Audio storytelling can achieve extraordinary intimacy, largely due to the emotional charge of voice. It can also trigger the imagination, much as good novels do, having the listener co-create pictures in their mind. But to harness the power of narrative podcasts, you have to understand and adapt to the audio medium, which has its own aesthetic logic.

In this workshop, acclaimed podcast producer and critic Siobhán McHugh (author of The Power of Podcasting: Telling stories through sound) will explore the art of audio storytelling, and show how words, voice and sound can combine to make an irresistible story.

Sydney Writers' Festival sponsors one place per workshop for attendees who may not otherwise be able to participate. Please apply via this online form. Applications close Monday 9 May. Those selected will be notified by email from Tuesday 10 May.

Siobhán McHugh (Australian)

Siobhán McHugh

Siobhán McHugh is an award-winning writer, academic, critic and podcast producer who has won six gold awards at New York Festivals. She is the consulting producer on The Greatest Menace, an investigative podcast about a ‘gay prison’ experiment dubbed 'Australia's S-Town.' Siobhán’s book, The Snowy: A History, won the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction. She is Honorary Associate Professor in Journalism at University of Wollongong and the author of The Power of Podcasting: Telling Stories Through Sound.