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Industry Insider – How to Write a Great Pitch for Radio (Live)

29 November @ 14:00 - 15:00 GMT

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You have a great idea for a radio play, audio drama or a podcast but are unsure where to pitch it, or possibly where to start. Our panel of scriptwriters and producers will talk about the process of getting your radio script into production, exploring the different opportunities and the best avenues to take.

This event is part of SWG @ Home, organised by the SoA’s Scriptwriters Group (SWG). It is a week-long celebration of scriptwriters and will include the SWG AGM, afternoon teas and industry insider panel discussions. All events will take place online via Zoom.



  • Welcome, housekeeping and introductions by Ben Carpenter (5 mins)
  • Panel discussion with Ian Billings, David Morley, and Rhiannon Tise (30 mins)
  • Questions from the audience (20 mins)
  • Summary and closing comments from Ben Carpenter (5 mins)



What will this session cover?

  • Finding a producer
  • In house production vs independent companies
  • Short synopsis, sample scenes or full script
  • Script formatting for audio
  • Understanding BBC radio commissioning briefs
  • Slots – where your script might sit
  • Linear vs non-linear
  • Alternative platforms e.g., Audible, Spotify
  • Fees: the difference between platforms



Who is this session for? 

This session is for any scriptwriter who wants to understand more about the specifics of pitching for audio, whether that is radio or podcast, and for those looking to transition from theatre or screen or those completely new to writing.


Send us your questions in advance 

If you would like to send questions in advance, email sjackson@societyofauthors.org  with ‘Pitch for radio’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and answer as many questions as we can on the day.


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The Line-Up


Ben Carpenter – producer and director

Ben is a producer and director with over a decade of experience in spoken word audio who specialises in audiobooks and podcasts. His company Rakkit Productions is a registered supplier to the BBC, and other significant clients include Audible and Penguin Random House. 



Rhiannon Tise – writer

Rhiannon is a writer for theatre, television and audio drama. She has written many originals and adaptations for BBC Radio 3 and 4 and her plays have been performed at theatres including The Royal National Theatre, The Royal Court, Soho Theatre, The Finborough, The Arcola Theatre and The Lyric Hammersmith. Her ten-part adaptation of George Eliot’s The Mill on The Floss won Best Radio Drama at the 2020 VLV Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting and is available to download via BBC Sounds app. Rhiannon is currently developing an original audio drama and is working on a number of projects with the Royal Literary Fund.  


Website: www.rhiannontise.com | Instagram:  rhiannontise_writer |Twitter:  @RhiannonTise


David Morley – producer, dramatist, author and chair of the Scriptwriters Group

David Morley is a radio and theatre producer, dramatist and author, who The Stage described as “unrivalled in turning true events into radio dramas”. His plays include A Cold Supper Behind Harrods, recently streamed live from the Oxford Playhouse. His many plays for audio include satirising Boris Johnson and Michael Gove’s relationship post-Brexit, dramatising the last days of the victims of flight MH17 and revealing the real story behind Tony Blair’s WMD dossier.

Website: www.perfectlynormalproductions.com


Ian Billings – writer

Ian is a children’s TV writer, playwright and author of 23 children’s books, more than 50 pantomines and several radio plays for BBC and Audible. His first radio play ‘Spike and the Elfin Oak’ was nominated for Best New Writer at the BBC Audio Awards. His latest radio plays include Starship Titanic for the BBC and There Used To Be A Me for Audible.

Website: www.ianbillings.com | Twitter: @mrianbillings



About the Scriptwriters Group

The Scriptwriters Group (SWG) is a community of scriptwriters and broadcasters. It represents writers and makers across digital, broadcast, AV and theatre. We support members and associates by providing professional, individual advice, negotiating collective minimum terms agreements with organisations such the BBC, and lobby on policy and legislation to promote the interests and protect the rights of scriptwriters.


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Before the event

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During the event

  • This online event will take place on Zoom Webinar; you will not be visible on screen but will be able ask questions via the Q&A function or interact via the chat box
  • This event will be recorded but you won’t be on screen
  • Attendees have the option to turn on the live transcript option
  • This event is 60 minutes.

After the event

  • Hashtag for this event: #SoAatHome
  • You’ll be able to catch the recording on our Vimeo channel



Book your place using the registration form below.

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29 November
14:00 - 15:00 GMT
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