Digging In: An Artists' Retreat with Big Shed


This retreat brings together documentary makers and storytellers of all stripes for a productive, invigorating, and rejuvenating week of digging deep and making meaningful progress on individual projects. For audio producers, writers, photographers, filmmakers, multimedia creators, et al., Big Shed designed this retreat to help you delve into the work that’s most important to you (work that’s often hard to make time for). If you have a story you’re trying to finish, a project you’re researching or developing, a proposal you need to write, or maybe you just want space to think about your creative trajectory; spend a week as part of a great group of creatives, all of whom are doing the same thing! Guiding the way will be Big Shed founder Shea Shackelford, with other instructors to be named later. And in case you need more convincing, course fees include tasty lunches throughout the week… and hand-cranked ice cream on the porch. (40 hours)

Shea Shackelford is a documentary producer and a founder of Big Shed Media, an award-winning public media shop specializing in audio and multimedia production. When he isn’t producing his own stories, Shackelford is busy training producers and helping organizations design and create their own media projects. He is the creator of the Place + Memory Project, and his awards include a Best Documentary: Bronze Award at the 2010 Third Coast International Audio Festival. He has been part of the CDS summer audio intensive team since 2005.

Additional information:
Enrollment fee includes dinner the first night and lunches throughout the week. Students are responsible for housing and transportation.

Hours for the retreat are:
Sunday, July 22: 5 p.m.–9 p.m.
Monday–Friday, July 23–27: 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
Saturday, July 28: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

See the course blog for a preliminary schedule, information on housing options, and more.


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