R225. Narrative Audio and Podcasting: Crafting Stories for the Ear

Room 17, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


We are in the midst of a renaissance in audio storytelling. The growth of podcasting is reenergizing nonfiction and documentary forms in ways no one imagined. What does narrative audio require of us as writers? How can we best exploit the spokenness of the medium—and the potential of sound itself? And what are the stories that keep savvy listeners tuning in? Professional writers and radio/podcast producers share techniques for crafting compelling audio stories that demand to be heard.


Erin Anderson is the author/producer of Our Time Is Up, winner of a Sarah Lawrence College International Audio Fiction Award, and What Hadn’t Happened, winner of The Atavist’s Digital Storymakers Award. She is an assistant professor in the writing program at the University of Pittsburgh.

Maya Goldberg Safir is the artistic associate at Third Coast International Audio Festival in Chicago. She produces the podcast Middleburied for Middlebury College. Her story "The Sitter Dispatch" was the 2016 Missouri Audio Contest Runner Up in Prose, and shortlisted for the 2015 HearSay GOLD Award.

Jeff Porter is the author of Oppenheimer Is Watching Me, Understanding the Essay (with Patricia Foster), and Lost Sound: The Forgotten Art of Radio Storytelling. His works have appeared in Shenandoah, Hotel Amerika, Blackbird, Seneca Review, and other journals. He teaches at the University of Iowa.

Terence Mickey is a writer, producer, and creator of the podcast Memory Motel. He's also cofounder of The Listening Booth, a podcast network for original and branded content. He received an MFA in fiction from UC Irvine, and he's worked for The Moth in the community and corporate programs.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside