Documentary on One

2018 Weekend Training Seminar

RTÉ Radio 1 is delighted to announce the return of its two-day weekend training seminar in documentary-making, to be hosted by the internationally-acclaimed Documentary on One team. This seminar will run on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th April 2018 in RTÉ.

2018 Weekend Training Seminar


RTÉ Radio 1 is delighted to announce the return of its two-day weekend training seminar in all things documentary, to be hosted by the internationally-acclaimed Documentary on One team. This seminar will run for two days on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th April 2018, 9.30am – 6.00pm and will be held at Studio 1, RTÉ Radio Centre, Donnybrook, Dublin 4.

This intensive weekend training seminar will provide an unique opportunity for attendees to gain an insight into the ‘nuts-and-bolts’ workings of one of the world’s most successful radio documentary units.

RTÉ Radio 1’s Documentary on One team has won over 250 national and international awards and is fêted as one of the top radio documentary units in the world.

Attendees to the seminar will gain an insight on all aspects of the documentary-making progress from the initial conception of an idea to editing for broadcast.

Given that story and the art of story is central to Documentary On One output, this seminar is not just suited to radio makers, but to screenwriters, novelists, playwrights, TV writers, filmmakers, directors, producers, documentary makers, advertisers and many more…

This two day lecture based seminar will cover ideas, storytelling techniques, recording, interviewing techniques, structure, use of music, character development, narration/scripting, mixing/editing and much else besides.

A professional audio services company will also be attendance over the weekend offering information, advice and some great deals on the sale of audio equipment.

Option 1: Weekend Seminar

  • Full Seminar Fee €495
  • Unwaged - Seminar Fee €295 (please provide supporting documentation)
  • Group bookings are also on offer: €900 for two-participant booking, €1,300 for three-participant booking, €1,600 for four-participant booking and €375 per person for bookings of five or more participants.

Option 2: Diploma in Creative Storytelling AND Weekend Seminar

For those wishing to undertake our Diploma in Creative Storytelling (online Diploma in association with the University of West London/GoCreate Academy and London College of Music) AND attend our weekend seminar, the fee is €1,199. Click here for full details, including registration and payment for Diploma in Creative Storytelling and attendance at our weekend seminar.

Option 3: Diploma in Creative Storytelling

Please click here for full details on undertaking our fully accredited Diploma in Creative Storytelling (online Diploma in association with the University of West London/GoCreate Academy and London College of Music)

Capacity at our seminar is limited and places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Successful applicants will be notified upon receipt of payment.

To apply, please download and complete the application form (click here - or on the upper left side of this page) and return via email to

If you are unable to edit the .pdf application form, simple email us in the information requested.

If you have any queries in relation to the seminar weekend, please contact Nicoline Greer from the Documentary On One team on 01-2083276 or email us

Some feedback from previous seminar participants:

  • "Just wanted to say thanks to all the team for a great two days course in RTÉ this weekend. I really enjoyed the behind the scenes look at how documentaries are made.  You all gave lots of your time (and innermost thoughts!) on the course. I like too that you are not shy about being your own critic[s]." 
  • "Every speaker had a lot to offer and it was quite evident that you are all passionate about your work. Going there I had a lot of questions but ended up asking none as all the answers were provided along the way."
  • "All I can say is I thought it was excellent.  The programme was really well considered,  the material and quality of the presentations were great.  What struck me most was the generous way in which all of you shared your  knowledge, experience  and ideas. But what really stood out was the passion and love you all seem to have for the craft.  In terms of teaching what worked really well was that everything was backed up by examples.  You were not just telling us how to make documentaries  but showing us how they are made."
  • "From someone who works in TV and film, I just want to say thank you for the course over the weekend - seriously impressed from beginning to end, and in awe of the work of the team. Stories work when told well, irrespective of the medium."
  • "Just a quick note to let you know I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend -  I found it to be informative and full of practical advice and it was all done in a very professional, yet relaxed manner."
  • "I just had to write to you all this morning to congratulate you on a fantastic weekend. To be completely honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the weekend but it went above and beyond my expectations. What I would really like to communicate is the value of the weekend, not just for documentary makers but for all types of storytellers. I write for a living and while I write a lot of consumer and investigative stories, I also write a number of features. Aspects like the interview techniques, scene building, the importance of openings, the importance of closings all apply significantly to writing articles and developing characters. And it is my long term aim in life to go into fiction writing and I feel this course was also invaluable for that. The biggest lesson I learned this weekend is after you ask the hard question, shut up and listen! People really will give you a lot when you give them the time to reflect on the question."
  • "Many thanks to all of you for a superb experience at the weekend. It was  so obvious to everyone present that a huge amount of work had gone into the preparation on your parts. It was a really fantastic two days, with  such useful, practical and clear information. I know I learned so much,  and came away really inspired. Others whom I spoke to in the (brief!) breaks, all said the same. I loved it. Thank you all for your contributions and for making it such an outstanding weekend."
  • "As one of the many  enthusiastic learners attending your course at the weekend, I would like to add my voice to what was an overwhelming endorsement, by both myself and those I met at the course,  of the skills, expertise and talent of all of your team. I know from attending other courses and seminars, that it is no small matter keeping a diverse group of people on the edge of their seats for 2 days practically nonstop. I shouldn’t be surprised of course, given that your documentary productions are marked with the same qualities of expertise and enthusiasm for your craft."
  • "With my head still spinning from all the information you generously imparted over a very packed weekend, I'm just taking the time to send a quick thank you. With a background in photography and, more recently in songwriting, it came as a surprise to learn that basically the same 'no rules' apply to radio documentary making and I hope before too long to be making some documentaries - with a bit of help from your team."
  • "Just a brief comment to thank you for a fantastic weekend of radio.  I work part-time in community radio and produce programmes and some docs and series and it was fantastic to get your insights and to scrutinise your work at such close quarters.  They were two long days on paper, but they whizzed by.  The format worked really well, and the variety of voices minimised the 'wilt' factor.  I also loved the Q&A sessions and I'm only sorry that I've no real negative feedback which might be of use to you!"
  • "Overall, the content of the training was excellent and the delivery by all of the team was engaging, entertaining and very clear and focussed. The general pacing was pretty good and the use of the audio clips worked well to energise people when energy and concentration levels may have been waning. I really liked your styles of presentation and you created a very relaxed atmosphere for everyone and made it easy for us to interact with you all."

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