CLASS - Tuesdays January 17 - February 21 from 3:30 - 5:30pm PT / 6:30 - 8:30pm ET

Deadline to Enroll is January 9, 2023. 

Walk the Line: How to Make Work Between Genres

This multi-session class will study stories that bend and blend genre and explore how and when to apply these techniques to push our work into deeper, richer waters. 
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Sliding scale pricing may be available for this class. If you are an AIR member experiencing financial hardship, please contact soundpath@airmedia.org to inquire about scholarship options. Eligible students may apply to The Podcasting Seriously Awards Fund for tuition reimbursement after the completion of the class. 
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About this class

  • Classes meet Tuesdays, 
    January 17  - February 21, 2023.
  • 3:30pm - 5:30pm PT / 6:30 - 8:30pm ET  
  • 2 hour classes
  • Small group class
  • Students walk away with an instructor + peer-reviewed story treatment
  • AIR Member Price $580
    Non-Member Price $665
    Payment Plans available upon check out. 
  • Becoming a member to enroll at a discounted rate is a deal; you'll only end up paying $15 extra for your AIR membership. 
  • Deadline to Enroll is January 9, 2023.
The most exciting and innovative work being made in our industry crosses genres (ie; The Shadows, Have You Heard George’s Podcast, Appearances, etc). Rooted first in documentary realism, this work blooms skyward by using the techniques of audio drama to compose a “theater of the mind,” embracing the fact that our work lives in sound — and that sound has the power transport. At times this approach serves to augment a a personal, subjective story or a documentary by bringing the past (and perhaps the future) to life. Other times blending genres is a political act and obscures certain facts in order to better get to the truth; a “based on a true story” piece can open up a safe path for unrepresented voices to speak out while remaining in the shadows. 
This type of work resides in a beautifully gray space, rich with questions about representation, subjectivity, ethics, and form. This 6-week course will study this terrain — stories that bend and blend genres — and discuss how and when to apply these techniques to push our work into deeper, richer waters.

Halfway through the course, each student will present a short treatment for a hybrid piece and the course will transform into a workshop; the instructor and the cohort will offer feedback on each student’s treatment.

Read more about the course below.
I've taken a handful of online audio workshops and this one was by far the best. My instructor was thoughtful, prepared, and encouraging. Her expertise and enthusiasm made this the best podcasting workshop I've taken to date!
Lucy copp, SoundPath Student

In this class you will learn to ...

  • Practice innovation. Embody experimentation.
  • Embrace sound and watch your work come alive.
  • Learn how to make your work stand out from the crowd.
  • Learn to make your work sparkle.
  • Students create a treatment and receive feedback from instructor and classmates. 

Some notes about class structure and attendance 

The structure of this course is designed to provide students with the tools and concepts they'll require to make innovative, genre-bending work of their own. 

The first three classes are foundational. Together we'll study work that "walks the line" and come to understand what makes it tick. We'll dive into the mechanics behind sound-rich storytelling. We'll explore the reasons why a journalist/artist/maker might choose to bend genre and the ethics wrapped up in that creative decision. And we'll discuss how to mix reporting and fiction to arrive, hopefully, at the truth. The first three classes are based in lecture and in class discussion. We'll build community and get to know one another as we explore the concepts and methods that motivate this kind of work. 

After the first three weeks, the class changes. Each student will submit a treatment for a "blended story" to the group. The instructor and the students will prepare individualized feedback on each student's treatment ahead of class. And the final three meetings will be a supportive, collaborative workshop facilitated by the instructor in which each student will get the floor and direct feedback from their peers. This process requires vulnerability and an openness to thoughtful critique from a group of kind strangers who share an interest in making innovative, genre-bending work. It's an exciting opportunity to push yourself. Each student will receive a written evaluation from the instructor to carry with them after the course, as each story treatment hopefully becomes a living, breathing piece of work.

Attendance is important. Life and emergencies happen of course, but please do your best to attend each class. Building a sense of community will be important when it comes time to workshop each others' ideas and dreams. If you have to miss a workshop, you will still be expected to submit written feedback to your peers. 
I am also grateful for the supportive community I found through my Soundpath class. My instructor was phenomenal, and I feel confident that I can lean on my classmates as colleagues and collaborators from here on out. Would highly recommend anyone who is sincerely interested to enroll!
Sonia Paul, SoundPath Student and AIR Member
Meet the instructor

Chloe Prasinos

Chloe Prasinos is a shape-shifter — she works across genres and all aspects of audio production. She values experimentation and strives to push audio storytelling to new limits. Chloe is a founding producer of The 11th from Pineapple Street Studios, where she produced pieces including Time Machine: The Score, LOVE, and His Saturn Return. Prior to The 11th, Chloe served as Editor and Executive Producer of Operator, a docu-series about phone sex in the 90s. Chloe also reported dozens of queer stories to fill a multimedia museum produced by CNN in commemoration of Stonewall 50. As Associate Director for Marvel Comics’ first audio drama, Chloe worked in close collaboration with Brendan Baker on all aspects of the shows’ direction and sound design. Prior to making fiction, Chloe was a producer at Reply All. Her work has appeared on Love + Radio, 99% Invisible, NPR, WBEZ’s Curious City, and beyond. 
Patrick Jones - Course author