Traveling Workshop 2017: Marfa, Texas

Marfa, Texas: December 3 – December 9, 2017

Marfa Public Radio 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 $1,935 and includes:

  • Training by Rob Rosenthal, lead instructor for the Transom Story Workshop, with support from teaching assistant Matt Largey, Managing Editor of the news department at KUT in Austin.
  • 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.
  • Eligible for $45 one-year, student membership with AIR.

Because traveling to Marfa can be tricky, participants should plan to arrive Saturday, December 2nd. The Workshop will begin Sunday at 2:30 and for the rest of the week participants 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 in or around Marfa. The Workshop ends with a listening event the evening of Saturday, December 9th. Participants should plan on traveling home on Sunday, December 10th.

Dates and Deadlines

  • Applications open July 27, 2017
  • Applications due September 1, 2017 (11:59 p.m. EST)
  • Applicants notified of selection decisions September 11, 2017
  • Enrollment confirmation September 18, 2017
  • Tuition due in full September 29, 2017
  • Workshop takes place December 3 – December 9, 2017

The Selection Process

There will be ten participants in all. 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.


A block of rooms is being held at the Hotel St. George in Marfa. Cost for a room with a king bed or a room with two queen beds is $112 per night (this includes room tax). Participants are also welcome to find their own housing if they chose to do so.


Out-of-town participants will need to fly into El Paso or Midland airports. Marfa is a three-hour drive from either airport.

From Traveling Workshop Previous Participants

“Rob is one of the best teachers I have ever, ever had. If he is training the next generation of radio producers, we’re all gonna be okay.” – Catalina participant 2017

“This was one of the best experiences of my life!” – Interlochen participant, 2017

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.

Matt Largey, Assistant Instructor

Matt Largey is the managing editor at KUT, the NPR station in Austin. He previously worked at WBUR in Boston. His work has appeared on many national radio shows. He’s won numerous awards for his reporting, including a national Edward R. Murrow award in 2013. He attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in 2004. He lives in Austin with his wife, daughter and their dog.



Contact us with your workshop questions: info [at] transom [dot] org.

*Featured image by Lars Plougmann

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