Traveling Workshop 2019: Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville, Tennessee: January 6 – 12, 2019

For the second year in a row, Nashville 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 $1,750 and includes:

  • Training by Rob Rosenthal, lead instructor for the Transom Story Workshop, with support from teaching assistant Jakob Lewis.
  • 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 2:00 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 12th. Participants should plan on traveling home on Sunday, January 13th.

Dates and Deadlines

  • Applications open July 24, 2018
  • Applications due August 31, 2018 (11:59 p.m. EST)
  • Applicants notified of selection decisions September 10, 2018
  • Enrollment confirmation September 17, 2018
  • Tuition due in full September 28, 2018
  • Workshop takes place January 6 – January 12, 2019

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.


Participants are responsible to find their own housing. Students in the past have had luck with Air BnB’s and sharing housing with other students in the Workshop.


Out-of-town participants will need to fly into Nashville International Airport. Public transportation in Nashville can be challenging. Participants may want to look into renting a car for the week and/or should count on using Uber/Lyft to get from their accommodations to the radio station and for their field work.

From Previous Traveling Workshop Participants

“Rob was INCREDIBLE. A wealth of knowledge and a kind and generous teacher.” – Nashville, TN participant 2018

“This week will stay with me forever. It has impacted me both personally and professionally, and for that I will be forever grateful.” – Nashville, TN 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.

Jakob Lewis, Assistant Instructor

Jakob Lewis is a graduate of the spring 2014 Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole, MA. He produced the podcast Neighbors with Nashville Public Radio. He is the founder of the audio collective The Heard, a collective of podcast producers from all over North America with sound-rich narrative driven shows. He was mentioned in The New Yorker once and won the “Best Society and Culture Podcast” at Podcast Movement 2016. Jakob lives in Nashville, TN with his two dogs and one wife. He loves Irish and old-time music, camping, fountain pens, early morning coffee dates, and graphic novels. He has a degree in Religion, was in a rock n roll band, has fought forest fires, made a living as a custom woodworker, and wants to hear your story.



Contact us with your workshop questions: info [at] transom [dot] org. For information about other Traveling Workshops happening this winter, go here.

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