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Audiobook Workshop

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Tamsin Collison

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Weekdays 10:00am – 4:30pm



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.

Don’t see availability on the date you want? Please get in touch to ask to be put on our waiting list. However, please note that when you book, you get the option of asking us to inform you of an earlier date if one becomes available and these people take priority.

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What our clients say

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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