Are you ready to star in your own favorite story? Over this five-day intensive we will explore how to craft brilliant stories—with you as the main character—with Ana Adlerstein, who has worked for Snap Judgment and The Moth, and been featured on programs like This American Life, Love + Radio, and Gimlet Media. We will listen closely and learn how to identify the building blocks, and then focus on bringing out elements such as agency, stakes, surprise, and novelty to enhance our own stories. We’ll discuss where in our lives broadcast-worthy stories might be lurking, and examine the field for which outlets would potentially air them. Throughout the course you will work on a recorded short first-person story, which we will edit and refine. By the end of the course you will leave with a polished story, and confidence in your understanding of what makes a story worth telling. This course will be helpful whether your interest is producing other people’s first-person narratives, or crafting your own pieces for performance or broadcast. The only prerequisite is a love of story.
Ana Adlerstein (she/her) is an independent journalist and human rights defender originally from Portland, Maine. Ana has made radio stories on topics ranging from a crusade against the polygraph machine to a phonesex line where the operators only spoke in metaphor, broadcast on outlets including This American Life, Love + Radio, NPR's Morning Edition, The Heart, and Latino USA. She has worked as a producer with Snap Judgment, Audible, and The Moth, and helped companies such as American Express, First Look Media, and Microsoft develop their own podcasts. These days, Ana's focus is on decolonization efforts in the humanitarian aid industry, and immigration at the US/Mexico border.