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Professional Development – Narrating your own Book

29 March @ 10:00 - 11:30 BST

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“George! You can type this shit, but you can’t say it!”

-Harrison Ford to George Lucas on the set of Star Wars.


“Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.”

-Maya Angelou.


Aren’t words lovely? They look ever so nice when we write them down and they sound wonderful in our heads… but are they quite as lovely and wonderful when we speak them out loud? Let’s make sure they are.

There’s a lot of speaking out loud nowadays; the audiobook industry is worth billions. Imogen Church has narrated over 300 audiobooks and wins awards for her work, so you can believe her when she says that narrating books is a spectacular but surprisingly hard job! It can be appealing to both publishers and listeners to have an author narrate their own work, especially non-fiction, so if you fancy voicing your own audiobook, or if you’d like some tips on giving readings for book events or radio, this is the place for you.

Possibly, you’d just like to watch someone talk about talking for a while because you’re procrastinating writing that next chapter of your book, and that’s ok too. Whatever the reason, tune in to ‘How to narrate your own book’ with Imogen Church.

This event is in conjunction with the SoA Scriptwriters Group (SWG). SWG is a community of scriptwriters and broadcasters. It represents writers and makers across digital, broadcast, AV and theatre.



  • Welcome, introductions and housekeeping – Sophia A Jackson, Head of Events (2 mins)
  • Presentation – Imogen Church (40 mins)
  • Comfort break (5 mins)
  • Q&A with audience (20 mins)
  • Summary and closing comments (2 mins)


What will this workshop cover?

  • How to decide if narrating a book is for you.
  • What to expect of a recording studio?
  • How to prep your text so that the recording goes smoothly.
  • How to prep your voice for all that lovely talking. (Also relevant for reading at book events)
  • What to wear. (Bizarrely relevant!)
  • How to maintain vocal health over your days in the studio.
  • Microphone technique.
  • Mistakes!
  • Can I rewrite that sentence I just read out loud, because now I’m hearing it, I can tell it doesn’t work? (This is also a tip for future writing and how to audio-proof it!)
  • Tired yet?
  • Non-fiction versus f
  • How to treat your narrator if someone else is narrating your audiobook.
  • Who are you reading to?
  • The beauty of audiobooks!


Who is this workshop for?

This session is aimed at:

  • Writers who would like to narrate their own book for audio
  • Writers who would like tips to improve their readings for book events and/or radio.
  • Anyone who loves audiobooks
  • Anyone who has not so far engaged with audiobooks but is starting to realise that they are a big deal and deserve attention, for their accessibility and huge fan base


Send us your questions in advance

If you would like to send questions for Imogen Church in advance, email SJackson@societyofauthors.org with ‘Narrating Your Own Book – Question’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and answer as many as we can on the day.


The line -up

Imogen Church – author and scriptwriter

Imogen Church is an award-winning actor and scriptwriter, ex-Burlesque dancer and lover of satire. Her debut novel Death and the Burlesque Maiden was published by Audible Originals in 2021 and she wins lots of awards for narrating audiobooks like an absolute boss. She scriptwrites satire and horror comedy features and audio plays.

Website  www.imogenchurch.com | Twitter @imogenchurch | Instagram @imogenchurchgobshite



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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 90 minutes
After the event
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  • You’ll be able to catch the recording on our Vimeo channel



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29 March
10:00 - 11:30 BST
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