Story Workshop

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 Spring 2017 Workshop are now closed. Applications for Fall 2017 will be available in April.

Dates and Deadlines for the next Story Workshop

  • Applications open for the Spring 2017 Story Workshop & the Story Workshop Scholarship: October 4, 2016
  • Applications due for the Spring 2017 Story Workshop & the Story Workshop Scholarship: December 2, 2016 (11:59 p.m. EST)
  • Applicants notified of selection decisions: December 21, 2016
  • Enrollment confirmation for selected students: tell us if you’ll be attending by December 28, 2016
  • $750 (or $100 for Scholarship recipients) non-refundable deposit due: January 6, 2017
  • Tuition/housing costs due in full: January 27, 2017
  • Welcome dinner: March 28, 2017
  • First day of class: March 29, 2017
  • Graduation and public listening event: May 25, 2017

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.
  • 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.

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 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 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 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 underrepresented 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.

Apply Now

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