In the spring of 2018, Morgan Givens, a former police officer, came to the Transom Story Workshop with stories in his head and a need to make them work outside that head, in audio. He came to learn, and learn he did. Currently he’s a staff member at WAMU’s national show, “1A.”
His day job is all about hard news, but still, he has stories in his head. Since graduating from Transom, Morgan launched “Flyest Fables,” a bi-weekly fictional podcast of “brand new fables for the 21st century.” He kindly agreed to share some of his approach to audio fiction over at transom.org.
Produced in collaboration with the Public Radio Exchange, HowSound delves into the ins-and-outs of radio storytelling in conversations about everything from fieldwork and recording techniques to narrative and ethics.
Each episode highlights the work of producers such as Sruthi Pinnameneni, Noel King, Leila Day, John Burnett, David Isay, and Susan Stamberg, as well as emerging producers from podcasts and local NPR stations around the country, and participants in various Transom Workshops.
Host Rob Rosenthal launched and directed the radio program at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies for eleven years. He’s an audio guy through and through, producing documentaries, features, multi-media, audio tours, sound art, podcasts, commercials, and public service announcements as a freelancer.
Since the fall of 2011, Rob has been the lead instructor of the Transom Story Workshop, teaching eight-week workshops twice a year in Woods Hole, as well as weeklong workshops around the country.
And, you can listen to “Runaway” here: