Traveling Workshop 2014: Catalina Island, CA

February 12th, 2014
photo of Catalina Island

Catalina Island

Catalina Island: June 15 – 20, 2014

Community radio KISL (Avalon CA) is hosting a weeklong Transom Traveling Workshop on audio narrative. Ten beginning-level students will get five-days of intensive training on Catalina Island, off the Southern California coast.

Class and Cost

The fee for the week is either $2,410 or $2,330 depending on housing, and includes:

  • Training by Rob Rosenthal, lead instructor for the Transom Story Workshop with support from teaching assistant, David Weinberg.
  • Your own copy of Hindenburg Journalist audio editor to keep.
  • Use of quality field-recording equipment. (Or bring your own if you like.)
  • Ferry service to and from the island.
  • Seven nights housing.
  • Three group 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 on Catalina. We finish with a Friday night listening party. Some pieces may air on KISL-FM.

Dates and Deadlines

  • Applications open February 12, 2014
  • Applications due March 14, 2014 (11:59 p.m. EST)
  • Applicants notified of selection decisions March 21, 2014
  • Enrollment confirmation March 28, 2014
  • Tuition/housing costs due in full April 11, 2014
  • Workshop takes place June 15 – 20, 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.

Eight participants will be selected from around the country (or world!). Two Catalina residents will also be selected. They will receive tuition scholarships* made available by the Catalina Island Performing Arts Foundation as part of a KISL-FM effort to stimulate the production of more local content.

* Two Catalina residents will be provided scholarships for the workshop. They will attend at a reduced cost of $139 each. This fee will cover the purchase of Hindenburg software ($79), and three community meals, estimated at $20 each. They will not be provided housing. Their recording kits will be provided by CIPAF.

Housing on the Island

Our KISL friends have reserved housing in two island homes (219 Claressa Ave. and 225 Claressa Ave.). Each houses four students.

Two participants have a single room (first come, first serve). The remaining six will be paired in rooms with two single beds. All have sheets and towels.

Tuition, three meals, and single room: $2,410*
Tuition, three meals, and shared room: $2,330*

*Note: Accommodations are included in the cost of the tuition regardless of whether or not you choose to stay in the housing we’re providing.

From Previous Participants

“This workshop is an important service to the health of radio around the country so all I can say is more, more, more!” – Catalina 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, and 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. You can get info on the island from David Markowitz: marko [at] kislavalon [dot] com.

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