The Art of Audio for Non-Fiction Writers

For print writers AND audio producers – this promises to be a great event. Evite and details below!



You are warmly invited to an informal gathering and professional discussion April 28 sponsored by the Journalism & Women Symposium (JAWS) and the Mills College journalism program. “The Art of Audio – for Nonfiction Writers in a Trans-media World” brings radio reporters Rachel Louise Snyder of NPR and Sarah Varney of KQED to talk about how the audio story is another element of a literary & journalistic calling and how radio reporting can complement other skills when building a journalism career. Please tell others about the event at Mills College in Oakland if you think they might like to attend. We will begin and end with a wine reception; the discussion will start at 7 p.m.


Rachel Louise Snyder is the best-selling author of "Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade (WW Norton)." She is also the host and executive producer of the weekly public radio program "The Global Guru," which uncovers mysteries of global culture around the world, as well as hosting a new global affairs show in Washington, DC called "Latitudes." Her work has also appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Travel & Leisure, the New Republic, and Slate, among others, and she received a 2006 Overseas Press Award for her work on the public radio show "This American Life." She lived in London for two years, before moving to Cambodia for six, and she recently relocated to Washington, D.C., where she is an assistant professor of literature in the MFA program at American University. She earned her MFA degree in Creative Writing with a focus in fiction from Emerson College in Boston.


Sarah Varney covers health for KQED's statewide news programs The California Report and Health Dialogues. She has reported extensively on health policy, health disparities, public health and environmental health, including a series of stories on the safety of alternatives to banned substances like phthalates. She began reporting for KQED in 2002 and has covered a range of subjects and stories – from the ethics, politics and science of stem cell research to the religious and legal challenges over gay marriage to the inside workings of baseball park food vendors. Sarah also reports regularly for National Public Radio's Morning Edition and All Things Considered. 


Katherine Ann Rowlands

Assistant Managing Editor for News, Bay Area News Group-East Bay

Metro Editor, Contra Costa Times

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