Book Publishing 101: A Weekend Crash Course | November

Book Publishing 101: A Weekend Crash Course

Date  | Saturday & Sunday, November 16 & 17, 2024

Time  |   10 AM – 3 PM

Location |  Colorado Photographic Arts Center

1200 Lincoln Street, Denver, CO, 80203

Cost  |  $264 Member and $240 Non-Member

Instructor  |  Preston Utley

Skill Level  |  All skill levels welcome


This workshop will guide students through the process of publishing a photography project or projects in book form.

Course Description:

In this two-day workshop, you will learn how to publish a project or series of photographs you’ve been working on. On Saturday, we will examine notable projects throughout photographic history, focusing on how they were edited and sequenced. On Sunday, you will learn about the book publishing world, including various funding options, the decision to self-publish or work with a publisher, and the marketing and selling process. By the end of the workshop, you will have a solid foundation for your project, a clarified vision, and a plan for your next steps toward publication or printing.


Day 1:

  • Editing and sequencing your images
  • Finding your vision by distilling your work to its essence
  • Reviewing personal projects throughout the history of photography
  • Learning to make visual connections with your photographs
  • Incorporating text, captions, and other content to complement your photographs


Day 2:

  • Exploring ways to publish your book
  • Understanding design and layout options
  • Comparing working with a publisher vs. self-publishing
  • Print-on-demand options
  • Marketing and selling your photobook

Materials Needed:

  • 4×6 work prints of your photography project or series
  • Note-taking materials