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OSA 018-F21 | SALT: What Fiction Can Teach Us About True Storytelling

OSA 018-F21 | SALT: What Fiction Can Teach Us About True Storytelling

Online 11/8 11/15 11/22 11/29

Maximum Enrollment: 12 LBS

Course Description



What fiction can teach us about true storytelling


In this workshop, students will examine popular storytelling techniques used in fiction podcasts to create immersive listener experiences. Students will examine the ways in which fiction podcasts and podcasters use music and sound effects, creative settings, and well rounded characters to bring their stories to life. We will listen to and discuss genre blending podcasts and debrief both the cognitive and emotional impacts of each work. By the final class, students will produce and share a short nonfiction audio sample that incorporates the techniques they’ve learned. Each class will be conducted online and will feature both small group and independent work.


Nov 8
Nov 15
Nov 22
Nov 29
6:00 - 8:00 pm EST 
Tuition: $325
CEUs: n/a


Nichole is a Senior Producer at AQ Studios, Producer at You Had Me At Black, and Associate Producer at The Truth podcast with Radiotopia. She's produced for shows including The Colored Girl Beautiful, Other Men Need Help, Snap Judgement and served as story editor for episodes of Invisibilia. She is the creator of the award-winning podcast, The Secret Adventures of Black People.

Nichole lives in Washington, DC in an apartment full of plants (which are spoiled), half-read books (which she plans to finish soon), and tons of DVDs (but no DVD player).


Supplies: Bring a story idea that you are hoping to build out using elements of fiction. It can be simply the seeds of an idea, an outline, a script, or even an audio sample as long as it's under 5 minutes.


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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