Apr 13 - Jun 19
Creating Your Nonfiction Podcast
Registration is now closed for this session.
Chiquita Paschal

Course applications are now closed. APPLICATION DEADLINE WAS EXTENDED TO: Friday, March 26 at 2pm PT. 

Acceptances start after the deadline, and occur on a rolling basis.

Create your own narrative nonfiction podcast series or audio documentary with an accomplished audio storyteller as your guide. Podcasts offer an engaging and relatively inexpensive platform for creators to craft audio stories and distribute their work to an international audience—and they’ve never been more popular. In this nine-week live, online course, you will develop a rough cut of a trailer or a 3-5 minute audio story as a proof of concept that can be used to develop your project into a series or longer piece. This course focuses on narrative-style nonfiction storytelling. 

In class sessions, you will analyze successful audio stories, complete interactive exercises, discuss relevant topics, and raise questions with others in your course. Select homework assignments are reviewed by your course advisor and are designed to move you closer to your completed audio story. The course concludes with a one-on-one mentoring session focused on your project. 

By the end of the course, you will: 

  • identify the elements of a successful podcast and how to apply them to your project. 
  • determine how to conduct thorough research and find your story.
  • understand character development, story structure and determine the appropriate length/arc of your series.
  • develop an approach to interviewing and writing your script.
  • become familiar with the access and use of archival materials.
  • understand how to take notes and approach the edit.
  • learn about implementing music, sound design, and the final mix.
  • learn about the equipment and recording techniques for producing your own podcast.

This course is ideal for:

  • first-time podcasters with a great idea for a nonfiction audio story or series.
  • filmmakers or writers interested in exploring audio storytelling.

Course enrollment is approximately 50 participants per session, with a participant-to-advisor ratio of twelve-to-one. To apply, you must have an idea for a nonfiction audio story, or have a fiction project that you feel could benefit from a nonfiction storytelling approach.


The course will be held live in our virtual classroom. All sessions are recorded for registered participants who are unable to attend live.

  • DURATION: Nine weeks, April 13 - June 19
  • SCHEDULE: Tuesdays, 10am - 12pm PT
    • Extended first class session: Tuesday, April 13, 10am - 1pm PT
    • No class session: Tuesday, May 25
    • One-on-one mentoring sessions are held between Jun 14 - Jun 19
CC Paschal is an award-winning audio journalist who has spent the past decade honing her skills in narrative podcasting, audience development, and leadership training. She was a producer on Gimlet Media's Peabody Award-winning series UNCIVIL, and helped lead the editorial development of Malcolm Gladwell’s BROKEN RECORD podcast, before becoming an editor of NPR’s critically acclaimed series LOUDER THAN A RIOT, and the award-winning independent radio show THE HEART. more...
Annie Nguyen is a producer at Snap Judgment’s award winning show SPOOKED, which is an iTunes chart-topping podcast with over 5 million total downloads. She reported on an investigative series called SOMEBODY, which won the IDA’s Best Audio Documentary Award and Third Coast's Best Serialized Story Award. She built up her production and reporting background at CITY BUREAU, INVISIBLE INSTITUTE, and MAKING OPRAH. more...
Cher Vincent is a senior producer at Pushkin Industries. She has been a senior editor and producer at such places as Gimlet Media, Spotify, NPR, The New York Times, and other places on the internet. She co-founded the podcast collective, Postloudness, in 2016 in Chicago. She currently resides in Brooklyn and is often told she is delightful. more...

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