Writing Radio Drama Course

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TUTOR: Des O’Sullivan is a writer and teacher in creative writing and communications. He has won the PJ O’Connor Award for Best Writer twice and has been teaching in a postgraduate professional communications programme in Dublin City University for more than ten years. He also teaches a songwriting programme for beginner and intermediate musicians.

Start Date: Anytime!

Duration:: 6 Weeks

Fee: £160

Start Your Creative Journey with Our Online Writing Radio Drama Course

Are you ready to embark on an exciting journey into the world of radio drama writing? Our 6-week Online Writing Radio Drama Course is the perfect opportunity to explore your creativity, captivate listeners, and bring your stories to life. This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to create engaging and memorable radio plays that resonate with audiences worldwide.

Whether you’re an aspiring writer looking to break into the radio drama scene or an experienced playwright wanting to expand your storytelling repertoire, our course caters to all levels of experience. We’re committed to helping you hone your craft and reach new heights in your radio drama writing career by offering weekly assignments and personalised feedback from industry professionals.

Flexible Learning, Anytime, Anywhere

Sign up and start this course at any time during the year. With no set class times, you can work on the weekly modules at your own pace, dedicating 2-3 hours per week to the course. We welcome students from around the world.

Lifetime Access and Continuous Support

Enjoy lifetime access to the course, allowing you to revisit lessons and refresh your knowledge whenever you need. Our tutors will email you the first module within three business days after you sign up and pay for the course. Be sure to check your Spam/Junk folder for that email.

Course Structure: Weekly Modules and Assignments

Our course is organised in weekly modules, each featuring text lessons that you can engage with at any time during the week. To ensure you remain on track and can gauge your progress, we’ve included weekly written assignments evaluated by your dedicated online tutor. Submit these assignments to receive personalised written feedback from your course tutor, ensuring you receive the support you need to develop your radio drama writing skills.

Let’s delve into the details of the modules:

Module One

We consider the usefulness of writing for radio to you as a writer, the elements of radio drama and the typical flaws from which radio plays can suffer.

Module Two

The second week looks at the key elements of radio drama, Structure and Character, the laying out of your drama in a manner compatible with the medium and populating the drama with interesting and appealing characters.

Module Three

The third module considers Genre and Outlining. An understanding of how genre works offers a shortcut to structure and format, while outlining, planning the action and your characters parts in it, will help you with the pace and direction of your radio drama.

Module Four

The fourth module looks at Style and, the heart of radio drama presentation, Dialogue.

Module Five

The fifth module is a closer consideration of Story and Plot, and it deals with the development of one into the other. We will also look at the Scene, the orderly presentation of story, plot and character.

Module Six

The sixth module will look at the Logistics of the script in detail, its preparation, presentation and submission. Finally, we will review the Market for radio drama and list a range of resources.

Getting Started

Embark on your journey into the world of radio drama writing by enrolling in our Online Writing Radio Drama Course today. With flexible learning and expert tutors, you’ll be well-prepared to bring your stories to life on the airwaves!

Start Date



6 weeks




Des O’Sullivan