Please listen before the workshop:
- “The Favorite” by Stephanie Foo from This American Life Ep 552 “Need to Know Basis”: https://www.thisamericanlife.org/552/need-to-know-basis/act-three-0
- Long Distance #8 – Jaime’s Story: https://www.longdistanceradio.com/8-jaimes-story
- Asian Americana Ep 5 – Cambodian Rock Band: http://www.asianamericana.com/podcast/2018/3/22/005-cambodian-rock-band
As you listen to these stories, please write down general thoughts and reflections about them. What did you like hearing? What was interesting to you? How did they make you feel, and why? What are things they did that made you feel those ways? What storytelling and sound techniques are you curious about?
Bring a story to the workshop:
Do you have a story or story idea you’d like to highlight and tell? Maybe it’s about a particular person, space, history, moment, or experience. Please bring the idea so we can, well, workshop it!
If you have time to prepare, you can also bring audio to get the most out of the workshop:
Prepare a recording for the workshop. This can be related to your story idea.
Record a short interview with someone:
- Record a 15-20 minute interview with someone! Consider this a maximum length; we want this to be easy for you to work with later!
- Have an idea of a subject in mind for the interview. Maybe you want to discuss a specific moment and experience they remember. Or just something about what they do. This doesn’t have to be complicated, but just something you’re interested in about the other person.
- Make sure to get them to introduce themselves, too.
- Have a few questions ready to ask them about that specific subject, but feel free to follow interesting threads in the conversation.
- If there are interesting moments/experiences they talk about, encourage them to retell what happened, how they felt, sensory descriptions they remember: sights, sounds, smells, etc.
- If you have audio recording equipment, feel free to use that. Otherwise, a phone’s voice memo function or anything similar will do. Do your best! This’ll only be for your practice.
Prepare the interview for the workshop.
- Transcribe and log the interview.
- Include every word. You want this transcript to be verbatim.
- Include time stamps at a pace that makes sense; at least every new idea or new sentence. I use https://otranscribe.com/ to help — it lets you play your sound file on the same page that you can type, and you have shortcuts to skip back, forward, and do timestamps.
- I recommend you do this transcription manually instead of using software. It’s a lot of work but you’ll get to listen back to your recording and better understand your story.