- Book-design for 


  with Jonathan Laurence


29 Jan. - 2 Feb. 2020


Saga - Inderøy - Norway

Join graphic designer and photographer Jonathan Laurence for a 4,5 day intensive course covering all aspects of photo-book creation.


The skills you learn on this workshop will enable you to produce professionals looking photo-books of your work. 







Our instructor Jonathan will covering all aspects of photo-book creation. You will learn the principals of great layout and design and apply them to your own book project. This is a hands on workshop and our goal is that you leave our workshop with the first mockup of your photo-book, ready to order. 

For this workshop we will be using BLURB as our print-on-demand publishing platform. Jonathan will teach you the Blurb easy-to-use design program. Students who are familiar with professional layout software, such as Adobe InDesign, will also be accommodated. 

SAGA has a large photo-book library which includes books by publishing houses, self published books, and print-on-demand books. We will utilise this resource in the class by taking a close look at some of our books and discuss in depth the different design choices made and why they work. Each student are also asked to bring their favourite photo-book to the workshop, and we will use all this and draw inspirations into the students own projects.

We will spend time on how to build a book, and cover typography, page layout, image sequencing, front and back matter, colour management, image preparation, choosing the cover image and cover design.

We have very good results from this workshop. In our experience most participants have their final book ready to launch within a years after the workshop wraps.


Book published by some of our former participants includes: 

* Stine Loe Jenssen - FREE
* Magne Geir Bøe - Maria
* Cicilie Risaasen - Lick my Pillow
* Eli Reinholdsen - Folk
* Karel Krizaḱ og Leif Egil Grøtan - Verdalsgrenda Barneskole
* Andreas Helland - Vintage Stories
* Elisabeth Strand - Livslinjer
* Lars Andreas Dybvik - PLAY

NOK 8.900,- (deposit NOK 2.900,-). This does not include travel costs, accommodations or meals.

Shortly after registration for your workshop you will receive an invoice via e-mail for the deposit (to be paid within two weeks). You will also receive an invoice for the rest of the tuition at the same time as the deposit. This invoice is to be paid no later then one month before the workshop starts. All fees are to be paid in Norwegian Kroner.
International students: You can pay us via PayPal or transfer your payment directly to our account. Please let us know when registration for a workshop your preferred method of payment. For PayPal payments there is a handling fee of 4% of the amount paid. For bank transfer there is usually a transaction fee. Check with your bank for the amount.

The workshop takes place at our creative center SAGA in Norway.
Saga is a creative retreat center, with large spacious rooms, a homely atmosphere, and beautiful nature right outside the door. The stress of day to day life is left behind when you enter our center, so you can focus all your energy on expanding your creative talent and adopting new skills. SAGA has a hotel section, which offers accommodation for participants during the workshop. If SAGA is fully booked we will organise alternative accommodation nearby in the same price range. 


There are single beds in all of SAGA's hotel rooms. Most participants will have to share hotel room with one other participant of the same gender. If you are a group traveling together, or you have a preference when sharing a room, please make a note when registration for the workshop.

Saga is known for it's fresh homemade food. We will start each day with a healthy breakfast, before heading to class, or out shooting. We serve warm lunch at SAGA every day. Breakfast and varm lunch, coffee/ tea and fruit throughout your stay is included in the accommodation fee.


If you are not staying at our hotel you can still be part of the meal plan.

Meal Plan: breakfast, varm lunch, coffe/ tea and fruit pr day: Nok 455,-.

If you have any food allergies please let us know when you register for your class and we will try to accommodate your needs.

For dinner: the options will be discussed with the group on arrival. There are one restaurant in walking distance to SAGA, and several in driving distance. Dinner is not included. Saga has a full liquor license.

Shared double-room: NOK 1.020,- per person, per night. The price includes shared double room, breakfast, warm homemade lunch, coffee/ tea and fruit throughout your stay. To get a shared double room requires that we have another participant of your gender, that can share. If we do not, you will get a private room - see price below. 

Private room: NOK 1.290,- per night. The price includes a private room, breakfast, warm homemade lunch, coffee/ tea and fruit throughout your stay.

Payment for accommodations and meals is done directly to SAGA, before you depart. SAGA accept Visa and MasterCard. 



By Plane: 

The closest airport to SAGA is Trondheim International Airport. From the airport, take the northbound train (towards Steinkjer), which stops at the airport terminal about every two hours. You will disembark the train at Røra Station (about 1 hour and 10 minutes) where NORDphotography’s van will be to greet you and transport you to SAGA. 

Estimated travel time to SAGA from (Time include direct flight to Trondheim Airport + train to SAGA): Oslo: 2 hours / Bodø: 2 hours / Copenhagen: 3 hours / Stockholm: 3 hours / New York: 12 hours (NYC+Oslo+Trondheim)


By Train: 

You disembark the train at Røra Station and NORDphotography’s van will be to greet you and take you to SAGA. Estimated travel time to Røra by train from: Oslo: 9 hours / Trondheim: 2 hours / Bodø: 9.5 hours / Storlien (Sweden): 3.5 hours. For the local train schedule see:


By Car: 

Follow E6 to Røra, then RV 755 to Straumen.

Travel expenses are each participant's own responsibility.

NOK 8.900,- 

(currency converter)

Deposit: NOK 2.900,-

See payment details in the workshop description.

Registration on our workshops are binding


The workshop starts on the 29TH of January, at 9AM. Students are welcome to arrive at SAGA on the evening of the 28TH of January. 


The workshop ends on the 2ND of February, at 1PM.

Students should bring between 40-80 digital photographs, as well as print outs (postcard size) of their images, along with any written material for their book projects. Students are also expected to bring their own lap top to work on. And should have Bridge (Photoshop), Lightroom or any other similar editing software + booksmart or bookwright ( installed on their computer.


Jonathan is a multimedia designer/artist, consultant, and educator who works internationally with a diverse range of companies, organizations, and individuals. He has served as Media/Design Director to the Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) for more than ten years, leads digital media and creativity workshops at a variety of institutions and art centers around the world, and served as the Creative Director at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) between 2014-2017. Jonathan has exhibited in various galleries and also designed and developed installations for museums. He received The Rising Star Award from the Palm Beach Photographic Center, and is listed as one of the most collectable artists in Maine by Maine Home and Design. For fun, he most recently boarded a container ship to sail across the north Atlantic ocean during mid-winter as part of an artist residency, followed by a trip to Greenland to watch the icebergs migrate out of the fjord and to dip his toes in Disko Bay.


Instructor Replacement:


It is the nature of our business that occasionally a listed instructor cannot participate because of unexpected events. If we are forced to replace an instructor we will do so with someone with equal or similar credentials. When time permits we will inform everyone who has registered.

Cancelation Rules:



We ask that you do not book your ticket until we have confirmed that the minimum number of participants have signed up.

For workshops to run we need a minimum of five participants, unless otherwise noted in the workshop description. If we for some reason are not able to reach our minimum number, the workshop will be canceled and you will receive a full refund.

NORDphotography is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline / train tickets in the event of a program cancellation. Our line of liability is to return all monies paid to the workshops. Please check on your workshop status before making travel arrangements. There will be a maximum of 10 students in each workshop, unless otherwise noted in the workshop description. 

Withdrawal and refund policy: 


We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance.

Enrollment is limited in our workshops, so once you have registered for a class – we are counting on you to attend. The registration is binding. We do however understand that sometimes plans fall trough and offer the following cancellation policies:
Withdraw more than 60 days before the start of class and we will refund all monies paid, minus an administration fee of NOK 1500,-. Withdraw 60 days or less before the start of class and we will charge you with the full workshop tuition.

NORDphotography is not responsible for cancellations due to medical emergencies.