Introduction to Writing for Radio

Ref: C3530745

This introductory Writing for Radio course is an opportunity for learning skills to create stories, plays, monologues, poetry, spoken word, interviews and more. Working on individual pieces, or in pairs, or groups, we will also practice voice work, confidence building, and recording for broadcast on Soundart Radio 102.5 FM. We might even go LIVE!

Course aim

To identify several writing forms and their conventions, and practice these. Working alone and with others to build confidence in using physical/spoken voice.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Basic literary skills and above (no certificate required - just your enthusiasm)

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Experience writing in a range of different forms and styles
  • Work alone and with others, to create material that is suitable for radio broadcast
  • Practice interviewing, and being interviewed
  • Confidence building exercises and opportunities for speaking on the radio
  • An introductory understanding of broadcasting guidelines, and good studio practice.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • Working in pairs, small groups, or a whole group, as part of classroom exercises

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Bring a notebook and pen, and a folder or large envelope for keeping printed handouts in. Recording equipment will be made available at some point during the course, but if you have your own, you are welcome to bring it.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Listen to the radio!

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • Community radio volunteer work and/or participation.

Download full course information sheet

Introduction to Writing for Radio


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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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