Traveling Workshop 2017: Interlochen, Michigan

Interlochen, MI: June 4 – June 10, 2017

For the fifth year in a row, Interlochen College of Creative Arts and Interlochen Public Radio are hosting a week-long 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.


Class and Cost

Workshop participants will gather Sunday afternoon starting 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 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.

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

Cost for the one-week workshop is $1195 (which does not include housing, meals, or ground transportation, however organized shared housing is available). There is a $15 application fee.

Tuition includes:

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 available to invited participants on a first-come, first-served basis.

From Previous Participants

“The thing that made this course so valuable for me is the confidence I walked away with. I really feel like I can and should be making radio and bravely pitching stuff on my own.” – Interlochen participant, 2016

“Rob is amazing. He is such a knowledgeable, caring, helpful and inspiring instructor. He was always willing to listen to our woes and answer our many questions. His radio expertise and teaching skills are A+ in my book.” – Interlochen 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.

Morgan Springer, Assistant Instructor

Morgan Springer is a reporter/producer at Interlochen Public Radio. Her stories have also aired on NPR, Michigan Radio and National Native News. Morgan’s story “Behind Bars, transformation through poetry” won a first place, national, PRNDI award in the soft feature category. She is a 2014 graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.


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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