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Crafting a Chat-Cast with Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

Conversational podcasts - or “chat-casts” - are very popular. Some podcasters simply turn the microphone on and talk. Others spend time planning, crafting, and editing their episodes. How do you make a chat-cast that sounds intimate and conversational - not sloppy?

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text is a chat-cast that brings thought, reflection and laughter to Harry Potter; not just as novels, but as instructive and inspirational texts that teach us about our own lives.

In this workshop, Host Vanessa Zoltan and Producer Ariana Nedelman will share their secrets for making a chat-cast that serves its audience, understands its role, and respects everyone’s time. They’ll share their thinking behind decisions from pre-production to the studio to post production. You’ll also participate in conversations and hands-on exercises to define your own strategy.

We recommend this workshop for anyone with a conversational podcast.


The cost of this workshop is $75 for non-members and $65 for members of the Podcast Garage or members of the Harvard Ed Portal (i.e. any Allston-Brighton resident.) Sign up below!

We're offering scholarships for this workshop. Learn more here.



Vanessa Zoltan (right) is a research assistant at Harvard Divinity School. She graduated with her BA in English Literature and Writing from Washington University in St. Louis, her  MS in Nonprofit Management from the University of Pennsylvania and her MDiv from Harvard Divinity School in 2015. She is working on a book about treating Jane Eyre as a sacred text. Her work with Jane Eyre and Harry Potter has been written about in The New York Times and covered on CNN. Vanessa blogs for the Huffington Post. She lives with 24 Harvard freshmen and her dog, in Cambridge, MA..

Ariana Nedelman (left) is a former Associate Producer at Pemberley Digital, where she helped produce an Emmy Award winning adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma. She also worked as the Social Media Manager at PBS Digital Studios, where she focused on building engaged audiences around educational programming. Her love of and interest in meaning-making communities has taken her from literary fandoms to religion, and she is currently pursuing an MDiv at Harvard Divinity School.

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