Creative Nonfiction

Creative Nonfiction – Audio Storytelling & Podcasts

Instructor: Rhonda J. Miller 

Class information and registration:


Class Description: Sound reaches us through more than our ears – it seeps into our skin and bones and hovers in our psyche. Voices are as individual as fingerprints, and more powerful. When a friend you haven’t seen in a long time unexpectedly calls, you say, “It’s so good to hear your voice,” and applying the warmth of the human voice to creative nonfiction allows you to create powerful audio stories of the sort you may have heard on National Public Radio or This American Life. This introductory class will focus on producing a short audio piece that can stand alone or be used as the first in a series of podcasts. The class will lead students through the process of writing and recording an audio narrative or podcast—from a proposal to an initial script, and through a round of peer review and editing. No prior technical knowledge of podcasting is required for this class, but a basic external microphone that connects to your computer is recommended to record sound of a quality that enables clear audio editing. We will use the free audio editing software Audacity and work on our stories through a common online site and E-mailing mp3s for review.


Course Outline

Week 1:  Setting the Stage – Tools and Tech 

Week 2:  Writing for the Ear–Precision and Rhythm

Week 3: Audio Editing – Revising and Refining 

Week 4: Polishing the Piece & Podcast Distribution