Traveling Workshop 2019 Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Santa Fe, New Mexico: January 31 – February 6, 2019

KSFR in Santa Fe 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 $1,725 and includes:

  • Training by Rob Rosenthal, lead instructor for the Transom Story Workshop, with support from teaching assistant Stephanie Joyce.
  • 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.

[Note: The fee does not include housing, meals beyond the three group meals, or ground transportation.]

Workshop participants will gather Thursday at 2:00 and for the next six days will be immersed in field recording, interviewing, digital editing, script writing, and narration. By the end of the workshop, each participant will have produced a short profile of a creative person living in or around Santa Fe. The Workshop ends with a listening event at KSFR the evening of Wednesday, February 6th. Students should plan on traveling home on Thursday, February 7th.

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 31 – February 6, 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. Locals encouraged to apply!


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 the Santa Fe or fly into Albuquerque — which is about an hour away — and rent a car.

From Traveling Workshop Previous Participants

“Rob’s enthusiasm is so infectious!” – Marfa, TX participant, 2017

“Transom is an underground national treasure. The work you all are doing will have an impact on this country for generations. I’m so grateful to you all.” – Big Sky, MT 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.

Stephanie Joyce, Assistant Instructor

Stephanie Joyce is an independent journalist and audio producer. She has worked on WNYC’s Death, Sex & Money podcast, reported for NPR from the Republic of Georgia and covered the energy beat for Wyoming Public Radio. Her stories have appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek, Outside, Marketplace and elsewhere.



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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