Podcasting 101

Lea Redfern

Saturday 9 September 2023, 10am-4pm

Full Price: $210
Member: $155
Conc Member: $135

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This podcasting course will take place at Writing NSW in Sydney.

Podcasting is a relatively new and dynamic medium that has energised audio production in Australia and internationally. It combines the strengths of traditional media with democratic forms of distribution, which means, in the words of Deborah Frances-White, host of the wildly successful Guilty Feminist podcast, ‘It’s radio no-one stops you making.’

Learn how to turn your podcast idea into a reality with Lea Redfern, an award-winning and internationally broadcast audio producer. Lea learned her craft over years as a features producer with the ABC’s Radio National. More recently, she has honed her teaching skills at the University of Sydney. Her courses are accessible, practical and rigorous.

This course will teach you how to artfully and ethically craft a story, and is suitable for anyone interested in podcasts, journalism or storytelling.

In this course we will discuss:

  • The podcasting landscape in Australia and beyond
  • Common ‘traps for young players’ and how to avoid them
  • How the skills you already have relate to podcasting
  • How to focus your ideas for podcasting
  • Tools of the trade: recorders, microphones and editing software
  • Narrative design: lessons in writing for audio, tips for interviewing and story design
  • Distribution and promotion: practical advice on distribution and promotion channels.

Note: while this workshop provides resources on some technical aspects of podcasting such as recording equipment and software, this isn’t a tech-focused course, and step-by-step instruction will not be provided.

Is this course right for you? Read our FAQ >

Expected learning outcomes

Participants will:

  1. Learn concept design, audio set up, and how to plan a podcast series
  2. Gain an understanding of equipment required to make a podcast
  3. Learn how to prepare for and produce strong interviews, record quality audio and how to write for the ear
  4. Discover how to promote and distribute a podcast.

Participant requirements

Please read our FAQ before enrolling.

Pen and paper, or a fully charged device. A smart phone is encouraged, but not required. Headphones that attach to your smart phone are similarly encouraged, but not required.

If you have questions about this course, please contact us.


‘Terrific introduction to the topic, excellent and informed tutor who adapted the material for the group.’ – Melissa, 2022

‘I liked how Lea covered most aspects of podcasting. I liked the depth of her knowledge and the quirky way she presented it. Lea made the course interesting and deep.’ – Kristyn, 2022

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