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Travel Writing and Photography Seminar with Kate Pocock & Michael O'Brien

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Travel Writing and Photography Seminar with Kate Pocock & Michael O'Brien

Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 12:00pm



Travelling the world can be fun but being able to turn your stories and photos into published articles can be even better. This seminar will explore the ins and outs of travel writing, how to take better pictures to accompany your stories, and how to start building the necessary skills to start or continue a career as a travel writer or photographer. First, learn what makes a compelling story and what articles publications are buying these days. Discover the importance of good quotes, how to construct a query letter to send to editors and why photography can enhance your articles-and possible income.

In the second half of the seminar, practice with your own camera in a hands-on photo session that will let us shoot outdoors by the Toronto waterfront. Discover how to make better use of your camera to take the kind of photos that tell stories and apply techniques that will give you creative control of your picture making.

After this five-hour interactive session, you will walk away with more knowledge on how to:

* Recognize the subtle differences in writing for newspapers, magazines and the Internet

* Create content that will appeal to today's editors and publishers

* Craft a winning query letter that best illustrates your story idea

* Make eye-stopping photo compositions

* Learn the keys to telling stories with your photographs

* Work with different kinds of existing light

N.B. Point and shoot or DSLRs cameras are both welcome


Kate Pocock is an award-winning travel writer who specializes in family travel. For more than 15 years, she has published her travel stories in publications such as Reader's Digest, Globe & Mail, in-flight magazines such as Singapore Airlines, and others. She is the author of Fodor's Around Toronto with Kids and contributed 14 chapters to National Geographic Guide to Family Adventure Vacations. As a magazine editor, she has helped to launch six national publications. She has taught travel writing at Western and in summers, at Haliburton School of the Arts. Recent awards include four prizes from the North American Travel Journalists' Association and a special award from Hawaii for enlightenment of readers.

Toronto based photographer Michael O'Brien has a passion for creating photographs that tell stories. This has taken him into Brazil, Mexico, Ecuador, Cuba, and Ireland to name a few. His photographs of people and places have been exhibited at home and abroad. Michael is also a digital imaging and workflow teacher, who works privately and at the College level, training industry professionals, committed amateurs and traditional film users as they move into the world of digital photography. He's designed a series of very effective personalized coaching sessions to help photographers wherever they are on their photographic journey. The coaching sessions can be adapted to suit small groups as well.

Event Details:

Time: 12:00 noon - 5:00 PM

Cost: $125.00 cdn per person. Full-time students can receive a $20.00 rebate payable the day of the seminar with proof of registration. Seating is limited to 15 participants.

Payment: prepayment in full with credit card by PayPal only. Buy Now

*Doors open and informal networking begins at 11:30 AM. Refreshments will be served.

More info: email


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