A Master class in storytelling and creating compelling visual narratives.

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Book and magazine design/editing by Bill Marr.

This workshop is for the photographer with a completed or on-going visual project who wishes to take their work from a collection of images to a complete and compelling visual narrative. In this workshop we will examine the elements of storytelling to offer you a clear, step-by-step approach to refining your storytelling skills, organizing your images, and editing and sequencing your photographs for an exhibit, a book, or a publishable story.

During an instructive and collaborative week, Sarah Leen, award-winning Director of Photography, Emerita for National Geographic magazine and Founder of the Visual Thinking collective, and Bill Marr, former Creative Director at National Geographic and former Director of Photography at The Nature Conservancy, will work with you and your projects to introduce you to a skill set essential for every photographer: the art of visual storytelling, photo editing and sequencing.

Sarah and Bill bring years of experience in managing and presenting long-form visual narratives, and together they will set you on a path to achieving your project’s goals. In a fun, inspirational environment you will see presentations by the instructors, complete editing exercises and concentrate on organizing and editing your own projects learning from each other’s solutions and successes.

This week is not about creating new images but about taking your storytelling projects to the next level. This will be an eye-opening an inspiration week. Join us.

Photo editing by Sarah Leen


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Instructor: Bill Marr

William Marr’s 40-year photography career reflects a dedication to visual content and its presentation in newspapers, books, exhibits, and magazines. His path has taken him from the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he worked in the 1980s, to National Geographic magazine, where as Creative Director for ten years he led the magazine’s transition into the digital space with an award-winning iPad app. Most recently, Bill served as Director of Photography for The Nature Conservancy. As freelance editor and designer, he has created annual reports, corporate collateral, books, and photo exhibits.

Instructor: Sarah Leen

In 2013 Sarah Leen became the first female Director of Photography at National Geographic Partners. In late 2019 she founded the Visual Thinking Collective, a community for independent women photo editors, creative directors, teachers and curators dedicated to visual storytelling. For nearly 20 years she worked as a freelance photographer for the National Geographic magazine until 2004 when she joined the staff as a Senior Photo Editor. Leen currently works with individual photographers and agencies consulting and editing projects and books including the America, Again project by the VII Photo, the 2020 FotoEvidence and World Press Photo Book Award winner HABIBI by Antonio Faccilongo and Anders Wo by Petra Barth. Leen mentors individual photographers and teaches photography and photo editing workshops at the Missouri Photo Workshops, Maine Media Workshops, the Eddie Adams Workshop, Santa Fe Photo Workshops, and at the PhotoLux Festival in Lucca, Italy.