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  • Seminar
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)

Writing For The Ear: Audio Storytelling For Writers

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  • $75.00 Non-Member
  • $65.00 Member

Class Description

Podcasts are in no short supply, and that means writers have a new way to practice their craft, tell their stories and reach new audiences -- in every genre. But creating a produced piece of audio requires skill in writing "for the ear": crafting your words with the understanding that someone will be listening, not reading, and taking advantage of sound devices to advance your story. This is different from live storytelling as well, in which listeners can also take visual cues from the performer.

In this day-long session, we will listen and discuss the made-for-audio writing of Karina Longworth (You Must Remember This), Nina Porzucki (The World in Words), Maria Murriel (yours truly) and others -- noting differences in technique and literary devices. We'll dissect works in several genres. At the end of the day you'll have practiced writing for the ear and will have the tools to adapt your stories for the podcasting world.

Scholarships Format/Location

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!