Traveling Workshop 2016: Big Sky, Montana

Big Sky, Montana: August 21 – 27, 2016

The Warren Miller Performing Arts Center is hosting a weeklong Transom Traveling Workshop on audio storytelling. Nine beginning-level students will get six-days of intensive training.


Class and Cost

The fee for the week is $1,695 and includes:

  • Training by Rob Rosenthal, lead instructor for the Transom Story Workshop, with support from teaching assistant Jennifer Jerrett.
  • Your own copy of Hindenburg Journalist audio editor to keep.
  • Use of quality field-recording equipment. (Or bring your own if you like.)
  • Seven nights housing.
  • Three group meals total during the six days.

Workshop participants will gather Sunday evening and for the rest of the week be immersed in field recording, interviewing, digital editing, script writing, and narration. By the end of the week, each participant will have produced a short profile of a creative person living near Big Sky. We finish with a listening event Saturday night.

Dates and Deadlines

  • Applications open February 16, 2016
  • Applications due March 25, 2016 (11:59 p.m. EST)
  • Applicants notified of selection decisions April 1, 2016
  • Enrollment confirmation April 8, 2016
  • Tuition/housing costs due in full April 22, 2016
  • Workshop takes place August 21 – 27, 2016

The Selection Process

Nine applicants will be chosen to participate. Selection is competitive. We want creative, dedicated newcomers seeking a strong set of entry-level skills. Previous experience isn’t needed, but helps: preference goes to those who’ve tried audio storytelling before.


Participants will have individual rooms at Big Sky Resort Mountain Village. Housing costs are included in the Workshop fee.

Location and Travel

Big Sky is midway between the college town of Bozeman and the gateway to Yellowstone, West Yellowstone, surrounded by mountains and rivers and the Gallatin National Forest and Lee Metcalf Wilderness.

Participants will have to fly into Bozeman, Montana. A shuttle service to Big Sky is available but pricey. Participants may want to look into renting a car. Having a car will also make traveling in and around Big Sky easier especially when it comes to reporting stories. Car rental links will be provided to admitted students.

From Previous Participants

“I am not exaggerating when I say that this was the best time and money I’ve ever spent on anything. I got incredible perspectives, expert instruction, great company, and experience making a story I’m really proud of. I am so lucky to have been included in this program. Thank you.” – St. John participant, 2015

“Rob’s experience, his love for radio, his goal-oriented nature, his ability to reign in so many personalities, his drive to teach us in a way that gets us producing immediately… I can’t say enough good things about Rob. And I can’t imagine how we would’ve gotten our stories produced without his ability to push EVERYONE forward.” – Catalina participant, 2014

Rob Rosenthal, Lead Instructor

Rob Rosenthal is an independent producer and a teacher. He’s the host for the HowSound podcast — a joint project of PRX and Transom — on radio storytelling. He started and then ran the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies’ radio track for 11 years. He is now the lead teacher for the Transom Story Workshop, which launched in the fall of 2011.

Jennifer Jerrett, Assistant Instructor

Jennifer Jerrett is a science editor, nature recordist, and award-winning radio producer for Telemetry, the science podcast of Yellowstone National Park and the Acoustic Atlas at Montana State University. Jennifer graduated from the Transom Story Workshop in 2013 and went on to study nature recording with BBC sound recordist Martyn Stewart. Having lived in Antarctica, Mongolia, and now Yellowstone, she is fond of high latitudes, winter, and wide open spaces.



Contact us with your workshop questions: info [at] transom [dot] org. For information about other Traveling Workshops happening this summer, go here.

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