It's not uncommon seeing Welcome to Nightvale and other fiction podcasts on lists of top podcasts. Fans of audio fiction can't get enough stories right now, and even if you aren't interested in creating a fiction podcast, being able to tell good stories is a powerful thing.
Christopher Gronlund (http://www.christophergronlund.com/) tells stories on his monthly show, Not About Lumberjacks. On June 7, he'll tell you how he puts episodes together. He'll cover:
The Idea - Ideas don't matter unless you can determine good ideas from weak ideas -- and then do something with what you keep. Find out how to see ideas everywhere.
Planning the Story - Planning is not essential for writing a story, but it sure can help! Learn how to plan, write, and refine your stories.
Recording - Recording fiction is much different than recording an interview. Find out how to assume the roles of characters...and save your voice in the process.
Post-Production - Once the story is recorded, it's time to add music, sound effects, and music beds for mood. Find out where to get music and sounds for your podcast as well as tips for seamlessly including them in your stories.
Getting It Out There - While normal channels for releasing podcasts exist, fiction podcasts offer different opportunities for publicity and distribution. Find out what they are.
Tips and Tricks; Q&A - Christopher always wraps up a presentation with tips...and answers all your questions.
While this presentation focuses on fiction, almost all the concepts apply to whatever kind of podcast you create.
6:30 to 7:00 Networking
7:00 to 7:15 Discussion, show critiques, and podcasting tools
7:15 to 8:30 Presentation and Q&A
As always, come for the networking and presentation - stay for the free pizza and drinks (courtesy of Improving).