Writing for Radio

Writing for Radio

by Vincent McInerney




Here is a comprehensive guide to the essential theoretical and practical aspects of radio writing in all principal genres--short stories, plays, documentaries/docu-dramas, talks, adaptations/dramatizations, poems, and advertisements. Vincent McInerney offers historical overviews of the development of each of these categories and an analysis of the nature of radio itself--an attempt to isolate a radio language, a syntax, and vocabulary that can produce pictures in the mind of the listener. He shows that radio can be taught effectively as prose, drama, and verse. Examples for analysis are included from both broadcast and non-broadcast work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780719058431
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 04/29/2011
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Vincent McInerney has had over 20 productions broadcast on BBC Network/BBC World Service International Stations.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1From the beginning: the philosophy of radio1
Chapter 2Why radio?31
Chapter 3The medium is the message45
Chapter 4The radio short story55
Chapter 5The radio play and the drama-documentary78
Chapter 6The radio adaptation and dramatisation149
Chapter 7Radio talks and features179
Chapter 8Verse ... and worse208
Chapter 9The radio advertisement236
AppendixGetting started248
Afterword: To writers263
Select bibliography266

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