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ONLINE 5-week Short Course: Write a Radio Drama in 5 Weeks

October 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm



A repeat of the course is being in run in January 2021.

With Helen Cross

Tuesdays, 7-9pm, live teaching via Zoom Online Meeting

Starting 13 October, then 20 & 27 October, 3 and 10 November 2020

[meeting invite to be sent after ticket confirmation]

Join our online classroom and write a complete audio drama over five sessions. These live, interactive online classes will introduce you to the industry, and allow you to learn the skills necessary to write drama for BBC radio and podcasts.

This small and friendly group of up to 14 students will look at the new opportunities in this growing industry and explore how to structure audio drama, how to sustain tension in plot, how to build dramatic audio characters and how to write convincing dialogue.

We will consider the state of the market now, and what commissioners are looking for from writers.

Each week members of the group will share their work in progress, and by the end of the five weeks you will have a complete 45 drama, and a plan for what to do with it next.

Prior to the class you will be sent a listening list of audio dramas to inspire and educate you about the form.

No prior writing experience or knowledge of audio drama is necessary.


Helen Cross writes drama regularly for BBC Radio 4. Her most recent Afternoon Play, The Return of Rowena The Wonderful was broadcast in June 2020. Her Afternoon Plays have previously won Awards in her BBC Audio Drama Awards.

Please note: you must sign up for the full course even if you do not complete the course. No partial course ticket is available.

Online and in-person Short Courses are for over 18s. If you are a young writer, you can sign up for our Spark Young Writers Programme.