Traveling Workshop 2016: Interlochen, Michigan

Interlochen, MI: June 5 – June 11, 2016

For the fourth year in a row, Interlochen College of Creative Arts and Interlochen Public Radio are hosting a weeklong Transom Traveling Workshop on audio storytelling. Ten beginning-level students will get six days of intensive training on the beautiful campus of the Interlochen Center for the Arts in northwest Lower Michigan.

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Class and Cost

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 the area surrounding Interlochen. We finish on Saturday afternoon. Some pieces may air on Interlochen Public Radio.

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. In order to participate, those interested must undergo a pre-screening process and be invited to register.

To apply, please submit your paid application fee. Your confirmation email will contain instructions for submitting additional supporting application materials.

Review of applicants is underway and the deadline for pre-screening is March 15th. All applicants will be notified in early April regarding their admissions status and those invited into the program will receive a direct link to complete their workshop registration online.

Cost for the one-week workshop is $975 (which does not include housing). There is a $15 application fee.

Tuition includes:

  • Training by Rob Rosenthal, lead instructor for the Transom Story Workshop with teaching assistance from Peter Payette, news director of Interlochen Public Radio
  • A copy of Hindenburg Journalist editing software
  • Access to field recording gear

Participants need to bring a laptop computer.

Additional costs include housing, food and transportation to and from the workshop as well as transportation for fieldwork during the workshop.

Find more details about the Workshop here.

The Selection Process

Spots in the program will be limited to 10 and will only be available to invited participants on a first-come, first-served basis.

From Previous Participants

“This workshop exceeded my expectations! So did Rob! He is an excellent teacher!” – Interlochen participant, 2015

“I loved the opportunity to completely focus on one endeavor for a week, on something that I am personally excited to pursue.” – Interlochen 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. And, he is now the lead teacher for the Transom Story Workshop, which launched in the fall of 2011.

Peter Payette, Assistant Instructor

Peter Payette is the News Director at Interlochen Public Radio, the broadcast service owned and operated by the Interlochen Center for the Arts. He manages the news department, has hosted its weekly program Points North, and reports on a wide range of issues critical to the culture and economy of northern Michigan. His work has been featured on NPR and Michigan Radio and in Traverse Magazine.


Find more details about the Workshop here. Or write to 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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  • Lou



    The link for ‘apply now’ seems to go to a page for the 2015 workshop, and says entries have closed.

    • Samantha Broun



      Hi Lou,

      Thanks for letting us know. It should be all set now.

      – Samantha for Transom

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