Story Workshop

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.

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.

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Dates and Deadlines for the next Story Workshop

  • Applications open for the Spring 2016 Story Workshop & the Story Workshop Scholarship: September 29, 2015
  • Applications due for the Spring 2016 Story Workshop & the Story Workshop Scholarship: November 28, 2015 (11:59 p.m. EST)
  • Applicants notified of selection decisions December 16, 2015
  • Enrollment confirmation for selected students: tell us if you’ll be attending by December 23, 2015
  • $750 (or $100 for Scholarship recipients) non-refundable deposit due January 4, 2016
  • Tuition/housing costs due in full January 22, 2016
  • First day of class April 3, 2016
  • Graduation and public listening event May 26, 2016

Class and Tuition

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

  • Training by lead instructor Rob Rosenthal and teaching assistant, Mary Helen Montgomery.
  • 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.
  • Guest lectures (and opportunities for professional connections) with well-known people in public media. Special Guests for Fall 2015 include This American Life’s Ira Glass, Shereen Marisol Meraji of NPR’s Code Switch 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).

NOTE: The $6,500 does not include the costs for housing or group meals. Visit our FAQ to find out more about these costs.

Participants Produce

  • A vox-pop audio piece.
  • A radio promo.
  • A six-minute documentary feature: you choose the subject.

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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 an eight-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 with your name_Recommendation in the subject line. They need to be sent 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 with your name_Work Sample in the subject line. It needs to be sent by the application deadline.
  • Application Fee: There is a $50 application fee. You can submit it either via PayPal or you can send a check to: Atlantic Public Media, 3 Water St., P.O. Box 445, Woods Hole, MA 02543.

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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.

We strongly recommend filling out the Workshop Application before you apply for a Scholarship. You can find the Scholarship application here. You can learn more about our Scholarship here.

Scholarship and Workshop applications are due at the same time.

Have Questions?

Visit our FAQ. If you don’t find an answer there, please write to us at info [at] transom [dot] org.

Workshop Related Links

Story Workshop Info
Story Workshop Application
Story Workshop Scholarship Info
Story Workshop Scholarship Application
Story Workshop Scholarship Donation
Story Workshop FAQs