Werk It 2017 Released a Schedule

Werk It 2017 is the only all-woman podcast festival on the planet. Werk It presents workshops, demonstrations, mentoring sessions, and NSFW conversations about working in audio and digital media. It will take place on October 3-5, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. Werk It 2017 has released a schedule.

Keep in mind that the schedule is subject to change as more presenters are added. It is a good idea to check the Werk It 2017 website regularly for updates to the schedule.

October 3: Podcast Bootcamp

  • 9:30AM: Keynote: My Podcast Gives Me Joy (And Health Insurance)
  • 10:00 AM: Set It Up
  • 10:45 AM: Myth: All the Great Podcast Ideas are Taken
  • 11:05 AM: Talk With Your Voice
  • 11:45 AM: Lunch Break
  • 1:00 PM: Hot Tape
  • 1:45 PM: I have 100 hours of tape. Some of it’s hot. Now what?
  • 2:45 PM: Put Yourself In My Ears
  • 3:30 PM: They Won’t Come To You: How to Find, Hook and Bedazzle Your Audience
  • 4:00 PM: Start Your Clocks: 7 Things You Have to Do Before Your Launch
  • 4:30 PM: Pitching Like a Boss

October 4: Werk It Main Stage

  • 9:00 AM: Opening Remarks, Laura Walker, President and CEO, New York Public Radio
  • 9:15 AM: Keynote: Patricia De Stacy Harrison, President and CEO, Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • 9:30 AM: What They Didn’t Tell Me About Podcasting
  • 10:15 AM: Scoring: How To Do It Well, And Legally
  • 11:10 AM: Creativity Doesn’t Just Happen
  • 11:45 AM: Lunch Break
  • 1:00 PM Live Taping of Recode/Decode with Kara Swisher + Guest Ilene Chaiken
  • 2:00 PM: The $1 Million Podcast
  • 3:00 PM: Make Your Ads As Good As Your Shows
  • 3:45 PM: Pitch Time!

October 4: Werk It Second Stage

  • 12:00 PM: Start-Up, With Lisa Chow
  • 1:00 PM: Another Round, with Tracy Clayton, Heben Nigatu and Eleanor Kagen
  • 2:00 PM: Stuff Mom Never Told You, with Emilie Aries and Bridget Todd
  • 3:00 PM: Making Oprah, With Jenn White and Tricia Bobeda
  • 4:00 PM: Accused, with Amber Hunt

October 5: Werk It Main Stage

  • 9:00 AM: Keynote: Nina Jacobson in Conversation with Erica Williams Simon
  • 9:30 AM: Creating Universes
  • 10:15 AM: Extreme Engagement
  • 11:00 AM: Don’t Point
  • 11:45 AM: Lunch Break
  • 1:00 PM: Embedded Live, with Kelly McEvers
  • 2:00 PM: Ask the Ethicist
  • 2:45 PM: Question Everything
  • 3:30 PM: The Future Of Love, Lust and Listening
  • 4:15 PM: This Is Not A Joke

October 5: Werk It Second Stage

  • 11:00 AM: Where Should We Begin?, with Esther Perel and Jesse Baker
  • 12:00 PM: Plz Advise, with Molly McAleer and Kristina Lopez
  • 1:00 PM: Terrible, Thanks For Asking, with Nora McInerny
  • 2:00 PM: Big Time Dicks, with Joanna Rothkopf and Prachi Gupta
  • 3:00 PM: There Goes The Neighborhood, with Rebecca Carroll and Anna Scott, and Celeste Wesson
  • 4:00 PM: Sleepover, with Veronica Simmonds

You Can Now Register for Werk It 2017

Werk It is described as “a women’s podcast festival”. This year, it will take place on October 3-5 in Los Angeles, California. Registration is now open.

Werk It is for women in all stages of their careers currently working in or hoping to break into audio and digital media. Podcasters are welcome. Women who are not a podcaster right now are welcome, too. The daytime sessions of Werk It, including the Podcast Bootcamp, are created by and for women only. Men are welcome to purchase tickets to the tapings in the evenings.

Early registration for Werk It is open now. Discounted festival passes are available in limited quantities until May 1, 2017.

All-Access Pass – $499 (regular $550) includes:

  • Podcast Bootcamp (October 3)
  • Two-Day Werk It Festival (October 4-5)
  • Tickets to all 3 live podcast tapings (October 3, 4, 5)

Festival Pass – $450 (regular $499)

  • Podcast Bootcamp (October 3)
  • Two-Day Werk It (October 4-5)

Werk It Pass – $299 (regular $350)

  • Two Day Werk It (October 4-5)

Podcast Bootcamp Pass – $175 (regular $200)

  • Podcast Bootcamp (October 3)

Werk It offers a limited number of scholarships in order to ensure a robust mix of participants such as students, freelancers, and nonprofit employees who would otherwise be unable to attend. Scholarships will cover the cost of the sessions. Recipients will be responsible for travel expenses and tickets to the live tapings. Those who want to apply must do so before March 1, 2017.

Right now, Werk It is seeking pitches for Session ideas. Sessions typically run 45-60 minutes and will be recorded and edited in the Werk It podcast feed. Some are also streamed and shared as video.

When pitching a Session, consider the audience. Werk It attracts women in various stages of their careers and from around the world, all looking to meet others in the field and be challenged and inspired, and to walk away with new ideas.

In the past, Sessions have covered vocal fry, reporting vs. storytelling, social media and marketing, interviewing skills, sound design, talent management, career advice, editing, and more. They encourage you to think outside of the conference box. Anything to do with producing audio while female is fair game.