Huntsville Botanical Garden

We’re offering a duo of intensive, small-group workshops at TBEX North America 2017 in Huntsville, AL. These valuable, interactive workshops give participants a chance to work and learn in a way that isn’t possible in the breakout sessions. Both workshops are led by award-winning professionals, and are excellent opportunities for anyone interested in comprehensive skill building in the travel writing and photography-related arenas.

Space for both workshops is limited and is offered on a first come-first served basis. Both are full-day workshops. The Photography Workshop will be offered on Wednesday, May 3rd; the Writing Workshop on Thursday, May 4th. Click on the link at the bottom of this page to access the sign-up page.

Constitution Village in Huntsville


Don George, Travel Writer
Photo Courtesy: National Geographic Expeditions

Could there possibly be a more appropriate location for the Writing Workshop than Huntsville’s Constitution Village? This deeply historical landmark (also known as Constitution Hall Park) marks the site where Alabama’s efforts to become the 22nd state of the Union were organized in 1819. Nearly 200 years later, several lucky TBEX attendees will gather here to participate in a writing workshop led by Don George.

This small-group workshop will focus on the art and craft of travel writing: how to find, shape and build a successful travel story. What will make your travel story stand out from the crowd? We’ll also talk about travel publishing options in 2017 and the different writing requirements for different media. And we’ll talk about being a travel writer in the field – when I land in a place, how do I move through it, how do I process it, what am I looking for? The workshop will be a mix of lecture and in-the-field writing exercises and discussion. My goal is for you to come away from this workshop with a clear sense of your options for travel publishing, how to construct a compelling travel story, what it takes to break into different media and how to move from one level to the next, and how to apprehend and evoke a place most effectively as a travel writer. the next, and how to apprehend and evoke a place most effectively as a travel writer.

Don wrote the book on travel writing. Literally. He’s the author of “Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing,” the best-selling travel writing guide in the world. He’s been Travel Editor at the San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle and, and Global Travel Editor for Lonely Planet. He’s currently Editor at Large for National Geographic Traveler and Special Features Editor for BBC Travel, editing the Chance Encounters column. Don is the author of “The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George,” and has edited eleven award-winning travel anthologies published by Lonely Planet; his own writing has garnered more than a dozen Lowell Thomas Writing Awards. He’s also the co-founder and chairman of the acclaimed Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference.

Huntsville Botanical Garden


Ajay Sood, Master Photographer
Photo Courtesy: Ajay Sood, Travelure

Spanning 112 verdant acres, Huntsville Botanical Garden provides a captivating backdrop for the TBEX North America 2017 Photography Workshop. Having just completed a massive renovation, including the addition of a spectacular events venue, the lush, sprawling grounds here include 18 gardens and trails, unique art and sculpture pieces, and the nation’s largest seasonal butterfly house.

Multi-Award winning professional travel photographer Ajay Sood (Travelure) will lead our small-group Photography Workshop. His deeply inspiring photography has been featured in NatGeo Traveller, Conde Nast Traveller, Huffington Post, JetWings International, and several other publications. Also a Photo Educator and Photo Jurist, Ajay has conducted over 100 photo workshops. This TBEX North America Photography Workshop will be a tremendous opportunity for learning the most ideal and successful methods for capturing iconic shots as well as lessons on what defines a great photograph … all under the tutelage of a Master Photographer.

Please read the complete details for both workshops below:

Details for TBEX North America 2017 Photography and Writing Workshops

Photography Workshop: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Writing Workshop: Thursday, May 4, 2017.

  • Both workshops will begin at 9:00am and end at 5:00pm.
  • The writing workshop is offered at a cost of $250.00; the photography workshop is offered at no charge.
  • The host facilities for both workshops will supply lunch/food and beverage at no charge to attendees.
  • Alabama Constitution Village (writing workshop) is within short (and scenic) walking distance from the Embassy Suites and the Von Braun Center. However, transportation will be offered to both workshops via motor coach by the Huntsville Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB).
  • Shuttles will depart from exterior of South Entrance of the Von Braun Center at 7:30am and return at approximately 5:30pm. All TBEX hosted hotels listed on the Registration page (excluding the Westin Huntsville) offer shuttles that will transport guests to and from the Von Braun Center. Please make prior arrangements, if necessary, with your hotel concierge to be transported to and from the Von Braun Center in time for pickup and return by the CVB motor coach.
  • Space is limited and is offered on a first come-first served basis.

Sign up for the TBEX North America 2017 Writing Workshop here. (Space is available on a first come-first served basis.)

Sign up for the TBEX North America 2017 Photography Workshop here. (Space is available on a first come-first served basis.)

You must be registered for TBEX North America 2017 in order to attend all related functions including the workshops. Register for TBEX North America 2017 in Huntsville May 4th-6th by clicking on the “Register Now” button on our event page.

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