From the 1st to the 5th November I attended an online Arvon course. Writing Radio Drama. It was absolutely brilliant. Course tutors, Olly Emanuel and Lu Kemp, worked well together. We had workshops every morning from 10am until 12.45 covering all aspect of writing drama scripts for the radio.
I had written something I thought rather good but soon discovered in my 1-2-1 that actually it was lacking in oh so many ways. But...I wasn't at all discouraged, in fact the advice that Olly and Lu gave me spurred me on to edit and improve the script to bring it up to something worthwhile.
Character, location, sound, words, all making images for the listener to picture in their heads. Which of course is what we all do when we read the written word, or listen to a radio play or podcast.
At the end of the week we all took acting parts in each others plays and did a little performance for our tutors. It was such fun. I played quite a few parts: a dead woman (with a Scottish accent) a London mother - leader of a gang, an elderly woman who lived with her slightly bonkers sister, Alan, a fifty-year-old man and a middle class bitch.
Now then, remind me, where is my equity card?
Even though the course was designed for radio drama, I certainly learnt more skills that I can use in all my writing. What a week. I wish I had more energy and more hours in the day to create all the projects in my head!
I also met a great bunch of like minded people from all over the UK and one from France. We have all vowed to keep in touch and have regular Zoom meetings. Great to have more writing buddies!
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