PODCAST U: A SAN FRANCISCO PODCASTING BOOTCAMP
Is it your dream to create the next Serial, This American Life, or Startup? If so, this is the class for you! In this five-week San Francisco Podcasting Bootcamp, The Specialist Host & Executive Producer Casey Miner and Senior Editor Julie Caine will teach you the fundamentals of this engaging new storytelling form. Through informative craft lectures, in-class writing exercises, deconstructing successful podcasts and hands-on technical training you will learn how top tier shows are developed, researched, written, and produced. In addition, you will explore tools of the trade such as interviewing techniques, audio editing basics, use of archival audio, miking and field recording techniques. By the end of the class you will have thoroughly developed an idea for your own podcast and have at least a solid outline of your pilot episode plus a recording of a short teaser. Pulitzer not included. Required Equipment: 1. A WIFI ready laptop, onto which you’ll need to download a free audio editing software like Audacity or Garage Band or a paid program like Hindenburg. 2. An inexpensive audio recorder, or an iPhone or cell phone with a good voice recording app. Instructors: Casey Miner and Julie Caine Casey Miner is host and executive producer of The Specialist, a podcast about work we don’t think about and the people who do it. The show is available on iTunes and Stitcher, and airs on NPR affiliate station KALW. An editor, producer, and teacher, her work has appeared on KALW, NPR, KQED, Slate, Marketplace, Mother Jones, Pop-Up Magazine, Note to Self and Life of the Law. She likes pestering people about their jobs, and believes everyone should have a chance to be on-mic. Julie Caine is Senior Editor of The Specialist, a podcast about work we don’t think about and the people who do it. The show is available on iTunes and Stitcher and airs on NPR Affiliate KALW. Julie is also the managing producer for Crosscurrents, KALW public radio’s award-winning news magazine. She’s also the lead producer of Audiograph, an ongoing KALW series that uses sound to tell the stories of the San Francisco Bay Area. Her radio documentary, Squeezebox Stories, won an Society of Professional Journalists award for best arts and culture reporting in 2012, and her radio work has aired on a wide variety of national programs. She has a master’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley, and believes deeply in Grace Paley’s assertion that you must be a story listener to be a storyteller. Dates: Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12 (4 Wed. nights, 1 professional recording session) 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
When Marilyn Friedman first arrived in LA in 2004, she tried in vain to find a great writing class. She searched high and low, from Silverlake to Simi Valley. She braved cramped surroundings, stinky salads, lackluster writing prompts, and heavily medicated instructors. However, she realized that instead of looking for local writing classes, why not create her own for people to join her in. That's when she found her passion for teaching and writing. Almost ten years, hundreds of classes and three locations later she has built a community of amazing, supportive, and talented writers.
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