Sounds Good Audio Fiction Masterclasses: Kaleidosonic: The Craft of Modern Audio Drama

Event information

Where: Northumbria University audio studios, Newcastle

Date: Saturday 10 February *Date change

Time: 1.30-4.30pm

Cost: £70

Type: Skills and professional development


Are you ready to take your audio-writing skills in audio fiction drama to the next level?

Do you want to dig deeper into audio-writing craft and make your mark in the world of podcasting?

If so, New Writing North has three short course masterclasses for you, focusing on art of audio fiction drama for writers and producers.

Introducing our first three audio fiction masterclasses especially designed for writers who want to soak their words in soundscapes and get their stories singing in the studio.

Kaleidosonic: The Craft of Modern Audio Drama

Using her career in radio and podcasting, Ella Watts will take attendees through the various aesthetic tools at their disposal when writing an audio drama. This class will include a wide range of examples from 1923 all the way up to 2023 illustrating how the medium can be used with punch, through every age. It will be focused on giving people both practical advice (with studio access) and creative inspiration when it comes to writing audio fiction for podcasts and radio.

This is one of three Audio Fiction masterclasses taking place as part of our wider Sounds Good programme. Find out more about Sounds Good

*Please note change of date, due to illness. Ticket holders have been contacted.

Delivered by Ella Watts

Ella Watts is Head of Production at Six to Start, the company behind audio drama apps Marvel Move and Zombies, Run! As a writer, director and producer, Ella is an expert in audio drama, in which capacity she’s worked extensively with the BBC and Audible over the last six years. Ella co-created the popular BBC Sounds podcast Doctor Who: Redacted, directed and produced the multi-award winning Eliza: A Robot Story, and recently became a member of the Inevitable Foundation’s Elevate Collective for Podcasters. Ella was recognised as one of the Radio Academy’s 30 under 30 specifically for her work in the field of audio drama, and is internationally renowned as an expert on the subject.


There are limited half-price and free bursaries available for this masterclass. If you’d like to be considered, please contact Lucie McNeil [email protected] and briefly outline why you feel you might be eligible for a bursary place.

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