Words + Images: Photography and Storytelling

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

May 14 - May 17, 2018


SCHOLARSHIP:None Available

CONTACT: SF Workshops/Writer Lab
PHONE: (505) 983-1400, ext. 111
EMAIL: info@santafeworkshops.com
WEBSITE: https://santafeworkshops.com/workshops/writers-lab/

Tap into the power of combining writing and photography to achieve a richer, fuller documentation of a subject.

This workshop is designed specifically for individuals who wish to combine writing with photography in order to achieve a richer and fuller documentation of their subjects. It is also intended for pairs of individuals who divide writing and photography duties between them and who strive toward strengthening their collaboration and working style.

Our week together is lead by William deBuys, a writer whose most recent book, The Last Unicorn: A Search for One of Earth’s Rarest Creatures, was listed by the Christian Science Monitor as one of the ten best non-fiction books of 2015, and Tony O’Brien, a photographer whose work has appeared in LIFE, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, and many other national and international publications.

Active and productive days are devoted to daily writing and image-making exercises, project reviews, and at least one field trip. Exercises include a character portrait, in words and images, of another individual. Another exercise focuses on a similar words-and-pictures portrait of a noteworthy place, which is the destination of a field trip to the northern New Mexico village of Chimayó. Tony and Bill review these daily exercises in group critiques and individual feedback sessions.

Ongoing personal or professional projects that participants bring to Santa Fe are reviewed and discussed throughout the week. Some participants may already be well advanced in their project efforts and have abundant materials to present for review while others may be in an early stage of germinating a project idea, and their review may take the form of a brainstorming session to help develop the idea further.

Energy, creativity, and a hunger to bear witness to the world around us is required for this intense but fun week with two masters of the storytelling process.


This program is open to writers and photographers of all levels.


Enrollment limited to 12 writers.


Add on-campus housing! A single room with private bath is $400 per person for five nights. Or share a double room, with private bath, with a friend for $300 per person for five nights.


Tuition includes a meal plan of breakfast and lunch, Monday-Thursday, May 14-17, and a closing dinner on Thursday evening.


Featured Writers Include:

William deBuys and Tony O'Brien


Creative nonfiction


50 Mount Carmel Rd.
Santa Fe
New Mexico, United States

Santa Fe Writers Lab

In the Santa Fe Writers Lab education programs we hold values of community, craft, and the creative process in the highest regard. With our collaborative and affirming environments, a passion for writing and storytelling—and a hunger for shared experience—are the most important ingredients.

Rolf Potts, Hampton Sides, Natalie Goldberg and others renowned in the literary world, provide daily lessons on the art and craft of writing in a variety of genres and travel destinations. In quiet settings, they encourage constructive conversation and motivate you to muse and write.

Our private campus in Santa Fe has long been a sanctuary for learning and study. We share this enchanted place with a neighboring Carmelite Monastery. Dramatic views of the surrounding Jemez and Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges, warm sunshine, cool mountain air, beautiful courtyards, access to hiking trails, convenient on-campus lodging—and a private caterer to provide fresh, healthy meals—are the elements that converge to make this the perfect place in Santa Fe to find inspiration and hone your craft.

In Cuba, our home is Convento Santa Brigida, a beautifully restored convent in the heart of Old Havana. Featuring simple but comfortable accommodations, light-filled group meeting spaces, a breakfast room, a library, a chapel, and Italian nuns as our lovely hosts, this convent is a serene base to reflect and write.

Whether you are joining us in enchanting Santa Fe, or dynamic Havana, the Writers Lab provides you with a hub of creativity and community, extraordinary instructors, supportive staff, and the opportunity to take your writing to the next level.