Introduction to Audio Storytelling & Podcasting

5-Week Online Class

Introduction to Audio Storytelling & Podcasting

April 2 - May 7

$260 if registered by 3/12/2018
$310 if registered after 3/12/2018

Your course registration includes a free 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction or a free ebook; click here for more details.

Refund and cancellation policies


Instructor: Rhonda J. Miller

Podcasting is the new blogging—an easy, effective way to share information or personal stories with a wide audience. This five-week course will help you get started, with overviews and discussions of how to choose equipment, what programs to use, and how to distribute your podcast. You’ll also have opportunities to practice interviewing, writing for broadcast, and editing audio.  

This is a hands-on experience: you’ll use free audio editing software to create short two-track mixes featuring a vocal narrative over a music bed. Please be aware that beginning audio editing is like learning to play piano or salsa dancing; it takes a little time and practice. Please plan to spend a few hours per week on audio production, in addition to the writing, so you can complete one or two short podcasts.

Technical requirements: You will need a basic microphone (on a headset is ok) with a USB connection, or a digital recorder. There is no additional software fee for this course.  

Week 1: Writing for Broadcast & Preparing the Tools
Week 2: Recording & Beginning Audio Production
Week 3:  Writing a Narrative & Expanding Audio Production Skills
Week 4: Recording Your Story & Mixing in Adobe Audition
Week 5: Podcast Showcase & Distribution Options

See the complete syllabus here »


* US residents will receive a complimentary 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction with their online class registration (or a 4-issue extension to their existing subscription). Students outside the US can receive a free copy of the ebook Creating Nonfiction, or can choose to receive a 4-issue print subscription for the cost of shipping fees. We regret that we are not able to supply complimentary digital subscriptions for international students at this time.

If you are an international student who would like a print subscription instead of an ebook, please contact us at after you register.

Refund and cancellation policies

By 5pm EST on the Monday before classes begin (one week prior to start date):

  • Students may request a refund (less a $50 application fee). You may also request a transfer (no fee) to another course in the same term or future term. Transfer credits must be applied within two years from your cancellation date.

By 5pm EST on the Friday at the end of the first week of classes:

  • Students may transfer their enrollment credit to a future course (less a $95 processing fee for 10-week courses or a $75 processing fee for 5-week courses). Transfer credits must be applied within two years from your cancellation date.
  • Students may switch to another class in the same term (subject to availability) for a $25 fee.

No refunds or transfers will be offered after this deadline.