Online Workshop 0.1: Audio
Here’s some more fine work from the first three-week Transom Online Workshop (TOW). The goal is to stimulate basic interviewing, audio recording, and story structure skills, and get learners out talking to strangers. From the Outline:
Week 2: Audio Recording
- Same as the first assignment, but in a different medium: Using an audio recorder and microphone ask seven strangers, “What are you afraid of?” Ask follow-up questions. Try to get a story with a beginning, middle, and end.
- Choose the most interesting interview and edit the audio down to less than two minutes in length with a beginning, middle, and end.
Audio by Laura Irving
Audio by Emile B Klein
Mentor Statement (excerpt)
An excerpt from the TOW Mentor Statement by Scott Carrier:
The hardest part about producing a story is getting started, especially if you’ve never done it before. Or, actually, that’s not true. It-s hard from the beginning to the end, a lot harder than you can imagine. The thing is: it’s hard for everybody and in many ways the process never gets easier. Every time I produce a story I feel like I’ve never done it before. I wish this were not the case, but it is. So I’ve gotten used to being a beginner. I think anyone who does this kind of work knows what I’m talking about. You’ve got to be brave and strong and desperately want to say something, create something. You will make mistakes and embarrass yourself on a continual basis, but this is part of the process and it helps a lot to see mistakes as opportunities to improve.
Fortunately, you are not alone. You have come to the right place. Transom is nothing if not a community of like-minded individuals. You are now among friends and experts, the best minds in the field, and we all want to help you. We’ve all been through this before and live with it everyday like an addiction. You want to create stories? Oh, yes, we understand all too well. Here’s the way it works: you’ve got to start on your own and figure things out as you go along, but we will help you every step of the way. If you’re ready to do this then let’s go.
The first test of our six-week course begins November 6, 2013. You can look and listen in at the TOW 0.2 Facebook Group page. Thanks to the Knight Prototype Fund for supporting the Transom Online Workshop.