Summer Intensives



Digging In: An Artists' Retreat (ONLINE)
 

Are you in the middle of telling a story? Do you need a place to dig in and rejuvenate your work? Are you interested in exercising strategies for liberation in your telling? This week brings together makers and documentarians who use a myriad of tools like audio, moving image, photography, print, writing, and installation to engage people. Join us for a productive, invigorating, and transformative week of digging deep and making meaningful progress on individual projects. This retreat will help you delve into the work that’s most important to you (work that’s often hard to make time for). Whether you have a story you’re trying to finish, a project you’re researching or developing, a proposal you need to write, or just want space to think about your creative trajectory, spend a week as part of a great group of creatives, all of whom are doing the same thing! Guiding the way will be instructors Ligaiya Romero and Mendal Polish. (40 hours)


Ligaiya Romero (pronouns: they, them, theirs) is a documentary filmmaker and cultural organizer working with collective memory and the decolonial imagination. Ligaiya was the Video Producer & Editor for The Argus Project, a transmedia documentary on police violence and citizen counter-surveillance, in collaboration with CopWatch NYC. The project was supported by Tribeca New Media Fund and presented at Tribeca Film Festival in 2016. Ligaiya was a fellow at Firelight Media's Documentary Story Lab and is currently a member of the Queer Producers Collective. Recently, as a Visiting Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, Ligaiya worked with a group of students to produce a short documentary about the student-led movement to remove the UNC confederate monument, Silent Sam.


Mendal Polish is a graduate of Duke University’s MFA in Experimental Documentary Arts program and has taught an LGBTQ Cinemas class for Duke’s Arts in the Moving Image program. She has spent most of her adult life facilitating citizen journalism classes for groups involved in political struggles as well as digital literacy classes at the Prison Reentry Center in Philadelphia. Originally from San Francisco, Mendal began making movies in high school as a vehicle for activism and education, and has been creating media in many forms ever since. Last fall, she curated an audio installation, The Body and Queer Listening, which featured eleven sound artists and premiered at the Power Plant Gallery in Durham, North Carolina. Currently, she is a teaching artist and empire resister in Philadelphia. Mendal spent 2017–2018 teaching a variety of media classes at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, and is happy to return to Durham.



Additional information:

This course will be held using Zoom. The instructor will send further instructions for class access and equipment needed closer to the start date. 

Helpful links for students:

Join a Zoom meeting: https://youtu.be/hIkCmbvAHQQ

Meeting controls : https://youtu.be/ygZ96J_z4AY


Please keep in mind that, while students need to be available during the listed course times, some of that time will be devoted to working on individual projects. Your instructor will communicate with you about the class schedule and the times that the class will convene online as a group as well as the times that will be spent working on your own..


Hours for the Intensive are:

Sunday, July 26: 3 p.m.–9 p.m.

Monday–Friday, July 27–31: 9 a.m.–9 p.m.

Saturday, August 1: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.




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Center for Documentary Studies
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Romero 7/26 - 8/1 Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su Varied $675.00 View

Intensive Introduction to Documentary Studies: Ethics and Practice (ONLINE)
 


This intensive, weeklong class is designed for distance students who are pursuing the Certificate in Documentary Arts and fulfills their introductory course requirement, but it is also ideal for any student wishing to get a grasp of documentary work and practice. This course will feature a variety of guest speakers, including photographers, filmmakers, writers, and audio producers. We emphasize not only methodologies but also philosophies and ethics of fieldwork in different settings. Students will explore examples of documentary work, and at the final meeting will present project proposals of their own. These proposals may be the beginning of long-term documentary initiatives or simply a means to help decide on the direction of a future project. (38 hours)


Michelle Lanier is the newly appointed director of the N.C. Division of State Historic Sites and Properties. She was formerly the acting director of North Carolina’s African American Heritage Commission and Curator of Multicultural Initiatives with North Carolina’s State Historic Sites. She has been an instructor at CDS since 2000. She uses her background as an oral historian and folklorist to connect communities around personal narratives and cultural expression. She has traveled to Panama and Ghana to document African Diaspora funerary traditions, and her ethnographic work in a South Carolina Gullah community led to her role as a liaison to the Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor. Growing up in a family that includes veterans of five American wars has inspired her current work, training students to collect veterans’ narratives.


Joy Salyers is a folklorist and a professional adviser on ethical and effective practice for individuals, organizations, and projects. She helps clients place an honest and compassionate assessment of themselves into the context of the systems within which they work. Salyers is also a writer, performer, and lecturer. She serves on advisory groups for several current documentary projects, and has taught in CDS’s continuing education programs for more than a decade. See www.joysalyers.com.


Additional information:

This course will be held using Zoom. The instructor will send further instructions for class access and equipment needed closer to the start date. 

Helpful links for students:

Join a Zoom meeting: https://youtu.be/hIkCmbvAHQQ

Meeting controls : https://youtu.be/ygZ96J_z4AY


Please keep in mind that, while students need to be available during the listed course times, some of that time will be devoted to working on individual projects. Your instructor will communicate with you about the class schedule and the times that the class will convene online as a group as well as the times that will be spent working on your own..


Section A

Taught by Michelle Lanier

Sunday, June 7: 5 p.m.–9 p.m.

Monday–Thursday, June 8–11: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Friday, June 12: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.


Section B

Taught by Joy Salyers

Sunday, August 2: 5 p.m.–9 p.m.

Monday–Thursday, August 3–6: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Friday, August 7: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.




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Center for Documentary Studies
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Lanier 6/7 - 6/12 Mo Tu We Th Fr Su Varied $540.00 View
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ST515SU20B
Center for Documentary Studies
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Salyers 8/2 - 8/7 Mo Tu We Th Fr Su Varied $540.00 View

Making It Sing: An Audio Documentary Intensive (ONLINE)
 

This intensive six-day workshop for producers with some experience—or a lot—gives you a chance to focus on a challenging project or to stretch and try something new. You’ve recorded interviews and gathered sound, and you’re ready to construct a six- to twelve-minute audio piece, or part of a larger podcast episode or series. You’ll bring your own recordings—logged, transcribed, and ready to go. You’ll get instructive sessions and personal, small-group guidance from seasoned radio producers, and from your peers, as you structure and script your story, record your narration tracks (if any), and mix your piece on CDS’s Hindenburg workstations—or, if you prefer, on your laptop with your own editing software. Saturday morning, we listen! The intensive concludes that day with a presentation of student work (or works in progress) ending by 1 p.m. See the course blog for a preliminary schedule and more. The intensive will be led by John Biewen, along with a guest instructor. (35 hours)


John Biewen is audio program director at the Center for Documentary Studies, where he teaches and produces its documentary podcast, Scene on Radio. Before coming to CDS, John reported for Minnesota Public Radio, NPR News, and American RadioWorks. His work has aired on programs such as All Things Considered, This American Life, Studio 360, and the BBC World Service. Since its launch in 2015, Scene on Radio has received more than five million downloads and the show’s Seeing White series was nominated for a 2017 Peabody Award. John is co-editor of the book Reality Radio: Telling True Stories in Sound.  


Additional information:

This course will be held using Zoom. The instructor will send further instructions for class access and equipment needed closer to the start date. 

Helpful links for students:

Join a Zoom meeting: https://youtu.be/hIkCmbvAHQQ

Meeting controls : https://youtu.be/ygZ96J_z4AY


Please keep in mind that, while students need to be available during the listed course times, some of that time will be devoted to working on individual projects. Your instructor will communicate with you about the class schedule and the times that the class will convene online as a group as well as the times that will be spent working on your own..


Hours for the Intensive are:

Monday, July 20: 3 p.m.–5 p.m.

Tuesday–Friday, July 21–24: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Saturday, July 25: 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

AIR stipend: Members of the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) can claim one of five $100 stipends to attend Making It Sing. Recipients are asked to communicate to AIR's membership, via tweets or a post to AIRdaily, about their experience, and to write a short evaluation afterwards. Stipends are first-come, first served.

See the application form here, and you may contact [email protected] for more information.




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AU535SU20
Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Biewen 7/20 - 7/25 Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Varied $855.00 View

Master Class: Nonfiction Writing (ONLINE)
 


This online workshop gives you the opportunity for a dive deep into what makes writing matter―from gathering information to crafting it into compelling sentences. You’ll tap into the skills of professional writers for an intense week of instruction, discussion, writing, workshopping, and revision. You’ll learn to read like a writer, sussing out what makes writing work. You’ll read and discuss excellent writing created by experts as well as the ongoing projects of fellow students, work individually with the instructors to refine and shape your own projects, and participate in round-table discussions with accomplished authors and journalists. Two hours of each instructional day will be set aside for sustained, concentrated writing. This is a workshop on craft, structure, and the art of writing great nonfiction, and a rare opportunity to be guided closely by top writers. (35 hours)

Haven Kimmel is the author of eight books: Two memoirs, the #1 New York Times bestseller A Girl Named Zippy and She Got Up Off the Couch, and Other Heroic Tales from Mooreland, Indiana; four novels; and two books for children. She graduated from Ball State University with a degree in creative writing and studied with the novelist Lee Smith at North Carolina State University. She is currently working on a horror novel and a nonfiction collection of essays about Quakerism. She lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Janine Latus is a freelance journalist and the author of If I Am Missing or Dead: A Sister’s Story of Love, Murder and Liberation, which made bestseller lists in New York, London, and Toronto. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a former board member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Her work has appeared in Discover, O, The Oprah Magazine, Parents, Fitness, More, and dozens of other magazines and websites. She is at work on her second book, helping young adults understand the full spectrum of abuse in relationships.

Barry Yeoman is a Durham, North Carolina–based freelance magazine journalist whose recent work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Guardian, onEarth, National Wildlife, and The Baffler. He is the author of “The Gutbucket King,” a longform multimedia profile of New Orleans bluesman Little Freddie King, published by The New New South. He specializes in putting human faces on complex social, political, and environmental issues. His website is barryyeoman.com.


Additional information:

This course will be held using Zoom. The instructor will send further instructions for class access and equipment needed closer to the start date. 

Helpful links for students:

Join a Zoom meeting: https://youtu.be/hIkCmbvAHQQ

Meeting controls : https://youtu.be/ygZ96J_z4AY


Please keep in mind that, while students need to be available during the listed course times, some of that time will be devoted to working on individual projects. Your instructor will communicate with you about the class schedule and the times that the class will convene online as a group as well as the times that will be spent working on your own.


Section A

Taught by Barry Yeoman and Haven Kimmel

Monday–Friday, June 8–12: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.


Section B

Taught by Barry Yeoman and Janine Latus

Monday–Friday, August 3–7: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.





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WR535SU20A
Center for Documentary Studies
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Yeoman 6/8 - 6/12 Mo Tu We Th Fr 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM $675.00 View
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Center for Documentary Studies
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Yeoman 8/3 - 8/7 Mo Tu We Th Fr 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM $675.00 View

Mining the Archives: A Photography Intensive (ONLINE)
 

A view of Dawnbreaker Farms in Orange County, NC, by 2017 Beyond the Frame student Ellie Marshall.


In a time of confinement, many of us have the opportunity to do deep dives into the photographic elements of our personal archives. These archives can be family photos, personal projects, or a life’s work—the challenge is how to make sense of these materials. This intensive will examine the photo elements of your personal archives.  As a class we will share our collected materials, and through group feedback, we will edit and sequence this photography to find meaningful narratives, examining the images’ modes of creation and context. We will meet virtually via Zoom conferences and post work onto a group blog for a shared experience. Students may use born-digital materials but should have the capacity to digitize analog images and artifacts. Our goals will be unique to each student, whether it’s to discover a family history narrative, clarify one’s personal vision and style, refine a singular project, or find inspiration for new projects via new work or a new curation of an archive. (38 hours/All Levels)

Bryce Lankard is a North Carolina native and graduate of UNC–Chapel Hill. His work has been published in numerous magazines, including the Village Voice and the New York Times Magazine. In 1995 he cofounded Tribe Magazine in New Orleans, serving as creative director. After Hurricane Katrina, he cofounded the nonprofit New Orleans Photo Alliance. Since returning to North Carolina, he has helped develop and coordinate what is now the Click! Triangle Photography Festival. His most recent project, Drawn to Water, debuted as a solo exhibition at Flanders Gallery in Raleigh in October 2016.

Additional information:
This course will be held using Zoom. The instructor will send further instructions for class access and equipment needed closer to the start date. 
Helpful links for students:
Join a Zoom meeting: https://youtu.be/hIkCmbvAHQQ
Meeting controls: https://youtu.be/ygZ96J_z4AY

Please keep in mind that, while students need to be available during the listed course times, some of that time will be devoted to working on individual projects. Your instructor will communicate with you about the class schedule and the times that the class will convene online as a group as well as the times that will be spent working on your own.


Hours for the intensive are:
Sunday, June 7: 5 p.m.–9 p.m.
Monday–Thursday, June 8–11: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday, June 12: 9 a.m.–9 p.m.





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PH501SU20
Center for Documentary Studies
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Lankard 6/7 - 6/12 Mo Tu We Th Fr Su Varied $675.00 View