Traveling Workshop 2016: Columbia, Missouri

Columbia, Missouri: July 24 – July 30, 2016

The University of Missouri  is hosting a weeklong Transom Traveling Workshop on audio storytelling. Nine beginning-level students will get seven-days of intensive training at the University’s campus in Columbia.


Class and Cost

Tuition and fees for Missouri residents is $ 911.

Tuition and fees for non- Missouri residents is $2,477

There will be an additional $25.00 registration fee for any non-degree-seeking student.

Tuition and fees include:

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

(Please note that housing and travel costs are additional.)

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 in and around Columbia. The Workshop will end Saturday evening.

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 July 24 – 30, 2016

The Selection Process

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.

Four participants will be selected from around the country (or world!). Five participants affiliated with the University of Missouri will also be selected.

Once officially accepted into the course, participants will need to officially register via the University’s website. There is no additional cost associated with this step.


Students enrolled in the University can take this Workshop for credit and apply it to their degree. The Workshop can also be taken by non-degree seeking students. In either case, all participants will eventually have to register through the University.


Non-local students are responsible for securing their own housing accommodations. A list of possible options will be provided.


Out of town participants will need to fly into St. Louis, Kansas City or Columbia airports and then take a shuttle to the University.

From Previous Traveling Workshop Participants

“I felt like I was living the dream this past week. I love audio-storytelling. I’m passionate about it…I am so thankful I got to take this class. It was life-changing.” – Bloomington, Indiana participant, 2014

“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.

Andrew Leland, Assistant Instructor

Andrew Leland is the host and producer of The Organist, an arts and culture podcast from KCRW and the Believer magazine. His radio stories and interviews have been featured on the Organist, HowSound, City Arts and Lectures, and elsewhere. He co-wrote the first fictional audio tour for Detour, which creates location-based GPS-enabled audio walking tours for the iPhone. He teaches in the Digital Storytelling program at MU, and has been an editor at the Believer magazine since its inception.



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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