The Transom Story Workshop is a nine week, residential program of full-time training for beginning producers. It’s held in Woods Hole, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. We offer Workshops in Spring (end of March – May) and Fall (end of September – November). For email updates on our Workshops, contact us: info [at] transom [dot] org.
You’ll find basic information about the Story Workshop below. For more specific questions, visit our FAQ. If you don’t find an answer there, please write to us at info [at] transom [dot] org.
Applications for our Fall 2016 Workshop are now closed. Applications for our Spring 2017 Workshop will open in the fall.
Dates and Deadlines for the next Story Workshop
- Applications open for the Fall 2016 Story Workshop & the Story Workshop Scholarship: March 29, 2016
- Applications due for the Fall 2016 Story Workshop & the Story Workshop Scholarship: May 27, 2016 (11:59 p.m. EST)
- Applicants notified of selection decisions June 15, 2016
- Enrollment confirmation for selected students: tell us if you’ll be attending by June 22, 2016
- $750 (or $100 for Scholarship recipients) non-refundable deposit due July 1, 2016
- Tuition/housing costs due in full July 22, 2016
- First day of class September 20, 2016
- Graduation and public listening event November 17, 2016
Cost of the Workshop
Cost for the Workshop ranges from $8,750 – $9,425 (depending on housing) and includes:
Tuition for the nine-week course. ($6,950)
Housing for nine-weeks. (Rooms range in cost from $1,525 – $2,200 for the duration of the Workshop. The houses are fully furnished and rent includes internet, laundry, utilities/heat, sheets/towels and a final cleaning service. Some of the rooms have water views.)
Two group meals for eight of the nine weeks, prepared by a local chef. ($275 covers the cost of group meals.)
- 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 2016 include Radio Ambulante’s Daniel Alarcón and Nancy Updike from This American Life.
- 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).
NOTE: We run the Story Workshop on a very tight budget. As a result, accommodations are included in the cost of the Workshop regardless of whether or not you choose to stay in the housing we’re providing. Visit our FAQ to find out more about the costs.
- 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.
The Workshop Application
We suggest preparing these elements first. Then go to the online application where you can complete the application form.
- Resume: If you have media and writing experience, please emphasize it.
- Personal Statement: We’re looking for hard working, curious, story-driven, wanna-be radio producers. This won’t be a nine-week radio vacation on the Cape. This will be challenging, demanding, and all-consuming in a good, steep-learning-curve kind of way. In 500 words or less, tell us why you want to be here, why you want to make radio and what you expect to do when you leave.
- Two Letters of Recommendation: Should be from people who know you and have worked with you in some capacity as employers, fellow employees, teachers, professors, supervisors, etc. We’d like to hear about your character, work ethic and why they think this Workshop is right for you. Letters of recommendation should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name_Recommendation in the subject line. They need to arrive by the application deadline.
- Work Sample: We’d like to get a sense of your work. We’re interested in hearing something you produced or in reading something you wrote. Audio samples can be 4 minutes or less and sent as MP3s (please only send work you have produced). Written samples can be 700 words or less. And yes, we do accept short video work samples as well. While you may be tempted to send us several examples of your work, we ask that you please only send one. Choose a piece of work that best represents your skill level as a maker/writer. Work samples should be sent to email@example.com with your name_Work Sample in the subject line. It needs to be sent by the application deadline. Please send your work sample to the email address listed above. Do not send it via Dropbox.
- Application Fee: There is a $50 application fee. You can submit it either via PayPal or you can send a check made out to Atlantic Public Media. Atlantic Public Media address: 3 Water St., P.O. Box 445, Woods Hole, MA 02543.
The Scholarship Application
Our goal is to make the Story Workshop a realistic option for people who have been unable to attend due to cost. Scholarships will be offered based on financial need, with a focus on diverse voices, people of color, and those who have been historically under-represented as makers of public media. Qualification for the Scholarship is considered once the applicant is accepted to the Workshop. For now, Scholarship funds are available only to people living in the U.S.
Transom is prepared to pay one or more partial scholarships, and one full scholarship, if a qualified applicant requires it. A full scholarship includes tuition, housing, group meals, travel to and from Woods Hole and possible stipend. Partial scholarships range in amount depending on the need of applicants and the amount of scholarship funds available to us.
Scholarship and Workshop applications are due at the same time.
Visit our FAQ. If you don’t find an answer there, please write to us at info [at] transom [dot] org.