Ginger Miles

Class Title: Writing for the Spoken Word: Podcast and Print
Instructor: Ginger Miles
Class Term: January 21-February 18, 2019
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When you are writing a story — by and about you — this class will help you to get the ideas out of your head and onto the page. Also, I will teach you, as clearly as possible, how to set up your own Podcast page. Reading the work you write in this class aloud will be part of each session, which will also be practice for the podcast itself, like having your own radio show! I will start each session by reading a short piece by a published woman writer whose work is driven by a personal point of view: Zora Neale Hurston (Harlem Renaissance); Molly Ivins, syndicated columnist & humorist; Nora Ephron, screenplay writer and essayist; Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist (essays) & Hunger (memoir); and Ginger Miles, NPR radio writer and documentarian. Once you listen, you will be given a short free time to write wherever your thoughts lead you, after which you may read aloud for feedback.

The goal of this class is to get you writing every day, to show you how to do podcasts, and to inspire you by the stories of famous women writers.

Class Description

Instruction/Communication Method: We will have a Yahoo group for you to receive assignments, ask questions, and post your stories for feedback along with a weekly conference call. You may also use your local library to check out books by writers you want to know more about.


  • Unit 1: Prompt to write a description: Describe in detail 1) a person, 2) an inanimate object or 3) a room — the outer appearance and the way it made you feel.
  • Unit 2: Write a letter to the censor in you who doesn't want you to write. Once you have won her over, tell her what you want to write about and why.
  • Unit 3: Reflect on the details of a place where you've been, who you met, what conversations you most remember and the way you felt.
  • Unit 4: Take the story you are writing and read it aloud. Does it flow? Does it say what you wanted to say? Keep a notebook by your side and write out all the things you like and don't like and what you want to change. Re-write it to your liking and read it aloud again. Post both versions.

Student Skills, Equipment, and Time Required

Have a notebook devoted to this class, an email, and, of course, a computer you use that can get onto the Internet.

Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per week.

Tuition/Fees for this course

SCN members: $128. Non-SCN members: $160.

Instructor Bio

Ginger Miles is an award-winning independent writer and producer of nationally distributed programs on National Public Radio and PRI. Her work is in two permanent collections: the Museum of Television and Radio, New York City, and the Center for American History at the University of Texas/Austin. Visit her website.