Writing for Radio with Professor Steve Waters

Writing for Radio with Professor Steve Waters

This is one of two WRiTEON Member Workshops, included in the 2021 membership fee. The good news is that it now only costs £12 a year to be a member (or £10 a year, if you set up an annual payment). For that, you can attend this workshop and another, in the autumn (See here), at no extra cost, as well as taking advantage of all the other benefits of WRiTEON membership. (See here)

Date: Saturday 13th March 2021

Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm

Location: Zoom (You will be sent a link nearer the time)

Booking: Booking details will be provided to members via email and our Members-Only Facebook Group


Please note, numbers are limited and places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. If you book and then find you are unable to attend, please let us know straightaway, so that your place can be offered to someone else.


What to expect – For beginners or seasoned writers, this workshop will explore the demands of audio and radio drama, whether in the world of BBC Radio 4 or the new frontier of podcasts.  We will look at how sound tells a story, the role of inner voice, why radio plays are more like screenplays than stage plays, formatting, character and how to get produced. In advance, try to listen to a Radio 4 afternoon play and do also have a listen to Steve’s own long form dramas for BBC World Service/BBC Sounds: Fall of the Shah (https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w13xtttx) and/or Miriam and Youssef (https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w13xtv38)


Steve Waters writes regularly for radio, with recent work including the nine-part Fall of the Shah for the World Service in 2019, Saving the Blue for Radio 4 in 2017, Deep Swimmer in 2016 and two plays for Radio 3, Scribblers in 2015 and Bretton Woods in 2014. He is also an acclaimed writer for stage and screen. His plays include Limehouse starring Roger Allam (2017) and Temple starring Simon Russell Beale (2015), both at the Donmar Warehouse, London. Other work includes his prescient play about climate change The Contingency Plan, first seen at the Bush in 2009. Steve’s plays have been performed all over the world and he has worked with theatres across the UK. He runs the MA in Creative Writing: Script, at UEA and wrote The Secret Life of Plays, a guide to the hidden workings that govern their writing, for playwrights at any stage of their career, which is published by Nick Hern Books.