Telling Family Stories: A Special Audio Workshop


parents with baby son with radio background

We are telling stories about family! Do you have a special connection to one of your ancestors, either one you met or only heard about from relatives? Ancestors and family members can help heal us from traumas, as well as the slings and arrows of everyday life. Maybe your family has a fun and unique tradition that has a special meaning to you. What about a recipe or a worldview that differs from conventional wisdom?

In this workshop, participants will come in with a story to tell, get help shaping it, and tell their story to a professional producer who will produce it with sound design or help participants gather the story themselves using tools from StoryCorps and other resources.

Together participants will produce a one-hour radio special to air on WPPM 106.5 FM in the summer, just in time for family reunions. The group will also work with a professional musician and music therapist to create a signature sound and theme for our show.

This special audio workshop is offered with support from the Leeway Foundation. Audio producer and instructor, Anne Hoffman will guide participants through the process of telling a family story for radio.

Anne Hoffman-Freedman (she/they) is a Philadelphia based audio producer, documentarian and social worker.
She has produced hundreds of public radio stories. Her work is tender, thorough, honest and celebratory. She is interested in personal events that become collective - transforming an experience from solitary to connected, helping listeners to feel less alone.

In 2018, Anne founded a youth radio program called Philly Audio Diaries to train young people in Philadelphia to tell their own stories. She likes to stay behind the scenes and help new producers discover what they want to create.

Class Date/Time: March 9-30 6-8 PM
In Person at PhillyCAM

Interested in applying?
Please complete the  INTEREST FORM BY: FEBRUARY 24, 2023
Participants who complete the workshop will receive a $100. stipend.

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