Soup to Nuts documentary radio workshop, March 3-4, Berkeley

Hello friends and colleagues. The fabulous Claire Schoen is offering her Soup to Nuts radio documentary workshop March 3-4 in Berkeley, CA. It might be the last workshop for awhile, so jump in while you can! Details below.



Dear Radio People,


I am offering "Soup-to-Nuts," my weekend class on documentary radio in the San Francisco Bay Area on:

March 3 & 4, 2012.


If you are interested in attending, please let me know asap, as the class sometimes fills quickly.


1.) Email me to let me know you would like to sign up.

2.) I'll write back and let you know if there is still space. If so, I'll hold a place for you.

3.) Then please send me a check at your earliest convenience.

4.) Receiving your check will guarantee your spot. If you have to cancel after that I will return your check if I can fill your slot.

5.) A couple of weeks before March 3/4, I'll send out a Welcome Letter with logistical details and some suggestions for ways you might want to prepare for the weekend.


Checks can be written to:

Claire Schoen

Amount: $250

and mailed to:

1815 Grant Street, Berkeley, CA 94703


I’ve attached a pdf of the flier for this class.


AND… check out my website!


Under “Teaching” you can find feedback from previous “Soup-to-Nuts” students.

Under “Biography” you can find out more than you’d ever want to know about me.

Under “Productions” you can listen to the past 25 years of my audio work.


I hope you can join us in March.

Best, Claire Schoen


Claire Schoen Media





"From Soup to Nuts"

A 2-day intensive

on documentary radio production

offered in the San Francisco Bay Area


This seminar will be held March 3 and 4, 2012.

Each day's class will run from 10 am to 5:30 pm,

including 6 hours of class work, plus lunch and breaks.


It will be held at Claire’s studio in Berkeley, California

Class will be limited to 8 students.

The cost of the 2-day seminar is $250.

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 and a New York International Festival Silver. She has also shared in both a Peabody and a DuPont-Columbia.


Claire has taught documentary radio scriptwriting and production at numerous venues including U.C. Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies, Third Coast Audio Festival Conferences and AIR's mentorship program.


To Register:

Contact Claire Schoen    510-540-5106



pdf iconStoN’s Flier 2012 March.pdf

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