Writing for Audio Drama with James Fritz

An introduction to developing, writing, pitching and producing audio drama with playwright James Fritz.

What makes writing for audio different from other forms of drama? How do you find the perfect audio idea? And how do you find a home for your script?

Audio drama has a long, illustrious history in the UK.  The form carries with it a unique intimacy that differentiates it from film, television and theatre.  Now, with new platforms emerging all the time, there has never been a better time to start thinking about creating drama specifically for audio and considering areas of the form to innovate.

This workshop with the award-winning writer of Comment Is Free and Death of Cosmonaut will dig into the possibilities and challenges that come with writing for a listener, looking at both the practical writing side and how the industry works more broadly.

What will you do on the day?

You’ll analyse extracts from some of the most successful examples of audio drama from recent years, as well as undertake practical exercises in both audio scene-writing and pitching. We’ll talk about how best to work with a producer, how to write for the production process and finally how to find a home for your drama with the BBC or elsewhere.

Who is it for? 

All experiences are welcome: the day may be most beneficial to writers who have some dramatic writing experience but are new to writing for audio.

Discounted rates

London Writers Network members receive a 10% discount on Spread the Word’s paid programme of activities, and access to two free specially programmed London Writers Network events a year. You can find out more about the London Writers Network scheme here. If you are a London Writers Network member please login to receive your discount.

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James Fritz is a multi-award-winning writer from South London, whose plays for stage and radio include Four Minutes Twelve Seconds, Parliament Square, Ross & Rachel, Start Swimming, The Fall, Comment Is Free, Death of A Cosmonaut and Lava. He has won the Critics Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright, a Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting and the Imison and Tinniswood BBC Audio Drama Awards, the first time a writer has won both in the same year. He has also been nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, a BBC Radio Award for Best Single Drama, and was named runner-up in the 2013 Verity Bargate Award. He is a graduate of both the Channel Four Screenwriting Program and the BBC TV Drama Writers Program and has a number of original television series in development.

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