September 16, 2019

Learn to podcast at SIU presentation Sept. 19

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Podcasting is all the rage these days. But the truth is that anyone can get in on this audio or video broadcast on demand bandwagon; learn how at a free informational presentation at Southern Illinois University Carbondale Thursday.

Pinckney Benedict will present “The Studio in Your Pocket: Podcasting That’s Free, Simple and Fun” at 5 pm. Sept. 19 at One Innovation Place, located at 1745 Innovation Drive.

Learn to do it yourself

The 50-minute introduction to podcasting will include a demonstration of how to create your own podcast using existing resources and equipment. No previous podcasting experience is needed and everything will be explained in understandable terms for those who aren’t very tech-savvy.

People who do have some podcast experience will also learn how to spruce up their broadcasts and add production value.

Learn from an accomplished author

Pinckney Benedict, professor in the SIU English degree program and author, will be the speaker. He’s published the novel “Dogs of God” as well as three short fiction collections. His writings have also been published in a number of magazines and anthologies.

In addition, he wrote the screenplay for the film “Four Days,” starring William Forsythe, Lolita Davidovich, and the lyrics and libretto for “A: The Scarlet Letter,” the musical adaption of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel of nearly the same name.

Benedict has earned a number of awards and honors for his writing and taught at several institutions of higher learning as well as at well-known writers’ conferences, retreats and workshops.

A native of West Virginia, his undergraduate studies in English and creative writing were at Princeton University and he earned his master’s degree in creative writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

All are welcome

Everyone is welcome to attend the podcast presentation. There is no cost but seating is limited so organizers encourage people to arrive early to claim a spot. There is additional standing room.

For more information, call 618/453-6826 or email