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Upcoming Classes Explore Audio Documentary and Writing Memoir


Spaces remain in three Center for Documentary Studies Continuing Education classes. For more information, and to register, click the class links below. Other than One Voice, which will be held online, classes are at CDS; for directions, click here.

One Voice: Constructing a Narrative (Phoebe Judge)
Wednesdays, March 5–April 9, 7–9 p.m.

NOTE: This is an online class.
Turning an interview into a compelling narrative is one of the fundamental challenges in audio documentary—indeed, in all documentary work. In One Voice, students will conduct a long-form interview with one subject for 45 minutes to an hour and then use it to construct a piece with a cohesive narrative arc and thread. Unlike reportorial pieces, which make use of ambient sound and outside voices, this piece will rely on voice alone, along with the student’s narration.

RESCHEDULED: Introduction to Audio Documentary Workshop (Aaron Smithers)
Saturday, March 8 & Sunday, March 9, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
In this class, students will learn the basics of audio documentary, with an emphasis on obtaining good results in recording. This workshop is a condensed version of the full eight-week course offered in the fall, which includes more in-depth work and instruction in audio editing. It is intended especially for students who live outside the Durham area.

Writing Memoir (John Manuel)
Mondays, March 10–April 28, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Memoirs are not just the province of the rich and famous. Memoirs can be written by anyone at any point in his or her life and about any aspect of that life. This course is designed to introduce students to the many different forms of memoirs and to encourage them to work on their own. Classes will help students find their voice, decide how to frame their stories, and begin writing. The class also offers guidance on publishing.

For a complete list of spring and summer Continuing Education classes at CDS, click here.

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