Scriptwriting For Podcasts

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Scriptwriting For Podcasts

Take your audio storytelling to the next level. As podcasting becomes more popular, the market becomes more saturated. Learn how to stand out from the crowd through better scriptwriting and storytelling with interviews. Find your voice and learn how to write for the ear as you build your way toward a better interview show, news program or narrative podcast.

In this live workshop course, you will learn how to brainstorm, outline and write a script for a podcast episode using the foundational elements of podcast writing. Grow alongside fellow audio storytellers as you learn from expert professionals in podcasting. Be prepared to engage in workshopping your assignments and giving feedback during live sessions.

Space is limited to 12 participants. This 4-week course is held live with an instructor on Zoom. Plan to attend two 90-minute sessions per week. Live-sessions to be held on Mondays and Thursdays from 5:30pm - 7:00pm PST.

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Course Outcomes

In Scriptwriting For Podcasts you'll learn:

  • Learn how to find your storytelling voice.
  • Explore audio story structures and podcast formats.
  • Learn how to write for the ear.
  • Apply interview tips and techniques for better storytelling.
  • Gain best practices in using interview tape, voice and sound.
  • Learn how to apply writing in and out of tape to create a compelling story.
  • Certificate (PDF) upon completion of the course requirements.
  • LinkedIn badge to add to your profile to signify accomplishment of the course.

Meet Your Instructors & Facilitators

Instructors subject to change.

Catherine Girardeau

Writer and audio producer Catherine Girardeau is currently an Executive Producer at Pushkin Industries, where she produces Against the Rules, a narrative podcast hosted by bestselling author/journalist Michael Lewis (Moneyball, The Big Short). Recent Pushkin projects include Legacy of Speed, a documentary podcast about sprinting and social justice hosted by Malcolm Gladwell; Where There’s a Will: Finding Shakespeare with the Old Globe Theatre; and Story of the Week, a weekly interview show hosted by journalist Joel Stein. Her independent work includes Above the Fog, a podcast about walking and spirituality made as podcaster in residence at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral, Viewpoints: Body Language, a media project with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and radio features for PRI, NPR stations and the public radio program Marketplace. She’s worked as a producer for Marketplace, the Stanford Storytelling Project, and museum media company Antenna Audio.

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Syllabus & Course Format


Course Format

Live Instruction

This live online production course is paced with live instruction sessions designed to build your skills over 4 weeks, including live workshop sessions where you participate in a writer’s room environment, applying those skills as you give and receive feedback. 

Weekly Live Sessions

Each week your cohort will interact with the instructor for two 90-minute live synchronous Zoom sessions, which include instruction as well as time spent workshopping assignments and giving feedback. The live sessions are recorded for future viewing.


Participant Experience

We’re With You All The Way

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Work With Experienced Instructors & Mentors

Our instructors are industry leaders, with years of experience in their field. Every member of the team has the academic savvy and real-world practice to support you on your learning journey. Gain the full value of their expertise through in-depth discussions, thoughtful and critical feedback on assignments, and live sessions.

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Make Connections With A Professional Network

You’ll gain access to an international network of professionals building skills similar to your own. We provide a range of opportunities to engage with your peers and instructors, share insights, and keep the conversation going long after you’ve completed the course.

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Collaborate & Engage

We offer a supportive space for collaboration. We’ve designed the learner’s journey to help you fully engage with course content, guided by seasoned professionals and a community of peers and mentors. Engage in live group discussions, complete lessons, and share and offer feedback on assignments.

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Practice & Apply New Skills

We believe the best way to learn new skills is by doing. Gain mastery of each new skill through creative activities designed to hone your learning, culminating in the final project. At the end of this course, you will have gained in-depth knowledge, a new skill set, and a portfolio to immediately apply to your job or new career.

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Who Should Attend?

Those interested in podcasting and audio production and writing for podcasts, new media managers, media professionals, content marketers, communications and PR, journalism educators, journalists, editors, and web producers.

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Course Fee

Standard registration is $765 USD. Early registration is encouraged as courses fill up quickly. Discounts for early registrations are applied automatically at checkout. 

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  • This is an intermediate online course; no previous podcasting experience is required. 
  • Ability and willingness to learn new skills and work with new equipment and software.
  • Basic computer literacy.
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  • Proficiency in English (instruction is delivered in English).
  • All participants must have a computer or laptop for use during this course. 
  • An audio recording device. You may record audio on a smartphone. 
  • Over-ear headphones are strongly recommended.
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Additional Information

Please review the Terms and Conditions for more information about our course policies.

TIME5-6 Hours/Week
PRICE$ 765