About PodTales

PodTales, a festival of audio drama and fiction podcasting, is the only event in the United States dedicated to the burgeoning art forms of imaginative audio storytelling. This year, PodTales will hold its first annual festival on October 20, 2019 at Lesley University’s Porter Square campus in Cambridge, MA.

Independent podcasting has put the tools of broadcast media into the hands of more people than ever before, tapping into the power of sound and voice as storytelling media; contemporary story podcasts span the full gamut of fiction genres, from fantasy, sci-fi, and horror, to romance, psychological drama, and thriller, to the literary and experimental. This growing form incorporates a variety of powerful artistic elements—writing, voice acting, and sound design and production—to create a unique and immersive story experience.

PodTales is a brand new festival celebrating a medium of storytelling that has experienced an explosion in popularity and a creative renaissance in recent years. The audience for audio drama, audio fiction, and real-play podcasts is diverse, energized, and quickly growing. PodTales will be the first podcasting festival in the country devoted exclusively to imaginative audio storytelling.

As part of our mission, PodTales fosters a friendly and creative environment for its attendees and features:


Free Admission
By making admission free to the general public, PodTales seeks to expand the audience for independent audio drama and fiction podcasts, as well as offering a rewarding community event.

Local ExhibitorsWith an abundance of local podcasters, PodTales offers podcast listeners the opportunity for personal contact with the creators of their favorite podcasts.

Special GuestsPodTales is proud to spotlight nationally known producers, writers, sound designers, and voice actors from inside and outside the Boston region.

Family-Friendly ActivitiesPodTales ensures that exhibitors with kid-friendly materials are easily found, and offers workshops geared toward both young listeners and budding podcasters.

Hands-on WorkshopsAttendees of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to learn the craft of storytelling through sound from experts and educators.

Panel DiscussionsPodTales makes a special effort to engage the diverse interests of the Boston community, exploring how independent fiction podcasting responds to popular media, reflects social concerns, and contributes to mass culture.

PodTales logo and Audio Mouse designed by Braden Lamb.