Category Archives: Workshops

applications now being accepted for @Transom_org’s Fall Story Workshop, scholarships available, deadline June 2 is my GO TO recommendation for folks looking to break into audio storytelling/podcasting, and they just announced their Fall Workshops. Details HERE and below. Scholarships are available. Deadline June 2. GO FOR IT!


Story Workshop

The Transom Story Workshop is a nine week, residential program of full-time training for beginning producers. It’s held in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. We offer Workshops in spring (end of March – May) and fall (end of September – November). For email updates on our Workshops, contact us: info [at] transom [dot] org.

You’ll find basic information about the Story Workshop below. For more specific questions, visit our FAQ. If you don’t find an answer there, please write to us at info [at] transom [dot] org.

Applications due for the Fall 2017 Story Workshop & the Story Workshop Scholarship: June 2, 2017 (11:59 p.m. EST)

Cost of the Workshop

Cost for the Workshop ranges from $8,820 – $9,495 (depending on housing) and includes:

Tuition for the nine-week course. ($6,950)

Housing for nine-weeks. (Rooms range in cost from $1,585 – $2,260 for the duration of the Workshop. The houses are fully furnished and rent includes internet, laundry, utilities/heat, sheets/towels and a final cleaning service. Some of the rooms have water views.)

Two group meals each week, prepared by a local chef. ($285 covers the cost of group meals.)

Training by lead instructor Rob Rosenthal and a teaching assistant.

Pitching/editorial sessions with Jay Allison.

Voice coaching by producer Viki Merrick.

A technical gear-oriented one-on-one session with Transom’s Jeff Towne.

A licensed copy of Hindenburg Journalist (yours to keep).

One-year Producer membership in the Public Radio Exchange.

One-year membership in the Association of Independents in Radio.

Guest lectures (and opportunities for professional connections) with well-known people in public media. Special guests for Fall 2017 include Robert Smith from NPR’s Planet Money and Robyn Semien from This American Life.

Opportunities to observe and participate in the day-to-day operations at WCAI, the award-winning Cape and Islands public radio station (where your work may be broadcast).

NOTE: The Story Workshop is a residential program. Opting out of student housing is non-negotiable except for any health or medical concerns that would make living in the group housing impossible. Visit our FAQ to find out more.

Participants Produce

  • A vox-pop audio piece.
  • A radio promo.
  • A four-minute profile of a creative person, based on WCAI’s Creative Life Series.
  • A six-minute documentary feature: You choose the subject.
  • One or more Sonic IDs.


Our goal is to make the Story Workshop a realistic option for people who have been unable to attend due to cost. Scholarships will be offered based on financial need, with a focus on diverse voices, people of color, and those who have been historically underrepresented as makers of public media. For now, Scholarship funds are available only to people living in the U.S.

Scholarship applicants are required to complete both a Workshop application and a Scholarship application. We strongly encourage submitting the Workshop application first. Both the Workshop and Scholarship applications have the same deadline. The Story Workshop admissions committee reviews and awards scholarships only after applicants are accepted into the Workshop.

Transom is prepared to pay one or more partial scholarships, and one full scholarship, if a qualified applicant requires it. A full scholarship includes tuition, housing, group meals, travel to and from Woods Hole and possible stipend. Partial scholarships range in amount depending on the need of applicants and the amount of scholarship funds available to us.

Again, we strongly recommend submitting the Workshop Application before submitting the Scholarship Application. You can find the Scholarship application here. You can learn more about our Scholarship here.

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Have Questions?

Visit our FAQ. If you don’t find an answer there, please write to us at info [at] transom [dot] org.

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AIR’s Full Spectrum storytelling intensive @UnionDocs, application deadline April 14

From the lovely folks at AIR. See below!

We're currently taking applications for AIR's Summer 2017 Full Spectrum storytelling intensive at UnionDocs and we want to know: Does someone in your circle fit the bill? Or maybe you do.

We're thrilled to have Isaac Kestenbaum and Josie Holtzman of Localore: Finding America’s “Frontier of Change” as the Summer 2017 lead instructors. Successful applicants will learn from Sean Cole (“This American Life”), Ann Heppermann (The Sarah Awards), Jenny Ye (Data News, WNYC), Nadia Reiman (Latino USA) and more. It's five days in Brooklyn to push indie and station-based producers and podcasters to next-level craft.

Applications are here and the deadline to apply is 5 pm P.T. on Friday, April 14, 2017. NOTE: Only complete applications will be considered.

Please share this with (and tell me about) independents or station-based producers who might be ready for the intensive. A public shout out on your social media channels would also be great; I appreciate any help.

Our shortened link for the application:

Thanks in advance!



Ngoc-Tran Vu
Program Director
P.O. Box 220400
Boston, MA  02122
Office: 617.825.4400

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two spots left in Radio Boot Camp, April 6 @UnionDocs, early reg ends today

TWO – can't-miss audio training classes this spring @UnionDocs in Brooklyn. Details below!

The last day for early registration, ie, less $$$, for Radio Boot Camp class for beginners (all about the basics of radio-making) this May, at UnionDocs in Brooklyn, is April 6th! There are two spots left in class.

Info and registration here:

Little more time until the last day for early registration for Pitch Class: The Art of the Pitch – April 19th. Please join us for this three session workshop dedicated to learning how to pitch radio stories. This time, with special guest teacher Sean Rameswaram from Radiolab’s More Perfect!

More info, and registration here:

Please share widely, and hope to see you there!

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discount for Bay Area classes in audio/podcasting with @writingpadus

Hey folks!! It's been awhile. Here's some stuff I've been working on – check it out!


Also, my friends at Writing Pad have some great upcoming workshops, and FC friends get a 15% discount. Details below!!




Writing Pad’s podcasting and radio storytelling courses start next week w/ 99% Invisible Alum Sam Greenspan and Snap Judgment’s Eliza Smith. Friends of Freelance Cafe get a discount.

15% off the class by using the code FREELANCE.


Eliza Smith is a producer of Snap Judgment who got her start with the Kitchen Sisters. In this class, Eliza shares the Snap Judgment guidelines, themes and helps you craft a pro radio story. She helps you transform a real-life event into a deep, moving tale. You workshop it twice plus get performance notes. On the last class, you record your story at Snap Judgment studios and get a professionally recorded clip from Eliza. 7 students have gotten on the radio and have been paid from this class!

RADIO STORYTELLING 5 WK w/ Eliza Smith (Snap Judgment, NPR)

May 21June 4, 11, 25, July 9 (4 Sun., 1 recording session) 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Register HERE.



Sam has been a producer and reporter at 99% Invisible since the early days and a long-time NPR Vet. He is now starting his own super-secret podcast. Sam will help you conceive, develop & produce an outline for your podcast & record a teaser. He will teach you interviewing techniques, sound editing, using music, archival material +more. Class includes a recording session at a professional studio.

PODCASTING 5 WK w/ Sam Greenspan (99% Invisible)

May 22June 5, 12, 19, 26 (4 Mon., 1 professional recording session), 7-10 p.m.

Register HERE.


Writing Pad
the best writing classes ever

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REMINDER – Applications open for KALW training and internship programs, deadline March 31

Quick reminder from the good folks at SF's KALW. They do amazing work!

Just a reminder that we have applications open for two great opportunities to learn radio journalism.

KALW Audio Academy

The nine-month academy is designed to give participants a professional audio production and journalism education, tuition-free.
Deadline: March 31
In this four-month program, participants become an integral part of the production of KALW's daily news magazine show, Crosscurrents. 

Deadline: March 31

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Creative Field Recording workshop @UnionDocs, April 21-23

This Brooklyn-based field recording workshop, April 21-23 at UnionDocs sounds amazing. Details HERE and below, and please help spread the word! -Mia
This 3-day course is a unique opportunity to learn from artists employing a wide-range of field recording techniques. Participants will learn how to record with the body (deep listening + soundwalking); how to build and use contact mics, hydrophones and vlf-recorders; best practices for binaural and surround-sound recording; and other easy tips for expanding the use of their everyday field recorders and mics.
Open to filmmakers, audio producers and all artists interested in improving and expanding their sound practice.  
Apply before April 7 for the early bird registration rate.
Sample Facebook:
Filmmakers, radio producers and multimedia artists: expand your field recording expertise with top sound artists APRIL 21-23 at UnionDocs. Led by sound artist and designer Maile Colbert, this three-day intensive will explore field recording tools and techniques, teaching you how to creatively use recordings for film, radio, installation and other forms of sound design. Learn more and register at:
Sample Tweets:
Work with a stellar group of sound artists to develop field recording & sound design skills @UnionDocs APR 21-23 [INSERT GIF]
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Sarah Lerner
Operations Manager

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KALW’s Audio Academy, application deadline March 31

Join the brilliant folks at the Bay Area's KALW Public Radio. Details on the application page and below. -Mia
Join KALW's Audio Academy

KALW is calling for applicants for our nine-month radio journalism training program based at KALW public radio, an NPR and BBC affiliate station in San Francisco. This program is designed to give you a professional audio production and journalism education, tuition-free.

We’re looking for creative thinkers who are great writers and storytellers with a passion for covering diverse communities and some knowledge of the Bay Area. Some experience with audio production and/or journalism is preferred.

Audio Academy participants will be trained to produce feature reports for KALW’s award-winning daily news program Crosscurrents. Your voice and your work will be broadcast on KALW during your time in the Audio Academy.

Training will include: 

Working closely with reporters on developing stories, reporting and producing original feature stories for broadcast, interviewing potential guests/sources, researching topics, fact-checking, script writing, recording sound for pieces in the field, and learning story structure, voicing, digital production, engineering, and sound design.

You will be responsible for helping with administrative and production duties. You will also have the opportunity to pitch, report, and produce an entire Crosscurrents episode. The training will take place inside the collaborative and supportive community of the KALW newsroom. Our editors and engineers, along with other public media producers, will lead training workshops specifically for the Audio Academy.

Previous featured speakers have included: Al Letson, Glynn Washington, Roman Mars, Hansi Lo Wang, Susanne Reber, Daniel Alarcón, Marianne McCune, Jason DeRose, and Kelly McEvers.

If you’re selected, you’ll be expected to make a nine-month commitment from late August 2017 to early June 2018: minimum 20 hours per week (one eight-hour shift at our studios and another 12 hours working in the field). The Academy includes a two-week break in late December and two flexible vacation weeks for each participant. Enrollment in a college or university is not necessary to participate.

How to apply

To apply please put together a cover letter, CV, any audio/writing samples, and if you like, a short, original, audio work that you craft for your application. Send it all to Please include the subject line Audio Academy 2017-2018.

Application deadlineMarch 31, 2017, 11:59 p.m. PT.

We look forward to meeting you!

The KALW News Department also runs a summer journalism program. Learn more here.

KALW encourages a diverse pool of applicants from a variety of backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. We value diversity.

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15% DISCOUNT for 5-week radio storytelling class in SF, class begins MONDAY

Hey FC! Our friends at Writing Pad are officering FC folks a 15% discount on their next radio storytelling class which begins next week in San Francisco. Check it out!


Writing Pad <> has a great series of podcasting and radio storytelling courses coming up next week. They're based in LA and SF but offer online courses too. Check out their latest from Snap Judgement’s <> Davey Kim. 

PLUS, friends of Freelance Cafe get a discount. 
15% off the class by using the code FREELANCE.


Davey Kim is a producer of Snap Judgment and a radio journalist who has been on multiple NPR shows.Not only is he an amazing teacher with a great ear for story, he is really supportive and inspiring! Also, because of our radio storytelling classes, 10 students have gotten on the radio and have gotten paid). You could be next!

Davey’s latest student success is Scott Brody who got on NPR’s All Things

In this class, Davey shares the Snap Judgment guidelines, themes and help you craft a pro radio story. He helps you transform a real-life event into a deep, moving tale. You workshop it twice plus get performance notes. On the last class, you record your story at Snap Judgment studios. It will make you feel like a rock star and you will get a professionally recorded clip from Davey (that you can send out to This American Life or Snap Judgment too).

Sign up and details are here:
Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3 (4 Mon. nights, 1 recording session),
6:30-9:30 p.m., SF

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Feet in Two Worlds workshop focuses on immigrant FOOD stories, app deadline March 3

Feet in 2 Worlds is accepting applications for our second workshop focused on telling food stories from immigrant communities. It’s a great opportunity for food writers who want to produce audio, audio producers who want to report on food, and food professionals who want to focus on story-telling. Plus, food journalism is a powerful entry-point for reporting on immigrants in the current political climate.  
Attendees to our first workshop in 2015 produced stories for PRI’s The World, NPR’s The Salt, OkayAfrica and the Charleston Post and Courier among others.
Here is the link with more information and how to apply:

The New School

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2017 Third Coast Radio Residency, deadline Feb 15

The amazing folks at Third Coast are offering a spring residency. Details HERE and below! -Mia

The 2017 Third Coast Radio Residency

Third Coast International Audio Festival and Ragdale welcome producers of all experience levels to apply for our second annual Radio Residency, April 17-23, 2017. Project proposals due Feb. 15th

Enjoy a week away from the demands and deadlines of everyday life to make progress on an audio project, commune, and share expertise. Mentor Nishat Kurwa (Youth Radio, Marketplace ) – will be onsite offering one-one-one guidance and editing sessions.

WHO: Third Coast seeks a vibrant group of 8-10 producers from diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and levels of expertise who are mid-process on an audio project.

WHERE: Ragdale a stunning 30-acre artists' community just outside Chicago. Artists are given a private room and workspace, and all meals are provided including a family-style dinner each evening.

COSTS: Third Coast will cover residents’ flights and ground transportation. Ragdale is generously subsidizing the costs of room and board so that participants pay only $210 for the entire Residency.

HOW TO APPLY: Applicants should submit project proposals by midnight (CT) on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Those selected will be notified by March 1.

Read all about the Third Coast Radio Residency, and submit your proposal HERE.

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