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1st Edition

Writing Audio Drama

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ISBN 9780415570770
March 31, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
248 Pages

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Book Description

Writing Audio Drama offers a comprehensive and intelligent guide to writing sound drama for broadcasting and online. This book uses original research on the history of writing radio plays in the UK and USA to explore how this has informed and developed the art form for more than 100 years.

Audio drama in the context of podcasting is now experiencing a global and exponential expansion. Through analysis of examples of past and present writing, the author explains how to create drama which can explore deeply psychological and intimate themes and achieve emotional, truthful, entertaining and thought-provoking impact. Practical analysis of the key factors required to write successful audio drama is covered in chapters focusing on audio play beginnings and openings, sound story dialogue, sustaining the sound story, plotting for sound drama, and the best ways of ending audio plays. Chapters are supported by online resources which expand visually on subjects discussed and point to exemplar sound dramas referenced in the chapters.

This textbook will be an important resource for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students taking courses such as Podcasting, Radio, Audio Drama, Scriptwriting, and Media Writing.

For additional resources, please see the companion website: https://kulturapress.com/writing-audio-drama/

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Radio Drama is Born and In Its Cradle

Chapter 2 The Psychology of Writing and Listening

Chapter 3 Instrumental utilitarianism in radio playwriting- the evolving thoughts of Val Gielgud

Chapter 4 Achieving the Long Form Audio Drama

Chapter 5 Beginning the Sound Story

Chapter 6 Characterising the Sound Story

Chapter 7 Dialogue and the Sound Story

Chapter 8 Sustaining the Sound Story

Chapter 9 Plotting the Sound Story

Chapter 10 Ending the Sound Story

Chapter 11 Film, Internet and Stage dimensions to Sound Story Telling

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Professor Tim Crook PhD is an author, playwright, journalist and academic who pioneered British independent production in audio drama in the 1980s and 90s with UK co-productions with NPR in the USA, and new writing festivals and competitions.