Learn how to write monologues for radio at Harpenden Writers meet-up

PUBLISHED: 11:00 05 December 2018

Harpenden Writers meeting will take place on January 4.

Harpenden Writers meeting will take place on January 4.

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Wordsmiths from Harpenden will soon meet to discuss the intricacies of writing a monologue for radio.

Everyone is invited to the next Harpenden Writers meeting, taken by Jo Coleman and entitled Writing a Monologue for Radio.

She said: “I am very much looking forward to sharing some insights with you on writing monologues for radio at our next meeting.

“In the first part of the morning, the aim is to consider what a ‘monologue for radio’ is, how it might differ from a monologue designed for other platforms, and what is entailed in its creation.”

She asked attendees to listen to Alistair Cooke’s 1994 piece Letter from America: How Ice Cream Changed America, which is available at www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b008cpb3

Text for the work can be seen in the Boston University Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at archives.bu.edu/web/alistair-cooke/search-letters/detail?id=287867

In the second half of the meeting, Jo will lead a writing workshop which includes a collaborative warm-up and opportunity to create an individual monologue.

She added: “Your monologue may take the form of a talk, a memoir, a rousing speech, even a eulogy, a re-telling of a dramatic episode or a fictional short story, perhaps something poetic.

“You are welcome to start thinking about some ideas now but please bring along a blank page to accommodate any inspiration on the day!”

Successful pieces could be recorded for broadcast on a local radio station, such as Nickey Radio.

The meeting will take place on December 7 from 10am to 12.30pm in the Friends Meeting House on Southdown Road. It is £2 for members and £5 for non-members.

Bring along a piece of paper to write on.

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