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June 25, 2018 0 comments

The 10 Best Screenwriting Podcasts

If you’re looking for a screenwriting podcast to enhance your understanding of the craft and business of writing, here’s our choice of the top 10 best screenwriting podcasts you should be listening to.

After the list, we round up some episodes from these screenwriting podcasts according to subject matter—giving you the best screenwriting podcasts on dialogue, character, structure and so on.

So let’s dive on in with a look at the first screenwriting podcast on our (alphabetically ordered) list…

best screenwriting podcasts3rd & Fairfax
w/ the WGA West

This is the official screenwriting podcast of the Writers’ Guild of America West.

Each week Steve Trautmann, Aaron Fullerton and Brian Gary interview the cream of Hollywood’s writers, producers, directors and actors as well as give important information and updates about the Guild itself. Subscribe to 3rd & Fairfax podcast >>

best screenwriting podcastsDraft Zero
w/ Chas Fisher & Stu Willis

This monthly screenwriting podcast is hosted by two Australian screenwriters in which they break down pro screenplays and try to figure out what makes them work.

In any given episode you’ll hear them riffing on subjects such as MacGuffins, creating compelling characters and plot vs. character driven movies. Probably one of the best screenwriting podcasts available if you’re looking for specific discussions on the craft. Subscribe to Draft Zero podcast >>

best screenwriting podcastsOn the Page
w/ Pilar Alessandra

In Pilar Alessandra’s screenplay podcast, she interviews a different guest each week from the world of writing, directing, acting and producing.

Definitely one of the best screenwriting podcasts on the market that you’d be a fool to miss. Subscribe to On the Page podcast >>

best screenwriting podcastsOn Story
w/ the Austin Film Festival

Recorded live at the Austin Film Festival, this screenwriting podcast brings you an insider’s perspective on the process of writing and getting a screenplay financed and made.

Previous guests in the chair include top screenwriters such as Ed Solomon, Scott Frank, Judd Apatow, the Duplass Brothers, Shane Black and many more. Subscribe to On Story podcast >>

best screenwriting podcastsThe Q&A
w/ Jeff Goldsmith

Picking up where the Creative Screenwriting podcast left off, this is journalist Jeff Goldsmith’s podcast in which he conducts lengthy interviews with top screenwriters.

He asks them questions about how they got into the business, their writing habit, writing process and much more. Unmissable. Subscribe to the Q&A podcast >>

best screenwriting podcastsSam & Jim Go To Hollywood
w/ Sam Ernst & Jim Dunn

Now defunct, but the forty or so episodes of this screenwriting podcast here are well worth a listen. Two regular thirty-something guys pack up their successful careers in the restaurant industry and move to LA to try and make it as screenwriters.

While not heavy on the craft side of writing, this podcast’s get-up-and-go attitude is pretty damn inspiring. Subscribe to Sam & Jim Go To Hollywood podcast >>

best screenwriting podcastsScriptnotes
w/ John August & Craig Mazin

Professional screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin talk shop about all areas of screenwriting: from the craft of writing to legal questions, to Hollywood news.

You need to pay $1.99 per month in order to access the back catalog as only the last twenty episodes are available for free. Even so, this is definitely one of the very best screenwriting podcasts out there and not to be missed. Subscribe to Script Notes podcast >>

best screenwriting podcastsThe Treatment
w/ Elvis Mitchell

Another weekly interview show in which Mitchell sits down with some of the industry’s best screenwriters and gets them to talk about their careers and the craft of screenwriting.

Recent highlights include conversations with Lynne Ramsay and Joaquin Phoenix on You Were Never Really Here and John Daley and Johnathan Goldstein discussing the art of comedy in their movie Game Night.
Subscribe to The Treatment podcast >>

best screenwriting podcastsWrite On  
w/ Final Draft

This Final Draft produced screenwriting podcast invites writers on to the show to talk about writing, how they broke in, the craft and sustaining a career in the industry.

Previous guests include Scott Neustadter, Julie Delpy and Nick Hornby. The podcast also includes interviews with Final Draft Big Break contest finalists and judges which are equally illuminating.
Subscribe to Write On podcast >>

best screenwriting podcastsThe Writers Panel
w/ Ben Blacker

This isn’t a screenplay podcast as such but one that focuses on the craft and business of writing TV.

The show is hosted by Ben Blacker—a professional TV writer and producer of the Nerdist Writers Panel—and each week he delivers discussions from writers’ panels as well as in-studio interviews with top writers, showrunners and producers. Subscribe to The Writers Panel podcast >>

Best Screenwriting Podcasts Honorable Mentions

Here are ten more of the best screenwriting podcasts you should check out if you have the time:

The Best Screenwriting Podcasts by Subject

Now let’s take a look at some of the best screenwriting podcasts broken down into subject matter:

  • Career strategy
  • Character
  • Plot/structure
  • Dialogue
  • Concept
  • Scene description

Career strategy

How to Break In | On Story | Ep. 70 

No direct link for this specific screenwriting podcast episode, so scroll down to the 24th entry to listen to a panel of writers discuss how they broke in via the Austin Film Festival and Nicholl contest.

Listen now >>

Franklin Leonard | Scripts & Scribes | Ep. 89 

This interview with the founder of The Black List, Franklin Leonard, contains some useful info on how to break into the industry as a screenwriter.

Listen now >>

Coming to LA | On the Page | Ep. 291

This screenwriting podcast episode features an interview with aspiring screenwriter, Ryan Budds, on his first six months in Los Angeles and how to make the most of every opportunity.

Listen now >>

Getting It Write with Lee Jessup | On the Page | Ep.340 

Pilar sits down with screenwriting career coach, Lee Jessup, to discuss how to break in and talk about her book Getting It Write: An Insider’s Guide to a Screenwriters’ Career. 

Listen now >>

10 Ways to Make LA Work For You | On the Page | Ep. 422 

Listen in on the ten things writer, Alexandra Denye did when she came over to LA in order to further her career.

Listen now >>

Screenplay Development From The Inside Out | On the Page | Ep. 527 

Pilar discusses what to do with your script once you’ve written it with producer Rona Edwards and author of I Liked It, I Didn’t Love It: Screenplay Development from the Inside Out.

Listen now >>


Secrets and Lies | Script Notes | Ep. 151 

In this screenwriting podcast episode, John and Craig discuss why it’s essential your characters have secrets and lie to each other. They also talk about character names and how to pick them.

Listen now >>

Teaching Your Heroes to Drive | Script Notes | Ep. 307 

Learn how stories are developed from the synthesis of character and plot and how you should continually shift your frames of reference between “inside” and “outside” the experience of your protagonist.

Listen now >>

Character Epiphanies | On the Page | Ep. 421 

Pilar Alessandra gets together with author Elise Ballard to discuss character epiphanies and the major role they often have to play in shaping stories.

Listen now >>

Character Arc | On the Page | Ep. 513 

On this episode of Pilar’s screenwriting podcast, she chats to Michael Hauge, author of Writing Screenplays That Sell  about how to successfully craft a character arc from the Inciting Incident through to the Climax. 

Listen now >>


Littlest Plot Shop | Script Notes | Ep. 39 

John and Craig draw an important distinction between plot (which answers the “what” questions) and story (which answers the “why” questions) and how to match both with your protagonist’s motivation.

Listen now >>

Making Things Better by Making Things Worse | Script Notes | Ep. 154 

In this episode of the Scriptnotes podcast, John and Craig talk about how to structure a screenplay so the plot continually causes escalating problems for your protagonist, from which they can eventually learn and grow.

Listen now >>

Christopher Vogler | On the Page | Ep. 521 

Pilar is joined in this episode of her screenwriting podcast by legendary writer, Christopher Vogler, author of The Writer’s Journey to discuss the mythic structure of movies and more.

Listen now >>


Let’s Talk About Dialogue | Script Notes | Ep. 37 

In this episode of the Scriptnotes podcast, John and Craig come up with some dialogue tests to see if it’s working in your screenplay as well as it could, such as, Do all the characters sound the same?

Listen now >> 

Script Doctors, Dialogue and Hacks
 | Script Notes | Ep. 286 

This dialogue-focused episode of the Scriptnotes podcast looks at how characters really talk in movies and just why dialogue is so important.

Listen now >> 

Talk Talk Bam! | On the Page | Ep. 551

Pilar and Jim Rash, writer of The Way Way Back and The Descendants, discuss all things dialogue in this Scriptnotes podcast.

Listen now >>


Logline Contest 2013 | On the Page | Ep. 287 & 288 

Every year Pilar sits down with a couple of co-hosts to go through listeners’ loglines,  assess each one and pick a winner at the end. Really helpful way of getting some insider knowledge on what makes a rocking concept.

Listen now >>

Logline Contest 2016 | On the Page | Ep. 470 

There was no logline contest in 2015 and so here’s the one from 2016. Listening to this screenwriting podcast will not only help you craft better loglines but also come up with great concepts of your own.

Listen now >>

Logline Contest 2017 | On the Page | Ep. 535 

Another round-up of listeners’ loglines that’s just as instructive and entertaining as the rest. One of the best screenwriting podcasts out there if you want to get inspired and also learn how to write effective loglines.

Listen now >>

Scene Description

Action is More Than Just Gunfights and Car Chases | Script Notes | Ep. 53 

Getting the reader to clearly visualize what your characters are doing is a super important skill to master, and this is what John and Craig take an in-depth look at in this episode of the Scriptnotes podcast.

Listen now >>

Everything But the Dialogue | Script Notes | Ep. 206 

In this screenplay podcast, John and Craig take a look at the scene description of seven well-known screenplays: Oceans 11, Erin Brockovich, Whip It, Aliens, Wall-E,  Wanted and Unforgiven.

Listen now >>

Scene Direction Contest: Parts 1 & 2 | On the Page | Ep. 322 & 323 

Listen to Pilar and her guests read out listeners’ scene descriptions and offer advice on how to best rewrite them. Much like with her logline contest episodes, this is such an effective way of learning what not to do by learning from the mistakes of others.

Listen now >> 


There you have it: our list of the best screenwriting podcasts on the web. It’s amazing what you can learn on a half hour walk with the dog, so it’s time to get downloading.

Which one do you think is the best screenwriting podcast? Are there are any candidates for the best screenwriting podcasts you think we’ve missed out? We’d love to hear your thoughts so let us know in the comments section below.

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