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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the evolving situation, we have decided to postpone this workshop series until June. This form will remain open and we will be collecting applications in the meantime. Thank you so much for your interest!

Hear Me Out is a twelve-week workshop series designed to give you the skills to tell your own audio story in or about Brooklyn. Podcast professionals will teach you about writing for radio, story structure, interviewing skills, and the basics of recording and editing audio. No prior experience necessary.

Workshops run every Monday from 6pm to 8pm from [tentatively] June 8 to August 31. Ten participants (composed of five staff and five patrons) will be selected by the lead coordinators of the program. All participants will end up with valuable audio production skills and a polished radio piece that will air on BPL’s Borrowed podcast. This final audio story can be pitched to other media outlets so you can start building your clips for future ventures in audio storytelling.

Since this is closed workshops series where one lesson builds on the previous one, consistent attendance is required. Participants can miss no more than two workshops, or your spot will be offered to someone on the wait list. Full-time BPL staff who are accepted to the program will be able to earn training credits for their participation. All workshops will be held at Central Library (10 Grand Army Plaza).

Questions? We’re happy to answer them! Email podcasts@bklynlibrary.org.

Hear Me Out, co-produced with UnionDocs, is part of BKLYN Incubator, and is generously supported with funding from The Charles H. Revson Foundation and Robin K. and Jay L. Lewis. Family Inc.

Hear Me Out Full Schedule

Workshop schedule. (All workshops will take place from 6pm to 8pm)

  • Week 1 - What can I make? An overview of what’s available in the audio storytelling landscape, and collective listening.
  • Week 2 - What makes a story? The building block of a good story: plot, structure, narrative, characters.
  • Week 3 - Learn to record and interview. Technical skills, the use of various recorders, as well as interviewing skills and exercises.
  • Week 4 - Introduction to audio editing. An overview of Adobe Audition editing software.
  • Week 5 - Introduction to radio writing. What makes great tape--how to identify it, how to cut around it, and how to write around it.
  • Week 6 - Story structure. Participants will go through pulled tape from the previous week and talk through structure and writing.
  • Week 7 - Using sound creatively.
  • Week 8 - Mid-program social. (Off-site location TBD. Library closed for Memorial Day)
  • Week 9 - Script review. Participants play tape and share first draft of their script.
  • Week 10 - Live read. Participants will live read and play tape of their clips.
  • Week 11 - Tracking narration. Participants will live record in the studio, or spend time editing.
  • Week 12 - Audio mixing. Plus a discussion about possible careers in audio with a guest artist.
  • The Grand Finale - Final presentation. We will celebrate with food, certificates, and play audio pieces for friends and family!
Will you be able to commit to the full class schedule? *
200 word max
200 word max
200 word max
200 word max
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