Center For Documentary Studies Summer Audio Courses

The Center for Documentary Studies offers fantastic audio courses each summer. See below for this year's line up. -Mia


Spring is here and it’s time for the annual invitation to “summer audio camp for grownups,” our weeklong intensives here in Durham, NC. Since we started these courses more than decade ago, they’ve evolved along with the audio storytelling/podcasting landscape. But what makes them unusual has not changed: You come, you spend just 6-7 days, you learn, AND YOU MAKE. You come away with a produced piece/episode for your portfolio.

Here they are:

Hearing is BelievingJuly 10-16, 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, assembling and mixing on Hindenburg. We set up a topic and interview(s) for you, and you make a piece during the week with a partner.

Making It SingAugust 1-6, for producers with experience (a little or a lot) and a challenging project to bring. You bring tape and workshop your piece with lots of individual and small-group attention along with teaching sessions about focus, structure, and being your own editor. 

Between those two on the calendar, our friends at Big Shed are again offering Digging In: An Artist’s RetreatJuly 24-29, 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.

The fine producer and editor Shea Shackelford comes to help with Hearing is Believing and Making it Sing, and he and some Big Shed cohorts are your hosts for Digging In. Thrilled about our special guest teacher/presenter for Hearing is Believing: Tina Antolini, host and producer of the excellent podcast, Gravy.

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

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