The Craft of Writing for Literature

  • Online
  • September 22 - November 16
  • 17:00 - 17:00
  • £165
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Award-winning writer Anna McGrail leads this popular online course that explores radio drama’s particular strengths and challenges. This ten-week course will equip you with the professional techniques to write for this liberating medium.

Each week there will be practical exercises to complete and share with fellow students, which will cover: the nature of radio drama; the importance of beginnings; radio storytelling and the use of narrators; location, sound effects and dialogue. By the end of the course, you will have listened to a variety of examples, gained an understanding of radio drama, and have the beginnings of a script. Participants will work towards a short outline of their play and a complete 5-10 minute scene for radio; you will have the opportunity to receive professional feedback as well as peer support on your work.

How it works

This course is made of ten lessons. Each week you will log in to access a new session, which includes radio plays/excerpts to listen to and a practical exercise. Each individual session is supported by its own forum where you will submit your work and receive feedback from the tutor and other students. This is also a great place to share your thoughts and keep in touch with your fellow writers throughout the week.

By the end of the course, you will have completed a 5-10 minute scene of a radio drama and received written feedback on your work.

Anna McGrail is an award-winning writer. She has written two novels and several non-fiction books. Her first radio play, The Nineteenth List, was nominated for the Prix Italia. Her other radio plays have been broadcast on both the BBC and LBC.