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OSA 018-S21-1 | SALT: What Fiction Can Teach Us About True Storytelling 6/3-6/24

OSA 018-S21-1 | SALT: What Fiction Can Teach Us About True Storytelling 6/3-6/24

6/10-7/1 Online

Maximum Enrollment: 12 LBS

Course Description

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 employ music and sound effects, leverage improv techniques, and seek out sound rich environments, to bring their stories to life. We will examine the growing field of blended fact and fiction podcasting, listen to examples of this brand of storytelling from shows like The Shadows, Have You Heard George’s Podcast, Invisibilia, and others, and discuss the ethics of telling nonfiction stories using elements of fiction. By the final class, students will produce and share a short nonfiction audio piece that incorporates the techniques they’ve learned. Each class will be conducted online and will feature both small group and independent work.



June 10th from 4:00 - 6:00pm (EST)
June 17th from 4:00 - 6:00pm (EST)
June 24th from 4:00 - 6:00pm (EST)
July 1st from 4:00 - 6:00 pm (EST)


Tuition: $325

CEUs: n/a





Nichole Hill is a storyteller, performer, and host and producer of the award-winning podcast, The Secret Adventures of Black People. She is currently Associate Producer for The Truth podcast and Senior Producer with None on Record studios creators of the hit podcast AfroQueer.

Her other producer credits include You Had Me at Black, Snap Judgement, The Colored Girl Beautiful, and Echoing Green's branded podcast On Course. Nichole has been story editor for episodes of Invisibilia, Other Men Need Help, Story District Presents, and Time Well Spent. She serves as an advisor for the Google Podcasts creators program and a story coach.
She 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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