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Breaking Through: How to write and photograph a personal travel story for publication

Posted on 17. Nov, 2010 by in Writing Workshops

Breaking Through: How to write and photograph a personal travel story for publication
First time in Bangkok, limited to 12 participants 

You’re a voyager, and an insightful soul. A writer. And a photographer.  You know you could produce a better article than many of the stories you see in in-flight magazines and daily newspapers.

But how to get started?  How to choose a theme, how to get the structure right, how to find your voice (both written and visual)?

 BREAKING THROUGH is a new, intensive (and fun) workshop animated by Bangkok-residents Paul Spencer Sochaczewski and Gavin Gough. During the workshop period each participant will plan, write and photograph a travel story.  

Who we are
Paul Sochaczewski has written more than 600 by-lined articles for the International Herald Tribune, Wall Street Journal, CNN Traveller, Travel and Leisure, Reader’s Digest, GQ, Geographical and most major in-flight magazines.  He also created and runs the Exploring Your Personal Odyssey and Sharing the Journey: Travel writing with style writing workshops which have been held in some 20 countries, including many times at Neilson Hays Library in Bangkok. His tips, like the Nancy Reagan Principle, the Little Red Riding Hood Concept and the Tragedy of One will provide the building blocks for a memorable personal travel story.

Gavin Gough is a freelance travel photographer whose work appears regularly in leading international publications including National Geographic, Geo, Vogue, The New York Times, The Guardian, and Vanity Fair.  His images from more than forty countries have appeared on postage stamps, magazine covers and billboards. Gavin also runs highly successful photography workshops. ,

Registration and logistics
Full day: Monday January 17, 2010
Evening:  Tuesday January 25,2010

Venue: Neilson Hays Library, Bangkok
Cost: THB 9,000 for workshop, lunch, coffee breaks, materials.

This is an intensive 1 ½ day workshop which requires you to prepare the following:

Prior to the first session (full day):
Come with an idea of the story you’d like to write/photograph.  If you like, bring along examples of published articles that make you say “I wish I had done that”.

Between the first and second session:
You will have approximately ten days to photograph and write an article, using the techniques, tips and ideas generated in the first session.  You might find it easiest to start a new Bangkok-based project, so you can find some clarity about what you want to say, do the required research, take the photos.

Second session (single evening):
Come with a draft article, max 1,000 words, and a selection of photo prints.

More details will be provided on registration.