“The Invisible College” is a BBC series of programme, available free on i-tunes as podcasts, or listenable to on half-hour programmes. They encourage creative writing and are now on series 2 (broadcasting Mondays, 4 pm, Radio4 FM). Catch all previous episodes on BBC i-player, titled “Invisible College”.
Brilliantly, the BBC are pulling on their recordings of all sorts of writers in many different styles, over decades, so it’s a mixed bag of voices and advice, ringmastered by Dr Cathy FitzGerald – we hear Maya Angelou, Eudora Welty, Ted Hughes, Susan Sontag, P G Wodehouse….. such a variety of writing genres and styles are covered.
The radio recordings are around 30 minutes each – but as podcasts (on i-Tunes) they are broken up into lessons averaging 10 minutes. So you can learn a lot in pocket-sized parts of time!
This is the BBC doing what it does best: educating, informing and being entertaining while it does so.
Here’s a wee sample 2 minute extract – Ted Hughes advising on word choice:
The radio Series 1 episode 1 starts here:
Topics covered include: inspiration, routine, time off, concentration, character, plot and style, the importance of reading lots, choosing right words… and the joy, the joy, of writing and the written word.