Check the schedule on the resources page to see how all of this comes together. It's a lot, but not everything is required. We invite you to “choose your own adventure” yearbook camp style. The day is divided into required, strongly encouraged and optional classes:

Theme Development: required of all attendees, along with "Meet with your Coach" sessions throughout the day

Specialty Courses: (alternative required sessions) for staffers with no yearbook experience and yearbook photographers 

Learning Sessions: (strongly encouraged) Learn and Earn, Fast Tracks

Enrichment Sessions: (encouraged for those with time and interest) Roundtables, Pro-Tips, Can I Run This By You?

Theme Development

20-minute presentations on 4 theme-related topics to help schools build their Theme Packet

Theme sessions are required for all attendees. Starting with the verbal concept, we'll show you examples and ways to pitch your theme idea. Next, we'll tackle the opening copy. Putting down specifics of how you will tell your school's and students' unique stories will bring focus to the development of your book. Next, we'll talk coverage and you'll create the ladder, driven by your theme, to enhance student coverage. Finally, we'll help you develop unifying visual elements to design the book around. These presentations are immediately followed by a coaching session so students can ask questions, discuss options and have an action plan for the day's tasks. There are two other 30-minute coaching sessions during the day to help keep your staff on track and to make sure you get lots of feedback as you work toward creating your theme packet.

Next Level YBK

For staffers with no yearbook experience

Don’t just be in yearbook class or just be on the staff.  As a new staffer, you can build the skills necessary to make decisions that matter and make choices that impact pages.  We will design whole pages/layouts, build engaging mods and select and edit the right photos to help you tell the whole story on your spread. 


for staff photographers, beginning and experienced

This course will cover the camera’s basic functions (ISO, aperture, shutter), along with rules of composition and light. Most important, you will learn the techniques that will allow you to photograph better images—from action photos to group shots to environmental portraits to taking quality photos with your phone – with a minimum of post-processing. Students will learn additional camera settings (i.e. metering modes, AF modes, exposure compensation), photo shoot planning and management, working with challenging light situations, and photographic storytelling. Options for workflow and photo management will be presented. 

Learn and Earn

20-minute presentations with an assignment and chance to win a prize

Yearbook classes on different subjects to help you master any skill you might need to be a yearbook rockstar. Some that we have planned: designing a layout, photo composition, interviewing, secondary coverage, social media, cool mod designs, using eDesign, motivating your staff, hybrid yearbooks, style imitation, photo exposure, rethinking the portrait section.

Fast Tracks

5-minute skill builders with an assignment

Here's a quick way to dive into a specific task that yearbookers should know about. We'll give you the facts fast. Then we'll assign a task. Finally, you can come back and talk to the instructor to get feedback or see more ideas. Some that we have planned: creating paragraph/character styles, shoot your levels, photo cropping, deadline tips, club photo days, staff manifesto, crowd sourcing material.


45-minute discussions

One of the best ways to learn is to hear how others do it. So, we'll set up nightly discussions on topics related to leadership, organization, teaching, sales and social media, mostly for editors and advisers. These are optional. Attend if you have time and interest.


Interviews with industry professionals

Yes, yearbook is fun. It is hard work. And it can be a launching pad for a career. We'll bring some professionals who make journalism their career, some of whom started on yearbook staffs. These are optional, but what a great way to see how yearbook skills translate into the real world.

Can I Run This By You?

Informal chats with one of our workshop staff

​Once you get an idea, sometimes it really helps to present it to someone to see what they think. We have office hours just for that. Sign up to speak to one of our staff, who isn't your theme coach, to get their input.

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