14 episodes

In each episode of the Secrets from the Green Room podcast hosts Craig Cormick and Irma Gold chat with a writer about their experience of the writing and publishing process in honest green room-style, uncovering some of the plain and simple truths, as well as some of the secrets – whether they be mundane or salubrious – and having a lot of fun in the process.

Secrets from the Green Room Craig Cormick

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 20 Ratings

In each episode of the Secrets from the Green Room podcast hosts Craig Cormick and Irma Gold chat with a writer about their experience of the writing and publishing process in honest green room-style, uncovering some of the plain and simple truths, as well as some of the secrets – whether they be mundane or salubrious – and having a lot of fun in the process.

    Season 2:3. Episode 14: Charlotte Wood

    Season 2:3. Episode 14: Charlotte Wood

    Craig and Irma discuss lesson learned from life on the road doing a book tour for Irma's book the Breaking. Then Irma speaks with national living treasure Charlotte Wood about the terror of public exposure on releasing a book into the world, the discomfort of the first draft and why it’s important to ‘look for trouble’, how and when to get feedback on work-in-progress, how the pandemic has changed book publicity, why writers desperately need more financial support, why a book rejection was the best and worst moment of her career, and green room encounters that would horrify the reading public.

    • 51 min
    Season 2:2: Episode 13: Mirandi Riwoe

    Season 2:2: Episode 13: Mirandi Riwoe

    Craig and Irma discuss Covid-19 impacts on book sales – then Craig has an insightful chat with Mirandi Riwoe about combining fact and fiction in her historical novels, viewing the past through the lens of the present and the important difference between accuracy and authenticity. 

    • 42 min
    Season 2:1. Episode 12 : Jack Heath

    Season 2:1. Episode 12 : Jack Heath

    Irma and Craig talk about balancing the writing life with real life and then Jack talks about juggling multiple books, his love-hate relationship with social media and his most embarrasing fan-boy moment at Comicon.

    • 47 min
    Episode 11: Nikki Gemmell

    Episode 11: Nikki Gemmell

    Craig and Irma talk about what you write on your immigration card and when you first feel like a ‘real’ writer. Then Irma talks to Nikki Gemmell about the trauma of being outed for The Bride Stripped Bare, the importance of re-drafting and harsh edits, how words can change the world, the creep of imposter syndrome even when you have published a ton of books, dealing with vicious criticism, and how a leather-bound volume of Jane Eyre changed Nikki’s life.

    • 51 min
    Episode 10: Lisa Fuller

    Episode 10: Lisa Fuller

    Craig and Irma talk about the good the bad and ugly sides of teaching writing, and then they chat with Wuilli Wuilli woman and prize-winning author Lisa Fuller about the state of publishing, how the industry can better support First Nations writers and editors, how the Pancake Parlour figured in her winning a major prize, and the many books her dog has eaten!

    • 45 min
    Episode 9: Sophie Laguna

    Episode 9: Sophie Laguna

    Craig and Irma talk about writing groups and getting quality feedback on your work, followed by Irma talking with Sophie Laguna, on finding the essence of your characters, the fraught space of awards, how kids have made her writing practice better, the cruel world of publishing, how she struggles with success, navigating good and bad reviews, why writing a screenplay can sharpen the book edit, and how reading is like having an author's dreams in your hands.

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

tategal ,

Valerie Parv : always the consummate story teller

Engaging banter with Craig and Valerie : lots to learn from Valerie!

Sophie Daly ,

More listening pleasure about writing on its way

This first episode of Secrets form the Green Room promises so much listening pleasure and insight. All promises are fulfilled. The listener feels like they are having coffee with old friends talking about their experiences in a deep but also light-hearted and friendly way. Listening to Anna I felt great encouragement to return to the blank page and keep going. Insights into writing craft, life, and publishing, that resonate, are all here. I am excited for the next episode. Congratulations!

HB252005 ,

Fabulous insights for writers

Loved the personal stories and insight into the struggles that even successful writers face.

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