Writing for the Ear

Course Overview

Title:
Writing for the Ear
Type:
Self-Directed Course
Cost:
This $29.95 course is free thanks to support by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Time Estimate:
From start to finish, “Writing for the Ear” takes about three hours to complete. You can work through this self-directed module at your own pace, starting and stopping at your convenience. You can access the course sections in any order and return anytime once you enroll.

About Self-Directed Courses

In a self-directed course, you can start and stop whenever you like, progressing entirely at your own pace and going back as many times as you want to review the material.

What Will I Learn:

In this five-part module, you’ll learn everything you need to write more effective audio narratives, from generating an idea to recording your story. “Writing for the Ear” covers these topics:

  • Introduction to audio stories - How audio stories are different from their print counterparts and examples of great audio stories
  • Picking and pitching stories - Generating story ideas that work well in audio form and pitching stories and sharpening their focus
  • Writing the story - Everything you need to write effectively at the story, scene and sentence levels
  • Revising the story - Strategies for applying the tools of revision to audio writing
  • Voicing & special topics - How to perform an audio story and other topics, such as “translating” a print story to audio form
Who should take this course:

This course is for anyone interested in improving their audio storytelling skills ― radio and TV reporters, print journalists shifting to digital storytelling, multimedia correspondents and more.

Course Instructor:

Dan Grech

Dan Grech is a former reporter for The Miami Herald and for NPR’s Marketplace.

Technical Requirements:

This course requires Flash Player 9 or higher. (Get the latest version of Flash now.)