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Building a Narrative from Tape with Allison Behringer

So you’ve found a great story participant, you’ve collected hours of tape. You think there’s a tightly-edited, beautifully-structured narrative in there somewhere...but how do you carve it out and assemble it? 

In this workshop, we’ll learn the building blocks of structure (scene, beats, etc). Then, using a case study, we’ll look at how the episode structure came together. We’ll look at story boards, early scripts and notes from editors as well as listen to rough cuts excerpts from the episode to understand how a longform documentary comes together. Finally, you’ll have an opportunity to put the skills into practice with a short exercise. 



Allison Behringer is the creator, host and producer of the critically-acclaimed Bodies podcast. Each episode is one person’s journey to solve their medical mystery. This feminist documentary podcast combines intimate, nuanced storytelling with health reporting to uncover the layers that affect women’s health, like racism, patriarchy, and capitalism. Previously, Allison made The Intern podcast and was a teacher for two years. Allison received her BA in Sociology from Princeton University and attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.


The cost of this two-hour workshop is $50 for non-members and $40 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.

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