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Writing Audio Drama

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How can you create suspense with just the sound of a voice? How can you build character through the nuances of dialogue?

On this course you will learn the fundamental skills needed to write for audio, whether in the form of radio plays or fiction podcasts.

The course will introduce you to the principles of successful dramatic writing in audio form, from formulating an idea to developing strong characters.

You will learn how audio drama and storytelling is visual and how to paint pictures with words to create ‘theatre between the ears’.

Learning and teaching

The module will be delivered through ten two-hour sessions, made up of lectures, class discussions, small group work and debates.

Class sessions will be supplemented by resources available to students via Learning Central. For online delivery, weekly workshops will be conducted live via Zoom and supported by recorded lectures.

Topics may include:

  • exploring audio formats
  • how To paint pictures with words
  • dramatic structure
  • dramatic action and plotting
  • character
  • dialogue
  • style
  • drafting and editing

Coursework and assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.

The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.

Students will complete a ten-page audio drama script or audio story alongside a short written reflection on their own process. The portfolio will be around 1500 words in length.

Reading suggestions

Essential reading

  • Writing for Radio by Shaun MacCloughlin
  • Writing for Radio by Christopher William Hill

Selected secondary reading

  • The Art of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri

Library and computing facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University’s library and computing facilities. Find out more about using these facilities.


Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and dyslexia screening.