How to write for the ear

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12:00pm - 1:30pm EST
Online Workshop
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To learn to write for podcasting you often have to throw out all of the rules you’ve spent a lifetime learning. This introductory workshop will give you the new skills you need to get started.  

Writing for podcasts is different than writing for print. One is writing for the ear and the other for the eye. To see how different, just pick up a copy of a newspaper and read it out loud. The difference is so extreme, you often have to throw all the rules you’ve spent a lifetime learning and start from scratch. 

In this online workshop award-winning audio journalist Sally Herships will introduce you to the basic principles of the craft of writing for the ear. You’ll learn how to write with and for tape, how to use your voice as a tool. You’ll get an introduction to different styles and formats, do hands-on exercises, and learn mistakes to avoid. Whether you want to write long-form or short, news or narrative, this workshop will give you the skills you need to get started. Class is capped at 14.

Bonus: registration comes with a free, three-month license for Hindenburg audio editing software!

*If you’re interested in the slightly longer, two-session version of this class, please check back this fall!


Who's this class for?

Beginners, enthusiasts and newcomers to podcasting and radio.

About Your Instructor

Sally Herships

Sally Herships is an award winning audio journalist. Her bylines include the BBC, The New York Times and Marketplace. She’s been a frequent guest host at NPR’s daily economics podcast The Indicator and covered the pandemic and New York’s embattled Governor Andrew Cuomo for NPR’s National Desk. Her work covers a range of styles and beats and has won critical acclaim. Her 2011 investigation of the DOD’s failure to comply with its own tobacco pricing restrictions won a Third Coast Radio Impact Award and was an IRE finalist. In 2016, her BBC documentary “As Many Leaves” was described by The Guardian as an "Emotional, wonderful listen," and was rated among the year’s top ten podcasts by Vulture. In 2022, Sally hosted and co-executive produced “The Heist,” an investigative podcast series which revealed the failures of President Trump’s 2017 tax bill, racked up multiple awards and was honored as a Dupont Finalist. Sally has been teaching for over a decade. In 2013, she founded the podcast school, Radio Boot Camp. She studied at Parsons School of Design, but in 2004, the kind folks at Radiolab took her in and taught her all things audio for which she is forever grateful.

Notes on this Class

Refund and recording policy: Classes will not be recorded and are non-refundable. We are not able to issue a refund if you cancel or do not attend a class.