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Dream Reality Radio Writers Day at Media City

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On Friday 16th January 2015 the selected writers for the inaugural Dream Reality Radio Drama scheme gathered at the BBC, Media City, Salford. The day began early with writers travelling from as far afield as South Yorkshire and London.

Charlotte Riches who is the radio development producer at BBC Manchester led two sessions for the day. The first session gave an overview of radio drama and the second was a practical session on radio drama openings. We also welcomed Lucy Bartley who specialises in counselling and led a workshop on understanding and identifying different personality preferences. The final sessions were delivered by Sol B River who led tasks around the character creation and monologues.

Programme for the day (PDF)

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