Pre-BEX Workshops

Important Information:

  • Registration for Pre-BEX Workshops will open on Friday, September 13th at 12:00pm PST
  • You can sign up for Workshops at the bottom of the page
  • All workshops are on a first come first serve basis
  • Only registered conference attendees can sign up for tours
  • Tickets are non-transferable. If you are not able to attend, your ticket will be cancelled and awarded to the next person on the waitlist

Writing Workshop:

Date: October 2nd
Time: 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Maximum Number: 50 people
Location: DoubleTree Dublin
Workshop Facilitators: David Farley, Christine Cantera, Leif Pettersen, Ernest White II

Everyone wants to be a better writer. And this workshop, led by four accomplished travel writers, will help you learn to do just that. Starting with your concept, and progressing through to a finished piece, you’ll learn the life cycle of a travel story and how to make yours better. You’ll leave this workshop with solid takeaways on how to improve your writing, including:

  • How to understand and write to your audience
  • How to find your voice (and why it matters)
  • Where’s that confounded angle? It’s great that you went somewhere, but what’s the story?
  • Learn the structure of a story, both narrative and non-narrative (hint: they’re different)
  • Write stronger, more evocative descriptions
  • Take the bloat out of your writing
  • Improve your writing with research and fact-checking
  • Become a better self-editor, including things to do before you hit publish

This Pre-BEX writing workshop is designed for those who want to spend some time workshopping their writing. It is not a prerequisite for attending any of the writing classes on the main program and we believe all levels of writers will find it worthwhile.

Please come prepared to the workshop with a post or story that is no longer than 800 words.


Photography Walk & Workshop:

Date: October 2nd
Time: 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm
Maximum Number: 30 people
Location: The photo walk and workshop will meet at the DoubleTree Dublin (conference hotel) winding it’s way through the city, and ending at a pub in Temple Bar.
Workshop Facilitators: Laurence Norah, Daniel Nahabedian

Enjoy a walk around Dublin with the eye of a photographer.

Whether you’re an expert with a DSLR or a newbie with an iPhone or point and shoot, this walk and workshop will focus on interesting subject for a photographer. We’ll not only walk the streets, but provide helpful tips and suggestions as we do.

Some things you we’ll focus on include:

  • Rules of composition
  • The importance of light and when to shoot
  • How to get the most out of your camera
  • More advanced techniques including shooting for HDR

At the end of the walk we’ll stop for a beverage and share what we’ve shot. We’ll select some of the shots to use in the post-production session during the conference.


WordPress Workshop:

Date: October 2nd
Time: 12:30 noon – 3:30 pm
Maximum Number: 30 people
Location: DoubleTree Dublin
Workshop Facilitator: Mitch Canter

Chances are you have a website you’re happy with, but have things you’d love to be able to do with it – whether that’s calling your “web guy” or bartering with a friend you owe coffee to (several times over).

Or maybe you don’t have a website Yet. Because you’re completely new to this whole thing and you want to start from scratch. If only you knew where to begin.

This workshop will take an in-depth look at the basics of code, design, and even some SEO to get you on your way to running a better site, including:

  • Hosting and domain names
  • How to Install WordPress
  • Basic HTML and CSS
  • Basic Color Theory
  • Basic Typography
  • Basic SEO (the non-spammy kind)

Workshop Registration