The Transom Story Workshop is a nine week, residential program of full-time training for beginning producers. It’s held in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. We offer Workshops in spring (end of March – May) and fall (end of September – November).
Applications for our Fall 2017 Workshop are now open. Apply by June 2nd, midnight EST.
Dates and Deadlines for the next Story Workshop
- Applications open for the Fall 2017 Story Workshop & the Story Workshop Scholarship: April 4, 2017
- Applications due for the Fall 2017 Story Workshop & the Story Workshop Scholarship: June 2, 2017 (11:59 p.m. EST)
- Applicants notified of selection decisions: June 21, 2017
- Enrollment confirmation for selected students: Tell us if you’ll be attending by June 28, 2017
- $750 (or $100 for Scholarship recipients) non-refundable deposit due: July 7, 2017
- Tuition/housing costs due in full: July 28, 2017
- Welcome dinner: September 19, 2017
- First day of class: September 20, 2017
- Graduation and public listening event: November 16, 2017
Cost of the Workshop
Cost for the Workshop ranges from $8,820 – $9,495 (depending on housing) and includes:
Tuition for the nine-week course. ($6,950)
Housing for nine-weeks. (Rooms range in cost from $1,585 – $2,260 for the duration of the Workshop. The houses are fully furnished and rent includes internet, laundry, utilities/heat, sheets/towels and a final cleaning service. Some of the rooms have water views.)
Two group meals each week, prepared by a local chef. ($285 covers the cost of group meals.)
- Training by lead instructor Rob Rosenthal and a teaching assistant.
- Pitching/editorial sessions with Jay Allison.
- Voice coaching by producer Viki Merrick.
- A technical gear-oriented one-on-one session with Transom’s Jeff Towne.
- A licensed copy of Hindenburg Journalist (yours to keep).
- One-year Producer membership in the Public Radio Exchange.
- One-year membership in the Association of Independents in Radio.
- Guest lectures (and opportunities for professional connections) with well-known people in public media. Special guests for Fall 2017 include Robert Smith from NPR’s Planet Money and Robyn Semien from This American Life.
- Opportunities to observe and participate in the day-to-day operations at WCAI, the award-winning Cape and Islands public radio station (where your work may be broadcast).
NOTE: The Story Workshop is a residential program. Opting out of student housing is non-negotiable except for any health or medical concerns that would make living in the group housing impossible.
The Scholarship Application
Our goal is to make the Story Workshop a realistic option for people who have been unable to attend due to cost. Scholarships will be offered based on financial need, with a focus on diverse voices, people of color, and those who have been historically underrepresented as makers of public media. For now, Scholarship funds are available only to people living in the U.S.
Scholarship applicants are required to complete both a Workshop application and a Scholarship application. We strongly encourage submitting the Workshop application first. Both the Workshop and Scholarship applications have the same deadline. The Story Workshop admissions committee reviews and awards scholarships only after applicants are accepted into the Workshop.
Transom is prepared to pay one or more partial scholarships, and one full scholarship, if a qualified applicant requires it. A full scholarship includes tuition, housing, group meals, travel to and from Woods Hole and possible stipend. Partial scholarships range in amount depending on the need of applicants and the amount of scholarship funds available to us.
Again, we strongly recommend submitting the Workshop Application before submitting the Scholarship Application.
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