Summer Audio Camps at the Center for Documentary Studies

It's summer camp for audio nerds – one for newbies, one for more experienced producers, and one week-long retreat for anyone who needs it. Details below! (Including info on a stipend for AIR members. If you're not a member already, here's another good reason to join up.)

Alert: Glynn Washington! Deb George! Or should it be #GlynnWashington, #DebGeorge?
Spring’s almost here and it’s time for the annual invitation to “summer radio camp for grownups,” our weeklong intensives here in Durham, NC. We’re again offering our pair of venerable bootcamp-style courses: 
Hearing is Believing, July 12-18, for beginners (really: NO experience required) or those relatively new to the craft and wanting a solid grounding in the fundamentals—recording, shaping and scripting, mixing on Hindenburg. You make a piece during the week with a partner.
Making It Sing, August 3-8, for more experienced producers with a challenging project to bring and workshop with lots of individual and small-group attention.
Between those two on the calendar, our friends at Big Shed are again offering Digging In: An Artist’s Retreat, July 26-31, which brings together documentary makers and storytellers of all stripes (and all mediums) for a productive and rejuvenating week of digging deep and making meaningful progress on individual projects.  
AIR is offering members a $100 travel stipend to attend our advanced course, Making it Sing. Five stipends are available. To apply for the AIR stipend go here:

We have a brilliant roster of guest instructors, all AIRsters. Glynn Washington, the creator, host, and executive producer of Snap Judgment, will be our guest teacher/presenter for Hearing is Believing (the intro-ish course). For Making it Sing, Deb George returns. The veteran editor and producer with NPR, Radio Diaries and now Reveal: there’s no better set of ears in the business. And as always the inimitable Shea Shackelford of Big Shed will be here along with me for both Hearing is Believing and Making It Sing — and of course for Digging In.

To register or to read more about all these courses, and a few others offered by CDS in video, photo, and writing, go here:

Any questions, write to

Cheers, and hope to see you this summer!


p.s. To the many of you who’ve been to CDS, and maybe some who haven’t: you might enjoy our new 25th anniversary site:

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