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 Spring 2014 are now closed. Applications for Fall 2014 will be available in April 2014.
Dates and Deadlines for the next Story Workshop
- Applications open for the Spring 2014 Transom Story Workshop: November 6, 2013
- Applications due for the Spring 2014: January 10, 2014 (11:59 p.m. EST)
- Applicants notified of selection decisions January 17, 2014
- Enrollment confirmation for selected students: tell if you’ll be attending by January 24, 2014
- $750 non-refundable deposit due February 7, 2014
- Tuition/housing costs due in full February 28, 2014
- First day of class March 31, 2014
- Graduation and public listening event May 22, 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 Spring 2014 include This American Life’s Nancy Updike, Robert Krulwich from Radiolab 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.
- 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.
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.
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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