Writing for the ear: story telling for nonfiction.

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by Chhavi Sachdev on Thursday, January 16, 2014


Session type

Technical level


Writing that flows well has a lot to do with how it sounds to the reader or listener. In this workshop we'll learn about writing for the ear, rather than the eye.


As an audio producer, editor, and journalist I am challenged by the fact that I have to tell my story through sound. And not just any sound, but sound that evokes sights in the mind's eye, phrasing that brings a scene alive, cadences that change a flat sentence into a tense, crackling situation. I have to make a space resonate for the listener so she feels like she's being shown around by a good friend.

In this workshop, we'll address how you can you do this with your screenplay/essay/story/article.

We will work on structure, narration, and vocabulary. We'll critique a few manuscripts, radio scripts as well as other audio and written material. We'll end with a writing exercise as well as some handouts on the do's and don'ts of writing for the ear.

This is a quick introduction to refining writing so that it sounds right, sounds real - whether it's fiction or journalism, for print, web, or radio.


Bring a pen and paper (or laptop) and your reading glasses if you need them.

Speaker bio

Chhavi is a journalist by training and has worked in audio for a long time. She is a radio journalist for Public Radio International, Radio Netherlands Worldwide and National Public Radio. She also oversees content for AudioCompass - India's leading provider of audio tour guides. She has taught workshops on radio journalism, writing for radio, podcasting at institutes and colleges all across India.


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    [-] Rashmi Dhanwani 6 years ago

    I like Chhavi's talks! This should really be voted up!

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