Short course

Overview

Following on from 2018's highly successful pilot, this course is aimed at writers who want to build on their existing knowledge, learning how to create compelling Radio Drama. The Writer’s Lab is an 8-day intensive programme (spread over a two week period), which will equip writer’s with the skills to develop an idea through from pitch stage to script, led by the multi award winning Creative Director, Kate Rowland. 

The focus of the course is on working with talented writers who want like to explore the medium of Radio Drama which offers huge opportunities on Radio 4 to dramatic new voices. Up to twelve writers will be selected who have an original voice, capable of creating believable characters, compelling storylines, and communicating those through strong, emotional dialogue to large radio audiences.  Participants will also have the opportunity to meet and pitch their ideas to Alison Hindell the new BBC R4 Commissioner and also visit a Radio Drama studio.

Areas covered include:

Brainstorm and writer feedback

The Art of the Pitch

Developing Your Idea

Commissioning Visit to Radio Drama BBC

Individual Script Surgeries

Script Work

Sizzle Tapes

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: £1000

Corporate Rate: £1750