We will approach this course as a workshop in its most elemental sense: a space where things—in our case stories—are produced or created. In this digital studio-based course, we’ll explore how words can be combined with and interpreted through sounds and images to create rich multisensory narratives. Through a mix of discussion, workshops, and hands-on production, you’ll develop skills for translating your writing to emerging digital genres, while considering how your encounters with these media might, in turn, inform or enrich your craft as a writer.
In this course, we’ll explore the contemporary craft of the essay across media. Throughout the semester, you’ll read, listen to, view, and discuss a range of creative multimedia essays—reported Instagram essays, narrative audio essays, lyric video essays—and try out these forms for yourself in a series of original audiovisual writing projects. Class sessions include a blend of discussion, workshops, and hands-on training in media production software from the Adobe Creative Cloud.
With the audio boom sparked by the popular podcast Serial, there has never been a better time to tell stories in sound. In this hybrid workshop/studio course, we’ll explore the rising stream of audio genres—from the “Moth” live story, to the narrative podcast, to the audio fiction revival. Class sessions will include a blend of discussion, workshops, and hands-on training in the technical foundations of audio production. At the end of the course, you’ll come away with a portfolio of original audio stories of your own design and a set of tools for pitching and sharing your work with the world.