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Audiobook Workshop

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Tamsin Collison

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Weekdays 10:00am – 5:00pm



Showreel HQ

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7 Hours

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7 People

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Weekdays 10:00am – 5:00pm

Want to learn how to get started in audiobooks?

Over 4,000 books a month are recorded in the UK alone and producers & publishers are looking for new emerging voices to narrate their projects. This is your chance to bring your favourite books to life and discover the skills, techniques & stamina required to record a full-length novel & live to tell another tale in this FAB Audiobook Masterclass.

If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to record a professional audiobook, then this workshop is for you. Explore and experience the pleasures and pressures of a solo audiobook recording session under the direction of an award-winning director/producer. Gain practical experience in front of the microphone and receive honest professional feedback. The audiobook industry is expanding rapidly, but it’s a competitive market and if you want to be part of it you need to acquire the skills and techniques that will enable you to deliver a first-class audio performance.

  • what makes an engaging reading
  • how to research and prepare a script prior to a recording session
  • how to prepare yourself for a studio session
  • script & tablet management in studio
  • how to identify and inhabit an authorial voice
  • how to sustain a consistent, engaged and energised performance
  • how to work confidently 1-1 with a professional director
  • practical studio and microphone techniques
Tamsin is a highly-regarded, award-winning audiobook director. She began her career in the BBC Radio Drama Department and has produced over 300 audiobooks for leading UK publishing houses, including Pan Macmillan, Penguin, Harper Collins, Time Warner/Hachette, Random House, Hodder Headline, Chivers, Orion, BBC Worldwide, BBC Radio 2 & 4 and Audible. She was nominated for Audiobook Producer of the Year 2016 (Radio Independents Group) and her production of Ian Rankin’s ‘Rather Be the Devil’ has just won a 2017 USA Earphones Award.
  • confidence in connecting to your audience
  • an appreciation of the psychology of audiobook narration
  • an understanding of the reader’s relationship to the microphone
  • an understanding of how vocal choices (accent, pitch etc) affect character
  • an appreciation that different kinds of text require different approaches
  • confidence in managing unfamiliar or challenging pronunciations
  • an introduction to the physical process of recording an extended reading.
We understand that not everyone is a confident or fluent sight-reader and we want you to be comfortable with your texts on the workshop. Preparation is everything with audio book narration and although we’ll have some materials available for you on the day, we ask that you also bring some texts of your own choice that you’ve had time to fully rehearse and make your own before we see you at the studios.

You can choose to bring two examples of the following. No longer than 3 minutes each read:

  • A multi-character scene with dialogue
  • A passage of 1st-person narration
  • A poem
  • An extract of non-fiction prose

This workshop is designed to give you a real audiobook recording session experience under one of London’s finest directors and you’ll leave the workshop with the knowledge needed to get started and compete with working audiobook narrators. Mp3 files of your performance will be provided for self-evaluation.

Book – Audiobook Workshop

What our clients say

Alex Ritson
Alex Ritson
posted 2 hours ago

JP is absolutely brilliant. This is the way into the industry - money very well spent. This is the first time I have ever written that I am a 100% satisfied customer!!

Sam Carelse
Sam Carelse
posted 4 months ago

The Intro Workshop with JP was excellent. I got what I wanted out of the workshop, which was to assess whether voice over work would be something I might enjoy doing, and to get a realistic evaluation of my skills. The group size was just right too. We got a good wide-ranging overview of the voice over industry, which gave us good jumping off points for further investigation. JP was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, and made us feel at ease very quickly. Highly recommended.

James Heywood
James Heywood
posted 1 month ago

My Intro to Voice Over Workshop at The Showreel was an eye-opener, in every positive way. JP took us on a Cook’s tour of the voice-over world, urging us to view it realistically, then gave us our first script. Amazing how many differing deliveries of it the group produced! Amazing too to hear my own recording and to get JP’s guidance on how to improve it. The second attempt was better. More scripts in the afternoon and more improvement, with lots more good advice. Throughout, JP was friendly, witty, idiosyncratic and interesting, and treated us all as if we had a possible career ahead of us. JP’s appraisal of my efforts arrived within 24 hours – frank, realistic, positive and very helpful. An excellent workshop! I really feel I have taken my first step on the road to voice-over. Thank you, The Showreel. Thank you, JP.

What our clients say

mystery-manGiovanni del Vecchio
posted 2 months ago

I did my drama voice reel with Mike. Mike had obviously thought about each piece before I’d arrived and he was already prepared with some suggestions for musical settings and sound effects, which I had not been expecting. Mike has a strong musical instinct for what is going to work and a massive library at his fingertips. I appreciated how he listened and how he engaged with what I was trying to achieve. It felt like a collaboration and he was both patient and a perfectionist. While I am really looking forward to the final edit, I was delighted with the experience, and I look forward to returning for my next project.

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