WORKSHOP: Friday, October 18, 2024 9am - 11am PT / 12pm-2pm ET

Writing Compelling Scenes in Audio Books

Original audiobooks offer new and exciting opportunities for fiction. In this workshop, veteran indie producer Hillary Frank will share some of her favorite techniques for crafting compelling scenes in audiobooks through scripting and sound design.
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About this class

  • Friday, October 18th, 2024
  • 9 - 11am PT / 12pm - 2pm ET 
  • Virtual
  • 120 minutes
  • $100 AIR members 
    $150 non-members
  • Payment plans available at checkout. 
Dying to make an audio drama but can’t find funding? Try audiobooks! The growing market for original audiobooks offers new and exciting opportunities for fiction. In this webinar, veteran indie producer Hillary Frank will share some of her favorite techniques for crafting compelling scenes in audiobooks through scripting and sound design, and she’ll talk about how she uses TV as inspiration. This workshop will focus on fiction, but many of these tools can also be applied to creative nonfiction.

Key Takeaways

  • How to structure an audiobook script
  • How to use narration, dialogue, and sound design for visual cues
  • How to use pacing for emotional impact
  • Examples of TV writing techniques that can be applied to audiobook scripts

Who is this class for? 

This workshop is for producers of all levels who are interested in writing audiobooks.
Meet the instructor

Hillary Frank

Hillary Frank is the award-winning creator and host of The Longest Shortest Time, a podcast about the surprises and absurdities of raising other humans and Here Lies Me, a fiction podcast about middle school. Hillary's first radio story aired on This American Life in 1999, which she produced using a microcassette answering machine and a shiny red boombox. After becoming a frequent contributor to the show, her work appeared on a variety of public radio programs including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, and Studio 360. Hillary is also the author and illustrator of four books, including three young adult novels. In 2023, she wrote and directed the audiobook adaptation of Tegan and Sara’s graphic novel Junior High. Her next book, Wedlocked, is a feminist domestic thriller with Macmillan Audio Originals.
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