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.

Applications for our fall 2015 Workshop are open.

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Dates and Deadlines for the next Story Workshop

  • Applications open for the Fall 2015 Story Workshop & the Story Workshop Scholarship: March 31, 2015
  • Applications due for the Fall 2015 Story Workshop & the Story Workshop Scholarship: May 29, 2015 (11:59 p.m. EST)
  • Applicants notified of selection decisions June 17, 2015
  • Enrollment confirmation for selected students: tell us if you’ll be attending by June 26, 2015
  • $750 (or $100 for Scholarship recipients) non-refundable deposit due July 10, 2015
  • Tuition/housing costs due in full July 31, 2015
  • First day of class September 28, 2015
  • Graduation and public listening event November 19, 2015

Class and Tuition

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

  • Training by lead instructor Rob Rosenthal and 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.
  • Guest lectures (and opportunities for professional connections) with well-known people in public media. Special Guests for Fall 2015 include This American Life’s Stephanie Foo, Robert Smith of Planet Money 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).

Participants Produce

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

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. 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.

The Scholarship Application

Our goal is to make the Workshop a realistic option for people who have been unable to attend due to the cost – with a focus on diverse voices, those who have historically been under represented as makers of public media. We will award up to $8,000 in scholarship funds per Workshop. Qualification for the scholarship is based on need once the applicant is accepted to the Workshop. For now, Scholarship funds are only available to U.S. citizens.

We strongly recommend filling out the Workshop Application before you apply for the 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.

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