Radio Drama - Industry Lab

BBC Scotland

Applications for the Radio Drama Lab are now closed


Scottish Book Trust is delighted to be working with BBC Scotland Radio Drama on the Radio Drama Industry Lab 2017.

BBC Scotland Radio Drama has established a strong track record producing a wide range of drama for BBC Radio 4, Radio 3, Radio Scotland and Radio 4 Extra. Working with writers in Scotland and beyond, the department's output is both original and international.

The Radio Drama Lab is aimed at professional writers looking to expand their skills and experience. While focusing on radio, the lab will explore writing drama in general: What makes a really engaging stage play, radio play, TV or film screenplay? What ingredients do you need to make your drama a "must listen" or "must watch"?

There are eight spaces available on the Lab. The Lab will be run over five days and participants must be available to attend throughout the duration of the Lab.

The Lab will include a mixture of practical workshops and projects and talks from experienced radio producers and writers. The Lab will also include a recording-based day during which writers will have the chance to hear their work being rehearsed and recorded by professional actors.


Dates and times

Location: BBC Scotland, 40 Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1DA

The lab will take place on the following days:

Monday 20 March 2017
10.30am - 4.30pm

Tuesday 21 March 2017

10.30am - 4.30pm

Monday 27 March 2017
10.30am - 4.30pm

Tuesday 28 March 2017

10.30am - 4.30pm

Tuesday 4 April 2017

10.00am - 6.00pm

Participants will also be expected to work on a writing project in their own time in the intervening days.

Cost: The lab is free with lunch provided. We are able to contribute up to £100 in travel expenses for each participant. If travel expenses would be a barrier to attending the lab, please get in touch by emailing 

Who is eligible to apply?

To apply for the lab, you must: 

  • Live and work in Scotland
  • Be over the age of 18
  • Be a practicing writer and meet the eligibility criteria for the Live Literature database
  • Be able to attend the Lab on the dates specified

Students are not eligible for this opportunity.

You do not need to be registered on the Live Literature database to apply, so long as you meet the criteria.

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