Creating, Narrating and Recording your Stories

Spring term 2024, Radio documentary basics.


Monday: Radio documentary basics.
Time: 6.30-8.00pm
Start: 08.01.24
Duration: 8 weeks (no classes on the 05.02.24 and the 12.02.24)
Fee: 85 euro (It is CDETB policy that refunds are only issued if a course does not form. Before booking, please see our terms and conditions page).

Notes: All courses are subject to a minimum number in order to proceed. In the event that a course is oversubscribed, places will be offered on a first-booked, first-served basis and a waiting list will then be created. You will be contacted in this event.

Materials: voice memos/voice recorder app. on your phone, a laptop.


The art of storytelling is something the Irish are famous for and human voices tap into feelings and memories in a way that the written word can’t capture. As a nation we are famous for our love of and quality of our radio broadcasting. On this innovative course you will learn, step-by-step, the process of creating a radio documentary. All you need for this course is a desire to share your stories. So, come along and be part of something truly magical.

The course is structured as you would if you were producing a documentary.

Week 1: Introduction – The beginning of audio storytelling and the course.

Week 2Pre-production – What is the story? developing a treatment for your story / research and developing your story arc.

Week 3Pre-production – What are you asking? Preparing for the interview: interview techniques and basic recording guides.

Week 4 & 5: Production – Recording your story. Pre-production.

Week 6Pre-production – Basic introduction to editing / logging and paper edit

Week 7Pre-production – Editing.

Week 8: Broadcast – Sharing your story. A group presentation of the finished work. Where to next? Overview of funding for radio documentary.

Enrol and Pay

About your tutor: Patricia Baker, B.A. (Hons) M.A. (Hons)

Patricia is an experienced radio documentary maker and runs her own production company, Curious Broadcast. She has received funding for over thirty projects and she has been shortlisted for several awards. These include the IMRO Radio Awards, 2020 and the International Hearsay Audio Festival, 2020. She has many areas of interest and these include environmental issues, history, and the Arts.

Patricia has run many training programmes to help people develop the skills required for successful broadcasting. She has been a guest lecturer in many institutions, including Maynooth University and Limerick School of Art and Design.

Patricia is passionate about recording and honouring the history of each individual who wants to share their story. Patricia believes that every person has a story worth recording and she wants to demystify the process so that people are empowered to tell their story and to know that it matters. You will be in very safe hands with Patricia!

Story Telling

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