What is the Audio Drama Writers’ Toolkit?

Sarah and Lindsay want there to be more good audio drama podcasts. They also want to make more good audio drama. In this podcast, they’ll discuss:

  • different aspects of audio drama writing
  • how these aspects work
  • audio drama podcasts that show good examples of these aspects
  • writing exercises so the audience can benefit.

Why independent podcasts?

Because independently-funded audio drama is where the action is. Also, we needed a vowel.

Who are Sarah and Lindsay?

Lindsay Harris Friel earned an MFA in Playwriting from Temple University in Philadelphia, and took her live theatre skills straight to podcasting. She wrote and produced the adventure serial Jarnsaxa Rising. For 11th Hour Audio Productions, she wrote Breathless, and wrote and produced The Parsonage and The Audiophile.

Lindsay enjoys helping people find new ways to tell their stories. When she’s not writing content for The Podcast Host, or editing The Fiction Podcast Weekly, she enjoys making audio drama and learning more about the craft of interactive storytelling.

Sarah Golding runs Quirky Voices, an eclectic mix of all sorts of podcasts with new writing at its core. She truly loves voice acting, and hosts her how-to voice acting pod MADIVA. Sarah can be heard in over 100 audio fiction podcasts.

Sarah runs annual Dashingly Quirky New Writing competitions with Fiona Thraille, monthly audio drama hub virtual pubs, wherein guests share their expertise in audio fiction creation, co-edits The Fiction Podcast Weekly with Lindsay, pings out auditions for @auditions on Twitter, runs voice acting courses for beginners, and teaches LAMDA to some amazing kids in Herts, UK. 


Vincent Friel is a musician, sound designer and audio engineer. He produced Jarnsaxa Rising, The Parsonage, and The Audiophile, for which he wrote and produced The Automatics’ terrifying one-hit wonder, “The Goat.” You can hear more of his music at Municipal Green on Soundcloud.

The ADWIT Mission Statement

To give our audience simple tools to help them improve their own writing for audio drama.

To explore the best of audio drama and how it works.

To inspire folks to listen to more good audio drama and make more of their own

To inspire experimentation in audio storytelling

To encourage sharing more good audio stories.

To provide a tools-based approach to creating audio that anyone can use, in order to encourage accessibility and inclusivity.

This is an evolving document.

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