Transom Story Workshop

For twenty years has been a virtual workshop for public media storytelling for anyone with access to a computer, but the dream has always been to have an actual workshop in Woods Hole, the home of Atlantic Public Media. In the fall of 2011, instructor Rob Rosenthal, who developed and ran the radio track at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies for many years, told us he was available, and we decided to give it a go.

Transom Story Workshop

Pilot workshop participant Erin on a secret recording mission.

In October 2011, we launched our pilot Transom Story Workshop for beginning radio producers.

The workshop was so successful we’ve continued on with twice yearly, spring and fall, workshops. Nine novice radio students come to live in Woods Hole and learn the craft of telling stories with sound. The students have come from all over the United States, Canada, as well as overseas, and have ranged in age from their early-twenties to mid-fifties. Since 2015 we have been able to offer scholarships.

Guest speakers join the students throughout the eight weeks, among them: Ira Glass and Nancy Updike of This American Life; Robert Smith of Planet Money; NPR reporters Alix Spiegel and Deborah Amos; David Krasnow from Studio 360; radio producer Scott Carrier; Atlantic Public Media’s Jay Allison and Viki Merrick; Samantha Broun and Amanda Kowalski of SoundLight Media; Transom’s Tool Guy, Jeff Towne; independent radio producer Ari Daniel Shapiro; and WGBH’s duPont-Columbia Award-winning reporter Sean Corcoran.

Transom Story Workshop

Pilot workshop participants developing their skills in digital audio editing.

The Transom Story Workshop for beginners is on hold due to the Covid pandemic. View the application and guidelines.

Visit the’s official workshop page.