This class will give you the chance to try your hand—and voice—at telling the kinds of stories you love to listen to on This American Life, Radiolab, and other great podcasts. We’ll cover basic recording and editing skills, and then we’ll dig into the fun part: finding and shaping great stories. We’ll practice interviewing and narrating, we’ll consider how writing for radio is different (maybe even more fun?) than writing for print, we’ll listen to great radio stories, and, most importantly, you’ll be able to get and give feedback on a story that you’ll produce over our ten weeks together.
Alex Chambers is the author of Binding: A Preparation, a book of poems, and the writer-producer of Age of Humans, a podcast about life in the Anthropocene. is a writer, teacher, and audio essayist. His poems and essays have appeared in Gulf Coast, The Laurel Review, and Puerto del Sol, and have won awards from the Associated Writing Programs and the Academy of American Poets. His most recent graduate degree is a PhD in American Studies, where he wrote a dissertation called Climate Violence and the Poetics of Refuge. He teaches audio storytelling at Indiana University and poetry at the Smith College Creative Writing Workshop.