POSTPONED Podcast Storytelling 101 Intensive with Susan Davis in San Miguel de Allende

UPDATE: We are postponing this workshop. If you are interested in future San Miguel de Allende podcasting workshops, please email Gina at to be alerted when we reschedule.

Muddy Puppy Media presents

Podcast Storytelling 101 Intensive

with acclaimed NPR producer Susan Davis

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

July 31 – August 5, 2016

San Miguel de Allende photo by Jiuguang Wang

Podcasts are surging in popularity thanks to smash hits like “Serial” and how simple and inexpensive they can be to produce—all you need to get started is an idea, an iPhone, and a computer. There are hundreds of thousands of podcasts available now about every topic under the sun. The ones that break through and connect with audiences share one thing in common: compelling stories.

Susan Davis is a storyteller—by nature, by craft, by art, and by profession. For two decades, she has ferreted out the most memorable, most profound, most complex, and most interesting characters and brought their tales to the listeners of Public Radio. In Podcast Storytelling 101 Intensive, she will teach students how to create vivid, narrative-driven podcasts. Powerful stories bring ideas to life, allowing listeners to do things like hear a painting, smell an architectural wonder, see a war zone, taste a taco, and feel a breeze.

Susan will detail the essential elements of audio stories and introduce the building blocks of a great podcast, including true listening, the art of hosting, perfecting a sound, achieving a tone, and designing an efficient production structure and schedule. She will also address tech issues and share tips on how to build an audience through promotion and distribution.

Workshop participants will hone their vision and develop plans for their personal podcasts. They will also gain hands-on recording, editing, and mixing production experience. Working in teams, the group will capture San Miguel de Allende’s soundtrack of mariachi bands, church bells, fireworks, and barking dogs and create podcasts that explore the multi-faceted expatriate community there.

About the Instructor:

Susan Davis photo by Michael Czeiszperger

Susan Davis has worked as a producer for Marketplace, Soundprint, All Things Considered, and Talk of the Nation at NPR, as well as for The State of Things on North Carolina Public Radio/WUNC. Her recent podcast clients include NPR’s Alt Latino, The Good Fight with Ben Wikler (#1 on iTunes), Press Record (from the Southern Oral History Project at UNC Chapel Hill), The Monti Radio Hour, and Classical Classroom. She has taught podcasting/audio production at a wide range of venues, ranging from Duke University to the Public Radio Program Directors Conference to the Cultural Affairs Department of the United States Department of State.


San Miguel de Allende, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located in Mexico’s central highlands. It is known for its Spanish Colonial architecture, thriving arts and food scenes, and lively expatriate community.

Casa Duende photo by Gina Hyams

The workshop will be held at Casa Duende, a private home in San Miguel’s mural-filled Colonia Guadalupe neighborhood. San Miguel weather in August is mild, typically with a high of around 80 °F and low of about 60 °F. It rains intermittently, rendering the high desert landscape green and lush with flowers.



The workshop will kick off with a welcome dinner on Sunday and then convene at 10:00am each day during the week. Mornings will be filled with lectures, tech demonstrations, and discussions; lunchtime will be when we brainstorm about personal podcast projects; and afternoons will be spent out and about exploring San Miguel, doing field recordings, and collaborating in small groups.

We recommend that you arrive at least a day or two early to adjust to the high elevation (6,300 feet) and stay as long as you can after the workshop, as you won’t be ready to leave Mexico.


US$749 early bird discount through June 30 / US$799 after July 1. Enrollment is limited to 12 participants.


The workshop fee includes a welcome dinner, five lunches, excellent snacks, and a farewell tequila toast.


Accommodations are not included in the price of the workshop. Lodging suggestions near the workshop venue will be provided to you via email after you register for the class.

What to Bring:

Laptop, smart phone, USB cable, and headphones (not ear buds).

How to Register:

For more information and to register, please email Gina at

Cancellation Policy:

If the workshop must be canceled due to low enrollment or unforeseen circumstances, all tuition will be refunded in full. If a student chooses to cancel, for any reason, at least four weeks prior to the first day of the workshop, Muddy Puppy Media will refund the tuition minus a US$100 administration fee. If a student cancels between six and 28 days prior to the start of the workshop, they will receive a 50% refund. There are no refunds for cancelations made five or less days before the workshop.

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