Writers On Writing / This is how you make your podcast stand out, with Kate Mildenhall

We interviewed writer, teacher and co-host of The First Time podcast, Kate Mildenhall ahead of her workshop How to Podcast, which she will be running on Saturday 21 September with co-host and fellow author, Katherine Collette.

The First Time podcast co-hosts Kate Mildenhall and Katherine Collette

What makes a good podcast idea?

Specificity. Who are you? What story or idea are you exploring? Who are you speaking to? What’s your point of difference to the bazillion other podcasts someone could be choosing to put in their ears? We knew there were countless podcasts out there on writing, and knew we had to make ours different enough to be worth someone’s ear time!

The First Time, your podcast about first-time publishing co-hosted with Katherine Collette, is now in its second season. What is the biggest lesson you learnt from the first season? 

So many lessons – about sound and interviewing and planning ahead and so much more! But the one that has made the most difference to us has been understanding how to streamline our processes – recording, communications, marketing, etc – so that we are more efficient, and more importantly, we get each episode to as many listeners as possible.

What podcasts are you listening to right now?   

Go to writing podcasts are:

Always love:

Katherine’s current faves are:

Kate Mildenhall is a writer and teacher. Her debut novel, Skylarking, published in Australia and the UK, was named in Readings bookstore’s Top Ten Fiction Books of 2016 and longlisted for Debut Fiction in The Indie Book Awards 2017 and the 2017 Voss Literary Award.

Katherine Collette is a Melbourne-based writer and sewerage engineer. Her first novel, The Helpline, was released in Australia, the UK, North America and Italy. She is currently working on her second novel.

How to Podcast will take place on Saturday 21 September at Writing NSW, 10am-4pm. 

Book your spot here>>

Podcasting workshop in Sydney


You can listen to The First Time podcast on the blog, or on most streaming platforms including: Apple podcastsGoogle podcasts, Spotify, Castbox or Stitcher.

Have a listen below to their episode featuring one of our tutors, novelist, short story writer, essayist, memoirist and former academic, Lee Kofman.

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