PodCast Lab: Fact v. Fiction

Short course


This course is aimed at writers who want to build on their existing skills, learning how to create compelling long form narrative Podcast content in a practical and creative environment.

Whilst understanding the potency of the Podcast World the Writer’s Lab will equip participants with the skills to develop an idea through from pitch stage to script based on compelling factual. We are surrounded by stories that the audience know and want to consume. How do you turn fact into fiction, how do you turn an idea into long form narrative audio?

Fact or fiction it’s all a story that work’s dramatically – the course is based on the story you really want to tell.


Areas covered include:

  • The Nuts & Bolts of Creating Successful Long Form Narrative Audio
  • The Landscape of Who and How to Get Your Podcast to Broadcast
  • What Makes a Story
  • Breaking an Idea
  • How to Interrogate Your Character
  • What Makes a Great Pitch
  • Practicalities of The Production Process
  • Developing Your Idea
  • Recording Your Podcast


Kate Rowland created and ran BBC Writersroom, an innovative force for new writers at the BBC, commissioned Radio 3’s The Wire, created the BBC TV Drama Writers Festival and previously was Head of BBC Radio Drama. She currently works with Red Planet Pictures.

Kate was the BBC’s Creative Director, New Writing. She founded the pioneering Writersroom, working with BBC Drama, Comedy and Children’s, created R3’s ground-breaking strand of new writing The Wire, where she first commissioned writers such as Dennis Kelly, Jack Thorne and Debbie Tucker Green and create the BBC’s TV Drama Writer’s Festival. She has developed talent such as Lee Hall, Sarah Phelps and Stephen Butchard. Work developed through Writersroom includes In The Flesh, Wolfblood, Boy Meets Girl, and From Darkness. Kate was Head of Radio Drama, and won awards for her new work with writers; previously she was a director at the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Young Vic, Soho Theatres and was founder of Altered States Theatre Co. 

Freelance Rate: £875

Corporate Rate: £1550

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

As part of our work to diversify the screen industry workforce, there is reduction in fees of up to 50% made available by our partnership with the BFI for freelancers with disabilities, who are ethnically diverse or from lower socio-economic backgrounds

Please state ‘APPLYING ADDITIONAL BFI FUNDING’ at the end of your Why do you want to attend?’ statement in order for your submission to be considered