In this hour-long masterclass, Francesca Specter, host of the Alonement podcast, founder of the Podcast To Platform course and Times self-help book of the year author (Alonement: How To Be Alone & Absolutely Own It), will take you through a comprehensive overview of everything you need to launch your first podcast, from creating your brand identity and planning your show format to getting to grips with basic editing software.

Based on her experience of launching her own hit show, Francesca’s teaching is informed by her key principles of good podcasting for journalists – which include mastering the technical basics; sticking by your decisions; nailing down your concept and establishing a streamlined workflow, all the while injecting fun and curiosity at every stage.

The class draws inspiration from her unique journey of launching a podcast in order to network within the wider creative industry (her season one guests included Alain De Botton and ex-Vogue editor-in-chief, Alexandra Shulman), amplify her voice and to secure a debut book deal, which she did within months of her podcast launch.

Francesca Specter is the host of the Alonement podcast and creator of Podcast To Platform, a 5-week course tailored specifically for journalists, writers & creatives looking to launch their own interview podcast (waiting list now open for the spring term at, dates tbc). She is also the author of Alonement: How To Be Alone & Absolutely Own It, a Times self-help book of the year.

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