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Pen to Print: Audio Season with Chris Gregory of Alternative Stories


December 6


06:00 pm - 08:00 pm

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Pen to Print Audio Season with Chris Gregory of Alternative Stories

Workshop One: An Introduction to Writing for Audio Drama

Audio drama has enjoyed a huge growth in popularity over the last few years.

Whereas previously BBC Radio 4 might have been the only place you’d have heard radio drama, now the world of podcasting offers creators a platform for their talents.

With major players like Spotify, Audible and Realm also commissioning their own original dramas there’s never been a better time for writers to have a go at creating an audio play. The topics we’ll cover on this workshop will be

  • Why write Audio Drama: The challenges and possibilities for writers?
  • The different types of audio drama
  • Writing dialogue for audio drama
  • An introduction to working without visuals
  • Openings and plot devices for your audio drama
  • Writing in sound – Writing place and sound directions in your drama
  • Working with actors – writing character directions and other things your actors will need to know
  • Finishing touches – table reads and working with a director
  • Pitching your audio drama script and how and where to do it
  • Q&A session

All attendees will receive an information pack and access to Alternative Stories Podcast series on creating audio drama.

There has never been a better time to get involved in audio work. From podcasts to radio to paid services such as Amazon’s Audible platform, producers are searching for more content to meet demand from their listeners.

In this series we’ll take writers through some of the different types of audio from drama to fiction and poetry made specifically for listening audiences. We’ll look at the writing techniques you’ll need to learn in order to flourish in these areas and we’ll guide you through the opportunities for working in audio. Working alongside industry professionals including actors and writers with extensive audio experience our workshops will inform and entertain while hopefully inspiring attendees to have a go at getting into the world of audio.

Please note there is a supporting Google Classroom for this course and the direct link to join can be found in confirmation email under the Additional information section.

If you have any accessibility requirements, please directly get in touch with us at

NB: There are no scheduled breaks during the session

Chris Gregory founded, Alternative Stories, an independent spoken-word production company making podcasts and radio programmes for a variety of clients. Twice representing the UK at the International Radio Drama Festival and nominated for numerous Audio Verse awards, Alternative Stories productions have been heard on BBC radio, on podcasts and on radio stations in North America and Australia.

Specialising in literary productions, Chris has interviewed and worked with many of the UK’s leading writers and poets and Alternative Stories actors have appeared in films and television, in BBC radio productions and on stages in the West End and throughout the UK.

Visit Alternative Stories website:

Twitter: @StoriesAlt

NB: To make the most of Audio Season with Chris Gregory of Alternative Stories, please ensure that you book your place, there are 6 sessions to book individually in total on the following dates:

  • 6 December 2022
  • 13 December 2022
  • 20 December 2022
  • 10 January 2023
  • 17 January 2023
  • 24 January 2023

Booking is essential. Pen to Print and our partners reserve the right to remove participants who are found not to have booked a place for this session.

We encourage all participants to keep their cameras on during the session.

Pen to Print and our partners reserve the right to remove participants who are disruptive to a session.

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