Scriptwriting for Radio

This course will give the know-how to write effectively for sound by teaching you the writing tools you need, to complete a compelling and engaging draft of a radio drama. Aimed at beginners and using a variety of writing exercises it will provide a great grounding in the basics and is designed for new writers who want to write for radio plays, but aren't sure where to begin...

Taught by: Ann Theato.

Description

This course will give the know-how to write effectively for sound by teaching you the writing tools you need, to complete a compelling and engaging draft of a radio drama. Aimed at beginners and using a variety of writing exercises it will provide a great grounding in the basics and is designed for new writers who want to write for radio plays, but aren't sure where to begin. Through a series of exercises and peer critiques you will learn how to write a radio play, that engages the listener's attention and emotions. 

Radio is one of the most flexible place to tell stories - you can go anywhere, make anything, build a universe as you see it. But radio drama isn't just about a whole load of words spoken out loud. 

Topics Covered

  • Idea generation 
  • Effective characterisation
  • Monologue and dialogue 
  • Location and settings 
  • Sound Effects - who they are and what they they do 
  • Keeping the listener emotionally engaged 
  • Methods of recording dramas
  • The power of silence 

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Understand effective writing for radio
  • Improve your radio writing skills
  • Understand the power of writing for sound
  • Engage the listener's emotions and imagination
  • Work towards the goal of completing a successful radio play

Who Should Attend
This course has been designed for writers who want to create stories for radio that engage the listener's emotions and attention. It is also suitable for journalists who want to write with impact for radio. 

Level
Beginner: You do not need any previous experience of writing for radio.


Tutor information

Ann is an award-winning writer of radio drama, documentary, novels, short stories and film. She is a professional working actress whose credits include Eastenders, The Bill, Grange Hill and most recently Snow in Paradise ("one of the top 10 Most Exciting Movies to watch at Cannes 2014").

She is an Associate Lecturer at London College of Communication, BA (Hons) Advertising. Ann freelances as both a producer and a director and has voiced numerous TV and radio commercials, cartoons and animations, and radio dramas. She has been a passionate teacher of drama and performance for 25 years and has an excellent track record in motivating and inspiring her students. 

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Details for booking

DateDay of WeekTimeDurationCostStatusLocationAction
14/12/2016 - 14/12/2016Wednesday11:00 - 17:001 Day£210Available Elephant & Castle - SE1 Add to Basket
19/04/2017 - 19/04/2017Wednesday11:00 - 17:001 Day£234Available Elephant & Castle - SE1 Add to Basket
28/06/2017 - 28/06/2017Wednesday11:00 - 17:001 Day£234Available Elephant & Castle - SE1 Add to Basket
13/12/2017 - 13/12/2017Wednesday11:00 - 17:001 Day£234Available Elephant & Castle - SE1 Add to Basket