MATV offers a range of classes in media production for all ages and levels of experience. (For youth classes, visit our Youth Programs.)
The starting point for all workshops is the MATV orientation which is offered monthly and is free of charge. Orientation includes a tour of MATV and a review of our history, programs, and services. After Orientation, MATV members can sign up for classes in portable video camera production, studio production, editing and journalism.

 Click here to see our schedule of classes


Adult Classes

Adult Programs 2019

To sign up for a class, scroll down to the Adult Class registration form at the bottom of this page and submit it online.

If this is your first time to take a class, you need to become a member! It is $25 per year. 



An overview of our history, structure, services, and programs.  This presentation is open to anyone in the Malden community who wishes to be involved with MATV in any capacity.  The orientation is also a prerequisite for all of the MATV production courses.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 6:30 – 8:00pm

No fee          Presenter: Anne D’Urso-Rose, Associate Director


Holiday Greetings Workshop

Come learn how to use portable equipment and studio setup to record high quality videos in this condensed hands-on workshop! This class is built around one of our most popular projects, Holiday Greetings, where community members and organizations record creative video greetings for the holiday season. Each 2-hour workshop will cover the basics of camera, lighting, sound and background choice (green screen vs. a regular set for studio production). After the workshop, you will record 2 holiday greetings with staff help and then independently apply what you have learned on a real shoot, which is the best way to learn. You can choose to take one of the workshops for $20, or both for a discounted price of $30.

On-location shooting using portable equipment
6:30-8:30pm, Tuesday, Dec 3, Fee: 20, Instructors: MATV staff

Studio Production (regular set and green screen)
6:30-8:30pm Wednesday, Dec 4, Fee: 20, Instructors: MATV staff




Media Mixers

MATV is pleased to continue our “Media Mixer” series of events. These are a chance for folks to gather socially and then experience an audio-visual presentation by a guest speaker followed by an interactive discussion about a variety of different media and arts-related topics.

Classes & Workshops

Due to COVID-19, our regular workshops are temperately on hold. But we are starting to offer virtual workshops as an alternative.

Storytelling Workshop

What is your story? Where do you come from?

Tuesday October 6, 13
7:00-8:30 PM
Fee: $ 20*


“Where are you from?” is a question that is often asked and usually replied to with a geographic location. Yet we are so much more than a place on a map. We are from types of food, of people and customs. We are from habits and feelings and smells and sounds. We are from places we’ve been to and challenges we’ve overcome. These influences are just as much “where we are from” and what makes us who we are as the country or region or city of our birth.

In this “Where I am From“ writing workshop, participants will work with spoken-word artist CD Collins to compose and present a “Where I Am From” poem (no poetry-writing or performance experience required). Participants will get to know each other through writing exercises and will be walked through the process of writing their poems. A virtual public reading will be held several weeks following the two-part class.

Students’ feedback from last spring’s class

“I was amazed that there were so many different voices and how far we all came in our writing. At first I was not sure I could use the techniques the instructor taught, but then I realized they worked!”

“I liked that our professor participated in the class activities, and made everything lively. We learned so much about each other and about ourselves. I wish I could have more classes like this.” 

Meet the instructor: CD Collins

“CD Collins has the voice of a natural-born storyteller. Original and unforgettable.”

Stephen McCauley author, The Object of My Affection.
CD Collins

Kentucky native CD Collins follows the storytelling traditions of the South, both as a solo artist and when accompanied by musicians. She is one of the originators of the resurgence of spoken-word with live music. Her work is represented in five compact discs, one of which won Best Spoken-Word album at the Boston Poetry Awards.

Ms. Collins has performed in a variety of venues including Berklee College of Music Performance Hall, Boston Public Library, Club Passim, Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, the New York Public Library. She was guest at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. for a pilot conference to advance the development of innovative technologies that support the inclusion of people with disabilities.

She is the author of three books, a collection of short stories Blue Land (Polyho Press), a poetry collection (Ibbetson Street Press) and a novel Afterheat (Empty City Press). Her fiction has appeared in numerous literary magazines including StoryQuarterly, Phoebe, Salamander and The Pennsylvania Review.

She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Kentucky where she studied with author and environmental activist Wendell Berry. More information at www.cdcollins.com

*This workshop is sponsored by Malden Reads. Grant-Subsidized Fee to participants: $20. This project is coordinated through MATV/UMA (Urban Media Arts) and is offered with funding support from the community-wide reading program, Malden Reads: One City, One Book. MATV/UMA and Malden Reads believe in the power of storytelling to bring people together and find common ground across the spectrum of differences that may divide us.

Past Classes & Workshops

Citizen Journalism Class (via Zoom)

Tuesday July 7, 14, 21, & 28
7:30-8:45 PM
Fee: $ 60

With the newspaper business struggling and new form of digital media emerging, local writers and reporters are stepping forward to write important stories about their communities. Would you like to join their ranks?

In this 4-session course, we will review and practice principles of journalism and basic reporting. Students will improve their writing and reporting skills and see their work published.

Instructor Stephanie Schorow is a veteran journalist, who has worked for the Boston Herald, the Associated Press and numerous publications, both print and online.

Virtual Workshop (via Zoom): Podcasting for Beginners 

Subject: Marketing and Promotion

This workshop will be offered via Zoom. It’s perfect for those who already have a solid podcast plan or who have already begun to record to take the next step in putting their podcast out there–hosting, distributing, marketing and even monetizing. Learn the secrets to building a strong and engaged audience, figure out which hosting site is right for you, and learn about how to develop a web and social media presence to get your podcast out in the world!
Wednesday & Thursday, April 8 & 9 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Fee: $25 for members or $40 for non-members

Contact: Hailey Hao hailey@matv.org

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Presenter: Heather McCormack , Boston Free Radio Station Manager & Youth Media Program Director at Somerville Media Center



An overview of our history, structure, services, and programs.  This presentation is open to anyone in the Malden community who wishes to be involved with MATV in any capacity.  The orientation is also a prerequisite for all of the MATV production courses. To sign up for Orientation, click here.
Cancelled due to COVID-19 6:30 – 8:00 pm
No fee Presenter: Anne D’Urso-Rose, Associate Director

Podcasting for Beginners Sessions 1 and 2

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Movie Factory (Cancelled due to COVID-19) 

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Basic Portable Production (Camera & Editing) (Cancelled due to COVID-19)


Learn how to professionally shoot and edit your own videos. This class will cover the basics of portable camera operation using our professional Sony NX70U cameras, shooting technique and general pre-production planning. After each participant practices shooting their own footage, they will learn the basics of nonlinear editing with Final Cut Pro X software, including importing and organizing footage, selecting clips, timeline management, and adding transitions and titles. Additional editing training is available.

PREREQUISITE: Orientation.
Class size is 1- 4 participants.

Class currently available on request. Contact Hailey at hailey@matv.org.

Fee: $35          Instructors: Guillermo Hamlin & James Mudge

Intermediate – Final Cut X (Cancelled due to COVID-19)

The next in the editing workshop series, this two-session class will instruct participants in organizing clips and information; adding music and editing sound clips; using keyframes for motions such as zooming into clips; and other “beyond the basics” exploration of Final Cut X.  Participants will work on a guided project during the class and on their own time. PREREQUISITE: Basic Final Cut X (including certification)
Currently being scheduled on demand for individuals & small groups Flexible dates & times. Contact james@matv.org

Fee: $30          Instructor: James Mudge, Director of Programming & Production