the latest offerings from @WritingPadUS with discount for FC members!

Writing Pad’s LA, SF, and Online podcasting and radio storytelling courses start soon w/ This American Life’s Elna Baker, Snap Judgment’s Eliza Smith, and Unfictional’s Bob Carlson. Friends of Freelance Cafe get a discount.


15% off the class by using the code FREELANCE.



Eliza is a producer at NPR’s Snap Judgment who got her start with the Kitchen Sisters. She will help you conceive, develop & produce an outline for your podcast & record a teaser. She will teach you interviewing techniques, sound editing, using music, archival material + more. Class includes a recording session at a professional studio as well a session with the head sound person at Snap. For more about Eliza, check out our interview with her here:


PODCAST w/ Eliza Smith (Producer, Snap Judgment)

Sept 24Oct 1, 8, 15, 22 (5 Sun. nights) 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. SF




Elna Baker is a Producer and Story Scout on This American Life. She has been on TAL 9 times, she pitches Ira Glass stories every week and has won 8 Moth Story SLAMS! Elna knows what This American Life and The Moth consider to be a worthy story and what their specific format is. If your dream is to create stories for top podcasts/radio shows, this the perfect class for you! Finish 2 stage ready or radio ready stories in class.


STORYTELLING ONLINE (6 WK) w/ Elna Baker (Producer, Story Scout, This American Life)

Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, Nov. 7, 14 (6 Tues. nights), 5:30p.m.-7:30 p.m. PST, Online




Bob Carlson is the host and producer of Unfictional on KCRW. In this class, Bob shares the Unfictional guidelines, themes and helps you craft a pro radio story. On the last class, you record your story at KCRW and get a professionally recorded clip. Because of this class, 9 students have gotten on Unfictional and 1 got on All Things Considered. Our latest student success is Caitlin Biljan:


RADIO STORYTELLING w/ Bob Carlson (Producer, KCRW's Unfictional) 5 Wk

Oct 15, 22, Nov 5Dec 3, 10 (4 Sun. nights, 1 recording session) 6:00-9:00 p.m, West

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