Be Heard! Recording and Uploading Your Writing with Robert Morgan Fisher

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So you’ve been published and asked to do a promotional reading at a book store or on a radio show. Or maybe you’ve seen some of the new online publications/contests asking for “audio” and you’re asking: How can I get in on that? It’s actually a lot easier than you might think. And in today’s publishing world, it’s very important to be able to step up and read your work—either in a live public forum or online.

2-WEEK COURSE

September 9 - 23, 2019

CLASS DESCRIPTION

In this two-week intensive, we’ll look at the rapidly-expanding world of literary audio. We’ll download and listen to podcasts, find out what sort of equipment you need (don’t worry, it’s not that expensive and very low-tech) and explore submission opportunities (contests, publications, et cetera). Plus, we’ll also learn some practical tips on how to voice your writing. And if at the end of the course, you still don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, we’ll learn about alternate methods of recording your work.

CLASS OBJECTIVES

* Study and discuss several literary audio podcasts and online audio literary journals.

* Learn how to download and use the right program and what kind of USB microphone to use.

* Learn how to convert a file to MP3.

* Learn how to create a “portable acoustically-correct studio” for less than $20.

* Demystification of the audio literary process and increased confidence in getting your own work properly recorded and out there.

WHAT THIS CLASS WILL OFFER

Over the course of two weeks, we’ll explore literary audio on the web and discuss it in detail. I’ll also direct you to resources (many of them free) that you can bookmark for when you’re ready to record your work. The syllabus provides prompts to get the discussion going—but students are encouraged to come up with their own questions and avenues of thought.

Week 1

The New Yorker Fiction Podcast, Golden Walkman Magazine and other purveyors of literary audio. (At the end of the course, students will be asked to share and discuss their favorite pieces).

* Practical list of what you’ll need to record your work and the general cost. If you feel inspired to acquire equipment, I’ll walk you through setup during week two.

Discussion: What are the advantages of voicing your own work? How do the stories affect us when read by someone other than the author?

Week 2

* The important technical sites to bookmark and programs to download.

* How to create a “portable acoustically-correct studio” for less than $20.

* How to use recording programs like Audacity; how to edit and create an MP3.

* How to troubleshoot technical problems.

* How and when to record your work at a professional studio, the advantages/disadvantages.

* How to submit to audio literary magazines/contests.

Discussion: Do you feel more confident about recording your own work? What audio pieces did you like, if any, and why? What’s your plan for jumping into the world of literary audio?

ABOUT ROBERT MORGAN FISHER

Robert Morgan Fisher recently won the 2018 Chester Himes Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the 2019 John Steinbeck Award. His story, "Vox Rex" was Runner-up in 2015 for the coveted Miller Audio Prize in Fiction. His fiction and essays have appeared in Pleiades, Teach. Write., The Wild Word, The Arkansas Review, Red Wheelbarrow, The Missouri Review Soundbooth Podcast, Dime Show Review, 0-Dark-Thirty, The Huffington Post, Psychopomp, The Seattle Review, The Spry Literary Journal, 34th Parallel, The Journal of Microliterature, Spindrift, The Rumpus, Bluerailroad and many other publications. He has a story in the 2016 Skyhorse Books definitive anthology on speculative war fiction, Deserts of Fire and in the 2018 Winterwolf Press Howl of the Wild Anthology. He’s written for TV, radio and film. Robert holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles and is currently on the teaching faculty of Antioch University Santa Barbara. Since 2016, Robert has led an acclaimed twice-weekly writing workshop for veterans with PTSD in conjunction with UCLA. He often writes companion songs to his short stories. Both his music and fiction have won many awards. Robert also voices audiobooks. (www.robertmorganfisher.com)