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Writing About Photography: unlocking stories from the archives to create press releases for your collections

Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 14:00 to 16:00


Tom Seymour – Writer 

Thursday 7th May
2 – 4pm 
Free, donations gratefully received
The workshop will include a comfort break and Q&A.

About the Online Workshop:
This is a (virtual) hands-on workshop on writing about photography for publication. Anyone who works with photographic collections knows that there are great stories hidden in the archives just waiting to be written about. In this workshop Tom Seymour will share his knowledge of how to craft jargon-free press releases to help you share the hidden stories and histories of the photographic collections you work with.

Tom will discuss how to research stories and structure a press release, the workshop also includes a short activity to enable you to develop your writing skills. 

About the speaker:
Tom Seymour is an independent art writer specialising in photography, Tom writes for the British Journal of Photography, BBC, Wallpaper, Frieze Magazine, Guardian and many other publications. 

Tom has led writing workshops at photography galleries and photo festivals including FORMAT International Photography Festival, Belfast Photo Festival and Unseen Festival, and Free Range. 

Who is this for:
This workshop is aimed towards people working professionally with photographic collections or archives, but will also be useful to anyone working in the museums and archives sector, or with an interest in photographic collections.

Please register for free by 11am on Thursday 7th to receive your invitation to the meeting. Please note you get a standard e-ticket but you don't need to keep it. Instead we will email you with an invite to the Zoom meeting details. You will then be in the Zoom Waiting Room until the host starts the event. Once the event is underway we may not be able to accept late attendees.

Events during the lockdown:

While the Coronavirus lockdown is a stressful time for many of us, it also provides opportunities to learn and reflect upon our practice. 

Here at the Photographic Collections Network we had planned to run a series of skill sharing events and archive tours in museums, galleries, archives and in private collections across the UK to share knowledge and skills, best practice and encourage sector networking.

We have had to postpone these events for now, so instead we have reached out to respected freelancers and photographic experts from the sector and to PCN's Steering Group to help us deliver a series of online events, which are offered for free and aim to be accessible to as many people as possible.

We would normally charge a ticket price for our events and like many organisations, staff, and freelancers and in the sector that we support, we are experiencing a loss of income right now. This is due to projects and events being cancelled, funding bids we that have been working on are unable to be submitted due to reorganisation of funds, and the loss of ticket income. We ask if you take part in our online events and feel that you can afford to donate, that you do so whilst making your booking. Every donation is appreciated, and will help us continue our work, and enable us to pay more speakers to run online events.

If you would like to support PCN or collaborate with us please get in touch.

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