new classes from @WritingPadUS – discount for FC

Hello Freelance Cafe! Just passing along the latest from the fine folks at Writing Pad. Details below.

Take a Podcasting Class at Writing Pad in San Francisco or Los Angeles and craft your show with an NPR Producer of a prominent podcast ( with Michael Lewis (Moneyball, The Big Short), There Goes The Neighborhood). Because of our radio journalism classes, 10 of our students have sold stories to NPR from this class–9 on Unfictional, 1 on All Things Considered. 2 of our students have gotten producer jobs on Freakonomics, RFK Tapes, and Unfictional. Use the coupon code FREELANCE for 15% off.


Shaina Shealy is a producer of Snap Judgment as well as a radio journalist whose stories have been distributed by national news outlets including the PRI The World, and the New York Times online.

In this class, Shaina teaches you the ins and outs of how top-tier podcasts are developed, researched, written, and produced. You'll learn interviewing methods, audio editing basics, use of archival audio, miking and field recording techniques. By the end of the class, you'll have a solid outline of your pilot episode and a recording of your show teaser.

Class Deets:

PODCASTING w/ Shaina Shealy (Producer, Snap Judgment)–Starts Wed. 3/13. 1 SPOT!

Mar 13, 20, 27, Apr 7 10 (4 Wed. Nights, 7-10 PM, 1 Sun. Night w/ a Recording Session at a Pro Studio), San Francisco


David Weinberg is a Los Angeles based journalist and radio producer. His stories have been featured on 99% Invisible, Radiolab, The World, Love and Radio the BBC. He was a staff reporter at Marketplace and is currently a reporter at KCRW and host of the podcast Welcome to LA. His story "Grace of the Sea" was named "One of the 50 Best Podcast Episodes of 2015" by The Atlantic and his feature about an underground french fry maverick won a national Edward R. Murrow for best feature reporting in 2017. His print work has been published in The New York Times.

Through informative craft lectures, in-class writing exercises, deconstructing successful podcasts and hands-on technical training you will learn how top tier shows are developed, researched, written, and produced. In addition, you will explore tools of the trade such as interviewing techniques, audio editing basics, use of archival audio, miking and field recording techniques. By the end of the class you will have thoroughly developed an idea for your own podcast and have at least a solid outline of your pilot episode plus a recording of a short teaser. Pulitzer not included.

Class deets:

PODCASTING w/ David Weinberg (99% Invisible, Radiolab, KCRW)–Starts Tues. 3/12. 1 SPOT!

Mar 12, Mar 19, Mar 26, Apr 2, April 9 (5 Tuesday nights, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM), LA – East

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