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.
February 25th from 4:00 - 6:00pm
March 4th from 4:00 - 6:00pm
March 11th from 4:00 - 6:00pm
March 18th from 4:00 - 6:00pm
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.