Traveling Workshop 2017: Big Sky, Montana

Big Sky, Montana: August 27 – September 2, 2017

For the second year in a row, the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center is hosting a week-long 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 $1,671 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.)
  • Three group meals total during the six days.

Because traveling to Big Sky can be tricky, Workshop participants should plan to arrive on Saturday, August 26th. The class will start Sunday afternoon and for the rest of the week, students will 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. Participants should plan on traveling home on Sunday, September 3rd.

Dates and Deadlines

  • Applications open February 14, 2017
  • Applications due March 24, 2017 (11:59 p.m. EST)
  • Applicants notified of selection decisions April 3, 2017
  • Enrollment confirmation April 10, 2017
  • Tuition/housing costs due in full April 21, 2017
  • Workshop takes place August 27 – September 2, 2017

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.

There will be ten participants in all. Eight participants will be selected from around the country (or world!). Two Big Sky high school students will also be selected.


Participants will stay at Big Sky Resort Mountain Village. Rooms will cost $157.00 a night for a single room or $78.50 per person for a double.

Location and Travel

Big Sky is midway between the college town of Bozeman and the the town of West Yellowstone, the gateway to Yellowstone National Park. It’s surrounded by mountains, rivers, 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

“This was an incredible and life-changing experience. Thank you so much for the chance to attend and learn so much.” – Big Sky participant, 2016

“Rob is an incredible teacher. Patient, passionate, helpful, practical, good at guiding the discussion back on track when needed, good at letting things wander when that was fruitful. An excellent person and instructor.” – Big Sky participant, 2016

Rob Rosenthal, Lead Instructor

Rob Rosenthal is an independent producer and a teacher. He’s the host for the HowSound podcast on radio storytelling — a joint project of PRX and Transom. 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 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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