Writing Sound Stories


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Course fee: £135.00


Up to fifty new writers make their debut every year on BBC Radio 4, writing audio drama: movies for the mind’s eye. The Afternoon Drama on Radio 4 has an audience of between 850,000 and 1,000,000. Add to that the increase in independent audio productions and iTunes podcast series (such as the global success ‘Serial’), writing sound stories is a huge marketplace for writers.

Led by experienced radio writer Colin MacDonald, this is an all-day class introducing writers to the medium of sound stories. We will examine what makes both good and bad radio drama. We’ll look at structure, dialogue, character, and getting your ideas going. And we will begin to write something together for radio drama. We will also consider possible markets for your work, and the practicalities of leading the writing life.

There may also be a further all day class for those who want to write a complete original radio drama and develop it to its best potential.  

About the tutor: Colin MacDonald has written extensively for television (Sharpe’s Honour, Blue Murder, Casualty), film (Calum’s Road, Ivanhoe) and stage (The Bones Boys, The Gowk Storm). But radio drama remains a constant. He has written eighteen single plays for Radio 4 and Radio Scotland. He created and wrote two five-part series of the Edinburgh legal drama The Whole of the Moon. And he has written highly successful ten part adaptations of C.J. Sansom’s Dissolution, Dark Fire and Sovereign for BBC Radio 4.