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Scripted Audio Is Taking Off: Buckle in with Tamara Kissane

DURHAM—Former Piedmont Laureate Tamara Kissane will lead the session “Writing Scripted Audio” at the North Carolina Writers’ Network 2021 Fall Conference, November 19-21, at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham/RTP.

Conference registration is open.

Tamara Kissane is Founder & Executive Director of Artist Soapbox ( and Soapbox Audio Collective. She is a Durham-based playwright, theatre-maker, parent, and podcaster. In 2020, Tamara was the Piedmont Laureate and received Outstanding Contribution to the Arts from Chatham Life & Style. She also is a co-founder and playwright for Curious Theatre Collective and leads Soapbox Audio Collective Writers’ rooms, Public Works events, and Creative Accountability Groups.

In North Carolina, she’s worked with University Theatre at NC State, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Seed Art Share, Burning Coal, Manbites Dog Theater, The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, Duke Theatre Studies, Transactors Improv, Summer Sisters, Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern, Archipelago and both hands theatre company. Recently she’s received grants from the Manbites Dog Theater Fund, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Durham150, and the Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artist Award (Durham Arts Council). She is the parent of two young children.

This year, NCWN is asking authors for “one good piece of advice,” either something they were once told that they never forgot, or something they wished they could go back and tell their younger selves. 

“The best writing advice I’ve received is: Start in the Middle,” Tamara says.

“Begin your story as close to the ‘good stuff’ as possible—within the big action, the heightened emotion, the moment of change—so the reader is immediately swept into your world without lengthy set up, exposition, or explanation.

“Another way to say this is to shorten the runway and take to the air ASAP. You can build in the explanation once everyone has committed to the journey and feeling excited about where they are headed.”

Have you considered adapting your theatre scripts into audio fiction pieces? Would you like to dip your pen in writing for audio? As podcasts grow exponentially, audio storytelling is flourishing, providing opportunities for writers to create robust contemporary audio dramas. These aren’t your grandpa’s radio plays!

Join playwright and audio dramatist Tamara Kissane when she leads “Writing Scripted Audio” and get started down this burgeoning path. Topics include: the hallmarks of audio as a medium, pros and cons, practical tips and considerations, writing for audio vs. adapting to audio, and more.

Fall Conference attracts hundreds of writers from around the country and provides a weekend full of activities that include lunch and dinner banquets with readings, keynotes, tracks in several genres, open mic sessions, and the opportunity for one-on-one manuscript critiques with editors or agents. North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green will give the Keynote Address. Other session offerings for writers of stage and screen include “I Want to Start with an Earthquake and Build to a Climax” (playwriting) with Ian Finley and “Adaptation” with Daniel Wallace.

Register here.

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to all writers, in all genres, at all stages of development. For additional information, visit