Traveling Workshop 2017: Allston, Massachusetts

Allston, Massachusetts: August 7 – August 13, 2017

The PRX Podcast Garage is hosting a week-long Transom Traveling Workshop in audio storytelling. Ten beginning-level students will get seven days of intensive training.


Class and Cost

The fee for the week is $1,806 and includes:

  • Training by Rob Rosenthal, lead instructor for the Transom Story Workshop, with support from teaching assistant David Weinberg.
  • 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.
  • One-year Producer membership with PRX.

Workshop participants will gather Monday at 2:30 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 or around Allston/Boston/Cambridge. The Workshop ends with a listening event the evening of Sunday, August 13th. Some pieces may be selected to air on PRX Remix.

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 due in full April 21, 2017
  • Workshop takes place August 7 – August 13, 2017

The Selection Process

There will be ten participants in all. Nine will be selected from around the country (or world!) and one seat will be held for a local participant from the Allston-Brighton area. 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 rooms are being held at the Courtyard Marriott in Cambridge. Cost for a single room with tax and fees is $239.30 per night. These rooms are available on a first come, first served basis. We’re sorry we can’t offer more, but other participants will have to find their own housing.


Out-of-town participants will need to fly into Logan airport and take public transportation or car service to Allston.

From Traveling Workshop Previous Participants

“Rob is SO GOOD at what he does. So patient, funny, energetic. He explains things simply, he makes the boring stuff fun (like learning how to use Hindenburg), and doesn’t nerd out too much in an inaccessible esoteric way. I really trust his judgment.” – Athens, Georgia participant 2016

“I came into the week wanting to pursue audio production, and I feel that I have a lot of great energy, tools, ideas, and contacts coming out. Thank you so much to everyone involved in organizing it! I’m very grateful to have had the opportunity.” – Catalina 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.

David Weinberg, Assistant Instructor

David Weinberg is a reporter at KCRW. Previously he was a staff reporter at the national program Marketplace. His work has been featured on The World, 99% Invisible, Wiretap, Love + Radio and WWOZ. He is also the producer of the podcasts Random Tape and Below the Ten. His print stories have appeared in The St. Louis Beacon and The New York Times.

About the Podcast Garage

In the summer of 2016, the award-winning public media company PRX opened the Podcast Garage, the first podcast-focused community studio in the country. This rehabilitated “garage” is dedicated to the art, craft, business and technology of audio making. It features recording studios with state-of-the-art equipment and an open space for training and events.



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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