NYWIFT Masterclass Series: Nonfiction Audio Development

Join NYWIFT for our inaugural Masterclass Series: Nonfiction Audio Development with critically-acclaimed Podcast Creator and Producer Jamie Zelermyer

Audio storytelling is more popular than ever and can often be a less expensive option for creators. When it seems impossible to get a project made there are now more and more viable paths forward. Podcasts challenge us to take the listener on a visceral journey without visuals while still respecting structure, story, and character. 

In this series of three masterclasses, through case studies and conversation, creators of all levels will learn about development through completion – starting with an initial idea through to a finished audio piece. Use this seminar to help jumpstart your next creative endeavor! 

Price: $25 for Members* / $60 for Non-Members

Price includes admission for all three sessions.
*Executive, Platinum, and Leadership Circle members attend for free. Contact membership@nywift.org to upgrade your membership. 


Date: Wednesday, November 1
Time: 6:30 – 8pm ET

Session 1 will focus on development. Do you have an original idea and always wonder if it would be a good podcast? What types of podcasts are there? How do we know if something can be sustained over multiple episodes? Have you ever thought about the difference in storytelling with and without visuals? 

Thursday, November 16
Time: 6:30 – 8pm ET

Session 2 will focus on post production and editing. This session will explore the basics of production – equipment and editing. We’ll look at the process of taking raw interviews and turning them into an episode or series. Topics will include outlines, interview prep and what types of audio are important to think about as you record interviews.

Date: Thursday, November 30
Time: 6:30 – 8pm ET

Session 3 will present a case study of an original Wonder Media Network podcast currently in production. Host and creator Adesuwa Agbonile (also a Producer on I Was Never There) will join us to talk about her new audio show Backlash. She will talk us through the process from start to finish and together Jamie and Adesuwa will give an overview on how a show can get into listeners’ ears.

About the Instructors

Jamie Zelermyer has been a New York based Producer, Creator and Production Executive for the past 20 plus years. She is the co-host and creator of I Was Never There, an award winning serialized eight episode non- fiction podcast, that premiered at The Tribeca Festival in 2022. I Was Never There cracked the top 20 on Apple Podcasts and was on the New York Times Best Podcasts of 2022 list. She was the VP, Physical Production at Focus Features / Rogue Pictures. Prior to Focus Jamie was a Line Producer and Production Manager working on films such as Igby Goes Down, Boys Don’t Cry and You Can Count on Me. Jamie is the former President of the Board of Directors of New York Women In Film & Television, and is an adviser on NYWIFT’s The Writers Lab, a program for female writers over 40 funded by Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman. 


Adesuwa Agbonile a Nigerian-American audio producer, journalist and writer based in Brooklyn. She’s worked on podcasts including I Was Never There, Teaching Texas, and As She Rises. Currently, she’s working on Backlash, an Audible Original series that focuses on moments of backlash during the Civil Rights movement. She loves stories that twist her conception of reality. 




About the NYWIFT Masterclass Series

The NYWIFT Masterclass Series offers in-depth virtual multi-class workshops that explore various aspects of the film, television, and media industry. Led by award-winning experts, the classes will teach students about the craft, content, and business strategies involved in each creative pursuit, building a solid foundation for artistic fulfillment and commercial success.

2023 NYWIFT Masterclasses will include TV Writing, Podcasting, and Budgeting, with more to be announced soon.

November 1 @ 6:30pm — November 30 @ 8:00pm
6:30 pm — 8:00 pm (697h 30′)

This program will take place virtually as a webinar via Zoom. Please register in advance, and all registrants will receive a link to attend the webinar the day of the event.

We encourage you to download and create a Zoom account in advance.




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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.