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Sound of Life Storytelling Workshop

  • 08/24-08/25
  • Aug. 24-25
  • Sherrill Center - Ingles Mountain View Room

This 2-day workshop is co-sponsored by UNC Asheville's Department of Mass Communication.

Information below is provided by John Kirtley, founder of Sound of Life:

When: August 24-25, 2018

Where: Asheville, NC

Venue: University of North Carolina Asheville

Registration: $65 professionals, $25 students. There are a limited number of discounted hotel rooms for workshop attendees. Register for the workshop, book your room, check out speaker bios and course descriptions at

Mission: To ignite and/or reignite a passion for the importance of memorable storytelling. This two-day workshop will bring in some of the best journalists in the country to share their insights and tips. For storytelling to be successful, it has to be a newsroom philosophy, so this workshop aims to attract journalists from all aspects of the industry, including reporters, solo journalists, photojournalists, producers, digital producers, investigators, managers, students and professors. The workshop will follow the tradition of the nearly sold-out 2017 Sound Of Life Storytelling Workshop.

New this year: One-on-one critiques with the speakers and the Sound Of Life Storytelling Awards (each attendee gets two free entries).


● Al Tompkins ​- ​Senior Faculty Member at The Poynter Institute in Tampa, FL - master journalism trainer on a variety of topics, including reporting, social media and critical thinking 

● Joe Fryer - ​NBC News Correspondent based in Los Angeles, CA - legendary local storyteller taking it to the network level 

● Matt Mrozinski ​- ​Storytellers Founder and Director of Photojournalism at KING in Seattle, WA - passionate about implementing the storytelling basics to every story 

● Forrest Sanders ​-​Solo Journalist at WSMV in Nashville, TN - award-winning daily and long-form solo journalist  

● Adrienne Broaddus ​- ​Anchor/Solo Journalist at KARE in Minneapolis, MN - passionate about going the extra mile under daily deadlines 

● Eric Sander - ​Chief Photojournalist at WGCL in Atlanta, GA - award-winning photojournalist focused on newsroom cultures 

● Alanna Delfino ​- ​Photojournalist at WBFF in Baltimore, MD - award-winning general assignment photojournalist  

● Brandi Smith ​- ​Reporter at KHOU in Houston, TX - appeared on​ The Ellen DeGeneres Show in response to her human coverage of Hurricane Harvey 

Contact for this event:

  • Don Diefenbach
  • 828.251.6731