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Online Workshop: Writing Photography, 18th June 2022
An intensive day long workshop on writing for and with photography.
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What is it?
Photographers often struggle to incorporate text into their visual projects, or to write engagingly about what they are doing in their work. This workshop equips participants with a set of effective non-fiction writing tools, guides, and tricks, from ways of structuring your writing, to advice on developing a distinctive style and voice.
What does it cover?
The workshop is divided into four teaching blocks. In the first we look at fundamental questions like why you’re writing, and who for. In the second block we look at idea development. In the third block we think about different ways of structuring. In the final block we talk about tone, voice and writing styles.
Who should do it?
Anyone interested in developing their ability as a writer, particularly in terms of writing about or with sets of photographs. This might means you want to develop the written aspect of your photographic projects, or to start writing critically about other people’s photographs.
How is it delivered?
The workshop is broken into four elements delivered online over the course of a day, with short breaks in between for participants to have a breather and work independently on small activities on the topics covered in the previous element. The workshop is taught using a browser based video conferencing platform called Jitsi. You’ll be sent a link to join, there is no need to create an account or download anything. At the end will also have access to a recording of the workshop.
Who is leading it?
My name is Lewis Bush, I’m a photographer, researcher and writer. Between 2013 and 2016 I ran Disphotic, a blog on photography which developed a large readership, and I have subsequently written about photography for a range of other titles including Frieze, FOAM, The British Journal of Photography, The Art Newspaper, and many others. I have extensive experience of online teaching and I am course leader of the London College of Communications MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography (online). You can read my full bio here. –
What will I need?
You’ll need a computer or tablet with an internet connection and a microphone. It would also be helpful to come with an idea of something you would like to write for.
- 8.45 – Participants gather ready for a 9.00am start
- 9.00 to 10.30 – The fundamentals; Who are you writing for, why are you writing, and the implications of these things.
- 10.30 to 11 – Break for first independent activity
- 11.00 to 12.30 – What do you have to say; Generating, developing and refining the content of your writing.
- 12.30 to 13.30 – Break for second independent activity and lunch
- 13.30 to 15.00 – Structure; thinking about different ways of ordering non-fiction writing and their effects.
- 15.00 to 15.30 – Break for third independent activity
- 15.30 to 17.00 – Form; Style, tone and developing a distinctive voice as a writer.
- 17.00 – Workshop ends.
Testimonials from past participants:
‘It was a really informative day. The form doesn’t give me enough space to say how helpful the experience was. … On top of all the great teaching, the day was friendly and fun. The food was excellent, which is very important to me. Your room works exceptionally well and it is easy to see how much thought you have given to the layout of the space, with clever hidden gems like the magnetic walls.’
– Nicola, Visual Storytelling participant
‘The switch and balance between the necessary technical details and the broader context of the photographic medium was really well executed and made for a genuinely useful and productive set of mini workshops … your style and approach made it both interesting and enjoyable! I don’t think I’ve ever been on a workshop or training course where every word and image was relevant! There was literally no ‘padding’ from where I was sitting!’
– Allan, Photobook Concepts (online) participant
‘There really wasn’t any weak point during the day. As a busy working photographer predominantly delivering picture stories to clients, I found exploring the ‘science’ (for lack of a better word) behind much of what I instinctively do was absolutely fascinating.’
– Marcus, Visual Storytelling participant
‘I found the visual storytelling techniques followed by practical exercises with pictures very useful. I also really appreciated the studio set up, your non-hierarchical relation with us and the down to earth environment of your house. ‘
– Visual Storytelling participant
The fine print:
I believe workshops should be small and intimate, and for that reason numbers are capped at 10 participants per workshop. However this small number also means I need at least 6 participants in order for them to run. In the unlikely event of a workshop having to be cancelled participants will have their full fee returned to them. Participants needing to cancel up to one week before the workshop will have their fee returned less a 20% charge. Cancellations made less than one week before the day of the workshop are non-refundable.
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