As we often hear, a photograph is worth 1,000 words. What if the story you wish to tell exceeds that word count? This intensive week-long workshop offers photographers the opportunity to learn how to express their unique personal stories not only through their lens, but also with their pens!
The workshop begins with a review of the writing process and structure basics, where students will learn effective techniques for moving beyond the dreaded blank sheet of paper to recording meaningful stories that inform, educate, entertain, and inspire their audiences. Additional lecture topics throughout the week include utilizing a storytelling arc, making smooth transitions, critiquing and editing your work, and generating new ideas as we grow as artists.
Through daily interactive exercises and challenging assignments aimed at applying these new skills, participants will explore and experiment with blending these two communication arts in a variety of domains, such as artist/personal statements, blog posts, editorial queries and articles, and poetry. In addition, students will spend time in the field each day to continue to polishing their observation, engagement, and recording skills for both photography and writing. Daily critiques conducted in a supportive learning environment will offer constructive feedback and encouragement for future applications.
Tailored for the intermediate and advanced photographer, this workshop does not require nor assume any previous writing experience. By the end of this educational and inspirational session, students will feel more confident in communicating their knowledge, passions, and experiences through their photographs and words.
Students are encouraged to bring a digital SLR, a notebook, and laptop to support field work, writing assignments, and image processing. Students should also bring up to 3 photographs to present during student introductions.