Churchill’s, located in Berea, Ky., will serve as the headquarter location for the 2014 edition of Western Kentucky’s Mountain Workshops.
Each October, as the leaves begin to turn, the Mountain Workshops of Western Kentucky University visit a different region of Kentucky to document its life and culture in a way that is rarely attempted. Raw and live, it’s all about the people, not the institutions.
It is a documentary of the here and now, and it is created by participants who join the Mountain Workshops for a week of high-octane education in visual communication and storytelling skills, guided by the top professionals in their fields.
We invite you to join us for our latest project: The Mountain Workshops in Berea, Ky., from Oct. 21 to 25. With a coach-to-student ratio of roughly 4 to 1, our participants can expect an intense personal experience with some of the very best talents and teachers in the business. This is not for amateurs. We expect our participants to be good when they get here and great when they leave. Many of them report a life-changing experience.
To join this year’s Mountain Workshops, visit our application website. We also encourage you to check our work on the web. Our last two workshops were in Henderson and Owensboro, two Ohio River towns.
This October, after we pack up truckloads of gear and leave the city of Berea, we will have an extensive documentary of life in this historic region, recorded in many formats, from the classic photojournalism captured in pictures and words to the videos and graphics created with the latest equipment and software.
Our gift to Berea will be your work:
• A current website of all the stories we create in diverse media forms.
• A “coffee-table book” of photographs and visual storytelling, which we hope will remain on tables and bookshelves for generations to come.
• A museum-quality exhibit of your best photography.
The Mountain Workshops of Western Kentucky University began 39 years ago when a few visionary instructors decided to document the remaining one-room schoolhouses in Kentucky and Tennessee. More importantly, they decided to take their students along. Back then, backpacks and sleeping bags were state-of-the-art.
It became an annual tradition, which we continue this year in the small city of Berea and the surrounding hills and hollows of Madison County, Ky. Once the home of Daniel Boone and more recently, of the singing Judd family, Berea has plenty of history set in the rugged Cumberland Plateau. Berea College, a liberal arts school founded before the Civil War, is a driving force behind the emergent interest in Appalachian art and craft.
Join us. As a nonprofit organization, we offer a great deal, and a great deal more if you apply early. Classes can fill quickly and seats are limited.
Our Workshops are open for the professional or student alike from around the country or the globe. Some courses require a portfolio review and a certain level of visual fortitude while other courses require a keen interest in improving your story-telling skills.
This year, courses will be offered in the following disciplines:
Photojournalism: Our core discipline, which influences everything we do, focuses on still photography, factual reporting and writing, as participants learn how to “discover” a story, explore character and relationships while revealing a sense of place and the pride of a shared heritage. A small portfolio of your work and resumé is required to be considered for application. This course starts at noon, EDT, Oct 21. $675 prior to Sept. 15, $725 after Sept. 15
Picture Editing: What may seem like a lost art in these days of websites and multimedia, editing is key to effective publishing on paper and on the web. Understanding how presentation works in storytelling – design, visual content, cropping, size, flow of images, news judgment and ethics – is essential to create interest and keep readers coming back. News organizations are begging for these skills. Workshop faculty draws on design sensibilities and decision-making in weaving photographs and text into meaningful narratives. Participants also work collaboratively to publish a book on the community. No portfolio is required. This course starts at noon, EDT, Oct 21. $675 prior to Sept. 15, $725 after Sept. 15
Video Storytelling: A skill and software-intensive workshop challenges participants to record sound, shoot video and study narrative arc. Participants use state-of-the-art equipment and software to create narrative video. The result can be stunning. A small portfolio of your work representing a basic knowledge in software competency and resumé is required to be considered for application. This course starts at 9:00 am, EDT, Oct 21. $825 prior to Sept. 15, $875 after Sept. 15
Time-Lapse Photography: Introduced last year, this workshop teaches participants how to use evolving technology in digital cameras and equipment to drive the narrative of visual storytelling. Participants learn techniques in motion and static time-lapse technology and discover ways to effectively incorporate these skills into their work. A small portfolio that indicates your ability to understand basic in-camera exposure and DSLR work is required to be considered for application. This course starts at 9:00 am, EDT, Oct 21. $825 prior to Sept. 15, $875 after Sept. 1
Data Visualization: New in 2014, this five-day program will highlight the latest techniques in converting data into visual formats that are attractive and easily assimilated by the audience. New techniques and software make it increasingly accessible to storytellers who want to reveal complex issues through creative and interactive presentation of data. No portfolio is required. This course starts at noon, EDT, Oct 21. $825 prior to Sept. 15, $875 after Sept. 1
On July 1, 2014 the application process will open. Sign up quickly and lock in a spot at the 2014 Mountain Workshops.
This year’s Workshops will be hosted by Churchill’s Weavers, a historic building located on the outskirts of town.
The facility itself is packed with tradition and will serve as an amazing home as you learn your story-telling skills.