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Storytelling for Podcasts

March 15, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


This workshop focuses on non-fiction narrative shows – the documentary-style, often serialized, story-driven podcasts like Serial, Missing Richard Simmons, and Wind of Change that are known for telling expansive, immersive stories.

This class will be most useful for audio producers who have some experience and the ambition to create a narrative podcast for the first time, folks working in narrative who want to get geeky about craft, and journalists from different mediums who would like to transition into narrative audio. If you’re not sure if it’s the right class for you, don’t hesitate to reach out!
The best narrative stories leave listeners feeling like they’ve been on a journey, and maybe even with a new perspective on the world. Creating a show like this is a little bit like building a house; it’s a complex, multi-step undertaking that requires both technical skill and craft. This workshop focuses on the craft part – the ways podcasters paint scenes with words, weave important history and context into plot, build narrative structures that compel listeners to keep listening. In this workshop, Instructor Lacy Roberts will deconstruct examples of well-crafted podcasts and look at just how the shows’ creators built great narrative structures. We’ll also talk about the process of creating a narrative show, discuss what kinds of stories make good narrative podcasts, and provide students with actionable next steps if they think they have a great show idea.

*UM employees and UM School of Journalism students* enter coupon code GOGRIZ at checkout for 20% off registration.

NOTE: Zoom link will be sent to all participants via email ahead of the workshop.


Lacy Roberts
Podcast Editor and Producer



  • Who is this workshop for?
    Beginning and intermediate audio creators, and podcast enthusiasts
  • Who is the instructor?
    Lacy Roberts an independent podcast editor and producer based in Missoula, Montana. She’s successfully developed, piloted, produced, and edited shows for clients like CNN (Total Recall: California’s Political Circus and Election 101), TED (Body Stuff with Dr. Jen Gunter), First Look Media (Impostors Seasons 1 & 2), The New York Times (The Argument,) Al Jazeera (Closer than They Appear), and more. Before going independent, she was the managing producer at Brooklyn-based and Peabody-nominated podcast production company Transmitter Media. In 2017, she co-directed We Became Fragments, a short documentary film featured in the New York Times Op-Docs Season 6.
  • When is this workshop?
    3-5 p.m. MST, March 15, March 22, March 29, and April 5 2022
  • Is this workshop in-person or online?
  • What will I leave the workshop with?
    An understanding of the elements of narrative and how they apply to podcasts. Tools to critically deconstruct shows and understand how they are put together. A deep understanding of how to construct compelling narratives.
  • Can I take this workshop for college credit?
  • I’m a teacher. Can I earn OPI renewal units for this workshop?
  • What’s your refund policy?
    The Montana Media Lab will issue a full refund for cancellations made prior to March 1. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made on or after March 1.


March 15, 2022
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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United States
(607) 201-9567


Mary Auld
(607) 201-9567


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