I’ve been teaching blogging for creatives — specifically people who have story-based blogs with lots of photography — since 2011 at blogbrilliantly.com. My online course has about 100 students in it on average, and I’m really proud of the support and positive community we’ve developed and our heavy writing/photography focus.
This year, we’re finally in a place long enough, to do workshops, which is something I’ve always wanted to do. While working online together is fantastic, I really love face-to-face interactions. There’s an energy there and it’s also more efficient. I can write five pages on how to do something, or I could just show you in about five minutes. Since we have this beautiful rustic house on the Pacific coast, just minutes from the surfing paradise of Sayulita and a short drive from vacation mecca Puerto Vallarta, Drew and I said to each other: “This is it, the perfect spot to do this.”
We’re doing very small workshops, limited to 12 people for each one, and I’ve already announced it to my current students, so some seats have been snapped up. We’ll be spending five days together, under the flowering trees in our Mexican hacienda, with topics ranging from writing to photography to story telling to focusing on long-term goals.
I’m trying to get a few other people out here this spring (if not this year, then next) so we can do things like a hands-on photography course, an SEO for creatives course and perhaps some more in-depth writing courses (like blog to book proposal boot camps). You can sign up at Blog Brilliantly for updates on new workshops.