Writing Radio Drama Course

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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.

Start Date: Anytime!

Duration: 6 Weeks

Price: €170

Online Writing Radio Drama Course: Ignite Your Creative Journey

Are you prepared to set out on an exciting adventure into the world of radio drama writing? Our 6-week Online Writing Radio Drama Course is the perfect vehicle to unleash your creativity, captivate audiences, and breathe life into your stories. This course equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to craft engaging and unforgettable radio plays that resonate with listeners worldwide.

Whether you’re an aspiring writer looking to make your mark in radio drama or an experienced playwright aiming to broaden your storytelling repertoire, our course caters to all levels of experience. We’re dedicated to helping you refine your craft and reach new heights in your radio drama writing career, offering weekly assignments and personalised feedback from industry professionals to guide you on your creative journey.

Flexible Learning, Anytime, Anywhere

You can sign up for this course and commence at any time during the year. With no set class times, you have the flexibility to work through the weekly modules at your own pace, dedicating just 2-3 hours per week to your studies. We welcome students from all around the globe.

Lifetime Access and Continuous Support

Enjoy lifelong access to the course materials, allowing you to revisit lessons and refresh your knowledge whenever you need. Our tutors will email you the first module within three business days after you sign up and pay for the course. Be sure to check your Spam/Junk folder for that email.

Course Structure: Weekly Modules and Assignments

Our course is organised into weekly modules, each containing text lessons that you can engage with at your convenience throughout the week. To ensure you remain on track and can gauge your progress, we’ve included weekly written assignments evaluated by your dedicated online tutor. Submit these assignments to receive personalised written feedback from your course tutor, ensuring you receive the support you need to develop your radio drama writing skills.

Let’s dive into the details of the modules:

Module One

We consider the usefulness of writing for radio to you as a writer, the elements of radio drama and the typical flaws from which radio plays can suffer.

Module Two

The second week looks at 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 and appealing characters.

Module Three

The third module considers 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 looks at Style and, the heart of radio drama presentation, Dialogue.

Module Five

The fifth module is a closer consideration of Story and Plot, and it deals with the development of one into the other. We will also look at the Scene, the orderly presentation of story, plot and character.

Module Six

The sixth module will look at the Logistics of the script in detail, its preparation, presentation and submission. Finally, we will review the Market for radio drama and list a range of resources.

Getting Started

Begin your journey into the world of radio drama writing by enrolling in our Online Writing Radio Drama Course today. With flexible learning and expert tutors, you’ll be well-prepared to bring your stories to life on the airwaves!

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

Our cancellation/refund policy may be viewed here.

Start Date

(Start Anytime)


6 weeks




Des O’Sullivan