Traveling Workshop 2019: Seattle, Washington

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Seattle, Washington: January 20 – 26, 2019

Radio station KUOW in Seattle 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 $1,735 and includes:

  • Training by Rob Rosenthal, lead instructor for the Transom Story Workshop, with support from teaching assistant Whitney Henry-Lester.
  • 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 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 Seattle. The Workshop ends with a listening event at KUOW the evening of Saturday, January 26th. Students should plan on traveling home on Sunday, January 27th.

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 20 – 26, 2019

The Selection Process

There will be ten participants in all (with one from KUOW). 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 Sea-Tac airport.

From Traveling Workshop Previous Participants

“Rob is great to work with. Smart, thoughtful, helpful. One of the best teachers I had, including the many I encountered in J School.” – Allston, MA participant, 2018

“This workshop was one of the best educational experiences of my life. I really feel it was designed well and the community is so meaningful. Thank you!” – Interlochen, MI 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.

Whitney Henry-Lester, Assistant Instructor

Whitney Henry-Lester is a versatile audio editor/producer/sound designer, production manager, and aspiring placemaker. A collaborator at heart, she has worked with audio organizations such as StoryCorps, PRX, the Third Coast International Audio Festival, Heritage Radio Network, and CHIRP radio. Whitney edits under the nickname The Darling Killer, she’s a founding member of The Recollective, a scrappy multimedia collective, and she currently runs a radio residency in Lima, Peru.



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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