CLASS FULL: Narrative Structures that Keep Audiences Glued

In this multisession class, senior producer Julia Lowrie Henderson (Wondery, ESPN’s 30 for 30, Studio 360) guides you through different approaches to narrative structure. Learn how to make choices about what structures work for your story, examine the rules of longform narrative storytelling, and explore when to break them.

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About this class

  • Nov 30, Dec 7, 14, 21
  • 4pm PT / 7pm ET
  • 2 hrs
  • 15 students
Students are expected to complete three assignments as part of this class. 

This class is open to all levels but some prior producing experience will be helpful.
We tell stories every day — about the infuriating exchange we saw on Twitter, about the adorable thing our dog did, about Susan’s latest faux pas on Zoom (sorry, Susan). It’s one of our oldest and most innate human instincts. And, yet, when it’s time to sit down and put that podcast story you’ve spent months or years working on into script form, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, underwater, and at a loss — for where to begin, where to end, and what the heck to do in the middle.

If stories are like puzzles, then serialized stories are like 10,000 piece puzzles…with multiple solutions. 
How do you take something massive, with so much tape, so much story, so many characters, so much information and turn it into five episodes that will hook your listeners?

In this class, we’ll explore different approaches to narrative structure, learn how to make choices about what structures work for your story, examine the rules and conventions of longform narrative storytelling — and when to break those rules. You’ll develop skills to assess your story, your materials and your goals for the series to help you craft it into something your audience won’t be able to stop listening to.

Class Overview

Meet the instructor

Julia Lowrie Henderson

Julia Lowrie Henderson is a graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and holds a BFA from Boston University. She recently joined Wondery as a Senior Producer for Miniseries after finishing a 5-year tenure with ESPN's 30 for 30 Podcasts, where she was Senior Editorial Producer. At 30 for 30, she was responsible for developing their serialized storytelling efforts with Bikram (which she also reported and hosted), The Sterling Affairs, Heavy Medals, and The King of Crenshaw. She also produced March 11 2020 and Yankees Suck.

Her work for ESPN has been nominated for an IDA Award for Best Audio Documentary, and won numerous awards, including a Gracie. Her radio work has been featured on Studio 360, WNYC, ESPN, Sirius XM, Maine Public Broadcasting Network, New Hampshire Public Radio, Public Radio Remix, and more. She is an audio producer, documentarian, storyteller, actor, and playwright.
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