CREATIVE WRITING FOR AUDIO PLAYS! WRITING SCRIPTS FOR TODAY’S RADIO
SABLE JAK, TIM KNOFLER & E.. J. CATER Workshop Panel Presenters
Saturday 2-4:PM Driftwood Room
Radio drama has long been a fertile training ground for writers and is a genre in which screenwriters, playwrights and television writers feel at home. It has given voice to generations of writers. From Welsh poet Dylan Thomas and Irish writer Samuel Beckett to Orson Welles, to American playwright Harold Pinter; all have been involved with radio drama. Two of the things that make writing for radio & audio drama extra-special, from a fiction or non-fiction writer’s perspective, are: 1) You stand a better-than-average opportunity for getting your work produced, and 2) 99.9% of your work will be produced as you wrote it, not as someone else envisions & rewrites it. And that the audio field is now an over $2 billion-a-year international business, plus that many different radio genres, drama, comedy, sci-fi, romance, kids, educational, documentary subjects and so on, are of interest to fiction & non-fiction writers & a huge, international audience of listeners. Audio Cinema (through Audioflix) is looking for new authors and stories, of all genres. The lovely thing about audio is: you are not ruled by what is popular at this time, so if someone has a children’s story or a gentle tale of love, it stands as good a chance of being considered as does an adventure story or thriller! And it can be accepted & produced in mere months, not the many years required in film, on the radio, online & on audio cassettes! Learn all the insider tips in this unique workshop by two successful audio pros. (Workshop seating is limited to 25)
Currently, Sable Jak is splitting her time three ways: 1. Her own writing and productions, 2. Writing and working with audio drama production company Jim French Productions, Inc. (she has penned over 22 scripts for them) and 3. Working with Tim Knofler through Audio Cinema Entertainment and AudioFlix. She is a three-time Spirit of Moondance Award Winner (and one time Finalist in the same category) here at the Moondance Festival. Her Phil Byrnes Mystery audio drama series garnered high praise from Samuel Goldwyn Jr. and his head of development, saying: “We both enjoyed the listen and definitely feel there’s a potential star character in “Phil.” The mystery series was first produced by Jak and then again by Colonial Radio on the Air. Jak’s writing credits, outside of audio drama, include four years monthly columnist with “Scr(i)pt” magazine’s e-zine. She also contributed regularly with articles and film-book reviews for the hard copy edition. Her book: “Writing the Fantasy Film: Heroes and Journeys in Alternate Realities” through Michael Wiese Publications was well received and is a mainstay on many writers’ shelves. It led to a very successful seminar at the 2010 Sci-Fi London Film Festival.
Tim Knofler, President and CEO of Audio Cinema Entertainment Inc, brings his talents to everything from forensic audio restoration, to Sennheiser Product demo, to retooling Historical Site tours taking guests back in time. He has been Involved in filmmaking since the age of 16, Tim has navigated his way through film, video, film again, schooled on the Movieola and then over to non-linear editing and has at last found a home in Audio Production. His work has been labeled as cutting-edge and avant-garde. Working from a background in screenwriting, he adapted the best of cinematic presentation and adapted it for the audio stage. www.audiocei.com
E. J. Cater is an exceptional radio actress, stage actor, and was a coloratura singer and ballerina in France. She is
also a language teacher and brings that unique understanding & expertise to scripts, radio, film and theater. E.J. Cater is an actress, singer, choreographer, director, and teacher trained in the U.S. and France. Movie, TV, and voice work include independent films, commercials, educational programs, and audio drama. Stage roles have ranged from Peter Pan to Guinevere to Miss Prism, and she is especially interested in performing new and experimental works.