Podcasting 101

Lea Redfern

Saturday 30 July 2022, 10am-4pm

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

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Participants in face to face courses must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and must comply with any other precautionary measures Writing NSW puts in place.

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 make 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 you will learn about:

  • 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 >

This workshop takes place at Writing NSW in Sydney.

Expected learning outcomes

Participants will:

  1. Learn how to kick start your podcasting project. From concept design, audio set up, and how to plan a series.
  2. Gain an understanding of equipment required to make a podcast including recorders, microphones, editing software.
  3. Learn how to prepare for interviews, 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 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 are feeling unwell and experiencing any COVID-related symptoms on the day of the course, you must stay at home and contact us to let us know. As a participant in this course, you will be required to follow all COVID safety measures in place by Writing NSW to ensure the health and wellbeing of our community.

If you have questions about this course and/or COVID-safe guidelines, please contact us.

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