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Photography and Writing with Francisco Marin & Bill Poorman Wednesday, May 26

Photography and Writing with Francisco Marin & Bill Poorman


Both photography and writing are powerful means of expression. Combining the two arts can further the creative goals of both, either by providing context to a photo or by bringing the written word to life through image. In this class, you will further your expressive interests. Learn to craft the perfect photo and caption, compose travelogues, or begin writing extensive photo/text essays.

Your Instructors: 
Francisco Marin is a Mexican-born architect and professional photographer, living in Lake County, Illinois. He is currently an instructor for the German camera maker Leica and has more than 15 years of experience teaching photography in Asia and now in the Americas. He has published two books of photography, held multiple exhibitions in Asia, and has had his work published in newspapers and magazines. He has also won awards two times as a filmmaker in an independent film festival in Shanghai, China. You can find examples of his work at www.francisco-marin.com and on Instagram as “MarinImage”.

Bill Poorman is a writer, editor, media producer, and English language educator, living in Peoria, Illinois. He has written and produced many different kinds of media projects – from text to audio to video. In 2018, he and Francisco Marin collaborated to create an architectural photo/essay piece for Esquire Magazine Singapore. Recently, Bill has written and edited numerous posts for the website of a European newspaper association, and currently, he writes an email newsletter for English language learners and teaches English as a second language. He won many awards for his previous journalistic work. Find out more at billpoorman.com

The workshop is divided into two sessions (Total of 9 hours of instruction):
Session 1- Is an in person class from 10 am to 5 pm (with a one-hour break from 12:30 to 1:30 pm)
– four hours of theory and instruction
– two hours of hands-on practice outdoors.

Session 2- Is via Zoom
-three hours during which participants will share and receive feedback

Cost $400 per participant
Minimum participants to hold the workshop – 4; maximum participants – 8


Week Day Session

Session 1:  Wednesday May 26th (10AM-5PM)

Session 2:  Wednesday June 2nd (9AM-12:00PM)


Weekend Session

Session 1:  Saturday, June 12th (10AM-5PM)

Session 2:  Saturday, June 19th (9AM-12:00PM


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Class Refund and Cancellation Policy: Refunds will only be given up to one week prior to the first week of class of any session. (The refund period for some classes, which require advanced reservations or purchase of materials, may be more limited.) Cancellations will incur a $5 handling fee for programs costing under $100 and a 10% handling fee for programs with fees of $100 or more. If a class is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, you will be notified, and a full refund will be given.

If this class does not meet the minimum participation requirement, you will be notified of the cancellation within one week of the start date.

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