Everyone has a story to tell, especially now. Join audio producer and editor Nora Boydell in this unique, 3-day intensive workshop, "Personal Podcasting” and learn the very basics of writing for audio and crafting a story in sound. You will work on a short piece of personal writing, adapt it for audio, record it in your own voice, and end with a finished memoir-style audio story.
Students are encouraged to craft narratives about their pandemic experiences, but all topics are welcome and fit for exploration in this course. This class is ideal for those interested in podcasts, radio, creative writing, performance, storytelling, or public speaking. It’s also great for those who want a new way to explore their voice, express themselves, or reflect on this strange time in the world.
Monday, July 20: 12 pm-1pm
Tuesday, July 21: 12pm-1 pm
Wednesday, July 22: 6pm-6:45pm
So that we can hit the ground running, students are expected to know how to navigate the supplies listed above. Each student is responsible for knowing how to record themselves on their chosen audio recording device, as well as how to upload an audio file of their recording to their computer/laptop.The instructor will share information about navigating google drive and Hindenburg prior to the course start date. At this time, students will be asked to work through a simple exercise on Hindenburg to get familiar with it.
- Computer or laptop with at least 5 gb of free space
- Google drive account (free)
- Hindenburg audio editing software ($99 or free trial available)
- Audio Recording Device:* Cell phone with audio recording capabilities (nearly all) - OR
Computer/laptop with audio recording capabilities (nearly all)- OR
Professional audio recorder + mic
Faculty: Nora Connidis Boydell
Nora is an audio storyteller with a passion for hands-on field reporting and personal narratives. Her stories have led her up the Scottish highlands on a mountain bike, to the carpet of a library to talk with kids about literacy, and to the deck of a whale watch boat in the Atlantic. She has produced stories for Slate Studios, CBC Radio, Atlantic Public Media, WCAI, and other NPR member stations and podcasts. Nora has developed and led workshops for adults and teens about developing their voice and writing for radio. She is currently launching an original podcast for the Institute for Health and Human Potential, helping audio students hone their skills at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, and producing Jay Allison’s “Arts & Ideas” for Atlantic Public Media.
Nora is a proud Salt alum. She also has an honors degree in English from the University of Toronto, where she received awards for creative writing. Her work is equally informed by her experiences as an improv theatre performer and instructor. Learn more: www.noracb.com