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Audio Storytelling

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Learn the art of telling true radio stories

New dual enrollment course at Goddard College explores various forms of audio storytelling

Vermont high school students can earn college credit by participating in a popular community-based, youth radio program at WGDR/WGDH Goddard Community Radio.

Beginning in the Spring 2015 semester, Goddard College will offer 'True Stories: Adventures in Nonfiction Audio Storytelling,' a 3 credit college course open to high school students in Northeastern Vermont. The course is offered through Goddard College’s Undergraduate Studies Program in collaboration with WGDR/WGDH Goddard Community Radio.

Space is limited. If you would like to sign up for the course, please contact your high school guidance counselor (or extended learning facilitator) and provide the course ID GDR 100.

Start Date: Spring 2015

Time:  TBA

Location: Goddard College, Eliot D. Pratt Library, 123 Pitkin Road, Plainfield, VT 05667

Credits: 3 credits

What You Will Learn

In this semester-long course, students will learn technical radio and audio production skills, including recording, research and writing for radio, interviewing, logging, editing, sound designing, and working with broadcast deadlines, according to the course syllabus.

In addition to technical skill building, students will immerse in the art of telling true stories through sound, practicing deep listening, various forms of audio storytelling, and how to give and receive meaningful feedback with peers.

Each student will be expected to complete four true radio stories, which will be broadcast on Goddard College’s community radio station, WGDR. Each of the four true stories assignments will focus on a different aspect of non-fiction audio storytelling.


Karen Werner, undergraduate studies faculty, has a PhD in Sociology from Brandeis University, Med in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard, and a BA in medical anthropology from Brown University.  She sees story as a form of knowledge and resistance. Her interest in audio and narrative comes out of her involvement with the Community Economies Collective, a group of scholars documenting non-capitalist spaces. A tenet of our research is that humans “perform” the world through our narratives, including economic narratives, thus offering opportunities to re-make the world through new narratives. Her chapter, “Performing Economies of Care,” is included in the collection Making Other Worlds Possible: Performing Diverse Economies (University of Minnesota Press, 2014).

Jacqueline Batten, training coordinator at WGDR/WGDH, has a BA from Smith College.

For Additional Information

Please contact Jackie Batten at or at 802.322.1686.