Traveling Workshop 2014: Bloomington, Indiana

June 2nd, 2014


Bloomington, Indiana: August 17 – 22, 2014

Indiana University and WFIU are hosting a weeklong Transom Traveling Workshop on audio narrative. Ten beginning-level students will get five days of intensive training at the University in Bloomington.

Applications due by July 2nd (11:59 p.m. EST)

Class and Cost

The fee for the week is $1950 and includes:

  • Training by Rob Rosenthal, lead instructor for the Transom Story Workshop, with support from teaching assistant Sarah Neal-Estes.
  • Your own copy of Hindenburg Journalist audio editor to keep.
  • Use of quality field-recording equipment. (Or bring your own if you like.)
  • Five nights of housing.
  • Three community meals during the five days.

Workshop participants will gather Sunday evening and for the rest of the week be immersed in field recording, interviewing, digital editing, script writing, and narration. By the end of the week, each participant will have produced a short profile of a creative person living near Indiana University. We finish with a Friday night listening party. Pieces may air on WFIU.

Dates and Deadlines

  • Applications open June 2, 2014
  • Applications due July 2, 2014 (11:59 p.m. EST)
  • Applicants notified of selection decisions July 9, 2014
  • Enrollment confirmation July 16, 2014
  • Workshop fees due in full July 23, 2014
  • Workshop takes place August 17 – 22, 2014

The Selection Process

Selection is competitive. We want creative, dedicated newcomers seeking a strong set of entry-level skills. Previous experience isn’t needed, but helps: preference goes to those who’ve tried audio storytelling before.

Six participants will be selected from around the country (or world!). Four people affiliated with Indiana University will also be selected.


Non-local participants will be housed in individual rooms at Indiana Memorial Union Hotel.

From Previous Traveling Workshop Participants

“Rob is a phenomenal teacher. I went in hoping to get better at recording and mixing, and I learned that plus a thousand other tips that will help me find, record, write and make better radio.” – Interlochen participant, 2013

“The week I spent in Catalina with the Transomites was the best week of my life. No exaggeration needed.” – Catalina participant, 2013

“Rob is a badass. Thoughtful, humble, attuned to the pulse of the group, yet attentive to the needs of individual students.” – Catalina participant, 2013

Rob Rosenthal, Lead Teacher

Rob Rosenthal is a radio teacher and producer. For eleven years he ran the internationally renowned Salt Institute for Documentary Studies radio program. Now he’s lead instructor of the Transom Story Workshop. He has presented training sessions for National Geographic, the National Press Photographers Association, Third Coast Festival, as well as in college programs. Rob produces the HowSound podcast on audio storytelling for PRX (Public Radio Exchange). He specializes in local stories for local audiences, content that connects people to place, such as his Malaga Island: A Story Best Left Untold and the audio tour Deep Woods and River Roads. Rob also works internationally. Two of his recent multi-media pieces are Justice Denied and Rights Not Rescue.


Contact us with your workshop questions: info [at] transom [dot] org.

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