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Holidays in Santa Fe, NM: Travel Writing and Photography Workshop, Dec 11-14, 2014

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Travel Writing & Photography Workshop and Tour in Santa Fe, NM
December 11-14, 2014. REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW CLOSED

New Mexico’s Native American and Spanish roots run deep. Explore this rich heritage in Santa Fe, New Mexico during our four-day travel writing and photography workshop. The December workshop offers a unique glimpse of Santa Fe during the holiday season. From the historic La Fonda on the Plaza to the town’s engaging plaza, Santa Fe will be decked out in her holiday finest.

The workshop will be held at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe from December 11-14, 2014. It will offer expert instruction on travel writing techniques,  travel photography, publishing your own blog or website and the business of travel writing. It will also provide an enjoyable and in-depth look at this unique destination.

Our past Santa Fe travel writing workshop was a huge success, providing not only helpful instruction, but lots of fun and camaraderie. Read reviews from past participants.

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Destination Overview

About Santa Fe

Santa Fe, New Mexico is like no other place in the United States. The region was home to Native Americans from 1200 to the early 1400’s, and then fell under six different governments over the next 400 years.

All these influences and cultures have blended together to become what locals affectionately call “The City Different.” New Mexico’s capital city is famous for her unique art, architecture and savory cuisine, and is home to 68,000 residents. With an elevation of 7,000 feet above sea level, Santa Fe is located at the base of the southern Rocky Mountains in north-central New Mexico.

During our workshop, we’ll spend time with many local experts, including artists, chefs and local businessmen, who will share their love and knowledge of Santa Fe.

Lodging

La Fonda on the Plaza, a historic inn located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe, will provide comfortable accommodations. La Fonda can trace its roots back nearly 200 years. It offers the highest contemporary standards of hospitality along with Old World Santa Fe charm. La Fonda is offering a fantastic press rate for our group of $99/night including a full breakfast.

Dining

The workshop cost includes a welcome dinner and daily breakfast is included with your room. Other meals may be purchased at your discretion. We encourage you to go out and sample some of Santa Fe’s excellent cuisine and will happily provide recommendations.

Activities

Our schedule will include visits to top local attractions, markets, and art galleries. See the schedule for full details.

Price Details

Price is $599; $699 after November 15, 2014

Price includes:

  • All workshop sessions at La Fonda on the Plaza
  • Welcome dinner
  • Visits to local sites
  • City Museum Pass
  • All activities are within walking distance in downtown Santa Fe.

Price does not include:

  • Room at La Fonda. This can be booked directly with La Fonda on the Plaza at a special TWOL group rate of $99/night.
  • Transportation to Santa Fe
  • Transportation to and from hotel

Deposit:  Workshop space is very limited. In order to reserve your spot, a $200 non-refundable deposit is due upon booking.

Balance Due: The remaining balance must be paid 35 days before your workshop begins. If the remaining balance is more than five days late, we reserve the right to sell your spot. Deposit cannot be returned.

Cancellation Policy: If you must cancel your registration for any reason, your deposit can be applied as a credit towards any of our other Travel Writing On Location workshops.

Payment Methods:

  • Paypal/Credit Card

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Schedule

 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Dec 11, 2014 Thursday

Arrival in Santa Fe: Transportation to La Fonda on the Plaza on your own. We recommend a rental car to get the most from your Santa Fe travel experience. Airport shuttle is also available

6.30 PM: Welcome Reception and Dinner at La Fonda on the Plaza

Dec 12, 2014 Friday

8 AM Breakfast (provided at hotel)

9 AM Class: Overview of Travel Writing Today

What does it mean to be a travel writer these days? How has the field changed? What opportunities are there for today’s writers? This workshop will explore both the facts and the fiction about this exciting genre.

 10 AM Class: Developing Story Ideas and Angles that Will Sell

All travel writing is grounded in a story topic and story angle. This class will explore where to look for story ideas and how to develop a strong story angle that will interest editors.

11 AM Class: Illustrating Your Story with Compelling Photography

You don’t have to be a professional photographer to create professional-looking photos. Compelling images are integral to creating travel articles that get published and get attention. Whether you use the latest greatest DSLR or low-end point and shoot we will cover photo tips and techniques that are accessible to everyone. Even camera phone users can create images of sufficient quality for use on websites.

We’ll discuss how to get the best out of the equipment you already have and the pieces of equipment to add to camera bag. During class time and in the field sessions we’ll cover composition ideals and creative controls to improve your images. Photography can also be a useful tool to enhance your writing and make research easier.

12:30  Lunch on your own

1:30-3:00 PM  Free Time to Explore Santa Fe on Your Own

  • Museum passes provided to New Mexico History Museum, Museum of Contemporary  Native Arts/Institute of American Indian Arts and several other museums

3 PM to 6 PM: Photography Field Session: “Shoot Out” in Santa Fe.

  • Walking tour of the Plaza area for city background and history
  • Visit to Saint Francis Cathedral
  • Walk down San Francisco Street
  • Visit to Burro Alley
  • Topics for discussion during field session: photography architecture, depth of field, composition, subject selection & exposure controls.

7 PM Dinner on your own. We can suggest several options within walking distance of the La Fonda on the Plaza

Dec 13, 2014   Saturday

8 AM Breakfast provided at La Fonda on the Plaza

9 AM Writing Your Travel Article
This workshop well offer tips on creating story leads and structure that will keep your reader interested. Includes an overview of the different types and styles of travel articles that are popular today.

10.30AM Class: Using Social Media to Promote and Sell Your Work

This workshop will discuss the growing role of social media platforms like Pinterest, Twitter, Stumble, LinkedIn and Facebook, and how to use these platforms to promote your work.

12:00 PM Lunch on Your Own

1:30-3:00 PM  Free Time to Explore Santa Fe on Your Own

3:00 –6:00 PM Photography Class Walking tour to San Miguel Church and lower Canyon Road

Santa Fe is famous for its amazing arts scene.  It’s the third largest art market in the country.  Canyon Road is lined with galleries showcasing artists from around the world as well as from the Southwest.  We’ll get a chance to photograph the historic San Miguel Church and sculptures and galleries along Canyon Road.

We’ll continue our discussions on composition and creative controls for enhancing your photography.  We’ll discuss the pitfalls and benefits of your flash, both indoors and outdoors

7 PM Dinner on your own. You might to consider dining at one of the many restaurants along Canyon Road. We are happy to offer suggestions.

Evening to enjoy Santa Fe on your own

Dec 14, 2014  Sunday

6:00 AM – 8:30 AM Optional Photography Field Session:  Walk to Cross of the Martyrs (Sunrise at 7:05 AM)

A chance to get a overall view of the town and learn the history of the settlement of Santa Fe in this early morning field session. Put what you’ve learned into practice.

  •  Topics for discussion during field session: light quality, documenting historical settings, establishing shots and detail photos.

*NOTE: this field session require moderate fitness. The path is paved but there are some stairs. The walking distances are not great but there is some elevation gain.

8:30 AM Breakfast provided at La Fonda on the Plaza

9:30 AM – 12 PM Introduction to Self-Publishing

Self-publishing opportunities continue to grow. We’ll discuss creating your own blog or website with Word Press, ways to monetize your site and other income-generating publishing opportunities. After class assistance provided to those who want to start their own Word Press blog.

Workshop ends 

Attendees may stay an additional night at La Fonda on the Plaza for the media rate of $99. Please let us know at registration.

Late Afternoon/Evening Departure from Santa Fe

Workshop

Instructors:

The Santa Fe travel writing workshop will be led by an experienced team of travel writers, editors and PR professionals.

Director Janna Graber has spent 12 years as a professional travel journalist, covering destinations in almost 40 countries in print, online Travel writing instructor Janna Graberand video. She has written for more than 50 publications, including Parade, Reader’s Digest, The Chicago Tribune and many more. Janna was the on-camera host for Frontier Airlines Great Escapes. She has extensive experience in online publishing, and has developed — and sold — several travel media sites during the last 10 years. She is the founder and managing editor at Go World Travel Magazine, an international magazine site celebrating world travel. Having gotten her own career start at a writing workshop many years ago, she is passionate about sharing her knowledge with others. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers.

Photography instructor Jerome Shaw has been involved in photography for more than 40 years. He is a graduate of the University Photographer Jerome Shawof Nebraska with a BFA degree in photography and film. He began his commercial photography career in Aspen, Colorado shooting skiing and outdoor recreation before eventually moving to Boulder and Denver where he worked for a variety of travel & tourism clients including: Colorado Tourism, United Airlines, British Airways and Globus and Cosmos Tours.

His work is published in national and international publications ranging from Time Magazine and Outside Magazine to German Geo and The Singapore Strait Times. He is the editor for Travel Boldly and contributes to Examiner, JohnnyJet and Confluence-Denver.

Our team of local Santa Fe experts will also provide in-depth local knowledge of the region and its culture, as well as insight into the working partnership between working journalist and PR professionals.

Workshops:

Class #1: Overview of Travel writing Today

What does it mean to be a travel writer these days? How has the field changed? What opportunities are there for today’s writers? This workshop will explore both the facts and the fiction about this exciting genre.

Travel writing takes many shapes and forms, from round-ups to service pieces to travel essays. We will also discuss the different types of travel writing that are popular today and when — and where — these forms of writing are used. You’ll examine your own writing styles, and determine what types of travel writing suits you best

Class #2: Developing Story Ideas and Angles

All travel writing is grounded in a story topic and story angle. This workshop explores where to look for story ideas and how to develop a strong story angle. You’ll start work on a writing assignment by developing a story topic and angle to discuss with your small writing group in the afternoon breakout session.

Class #3: Illustrating Your Story with Compelling Photography

You don’t have to be a professional photographer to create professional-looking photos that will compliment your article and help sell your writing work. This workshop will discuss subject selection, framing, composition, lighting and more.

Assignment: “Shoot Out” in Santa Fe. Each writer will shoot their own photos during our afternoon travel outings. Photos will be reviewed the next day.

Class #4: Photography Class Continued: Review of Photo Shoot Out

How to shoot photos that will not only complement your story, but bring in more income.

Class #5: Using Social Media to Promote and Sell Your Work

Power to the people! This workshop will discuss the growing role of social media platforms like Pinterest, Twitter, StumbleUpon, LinkedIn and Facebook, and how to use these platforms to promote your work.

Class #6: Pitching and Placing Your Work

Where will your work appear? How can you promote your writing? We’ll discuss how to research publications, query an editor and submit your work. We’ll discuss current online and print outlets, as well as non-paying publication opportunities.

Class #7: Self-Publishing and Self-Promotion

Self-publishing opportunities continue to grow. We’ll discuss creating your own blog or website, monetization opportunities and other income-generating publishing opportunities.

Small Group Breakout: Meet with your writing group to share and discuss your article progress

Important Info

Location:

Santa Fe is the capital of New Mexico.

Nearest Airport:

Santa Fe Municipal Airport

Transportation to Hotel:

From the airport, you may take a shuttle or taxi to the hotel. We recommend a rental car to make the most of your Santa Fe experience.

What to Bring:

* Laptop and writing notebook

* Camera

* Clothing: The weather at this time of year can change quickly. It’s best to dress in layers so you can adapt to temperature changes.

* Sunscreen and lip balm

Travel Insurance: We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to cover the cost of your trip.

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