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The Short of It: How to Inspire a Radio Drama Revolution in Less Than Three Minutes.

How can producers be inspired to make radio drama for the 21st century? One way, is through creative prompts and constraints. Ann Heppermann of The Sarah Awards and Andrew Leland of The Organist will discuss their most recent collaboration for The Sarah Awards' Very, Very, Short Short Stories Contest. They'll discuss the rules they asked writers to write for the contest and play the various stories that came out of the prompts. This discussion and workshop will also show you how some of the most radical and boundary pushing radio drama can happen in less than three minutes.

Doors will open at 6pm. This event is free; please RSVP here.


Ann is the founder of The Sarah Awards which celebrates and rewards radio drama for the 21st century. Likened to the Oscars by The New York Times, the Sarah Awards encourages producers to push the boundaries audio through a variety of initiatives—from the Very, Very, Short Short Stories Contest to The Sarah Awards to its podcast Serendipity which is supported by KCRW's Independent Producer Project. Called a “sort of Goddess of podcasting,” by Bitch Magazine, Heppermann has also worked in audio for nearly 15 years. She's received numerous awards, including a Peabody, and in 2011 was named a United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow. She teaches audio fiction at Sarah Lawrence College in its writing program.


Andrew hosts and produces the Organist, an arts-and-culture podcast from KCRW and the Believer magazine. He’s been an editor of the Believer since 2003 and has edited books for McSweeney’s, Vintage, Chronicle and elsewhere. His writing has appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly, the San Francisco Chronicle, BOMB magazine, the catalog for the 2014 Whitney Biennial and elsewhere. He was an editor in residence at the Oakland Museum of California from 2011–12. He’s written or produced audio for Slate magazine’s Panoply network,, City Arts and Lectures, and HowSound, among others. He’s taught writing, radio and digital storytelling at Smith College, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the University of Missouri, the Banff Centre and Transom.