Writing Radio Drama Course

Des O’Sullivan is a writer and teacher in communications and creative writing. A twice winner of the PJ O’Connor Award for Best Writer, Des has been teaching in a postgraduate professional communications programme in Dublin City University for more than ten years. He has also developed and teaches a Songwriting programme for beginner and intermediate musicians, and provides private mentoring and coaching services.

Writing Radio Drama

Next course starts on 10th April 2018

Price: €150

This online writing radio drama course is designed to guide the writer through the maze of technical difficulties set by the medium of radio and to steer participants towards the goal of completing their own successful radio plays. There will be weekly assignments and you’ll receive feedback on those assignments from your tutor.

Module One
In the first module we consider the usefulness of writing for radio to you as a writer, we consider the elements of radio drama and the typical flaws from which radio plays can suffer.

Module Two
The second module considers two of the key elements of radio drama, Structure and Character, the laying out of your drama in a manner compatible with the medium and populating the drama with interesting, appealing and compelling characters.

Module Three
The third module looks at Genre and Outlining. An understanding of how genre works offers a shortcut to structure and format, while outlining, planning the action and your characters parts in it, will help you with the pace and direction of your radio drama.

Module Four
The fourth module brings us to Style and, the heart of radio drama presentation, Dialogue.

Module Five
The fifth module is a closer consideration of Story and Plot, and deals with the development of one into the other. The Module then moves to the Scene, the orderly presentation of story, plot and character.

Module Six
The sixth module is a detailed look at the Logistics of the script, its preparation, presentation and submission. Finally, we review the Market for radio drama and list a range of resources from the internet and print.

To find out more about how the online courses work, you can check out our Frequently Asked Questions or if you have any further queries, you can email us at info@creativewriting.ie

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