Writing a Workshop Proposal

The call for Fiber College Instructors has landed in email boxes,

Now comes the task of deciding what to teach and how to write your proposal.


Here are a few things to consider:

  • Be sure your subject is something you know well and feel passionate about. Students will resonate with and benefit from your confidence and enthusiasm.
  • Create a descriptive title that will capture the interest of potential students. Make the title something that will give them a reason to read further.
  • Make your material kit price fair. Consider the cost from the students’ point of view. Material fees that are too high will prevent some students from taking your workshop. If your materials are too skimpy they may avoid your workshop in the future.
  • Be realistic about the amount of time you will need.

Your workshop description should answer the following questions:


Who would most likely be interested in taking your workshop? In addition to the labels of beginner, intermediate or advanced, who would gain the most from the information you will share. What problem does your workshop solve for them.

What will they accomplish by taking your workshop? List the specific course objectives, the skills the students will have learned by the end of the course. Again, objectives should be specific.

Will there be a finished project?  Even if you are teaching a technique or skill, consider making the sample something useful. Students will enjoy and remember their experience if they have something that continues to be useful in the world.

How will taking your workshop improve your student’s life?

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The photos you choose to illustrate your workshop will help in telling your story. The photo should show what students will get if they take your workshop.

Keep it simple. If you choose to style, stage or create a background in photographing your project, the elements you choose must add to the “story” not distract or compete with the project.

Be sure your image is in focus. The most common reason for out of focus images is “camera shake”. This is easy to solve by using a tripod or any fixed surface to hold the camera steady instead of a “hand held” camera.

Use good lighting and proper exposure able to clearly see details.

Adequate file size and format.

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Jen Applebee’s

If you don’t feel you’re a good photographer take a zillion photos… from various angles, in a variety settings, with different lighting. You may find your first ideas are not always the best ones. Taking multiple images will push your creativity to a new level.

When you’re ready to submit a proposal, click here to begin.

We look forward to working with you!

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