Photos mentioned in the book:

Photography for Writers

available from Amazon and Vine Leaves Press in November 2019.

  • Photo from the chapter: “Submitting Your Work to Literary Magazines & Other Venues Looking for Photos: Cover Letter Tips.”

  • First published in The Scene and Heard Journal, from the Iseult Series.


For a complete, downloadable PDF of 20 photos described in the book, click here.


Learn more about Photography for Writers:

Packed with tips to spark inspiration, prompts to motivate, self-assessments, reflections on the intersection of writing and photography, ideas for crafting a photo series, and advice for sharing your art for fun and for profit as well as marketing your skills, this book is not to be missed.

Chapter topics include: portrait photography, food photography, black and white photography, landscape and travel photography, documenting special occasions, writing about our art, writing fabulous artist/writer bios, a resource list, and much more.


Advance Praise for the Book:

“Melanie’s advice takes you on a delightful tour of the creative world in a way you haven’t seen yet. Her voice and ideas will spark ideas - you’ll be laughing and learning but also producing! This book is a treat!"

—Kandace Chapple, publisher and writer of Grand Traverse Woman magazine

“Photography for Writers is a treasure trove of ideas, prompts, and down-to-earth advice given in a conversational and uplifting style. A practical and vibrant guidebook to the intersections between writing and taking photographs, this volume is a must have for your shelf on the creative life.”

–Shawna Lemay, author of  The Flower Can Always Be Changing and the creativity blog Transactions with Beauty at

 "Finally, poetry for the photographer, and photography for the poet! Whatever art you practice, the lessons in this book will inspire you to keep making—whether you need a reminder that imagery is the keystone or a lesson on how to learn from failure, this book will make you grow.

Melanie is able to put the ineffable qualities of the creative process into simple, aphoristic lessons, illuminating the mystery of what we experience when we feel inspired. Whatever your medium, this book will help your creativity flourish, with more than a few laughs along the way.

— C. M. Tollefson, High Shelf Press"


“In Photography for Writers literary professor and published photographer Melanie Faith will bridge the gap between verbal and visual arts and give you the tools to bring your writing and photography to the next level.

Melanie helps to fill a much needed role with texts in the art field by developing a comprehensive guide that will teach you how to develop an image as one would write prose, and further, how to turn each image into a cohesive body of work that supports your visual and literary journey.

Whether you’re a published author ready to enhance the depth to your work, or a novice unsure of where to begin, Photography for Writers will bring you the expert advice and experience from Melanie’s own class room to create a professional portfolio of your very own.”

Chelsea Patenaude was a previous Art Editor for JuxtaProse Literary Magazine and has had the pleasure of working with Melanie Faith for past volumes. Having published many of Melanie’s photographs, she is delighted to help welcome this wonderful guide to the artistic community.

“Finally, the book on Photography For Writers has been written. We now have all the ideas and inspiration we need to master the “show don’t tell” challenge. And of course, the author would be Melanie Faith, teacher, master creative and master craftsman.

As with her other excellent craft books In A Flash and Poetry Power, she educates, illuminates and entertains.  Whatever your creative challenge, using this guidebook with stimulating prompts and exercises, will direct you to where you need to go next.”

— Mari L. McCarthy, Author of Journaling Power

  • Photo from the chapter: “Jolie Laide: Photographing the Unconventionally Beautiful.”


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