Traveling Workshop 2018: Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville, Tennessee: January 7 – January 13, 2017

Nashville Public Radio is hosting a week-long Transom Traveling Workshop in audio storytelling. Ten beginning-level students will get six days of intensive training.


Class and Cost

The fee for the week is $1,805 and includes:

  • Training by Rob Rosenthal, lead instructor for the Transom Story Workshop, with support from teaching assistant Mary Helen Montgomery.
  • 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.

Workshop participants will gather Sunday 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 Nashville. The Workshop ends with a listening event the evening of Saturday, January 13th. Participants should plan on traveling home on Sunday, January 14th.

Dates and Deadlines

  • Applications open August 22, 2017
  • Applications due September 29, 2017 (11:59 p.m. EST)
  • Applicants notified of selection decisions October 9, 2017
  • Enrollment confirmation October 16, 2017
  • Tuition due in full October 27, 2017
  • Workshop takes place January 7 – January 13, 2018

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 5 double rooms is being held at the SpringHill Suites Metrocenter in Nashville. Cost for a room with two queen beds is $169 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 Nashville International Airport. The hotel is accessible by taxi or Uber ($30 or less).

From Previous Traveling Workshop 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.

Mary Helen Montgomery, Assistant Instructor

Mary Helen Montgomery is an independent radio and multimedia producer based in Chattanooga, Tenn. Recent work has aired on Here and Now, Nashville Public Radio, Gravy podcast, Neighbors podcast, and Slate’s Placemakers podcast. Mary Helen has won first place awards from the Tennessee Associated Press, won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award, and was on a small team nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Local Reporting. She has been the teaching assistant at the Transom Story Workshop and the Transom Traveling Workshop. She graduated from the first Transom Story Workshop in 2011. You can find more of her work on her website.



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

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