Narrative Podcasting (Online)


Podcast listenership rose 73% between 2013 and 2015, signaling what many experts are calling “the golden age of podcasting.” With podcast startups and legacy media companies rushing to develop new shows, the industry needs great storytellers now more than ever. While podcasts rely on many of the same tools as other mediums—character development, narrative tension, emotional resonance—they are distinct in their approach to storytelling. Their craft requires learning how to work with sound and write for the ear, among other skills.

This course will cover the fundamentals of podcasting, from collecting tape to editing final drafts. Over the course of eight weeks, students will explore the elements and principles of narrative podcasts; listen to and discuss various examples; and create their own narrative podcasts. This course is appropriate for those just beginning to study audio as well as amateur podcasters. (16 hours/All Levels)

Please note: This course is offered in an online format and will not meet at CDS but will instead take place in regularly scheduled virtual sessions.

Devon Taylor is an independent producer and editor living in New York City. She currently works for Radiotopia's Millennial and The Allusionist, and is producing a podcast series for the Guardian. Taylor writes podcast criticism for the Sarah Awards, the fiction podcasting division of Sarah Lawrence College. Previously, she served as editor-in-chief of the Timbre, an online journal devoted to podcast criticism and curation, and taught creative writing at the University of Memphis and Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. Her writing has been featured in the Atlantic, the Radio Journal, and CutBank, among other publications. She holds a law degree from Rutgers University and an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Memphis, where she was the senior nonfiction editor of The Pinch.

Additional Information:
The class will be conducted online. A late-model computer, fast internet connection, and built-in camera are recommended, though not required. Students with less than optimal hardware or internet connections are welcome to take the course, though it may be difficult to participate fully in virtual meetings.

High-quality equipment will result in better recordings, but for the purposes of the class students can use any recording device, including a smartphone.

Due to strong demand, the class will be offered twice in the Spring/Summer 2017 term:
Section A: Mondays, April 3–May 22, 7–9 pm
Section B: Mondays, June 5–July 31 (no class July 3), 7–9 pm


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