Audio Storytelling Workshop

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

Audio Storytelling Workshop

Every Thursday in March

Podcasting Gear
A four-week podcasting course in Audio Storytelling will be held the Digital Commons in March. Each class will meet at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday. Access to recording equipment and registration is required.  

The goal of this course is to teach the basics of audio storytelling. The workshop will consist of four consecutive one-hour classes meeting once a week in the Digital Commons. Each student must sign up for the program ahead of time and agree to attend each class, as the information will be cumulative. Students should also bring their own smartphone, laptop with a microphone, or digital recorder to class.  By the end of the course, each student will produce a five-minute piece to share with the DC Public Library community. Class size will be open to the public but limited to eight students.

Week One:
Audio Storytelling Elements, March 6

This class introduces students the various forms of audio storytelling. Students will listen to samples including books on tape, radio dramas, NPR reporting, creative non-fiction, and more. Students will learn about the elements that create a piece from narration and music to ambience and foley work. Students will come up with ideas for their audio piece.

Week Two:
Tech Basics, March 13

Students will learn the basic technical skills needed to record and edit audio work. This class will cover using recording equipment like digital recorders and smartphone apps. It will also cover the basic functions of Audacity. After this class, students should begin recording and editing their audio piece.

Week Three:
Editing Workshop, March 20

Students will bring their audio in for an extended workshop session. Not a formal class, everyone just works on their project. The instructor will be troubleshooting, working through problems, and providing guidance and technical support.

Week Four:
Listening Lounge, March 27

Students debut their work for the class!

If you'd like to register, please sign up here.  Due to limited spaces, a short wait list will also be established.