Lens and Pens: Blending Photography & Writing to Share Your Stories

Express your uniques personal stories through a combination of images and writing.


© Colleen Miniuk SperryAs 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.

 

Instructors

Colleen Miniuk-Sperry

As an award-winning, internationally-published outdoor photographer and writer, Colleen Miniuk-Sperry supports a wide range of assignments for editorial clients, fine art, and stock.  Her work has been published in National Geographic calendars, the Arizona Highways magazine, books, and calendars, Outdoor Photographer, AAA Highroads, AAA VIA, Smith-Southwestern calendars, and a broad variety of other publications.  

In late 2011, she co-authored and published the book, Wild in Arizona: Photographing Arizona’s Wildflowers, A Guide to When, Where, and How, which garnered multiple international book awards, including International Book Awards “Best Nature Photography Book” and the USA Book Awards “Best Travel Guide.”  In February 2014, she releases her second guidebook, Photographing Acadia National Park:  The Essential Guide to When, Where, and How.

Colleen leads photography workshops for the Arizona Highways Photography Workshops, The Nature Conversancy, Arizona Wildlife Federation, Through Each Others Eyes, and numerous private clientele.  Colleen is an active Associate of Through Each Others Eyes (TEOE) and a board member of Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA).  In addition, she’s served three times as an Artist-in-Residence at Acadia National Pak.

Armed with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan, Colleen Miniuk-Sperry moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1997 to begin a 10-year project management career at Intel Corporation.  As an outlet to corporate life, she began making photographs of the western United States landscapes in late 2001.  In early 2007, she left Intel to pursue a full-time career in photography and writing.  Originally hailing from Ohio, Arkansas, and Illinois, Colleen currently resides in Chandler, Arizona.