Traveling Workshops

Transom Traveling Workshops are on-site intensive trainings, tailored to your needs: one day, a few days, all the way up to one week. Groups vary in size and experience.

Upcoming Traveling Workshops

We currently are not accepting applications for any Traveling Workshops.

If you’d like to be informed about upcoming Workshops, please write to us at info [at] and we will add you to our Workshop email list.

Traveling Workshop. Catalina Island, 2013. Photo by Adam Lau
Traveling Workshop. Catalina Island, 2013. Photo by Adam Lau

Week Long Workshops Examples

Boot Camp

This one-week workshop provides beginning producers skills in:

  • Using field-recording gear.
  • Approaching and interviewing strangers.
  • Writing for radio.
  • Voicing narration.
  • Digital editing (Hindenburg or ProTools software).
  • Basic journalism ethics.

Participants produce:

  • Two audio promos.
  • A short vox pop.

Audio Narrative Short Course

In this one-week workshop, we expand on the Boot Camp to enhance skills in:

  • Finding stories and arranging interviews.
  • Field recording — collecting voices, natural sounds, and ambience.
  • Interviewing techniques.
  • Gathering interview and action tape.
  • Multi-track digital editing, including use of natural sounds and interview tape.
  • Script writing and editing.
  • Voicing techniques for the studio.

Participants produce:

  • A short broadcast-quality piece about an interesting person.
  • Promo/pitch text describing the piece.

Note: This is our most common and popular Traveling Workshop. These typically take place in the summer (applications usually available in February) and the winter (applications usually available in July/August).

Rob Rosenthal, Lead Instructor

Rob Rosenthal is an independent producer and a teacher. He’s the host for the HowSound podcast – a joint project of PRX and Transom – on radio storytelling. He started and then ran the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies’ radio track for 11 years. And, he is now the lead teacher for the Transom Story Workshop, which launched in the fall of 2011.

Workshop Options & Scheduling

Contact us at info [at] Transom [dot] org to learn about options, scheduling, and rates for your station’s or organization’s Workshop. We will work with you in designing a program to fit your needs including all of the above plus oral history, multimedia, tech training, storytelling for non-profit organizations and more.

All Workshops include use of Transom’s name, marketing via, Transom’s social media network, and our Workshop mailing list. Transom can handle the application process for an additional fee.