Online Course: Introduction to Podcasting


In this introductory course, participants will practice and hone their science communication skills and apply them specifically to podcasting. Participants will use improvisational techniques combined with strategies for structuring content in a dynamic and interactive 5-week online course, culminating in a recorded podcast interview with the instructors. Topics include: using vivid language, conversational tone, and effective vocal delivery, adapting your message, and creating story.

  • Use conversational tone and vivid language in communicating their science in recorded and live audio
  • Create a brief, dynamic audio recording that tells a story about their work
  • Gain confidence in talking about their research to non-experts
  • Adapt their message to different audiences
  • Use vocal delivery to enhance meaning in oral communication
  • Communicate their science as an interview guest on a podcast
Participants must attend all scheduled sessions:
  • Session 1: May 22, 2019, 7:00-8:30pm
  • Session 2: May 29, 2019, 7:00-8:30pm
  • Session 3: June 5, 2019, 7:00-8:30pm
  • Session 4: June 12, 2019, 7:00-8:30pm
  • Session 5: June 19, 2019, 7:00-8:30pm

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Workshop Instructor(s)
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Elizabeth Bojsza, MFA

Assistant Professor of Practice

Elizabeth is an assistant professor of practice and the improvisation lead at the Alda Center. In addition to teaching on campus, she oversees curriculum development and instructor training, and serves as the advisor for Stony Brook University’s Advanced Graduate Certificate in Communicating Science. She finds it incredibly rewarding to apply the skills of analysis and feedback that she honed as a theater artist to designing curriculum and facilitating experiential learning for scientists and medical professionals. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in theater and has trained instructors and teachers in various contexts including non-profit theater and higher education.

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Ken Weitzman


Ken is an associate professor of English and writing at Stony Brook University, and an affiliated faculty member at the Alda Center. As a professional playwright, his work has been commissioned and produced at major theaters across the country and internationally. He’s taught dramatic writing to graduate and undergraduates for more than 20 years using structured improvisation as a writing technique. With the Alda Center, Ken develops curricula, particularly as related to writing and storytelling, and co-taught the Center’s podcasting class.