Woodworking Journalism

Jon Binzen
August 6-10


This week of words, wood, and images is just the ticket for those who aspire to write about woodworking for publication. Jon guides participants through the hands-on practice of woodworking journalism as it applies to writing how-to articles for magazines, publishing books, and posting blog entries.

A long-time author and editor at Fine Woodworking, Jon shares an intimate understanding of contemporary publishing. This extends from the macro view—What should I write about? How do I present a proposal? What is the path to publication?—to close-grained guidance on structuring information for clarity, writing lucid prose, and taking illustrative photos.

Over the course of the week, each participant works with Jon to develop an idea for publication. This process includes identifying a strong proposal, creating a thorough outline, and fleshing out portions of the written and visual content in detail. In addition to coaching students on writing and editing, Jon provides practical instruction on photography, including how to set up process shots, how to present finished work, and how to prepare for on-site photo shoots.

Jon Binzen is Deputy Editor at Fine Woodworking and lives in New Milford, CT. In the 1980s, he worked in woodshops and taught at a woodworking school for refugees in Philadelphia. He later spent several years in Malaysia writing, working in a refugee camp, and making furniture in a Malay shop. Since 1993 Jon has pursued a full-time career in journalism, during which he has freelanced, co-written and edited books, and filled numerous positions at Fine Woodworking as an author, editor, and photographer. Other magazines for which he has written on furniture and architecture include This Old House, American Craft, and Home Furniture. Jon’s books include Arts and Crafts Furniture (Taunton Press, 2003), which he co-wrote with Kevin Rodel, and Speaking of Furniture: Conversations with 14 American Masters (The Artist Book Foundation, 2016), which he edited. 

Open to all.

Tuition: $785


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Binzen Shooting with Heide Martin at CFC 2017Jon Binzen at a photo shoot for Fine Woodworking.