Most documentary work is about capturing and telling other people's stories. In this class, you'll turn your microphone back around on yourself, and complete a short non-fiction audio piece drawn from your own life and experiences. The class will cover: how to determine what makes a good personal story, how to write like you actually speak, how to record narration, and how to structure a compelling first-person narrative.
12/6, 12/11, 12/13, 12/18 6-8 pm Wednesday + Monday
Faculty: Claire Tighe is an award-winning producer and journalist. As a writer and teacher with a background in gender studies, her work connects the personal to the philosophical. She believes there is a place for first-person storytelling in journalism. Claire has produced audio for Audible, NBC News, Pineapple Street Studios, Netflix, WHYY's The Pulse, Sierra Club Magazine, Business Insider, and Field Recordings. Her writing has appeared in The Village Voice, NBC News, Mic, Rewire.News, Bitch, BELT, and Ms. Magazines. She teaches Podcasting for Journalists at NYU, where she was a 2017-2018 Arthur L. Carter Fellow.
Audio editing software of your choice (there are various free and student versions of different kinds available online, Claire will share some recommendations during the first class if students don't have a preference yet)
Something to record audio with (can be as basic as a smart phone).