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Radio Writing

Create or adapt a play, monologue, poem, short fiction, or memoir for radio

From its earliest days, radio depended on adaptations of earlier novels, stories, poems, plays, and movies. This adaptive impulse survives in contemporary podcasts, torrents, and audio streamed online, all of them relying on audiences whose experiences with other media make them co-creators of the experiences radio offers (from Radio Adaptation by Richard Hand).

The sessions provide examples and exercises as learning tools plus time to workshop ideas.

Otago Access Radio will consider completed drafts inspired by the course for production and broadcast.

Course outline

  • Introduction: Refresher on writing requirements special to the audio medium.
  • Form: Fiction. Memoir. Fictional Memoir. Poems. Crafting a personal story for radio.
  • Adaptation: Bringing established character and plot to life.
  • Drama: How to convey setting, context and plot.
  • Treatment: Building tension and engagement.

Who should attend?

Writers interested in adapting or creating work for radio.


Caroline Lark

Caroline is a playwright, poet, fiction writer, and artist. Her plays have been performed on radio and stage, her poetry published and collected in New Zealand and internationally, and her novella Days won the Hazard Press / Quote Unquote Short Fiction Award. She is well known as a teacher through her popular Wordsmith short courses across several genres. Caroline is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University, UK.

Date Monday, 28 January 2019 - Friday, 1 February 2019
Time 10:00am - 1:00pm
Audience Public
Event Type Short Course
Contact NameJacqueline Fraser
Contact Phone+64 3 479 9181

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