The Podcast

Writing Excuses is a fast-paced, educational podcast for writers, by writers. It airs weekly, with new episodes appearing each Sunday evening at around 6pm Eastern Time. The show is hosted by Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, and Dan Wells, with guests featured from time to time.

Our goal is to help our listeners become better writers.  Whether they write for fun or for profit, whether they’re new to the domain or old hands, we have something to offer. We love to write, and our listeners do, too.


Writing Excuses was created in 2008 under the direction of Jordan Sanderson, with Brandon, Dan, and Howard. They recorded five “seasons” of twenty-five to thirty episodes each. Mary joined the cast in 2011, kicking off Season 6. Their first full-year season, 2012’s Season 7, won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Related Work.

WX Hugo win photo by Andrew Williams
Howard, Mary, and Brandon received Hugo trophies in San Antonio while Dan Wells slept soundly in Germany. Photo by Andrew Williams

Full-year seasons have been the Writing Excuses standard since  2012, and the podcast aired 52- or 53-episode seasons in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

The podcast did not have season-long themes until 2015.  WX-10-Logo3For Season 10, the hosts arranged the entire year of podcasts to flow like a single, multi-session master-class designed to walk a writer through the process of creating a story.

Season 11 is scheduled to follow a similar format, in which a single overarching theme will drive the episodes WX-11-Cover-PaleGradient4that air during 2016. This time around, however, the cast is trying something new, and looking at genre a bit differently.  This will either go swimmingly, or everybody will drown.