TUTOR: Des O’Sullivan is a writer and teacher in creative writing and communications. He has won the PJ O’Connor Award for Best Writer twice and has been teaching in a postgraduate professional communications programme in Dublin City University for more than ten years. He also teaches a songwriting programme for beginner and intermediate musicians.
DURATION: 6 weeks
This online writing radio drama course will guide the participant through the maze of technical difficulties set by the medium of radio. It will also steer participants towards the goal of completing their own successful radio plays. There are weekly writing exercises and you will receive written feedback on those exercises.
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.
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.
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.
The fourth module looks at Style and, the heart of radio drama presentation, Dialogue.
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.
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.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the course. Des was incredibly informative and detailed in his explanation and guidance. I especially loved his personalised feedback to every set assignment and the opportunity to ask questions when they arose. Des was extremely efficient in breaking down how to shape stories, create characters and write dialogue so would highly recommend this course to aspiring writers in any medium. Please let me know when there is a level 2!” Nikki
“The course enabled me to take a very vague notion of a play I wanted to write and turn that idea into characters, a plan and viable scenes. I can now carry on in my own time to complete the actual play. I can also use and adapt this structure for further writing. I’d call that a success outcome!” Miranda
Our next Online Writing Radio Drama Course course starts on 11/07/2017
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