Traveling Workshop 2018: Marfa, Texas

photo of Marfa Pubic Radio

Marfa, Texas: July 29th – August 4th, 2018

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 $1,976 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, July 28th. The Workshop will begin Sunday at 2:00 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, August 4th. Participants should plan on traveling home on Sunday, August 5th.

Dates and Deadlines

  • Applications open February 13, 2018
  • Applications due March 23, 2018 (11:59 p.m. EST)
  • Applicants notified of selection decisions April 2, 2018
  • Enrollment confirmation April 9, 2018
  • Tuition cost due in full April 20, 2018
  • Workshop takes place July 29 – August 4, 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.


Students are responsible for finding their own housing in the Marfa area. In past Workshops, groups of students have rented Air BnB’s together. There are hotel options in Marfa as well. For those accepted into the Workshop, we suggest securing housing as soon as possible.


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’s] a superb teacher and guide, the right amount of questioning/pushing and supporting along the way. He’s funny and sharp and obviously knows his stuff!” – Marfa participant 2017

“This was one of the best—if not THE best—educational class I’ve ever been a part of.” – Marfa participant, 2018

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. For information about other Traveling Workshops happening this summer, go here.


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  • Joel Fricker



    Can I apply for multiple workshops in case I don’t get accepted to one?

    • Samantha Broun



      You can! Yes.

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