How to write for the ear

12:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Online Workshop
Registration Closed

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 and about the importance of the host intro. 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. 

You will be emailed a link to the workshop two hours before it begins. 

Who's this class for?

Beginners, enthusiasts and newcomers to podcasting and radio.

About Your Instructor

Sally Herships

Sally Herships is an award-winning freelance audio journalist and director of the audio program at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. She is a frequent contributor to the “Indicator" a daily economics podcast, from NPR's Planet Money Team. Recently she covered the pandemic and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for NPR’s National Desk and has also reported for multiple other shows and outlets including the BBC, The New York Times, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, WNYC and Studio 360.