Telling stories with sound

Storytelling

I’m excited to let you know that I’ve signed up to do a podcasting course with the nice people who run Creative Nonfiction Org. I was moseying around the internet looking for a writing course and I found this course  – Introduction to Audio Storytelling which combines nonfiction storytelling with audio editing. Both of these skills come together beautifully in a podcast.

I might not have talked much about my interest in podcasting on this blog, but I’ve mentioned it a few times over here on my other website. (Why do I have two blogs I hear you ask? Don’t know really, I just wanted to write about two slightly different but related topics I guess. I think of this blog as a place where I can write about creativity and insecurity and also about the pleasure that comes with trying new things. My other blog is about clarity, simplicity and design. As I said, different but connected).

What’s the course about?

Over the next 8 weeks I’ll be learning about sound editing and how to write and produce a five minute podcast. The course starts today and I’m pretty excited to be embarking on a new creative endeavor. I’ve done some sound editing in the past, but to be honest it was a long, long time ago, so I’m really looking forward to refreshing my skills, working collaboratively with the other students, and trying out some new ideas.

For the podcast we need write about something that is true, but also personal. Not in a creepy tell-all kind of way, but to write about something that is meaningful to us. That will be a challenge and already I’m doubting my ability to come up with something sufficiently interesting. I’m thinking about writing a short piece on finding your passion as I always find this topic of interest and I seem to be drawn to books and articles on the subject. I suspect that if I can talk about it for 5 minutes with enough enthusiasm, then there are bound to be other people who find the topic interesting as well. And really, the point of the exercise is to make something that makes me happy, not everyone else. Much like a painting a picture I suppose…

I’ll keep you posted on how it’s going. Have you thought about trying something new?

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