Traveling Workshop 2019: Allston, Massachusetts

photo of TTW Allston class

Allston, Massachusetts: June 10 – 16, 2019

The PRX Podcast Garage is hosting a week-long Transom Traveling Workshop in audio storytelling. Ten beginning-level students will get seven days of intensive training.

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Class and Cost

The fee for the week is $2,060 and includes:

  • Training by Rob Rosenthal, lead instructor for the Transom Story Workshop, with support from teaching assistant David Weinberg.
  • 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.
  • One-year Producer membership with PRX.
  • 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 Monday 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 Allston/Boston/Cambridge. The Workshop ends with a listening event the evening of Sunday, June 16th. Some pieces may be selected to air on PRX Remix. Participants should plan on traveling home on Monday, June 17th.

Dates and Deadlines

  • Workshop and Scholarship applications open February 12, 2019
  • Workshop and Scholarship applications due March 22, 2019 (11:59 p.m. EST)
  • Applicants notified of selection decisions April 5, 2019
  • Enrollment confirmation April 12, 2019
  • Tuition/housing costs due in full April 26, 2019

The Selection Process

There will be ten participants in all. Nine will be selected from around the country (or world!) and one seat will be held for a local participant from the Allston-Brighton area. 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.

Traveling Workshop Scholarship

We are also pleased to offer the Traveling Workshop Scholarship. Our goal is to make Traveling Workshops a realistic option for people who have been unable to attend due to cost. Seed money for our Traveling Workshop Scholarship came from a graduate, appreciative of the opportunity, who generously wanted to help open the door for others with fewer financial resources. Additional funds come from This American Life, as well as other graduates and individuals who believe in the quality of the training we provide and in the importance of diversifying the public media work force.

Scholarships will be offered based on financial need, with a focus on diverse voices, people of color, and those who have been historically underrepresented as makers of public media. The Workshop admissions committee reviews applications and only after applicants are accepted into the Workshop are scholarship applications reviewed and awarded. For now, Scholarship funds are available only to people living in the U.S. and to Workshops happening in the U.S.

Scholarship applicants are required to complete both a Workshop application and a Scholarship application. Both are due March 22nd by midnight EST. We ask you to complete and submit your application to the Workshop first. You will find a link to the Scholarship application on the post for each individual Workshop site. Applicants will be asked to note on their Scholarship application which Workshop site or sites they have applied to.

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Participants are responsible for finding 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 Logan Airport and take public transportation or car service to Allston.

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

“Thanks for an exhausting, yet brilliant week! It was a challenge, but that’s a positive. It meant I learned a lot and improved quickly.” – Allston, MA 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.

David Weinberg, Assistant Instructor

David Weinberg is a reporter at KCRW where he hosts the podcast Welcome to LA. Previously he was a staff reporter at the national program Marketplace. His work has been featured on The World, 99% Invisible, Wiretap, Love + Radio and WWOZ. He is also the producer of the podcasts Random Tape and Below the Ten. His print stories have appeared in The St. Louis Beacon and The New York Times.

About the Podcast Garage

In the summer of 2016, the award-winning public media company PRX opened the Podcast Garage, the first podcast-focused community studio in the country. This rehabilitated “garage” is dedicated to the art, craft, business and technology of audio making. It features recording studios with state-of-the-art equipment and an open space for training and events.

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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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