Story Workshop

Cape Cod

Cape Cod

The Transom Story Workshop is eight-weeks of full-time training for beginning producers, in Woods Hole, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. We offer Workshops in Spring (April/May) and Fall (October/November). For email updates on our Workshops, contact us: info [at] transom [dot] org.

Applications for Fall 2014 are now open. Deadline May 30th (midnight, EST)Apply Now

Dates and Deadlines for the next Story Workshop

  • Applications open for the Fall 2014 Story Workshop: April 3, 2014
  • Applications due for the Fall 2014 Story Workshop: May 30, 2014 (11:59 p.m. EST)
  • Applicants notified of selection decisions June 13, 2014
  • Enrollment confirmation for selected students: tell if you’ll be attending by June 20, 2014
  • $750 non-refundable deposit due July 3, 2014
  • Tuition/housing costs due in full July 25, 2014
  • First day of class September 29, 2014
  • Graduation and public listening event November 20, 2014

Class and Tuition

Tuition for the eight-week course is $6,500, and includes:

  • Training by lead instructor Rob Rosenthal and a teaching assistant.
  • Pitching/editorial sessions with Jay Allison.
  • Voice coaching by producer Viki Merrick.
  • A technical gear-oriented one-on-one session with Transom’s Jeff Towne.
  • A licensed copy of Hindenburg Journalist (yours to keep).
  • One-year Producer membership in the Public Radio Exchange.
  • One-year membership in the Association of Independents in Radio.
  • Guest lectures (and opportunities for professional connections) with well-known people in public media. Special Guests for Fall 2014 include NPR’s Alix Spiegel, Joe Richman of Radio Diaries and more.
  • Opportunities to observe and participate in the day-to-day operations at WCAI, the award-winning Cape and Islands public radio station (where your work may be broadcast).

For housing info and costs, view our FAQ.

Participants Produce

  • A vox-pop audio piece.
  • A radio promo.
  • A four-minute profile of a creative person, based on WCAI’s Creative Life Series.
  • A six-minute documentary feature: you choose the subject.
  • One or more Sonic IDs.

Teaching Staff

Rob Rosenthal, Lead Instructor

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 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.

More Information

If you have or questions about housing, the application or simply questions in general, you’ll likely find answers in our FAQ. If you don’t find an answer there, please write to us at info [at] transom [dot] org.

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