Soup-to-Nuts radio how to workshop in Bay Area, Oct 15-16

The fabulous Claire Schoen is offering her radio how-to class again – once in Berkeley in Oct and again in Durham, NC in November. Details below!


Award-winning, documentary radio producer Claire Schoen will be teaching her "Soup-to-Nuts class again at her studio in Berkeley, California over the weekend of October 15/16. It will be offered this time under the auspices of Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies, but it is essentially the same class that she usually teaches. She will also be offering it as a 3-day class November 3-6 in Durham, North Carolina on Duke's campus.

You can sign up for either of these classes at this url:

Also, you might want to check out Claire's website and listen to some of her work at


The Center for Documentary Studies presents:

"From Soup to Nuts"

A 2-day intensive on documentary radio production

October 15&16, 2011

Where: Berkeley CA
Class runs from 10am to 5:30 pm each day.
Class size is limited to 8 students

The Course:

Through lectures, group discussion, Q & A, written handouts, and lots of audio demos, this two-day class will explore the ins and outs of creating a long-form radio documentary. Designed to meet the needs of mid-level producers, this seminar will also be accessible to individuals who have little or no experience in radio production.


Compelling audio

documentary incorporates a creative weave of elements including narration, interviews, music, vérité scenes, character portraits, dramatizations, performances, archival tape, and ambience beds. Students learn how these elements serve to paint a picture in sound.


Emphasis will

be put on the production process. To this end, the class will examine the steps of concept development, research, pre-production, recording techniques, interviewing, writing, organizing tape, scripting, editing and mixing required to create an audio documentary.


Most importantly, we will focus on the art of storytelling. We will discuss dramatic structure, taking the listener through introduction, development and resolution of a story. And we will explore how character development brings the listener to the heart of the story.


The Teacher:

Claire Schoen is a media producer, with a special focus on documentary radio. As a producer/director, she has created over 20 long-form radio documentaries and several documentary films, as well as numerous short works. As a sound designer she has recorded, edited and mixed sound for film, video, radio, webstory, museums and theater productions. Her radio documentaries have garnered numerous awards including NFCB Golden and Silver reels, two Gracies, two Clarion awards. a PASS award and a New York International Festival Silver. She has also shared in both a Peabody and a DuPont-Columbia.

Claire has taught documentary radio production at numerous venues including U.C. Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, the Third Coast Festival Conference, AIR’s mentorship program and the CDS Summer Institute at Duke.


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