing ? Well you’ve come to the right place. This is a curated list of the best academic writing podcasts of 2021.

We have selected these podcasts for a variety of reasons, but they are all well worth a listen. We tried to select a variety of podcasts across the spectrum from hosts with a wide breadth of experience.

We are always keen to hear your feedback, if we have missed a podcast, tweet us @MagazineWelp and we will check it out!

Best Academic Writing Podcasts 2021

With thanks to ListenNotes, Crunchbase, SemRush and Ahrefs for providing the data to create and rank these podcasts.

WriteCast: A Casual Conversation for Serious Writers

  • Publisher: Walden University Writing Center
  • Total Episodes: 82

Kacy and Claire from the Walden University Writing Center chat about all things academic writing. Special guests include students, faculty, and Writing Center editors. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Academic Womxn Amplified

  • Publisher: Cathy Mazak, PhD
  • Total Episodes: 83

The podcast for academic womxn who want to write and publish more while rejecting the culture of overwork in academia. Cathy Mazak, PhD, helps you create the career (and life) you want by centering your writing. Kick guilt and overwhelm to the curb and amplify your voice to make a real impact on your field–without breaking down or burning out.

MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing

  • Publisher: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Total Episodes: 378

Featuring a wide assortment of interviews and event archives, the MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing podcast features the best of our field’s critical analysis, collaborative research, and design — all across a variety of media arts, forms, and practices. You can learn more about us, including info about our faculty and academic programs and how to join us in person for events, at cmsw.mit.edu.

Revise and Resubmit

  • Publisher: revisepodcast
  • Total Episodes: 10

A nerdy, 10ish minute podcast chatting with academic writers about their writing prowess. Check us out on the web: bit.ly/revisepodcast or find us on Insta and Twitter: @revisepodcast

The Positive Psychology Podcast – Bringing the Science of Happiness to your Earbuds with Kristen Truempy

  • Publisher: Kristen Truempy
  • Total Episodes: 133

The science of the good life, huh? Sorry this is not about booze, sex and rock n’roll (or whatever is en vogue right now). In fact we talk about a lot of things that tree huggers would love: appreciation of beauty, gratitude, positive emotions, relationships and well, love. However we, that is positive psychologists and positive psychology practitioners buried ourselves in books, set out to experiment and then write it all up in a writing style that is about as exciting to read as watching an avocado turn brown. And that’s the problem: if you are not an academic you probably want a little bit more excitement, than pages and pages of densely written journals can provide. Even if you are an academic, who has time to read all the interesting stuff out there anyways? So in an effort to save your eyes taking on a comically rectangular shape the positive psychology podcast brings the science of the good life to your earbuds. It’s not all treehugger style though; sometimes we might get quite serious, for example when exploring things like post-traumatic growth or positive parenting. Subscribe if you want to benefit from the scientific insights into happiness and meaning while you are on the go. Let me know where you are while you are listening to this. If you like it review it, because that’s the only way other people can find it too.

IELTS Energy English Podcast

  • Publisher: Lindsay McMahon and Jessica Beck
  • Total Episodes: 185

Do you want to get a band 7 on the IELTS exam? IELTS exam preparation doesn’t have to be hard or boring! It can be fun! Lindsay and Jessica from All Ears English are back with a new way to help you achieve the IELTS score you need for the General or the Academic exam! We’ll give you IELTS strategies, practice, tips, tricks, and secrets using real English examples. We’ll show you how to take control of the Speaking Section by reducing anxiety, panic, and fear. You’ll learn what to do when your mind goes blank, how to organize your thoughts and how to use intonation, English pronunciation and native English vocabulary such as phrasal verbs and idioms to impress the Examiner. You’ll find out which grammar points you should use in the Speaking Test and which ones you should avoid to get a band 7. You’ll also get guidance on how to prepare for Writing Task 1 and Writing Task 2 with help on the opinion essay, graphs and charts, and the argument or discursive essay. You’ll get tips on how to succeed with IELTS listening comprehension strategies and how to get the highest possible score on the reading test. You’ll find out how to use practice tests to get the maximum score increase to go from a 5 or 6 to a 7 or higher. We’ll show you the common mistakes that most students make on test day, what to expect on the day of the exam, and how the exam is structured. You’ll get the best possible resource recommendations from Jessica Beck who has taught IELTS for more than 14 years.

The Homework Help Show

  • Publisher: Homework Help Global
  • Total Episodes: 296

Looking for study tips, help with essay writing, or advice on how to be a better student? Welcome to The Homework Help Show, a weekly show where we teach, assist, and offer valuable insights for student life. From study hacks to writing tips, discussions about student mental health to step-by-step guides on academic writing and how to write a resume, we’ve got you covered.


  • Publisher: Eric Detweiler
  • Total Episodes: 46

Rhetoricity is a quasi-academic podcast that draws on rhetoric, theory, weird sound effects, and the insights of a lot of other people. It’s something that’s a little strange and, with luck, a little interesting. The podcast’s description will evolve along with it. So far, most episodes feature interviews with rhetoric and writing scholars. The podcast is a project of Eric Detweiler, an assistant professor in the Department of English at Middle Tennessee State University. For more on Rhetoricity and his other work, visit http://RhetEric.org.

Reclaiming Jane

  • Publisher: Emily Davis-Hale & Lauren Wethers
  • Total Episodes: 12

If you’ve ever felt like you’re not “allowed” to like Jane Austen – whether because her work is too white, too academic, or too straight – we’ve been there. And this podcast is for you. Each episode, we use a different theme to guide our reading through the Austen canon to give you the historical context of each work, draw connections to pop culture, and discover new ways of interpreting old texts. There’s something in Jane Austen’s novels for everyone. Whether you’re a long-time Austen devotee or have never read a word of her writing, we hope you’ll join us in Reclaiming Jane.

Lost in Citations

Often researchers and academics ‘get lost in citations’ –– we forget there’s a real person/voice behind the writing. In each episode, we focus on a publication that has caught the host’s eye. We’ll learn more about the writer and gain insights on researching and writing better academic papers. Rotating podcasts by Jonathan Shachter, Chris Haswell, and contributing interviewers. [email protected]

Publishing Power

  • Publisher: JoEllen Nordstrom
  • Total Episodes: 68

Publishing Power helps writers succeed! Learn how to successfully write, edit, publish, and launch your book today from proven leaders and talented writers. Discover the latest tips, tools, and tricks to publishing independently, traditionally, or as a hybrid publisher. Listen to our carefully selected, knowledge-based interviews with the leading writing-industry experts. We’ll provide insight and up-to-date guidance in the ever-evolving world of publishing. Learn how to plan, what to do, and where to get help publishing when you need it. Plus, you get honest reviews of the various writing tools, apps, plugins, and services which can help (or hinder!) you to publish successfully! Regardless if you write fiction, nonfiction, copy, or academic research, you will find a golden nugget here that will help you succeed.

Line Edit

  • Publisher: James Ryerson, Joseph Fridman
  • Total Episodes: 8

Line Edit, supported by the John Templeton Foundation and hosted by long-time editor James Ryerson, is a show about writing short pieces for wide audiences about the big questions. Ryerson has been an editor at the New York Times since 2003, and before that, edited pieces for Legal Affairs, Lingua Franca, and Feed. On each episode of Line Edit, Ryerson sits down with an academic to discuss the life cycle of a popular piece they’ve published, from conception to pitching, writing, editing, publication, and response. Along the way, they’ll discuss advice for academics looking to communicate their work to the public, and dive into the details of the academic’s background, current, and future work.

Chloe Made Me Study

  • Publisher: Chloe Burroughs
  • Total Episodes: 62

This podcast provides simple studying advice for non-traditional students returning to education to advance their careers. You’re in the right place if you’re a mature student, distance or workplace learner (or all three like Chloe) and studying for a degree or professional qualification. Chloe Burroughs, study skills expert and author of The Return to Study Handbook, will teach you how to study effectively so that you can boost your academic confidence, get more done in less time, and achieve the grades you really want. Chloe understands what you’re going through — the stress of juggling studying around your job and personal life; the feeling that you’ve never actually been taught how to study effectively; the worry that you’re not going to achieve the grades you need to move forward in your career. You’ll learn step-by-step strategies for time management, organisation and productivity; boosting your studying motivation and confidence; overcoming negative thinking and fear of exams; note taking and reading; essay writing and critical thinking; improving your memory; and exam revision and preparation. In short, you’ll develop the skills to make the most of the time, energy and money you’re investing in your education — so you can gain your dream qualification. With solo shows full of actionable study advice, conversations with other students, and interviews with education experts, Chloe Made Me Study will give you the confidence to achieve the grades you need to take the next exciting step in your career. So, if you’re a non-traditional student who’s ready to uplevel your study skills and results — hit that subscribe button to discover how to make your studying life easier.

Lannan Center Podcast

  • Publisher: Lannan Center
  • Total Episodes: 12

Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice at Georgetown University is a literary, critical, and pedagogical undertaking devoted to the situation of poetry and poetics in the contemporary world. Based in the President’s Office, the Center brings attention to a traditional domain of academic research, but sees poetry as a current practice rather than as a field of historical research. The Center recognizes that “art’s social presence,” in the phrase of Adrienne Rich, is vital to contemporary culture; that poetry, or writing more generally, traverses the fields of aesthetic, social, political, and religious thought: it reconfigures these fields according to the designs of imagination. The Lannan Center hosts Readings and Talks throughout the academic year. Music: Quantum Jazz — “Orbiting A Distant Planet” — Provided by Jamendo.


  • Publisher: PhySoc
  • Total Episodes: 44

Insight offers a look into the people behind our education, the stories that led to a lecturer writing physics equations on the whiteboard at the front of the your lecture theatre. Join us as we interview the academics making St Andrews.

Rad Ladies

  • Publisher: Lyz lenz
  • Total Episodes: 4

In this podcast, Sunshine (age 9) and her mother interview authors, academics and experts to get to the bottom of racism, writing, religion, and anything else Sunshine is curious about. The episodes are never longer than 30 mins and are always fun. Stick around for the end, when we ask the Magic 8 Ball a very important question.

Academic Writing Podcasts

  • Publisher: Academic Writing Center at Higher School of Economics
  • Total Episodes: 16

Academic Writing Podcast from the Higher School of Economics, Russia, is a project aiming at your academic writing skills through your ears. In our short podcasts we are discussing and explaining phrases which cover most of your needs for composing an academic article. Each of the episodes comes with a pdf file and can be reached at http://academics.hse.ru/podcasts

Mindful U at Naropa University

  • Publisher: Naropa University
  • Total Episodes: 79

As the birthplace of the mindfulness movement in the United States, Naropa University has a unique perspective when it comes to higher education in the West. Founded in 1974 by renowned Tibetan Buddhist scholar and lineage holder Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Naropa was intended to be a place where students could study Eastern and Western religions, writing, psychology, science, and the arts, while also receiving contemplative and meditation training. Forty-three years later, Naropa is a leader in ‘contemplative education’, a pedagogical approach that blends rigorous academics, contemplative practice, and experiential learning. Naropa President Chuck Lief explains, “Mindfulness here is not a class. Mindfulness is basically the underpinning of what we do in all of our classes. That said, the flavor or the color of mindfulness from class to class is really completely up to the individual faculty member to work on—on their own. So, what happens in a poetry class is going to look very different from what happens in a research psychology class. But, one way or another the contemplative practices are brought into the mix.” This podcast is for those with an interest in mindfulness and a curiosity about its place in both higher education and the world at large. Hosted by Naropa alumnus and Multimedia Manager David DeVine, episodes feature Naropa faculty, alumni, and special guests on a wide variety of topics including compassion, permaculture, social justice, herbal healing, and green architecture—to name a few. Listen to explore the transformative possibilities of mindfulness, both in the classroom and beyond!

Borris House Festival of Writing & Ideas Podcast

  • Publisher: The Festival of Writing and Ideas
  • Total Episodes: 47

The Borris House Festival of Writing & Ideas 2020 – the eighth edition – promises a weekend of stimulating dialogue and discourse, gathering together intriguing international minds from all over the world and inviting them to Borris Village for a few days. Prize-winning novelists, poet laureates, genre-changing musicians, mind-expanding academics, journalists from far reaches of the globe, but also artists, film-makers, political commentators, musicians, architects – and regular people who have experienced the extraordinary – grace the stages across the weekend. It has become known for its casual, friendly atmosphere, and for its extraordinary line-up of speakers, carefully curated by a small team led by Vivienne Guinness and Hugo Jellett. In the past years this festival has welcomed Donna Tartt, Ian McEwan, Margaret Atwood, David Gilmour, Chrissie Hynde, Dominic West, Kate Tempest, Don McCullin, John Paul Jones, Michael Chabon, Sebastian Barry, PJ Harvey, Antony Beevor, Anne Enright, Martin Amis, Roy Foster, Michael Cunningham, Tommy Tiernan, Michael Harding, Louis De Bernieres, Philomena Lee, Joseph O’Connor, Bob Geldof, Michael Craig Martin, Colm Toibin, Florence Welch, David Simon, Mary Robinson and many many others.

Breath In, Write Out

  • Publisher: PFAU: Academic Writing
  • Total Episodes: 41

Our podcast is for high school, college, and university students who want to make the most out of their academic experience. We talk about topics related to student life, study skills, career transition, stress management, and the joys of essay writing. Each podcast ends with a short meditation and writing prompt to send our listeners off a little more grounded and self-aware, ready to face the uncertainty of the world.

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