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VID 43 — Storycrafting for Podcasters

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Apr 17—May 15
Time: 6:30—8:00 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Apr 19
Unit: 0
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Tuition: $325
Instructor(s): Laura Joyce Davis
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Live Online(About Formats)
6:30—8:00 pm (PT)
Apr 17—May 15
5 weeks
Refund Date
Apr 19
0 Unit
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Laura Joyce Davis
ACCESS THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Have you ever marveled at the mesmerizing narratives in your favorite podcasts and wondered how they’re crafted? What are the key ingredients that transform a simple story into a captivating audio experience? How can we use sound design, voice, interview tape, and writing to make our stories vivid and compelling?

This course leads students through the process of transforming stories into sound-rich narrative podcast episodes. You will discover how to bring your stories to life, utilizing the power of scriptwriting, the magic of narration, the intricacies of audio editing, and the art of sound design. The course will also delve into the practical tools of the trade. Students will explore Descript, a valuable audio editing and transcription resource, and receive hands-on experience with a digital audio workstation (DAW). Students will leave the course having crafted an engaging episode trailer and will bring home a toolkit brimming with techniques to elevate their future podcasting endeavors.

This course is open to students of all skill levels, including those new to podcasting and those seeking to enhance their existing podcasting skills. While the Hindenburg production suite will be demonstrated in the course, students are welcome to work in their chosen digital audio workstation (DAW). Before the first class, students should download a free version of Descript and the DAW of their preference. Students are also encouraged to bring a story or outline they’re working on and come to class with headphones.

Lecturer and Managing Editor, Stanford Storytelling Project; Co-Founder and CEO, Narrative Podcasts

Laura Joyce Davis is the host and executive producer of the podcast Shelter in Place, which received the “Changing the World One Moment at a Time” award at the International Women’s Podcast Awards. Her work has been recognized with a Fulbright scholarship, a PRNEWS Social Impact Award, and a Writers Exchange Award from Poets & Writers magazine. She is a full-time lecturer and managing editor at the Stanford Storytelling Project, and she is the CEO and co-founder of Narrative Podcasts, which provides online education and live workshops for audio storytellers. Davis was named one of Podcast Magazine’s Top Influencers in Podcasting in 2022. She received an MFA in fiction writing from Mills College.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.