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OSA 015-W21 | SALT: Working with Archives: Oral History to Audio Short

OSA 015-W21 | SALT: Working with Archives: Oral History to Audio Short

4/26-4/28 Online

Maximum Enrollment: 12 LBS

Course Description

gkoch-saltintensive-image.jpgDust off those old cassette tapes and learn to activate the archives! Join radio producer and oral historian, Galen Koch, in this 3-day intensive workshop and learn how to make compelling audio shorts from archival interviews. Participants are provided with unique audio interviews (and transcripts) from Maine’s historic archives and learn techniques for listening, researching, identifying compelling narratives, scripting, and editing audio shorts. Each participant will leave the workshop with a finished audio short and the tools to create a series or exhibit from an archival collection.

This intensive workshop is great for anyone interested in oral history projects, audio installations and exhibits, or historic archives, or for anyone interested in how to turn a longform interview into a short story. Audio editing experience is preferred, but not required. Students who need audio editing basics training may be asked to review online tutorials before the workshop begins. All students will be provided an archival interview and transcription.

3 Day Intensive 4/26- 4/28


Zoom Meetings every day 6-8pm (EST)



Tuition: $295

CEUs: n/a 


Galen Koch is a writer, radio producer, and oral historian based in Maine. Since graduating from the Salt Institute in 2014, Galen has produced stories for BBC World Service, NPR, The Heart, The New York Times, and various other print and audio platforms.

In 2016, Galen founded The First Coast (TFC), a multimedia storytelling project that travels the Maine coast in a refurbished Airstream, gathering stories of Maine residents who live and work by the sea. In 2019, with photographer Greta Rybus, Galen hosted TFC's first exhibit of stories, photographs, and an interactive soundwalk in Lubec, Maine. In addition to creating unique storytelling exhibits, TFC works with local historical societies, the College of the Atlantic, Island Institute, and Maine Sea Grant to collect, digitize, and process hundreds of audio interviews from Maine. Galen is the co-founder of a new online database of oral histories, Maine Sound + Story, that is set to launch in early 2021 and will provide access to these historic archives.




Access to a computer and audio editing software (recommendations to be sent before the class)


Check out the Salt Info Session: All About the Microphones Here:



The Salt Institute of Documentary Studies at Maine College of Art presents Salt Studies, a series of snack-sized workshops, crash courses, webinars, and intensives to help refine your skills in the worlds of radio, podcasting, film-making, and rich media storytelling. These courses are made possible through a collaboration with our Office of Continuing and Professional Studies (CS), which offers a variety of courses in art education, arts, crafts, documentary studies, storytelling, and more. 


Our CS courses are usually offered on the web using a combination of our learning management system (Canvas) and/or video-conferencing software (Zoom or Google Meet). This information will be shared with you prior to the start of the course. 


If you have any questions about this or any other Salt Studies course in the CS catalogue, please contact us at CStudy@meca.edu, or call us at 207.699.5061 


The full Salt Institute for Documentary Studies is officially the GraduateProgram, which offers 16 Graduate credits culminating in a full Graduate Certificate and which takes place over a 15-week semester onsite in historic Portland, Maine. If you are interested in the Graduate Certificate program, please check us out here.

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