2024 PICTURE EDITING WORKSHOP
Williamsburg & Whitley County, Kentucky
OCTOBER 22 - 26, 2024
One week. Forty-Five thousand live images to debate.
If you are looking to jump-start your visual journalism career, or if you need to rejuvenate your passion for storytelling, spend a week with us in the Bluegrass State for a week of immersive learning, inspiration, and community interaction at the 49th annual Mountain Workshops.
Registration opens
Payment opens July 1, 2024
April 1
Registration
$800 after August 1, 2024
$700
Registration closes
Last day to apply/pay
Sept. 15
PICTURE EDITING WORKSHOP 2024
How do you manage the process of editing thousands of gorgeous pictures as they are unloaded off dozens of little plastic memory cards, while the creators of these images run off to their next assignment? Where do you begin when the photographer wants to take the story in one direction and you think it needs to go in another direction? How do you make good choices about content, layout and design across multiple platforms while keeping true to the story? This is where the editing begins.

With a coach-to-student ratio of approximately 1:4 the Mountain Picture Editing workshop participants, along with some of the best visual editors in the country, help guide a team of photographers through the storytelling process. They select photos, craft them into visual narratives and design the layout for a book publication.

To complement your days and nights of editing and collaborative production, each evening there are inspiring presentations by the coaches from all forms of visual journalism. Any downtime you may have is spent soaking up the knowledge of your passionate coaches and maybe getting a few hours of sleep.
Max Gersh, Senior Visuals Editor, The Indianapolis Star
"As the demand on people’s attention increases, the need to be concise and captivating is critical. We teach people how to distill a collection of images down to only those needed to get to the heart of a story. It’s a collaborative process that yields the understanding and context necessary to bring forward an emotive and engaging story."
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WHAT WE DO
Each October, a group of visual journalists set up shop in a different community in Kentucky to document life and culture in a unique way. Raw and live, it’s all about the people and their stories, not the institutions. It’s called the Mountain Workshops, and dozens of students and professionals from around the country swoop in for a week every year to garner new skills and fresh inspiration.

It’s a crash course in visual journalism.

Participants can choose from one of three options for the week. Photojournalism, Video Storytelling and Picture Editing. Three workshops held in one location, in one week, with a constant flow of new ideas and one-on-one guidance by the top professionals in their fields, all add up to an intense five days of high-octane education in visual communication and storytelling.
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What you create
  • The narrative organization and design for the annual Mountain Workshops book.
  • Moments of learning that rapidly propel your skills forward.
  • A network of friends, colleagues and connections that will remain a part of your life throughout your career.
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Who should attend
  • Pre-professional or early professional visual storytellers looking to increase their knowledge in the art of storytelling.
  • Any visual journalist, NGO, visual editors or commercial videographer in need of inspiration or a week away to experience visual immersion to rejuvenate their passion.
  • College students interested in documenting communities and the people who live in them.
A BEHIND THE SCENES LOOK AT THE 2023 MOUNTAIN
HOUSING
You are required to provide your own lodging and dinning arrangements during the Workshops.

There are two hotels within walking distance from the Workshops headquarters. The faculty and staff are being lodged at the Super 8 by Wyndham. Next door is the Holiday Inn Express. Just across I-75 is Hampton Inn.

Once you have been accepted AND paid to attend the workshop of your choosing, you will be invited by your registration email to join a PRIVATE Facebook group for all the 2024 participants. It is in this social space that many of our workshop attendees coordinate hotel and transportation arrangements. We will post on Facebook any private housing options as they become available from the community.
TRAVEL
You will need to have a vehicle for the workshops.

The Photojournalism and Video workshops requires each participant to work individually at various locations each day and it is mandatory to have your own transportation during the week.

If you are in the Picture Editing workshop and you book a room at the Holiday Inn Express or Super 8 by Wyndham you will be able to walk to and from your room to our headquarters. If you stay at the Hampton Inn, walking will be dangerous and not advised due to the lack of sidewalks and the busy-ness of this major intersection. The participants in Picture Editing do not travel for their assignments but will need to provide their own transportation for all other activities.
DINING OPTIONS
There are three fast-food establishments and two restaurants within walking distance of our headquarters. Dining options can be limited due to the nature of some our workshops locations. Your tuition does not cover any meal options.
HEADQUARTERS LOCATION
Williamsburg Tourism & Convention Center
650 S. 10th St.
Williamsburg, KY 40769
2024 TENTATIVE PICTURE EDITING SCHEDULE
All times are local time.

TUESDAY | OCT. 22

7:45 - 8:45 AM
7:45 - 8:45 AM
Workshop Registration
8:00 AM
8:00 AM
Vendor's Open
Visit our national, regional and local sponsors.
9:00 AM
9:00 AM
Picture Editing Workshop Introductions
Mick Cochran, Former DP, USA Today | PICTURE EDITING ROOM
Meet the coaches in the picture editing space; overview of the week, past, present, future.
11:00 AM
11:00 AM
Lunch
Visit one of the local downtown restaurants or spend more time with the vendors.
12:30 PM
12:30 PM
Welcome and Community Comments
James Kenney, MWS Director
Join the photo and video workshop participants for our grand opening of the 2023 Mountain Workshops. Photo and video participants will draw their subjects name out of the hat.
1:30 PM
1:30 PM
First Read
Your individual coaches | PHOTO ROOMS
Picture Editing participants join their assigned photo team as it meets with its coach.
2:15 PM
2:15 PM
And it Begins
Return to picture editing room to begin the editing photo stories, InDesign instruction, exercises.
6:00 PM
6:00 PM
Dinner
On your own.
7:30 PM
7:30 PM
Evening welcome and announcements
JAMES KENNEY, Mountain Workshops Director
7:45 PM
7:45 PM
Evening Lecture Series "What Makes A Story?" #1
TBD
8:30 PM
8:30 PM
Evening Lecture Series "What Makes A Story?" #2
TBD
9:15 PM
9:15 PM
Evening Lecture Series "What Makes A Story?" #3
TBD
10:00 PM
10:00 PM
Meet With Coaches
PHOTO ROOMS
Meet with Photo coaches and teams; prepare list of stories.
11:00 PM
11:00 PM
Workshops Building Closes

WEDNESDAY | OCT. 23

9:00 AM
9:00 AM
Workshops Building Opens
Vendors tables are open.
10:00 AM
10:00 AM
Class  Session
Meet in picture editing space; discussions around ethics, choosing pictures, storytelling.
11:30 AM
11:30 AM
Progress Report
Check in with photo coaches to update progress of stories.
12:00 PM
12:00 PM
Lunch
On your own.
2:00 PM
2:00 PM
Editing
PICTURE EDITING ROOM
Editing exercises, discussions, beginning book layouts.
4:00 PM
4:00 PM
Progress Report
Check in with photo coaches.
6:00 PM
6:00 PM
Dinner
On your own.
7:30 PM
7:30 PM
Evening welcome and announcements
JAMES KENNEY, Mountain Workshops Director
7:45 PM
7:45 PM
Evening Lecture Series "Finding the story within the story." #4
TBD
8:30 PM
8:30 PM
Evening Lecture Series "Finding the story within the story." #5
TBD
9:30 PM
9:30 PM
Group Photo Critique
AUDITORIUM
Coaches will present your work shot that day and provide valuable feedback for all to hear.
10:30 PM
10:30 PM
Editing Strategy
PICTURE EDITING ROOM
Meet with Photo coaches and teams. Work on list of stories and/or book layouts.
12:00 AM
12:00 AM
Workshops Building Closes

THURSDAY | OCT. 24

9:00 AM
9:00 AM
Workshops Building Opens
Vendors tables are open.
10:00 AM
10:00 AM
Sequencing of Images
PICTURE EDITING ROOM
Storytelling workshop, continue book layout and revisions.
11:30 AM
11:30 AM
Progress Report
PHOTO ROOMS
Check in with Photo coaches.
12:00 PM
12:00 PM
Lunch
On your own.
2:00 PM
2:00 PM
Design Continues
PICTURE EDITING ROOM
Photo editing exercises, continue layouts
6:00 PM
6:00 PM
Dinner
On your own.
7:30 PM
7:30 PM
Evening welcome and announcements
JAMES KENNEY, Mountain Workshops Director
7:45 PM
7:45 PM
Evening Lecture Series "Making the Story Visually Unique." #6
TBD
8:30 PM
8:30 PM
Evening Lecture Series "Making the Story Visually Unique." #7
TBD
9:30 PM
9:30 PM
Group Photo Critique
AUDITORIUM
Coaches will present your work shot that day and provide valuable feedback for all to hear.
10:30 PM
10:30 PM
Progress Reports
PHOTO ROOMS
Meet with Photo coaches and teams. Work on list of stories.
12:00 AM
12:00 AM
Workshops Building Closes

FRIDAY | OCT. 25

9:00 AM
9:00 AM
Workshops Building Opens
Vendors tables are open.
10:00 AM
10:00 AM
Layouts continue
PICTURE EDITING ROOM
group discussion, photo yoga, continue page edits
11:30 AM
11:30 AM
Progress Report
PHOTO ROOMS
Check in with Photo coaches.
12:00 PM
12:00 PM
Lunch
On your own.
2:00 PM
2:00 PM
Discussions Continue
PICTURE EDITING ROOM
Photo editing exercises, continue layouts.
6:00 PM
6:00 PM
Dinner
On your own.
7:30 PM
7:30 PM
Evening welcome and announcements
JAMES KENNEY, Mountain Workshops Director
7:45 PM
7:45 PM
Evening Lecture Series " Why Do We Do What We Do?" #8
TBD
8:30 PM
8:30 PM
Evening Lecture Series " Why Do We Do What We Do?" #9
TBD
9:30 PM
9:30 PM
Progress Report
PHOTO ROOMS
Meet with Photo coaches and teams. Work on list of stories.
1:00 AM
1:00 AM
Workshops Building Closes

SATURDAY | OCT. 26

8:00 AM
8:00 AM
Workshops Building Opens
Vendors tables are open.
10:00 AM
10:00 AM
The Final Touches
PICTURE EDITING ROOM
Meet in picture editing room; finish page edits.
12:00 PM
12:00 PM
Ceremonial Closing of Content Gathering
Some fun with your new friends, group photo.
12:45 PM
12:45 PM
Lunch
On your own.
2:00 PM
2:00 PM
Cleaning Up
PICTURE EDITING ROOM
Final touches done to page layouts.
3:30 PM
3:30 PM
Deadline
All page design and final edit deadline
6:00 PM
6:00 PM
Welcome and Announcements
JAMES KENNEY, Mountain Workshops Director
6:30 PM
6:30 PM
Evening Lecture Series "Where Do We Go From Here?"#10
TBD
7:15 PM
7:15 PM
Evening Lecture Series "Where Do We Go From Here?" #11
TBD
8:30 PM
8:30 PM
Pizza Party
AUDITORIUM LOBBY
Sponsored by Canon and Sony
9:00 PM
9:00 PM
Presentation Viewing
AUDITORIUM
Sit back and enjoy - dare we say revel, in your success as you present your work and get a chance to see all the photo stories, videos and page design produced this week.
11:30 PM
11:30 PM
Closing Comments
AUDITORIUM
Canon, Sony and Tamron door prize winners announced. Closing overview video you do not want to miss!
12:00 AM
12:00 AM
Workshops Concludes
Ready to Apply?

The application process opens April 1 and will continue until all seats for each workshop sells out or by September 15, whichever comes first. Our payment window opens July 1. Acceptance into each workshop will be based on various factors, including your portfolio, resumé and additional information you may supply.


Interested participants must fill out the online application to start the process to be considered for the Mountain Workshops. Once accepted, you will be notified by your registration email (be sure to monitor your SPAM folder) and instructed on how to pay to reserve your spot. This workshop can sell out. Your seat is not confirmed until you pay. Registration and acceptance alone does not guarantee a seat.