The Diffusion Podcast Bootcamp
What is it?
The Diffusion Podcast Bootcamp will help people tell stories through truly engaging audio – the stories you’ve had in your heads, or have partially developed for a while. It will help you take your stories from idea to execution, educate you in the steps involved in creating a podcast – from one episode to an entire series – and will familiarise you with the things to consider if you’re serious about your podcast getting a wider audience, from scripting to audience development.
Who should attend?
This bootcamp is for people who know they have stories, but need help turning them into a podcast. You might be someone who’s had an unusual experience, or access to first-person accounts of working in a particular field. You might have a unique perspective because of your background or life experience, or want to tell previously unheard stories about major global issues.
You could be a gallery or museum with an exciting archive full of content that you want to tell stories about. Or you might be a foundation who wants to support important social issues like privacy, data, identity, education, democracy or financial transparency. All these groups have one thing in common – they have stories with real impact. If this sounds like you, we’d love you to join us on the Diffusion Podcast Bootcamp.
How does it work?
The Bootcamp is a collaborative process of learning and making. You’ll work with industry experts and your bootcamp colleagues to take your podcast from idea to execution.
Over six months, you’ll get a combination of group workshops and one-to-one mentoring with experts in the fields of sound design, writing, editing and monetisation.
The Bootcamp will start with a two day workshop in Brighton on 26th and 27th September 2019. At this workshop we’ll hear from industry experts about how they developed their own hit podcasts, and help you develop the core story format and structure for your podcast. We’ll help you develop a production schedule, and give you the tools you need to get cracking on making your podcast.
After the podcast we’ll support you with on-demand one-to-one mentoring from the Storythings team, either by Skype or in person, depending on availability and location. We’ll help you take the stuff you learn at the workshop and start researching, editing and launching your podcast.
The second workshop will be in January 2020 in Brighton, and will focus on how to grow your audience and develop your podcast format. We’ll look at how to build a community, how to engage your audience, and experimenting with donations, subscriptions and monetisation. Most of the participants will have launched at least one episode of their podcast by now, so we’ll help you analyse and get insight from your stats so far.
Finally, we’ll have a third workshop in Brighton in March 2020. We’ll work with you to look at how your podcast is going so far, what kinds of responses you have had from your communities, and where you can go next. We’ll look in more detail about using networks (like Diffusion) to build loyal audiences, developing your podcast brands with events, and spinning off other formats like books, newsletters or event TV series.
What will attendees gain?
We’ll give you the answers to questions such as:
- How can you create original and compelling podcast formats?
- What kinds of interviews make for engaging audio?
- What publishing structure should you use – seasons or regular releases?
- How should you use music and FX in your story?
- How can sound design help focus users’ attention on your podcast?
- Which platforms should you use for distribution?
- How do you build a community around your podcast?
- What kind of online presence should you have?
- How can you make money through donations, subscriptions and advertising?
The working sessions will then help you refine your specific ideas to the point where they are likely to have the best chance of success when brought to production.
How much does it cost?
Participation in the Diffusion Podcast Bootcamp costs £5000 per podcast team for the six month Bootcamp. Each team should focus on a specific podcast, and we can have up to two people per podcast team.
If you want to send teams for more than one podcast from your organisation, get in touch and we can discuss discounted rates.
The first Diffusion Podcast Bootcamp workshop will be held over September 26th and 27th 2019 in Brighton.
For further details on this and future bootcamps, please sign up to the Diffusion Podcast Network newsletter here. Registration will close on September 20th 2019, or once all spaces are taken.
How to apply
You can register for the Bootcamp by filling in the form below. We’ll get back in touch ASAP with a full registration form and details of how to sign up. Thanks!