Writing Excuses

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Writing Excuses
Hosted by Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal
Debut 02/10/2008
Website www.writingexcuses.com

Writing Excuses is a (nominally) fifteen minute long podcast hosted by authors Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal and web cartoonist Howard Tayler. Promoted as "fifteen minutes long, because you're in a hurry, and we're not that smart",[1] the four hosts discuss different topics involved in the creation and production of genre writing and webcomics.


Writing Excuses began in 2008 with three hosts – Sanderson, Tayler, and Wells – accompanied by Brandon's brother, Jordan Sanderson, who serves as producer. The show aims to cover a single writing-related topic in each podcast, in a format short enough to be listened to on a morning commute or during a lunch break.

The single topic is discussed in a back-and-forth by the hosts for fifteen minutes. Halfway through the podcast the hosts introduce a book of the week, either a favorite of the hosts or one of their own works. Writing Excuses has been sponsored by Audible since October 2009.[2] On numerous occasions, often at conventions, the hosts invite guest authors and industry professionals on board for podcast episodes.

After making a number of guest appearances, Mary Robinette Kowal joined the permanent cast as a new host at the beginning of season 6.[3]

Shadows Beneath anthology[edit]

Shadows Beneath, an anthology of four stories written by the members of Writing Excuses, was published in 2014.[4] The anthology's bonus material is intended to show some of the processes of story creation. The stories were brainstormed on the podcast and the first drafts later critiqued; transcripts of the podcasts, along with the first drafts of the stories, are included.[5] The stories are:


  • Hugo Awards 2014 (season 8, nominated for Best Related Work) [6]
  • Hugo Awards 2013 (season 7, winner for Best Related Work) [7]
  • Hugo Awards 2012 (season 6, nominated for Best Related Work)[8]
  • Hugo Awards 2011 (season 4, nominated for Best Related Work) [9]
  • Podcast Awards 2010 (nominated) [10]
  • Parsec Awards 2010 (winner for Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation) [11]
  • Parsec Awards 2009 (winner for Best Writing Related Podcast) [12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Writing Excuses". Writing Excuses. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  2. ^ "Season 3 Episode 22: Idea to Story". Writing Excuses. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  3. ^ "6.1: Can Creativity be Taught?". Writing Excuses. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  4. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Shadows-Beneath-Writing-Excuses-Anthology-ebook/dp/B00LDOM8A2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404489376&sr=8-1&keywords=shadows+beneath+brandon+sanderson
  5. ^ http://brandonsanderson.com/shadows-beneath/
  6. ^ "2014 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  7. ^ "2013 Hugo Award Winners". World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved 2013-02-09. 
  8. ^ "2012 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  9. ^ "2011 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  10. ^ One Technologies, LLC. "PodCastAwards.com". PodCastAwards.com. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  11. ^ "2010 Parsec Awards Winners & Finalists". parsecawards.com. Retrieved 2012-11-09
  12. ^ "2009 Parsec Award Winners & Finalists". parsecawards.com. Retrieved 2012-11-09

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