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  • Little Lights is once again hosting a Race Literacy 101 class this fall starting September 18th

    This is an 11 session study and discussion group that will meet together weekly to learn and discuss authentically and thoughtfully on the issue of race and racism in an honest yet grace-filled environment.  The class includes education on the history of the ideology of race, some scripture study, and times for discussion and dialogue.  There will be times of personal sharing, interactive activities, and classroom style learning.

    We will be viewing Race: Power of an Illusion video series (PBS) as well as other materials to learn more about the history and the "science" of race to better educate attendees on what this thing called "race" actually is.  The class also seeks to be part of the solution in not only educating people on the issue, but also bring hope to an issue that has caused so much pain, tension, and division.  

    There are usually two guest speakers for the course and there is also an informal dinner after the conclusion of the class.

    There is no cost for the class, but donations to Little Lights are appreciated. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Park at raceliteracy@littlelights.org.

    Here are the dates of the 11 sessions:

    Sept 18th

    Sept 25th

    Oct 2nd

    Oct 16th

    Oct 23rd

    Oct 30th

    Nov 6th

    Nov 13th

    Nov 20th

    Dec 4th

    Dec 11th

    Dec 18th--Optional Informal Dinner

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  • Join us for the August Old Town Books Club! We will be reading and discussing Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett. As a special guest, author Kristen Arnett will be in attendance to join the discussion and sign books!

    Old Town Books Club is free and open to the public; RSVP is appreciated. Take 15% off your in-store purchase or pre-order of Mostly Dead Things by mentioning the book club. Purchasing the book at our store is not required to attend, but is much appreciated - it sustains our free literary arts programming!

    About the book: One morning, Jessa-Lynn Morton walks into the family taxidermy shop to find that her father has committed suicide, right there on one of the metal tables. Shocked and grieving, Jessa steps up to manage the failing business, while the rest of the Morton family crumbles. Her mother starts sneaking into the shop to make aggressively lewd art with the taxidermied animals. Her brother Milo withdraws, struggling to function. And Brynn, Milo’s wife―and the only person Jessa’s ever been in love with―walks out without a word. As Jessa seeks out less-than-legal ways of generating income, her mother’s art escalates―picture a figure of her dead husband and a stuffed buffalo in an uncomfortably sexual pose―and the Mortons reach a tipping point. For the first time, Jessa has no choice but to learn who these people truly are, and ultimately how she fits alongside them. Kristen Arnett’s debut novel is a darkly funny, heart-wrenching, and eccentric look at loss and love.

    Alexander Chee says on Mostly Dead Things“I don’t think I’ve ever read a novel like it. There’s a gunslinger cool to every sentence, like someone is telling you the last story they’ll ever tell you.”

    About Kristen Arnett: Kristen Arnett is a NYT best selling author and a queer fiction and essay writer. She was awarded Ninth Letter's Literary Award in Fiction and is a columnist for Literary Hub. Her work has appeared or is upcoming at North American ReviewThe Normal School, Gulf Coast, TriQuarterly, Guernica, Electric Literature, McSweeneys, PBS Newshour, Literary Hub, Volume 1 Brooklyn, OSU's The Journal, Catapult, Bennington Review, Portland Review, Tin House Flash Fridays/The Guardian, Salon, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Her debut story collection, Felt in the Jaw, was published by Split Lip Press and was awarded the 2017 Coil Book Award. Her novel, Mostly Dead Things, was published by Tin House Books in June 2019.

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  • Bring your smartphones! Bring your tablets! Learn how to make professional documentaries with your mobile devices. Today’s smartphones carry with them excellent lenses and high resolution video. You’ll learn how to make the most of them just by knowing the devices better. We’ll also look at apps and hardware that further improve your video and sound. From preproduction to postproduction, you’ll be able to produce documentaries just with the “production studio in your pocket.” Learn to make your device the first tool you pull from your toolkit! (Both iphones and android devices are acceptable)

    As an additional bonus, Larry Engel has secured codes for anyone with iOS 11 and higher (iPhone) to download for free the premiere smartphone filmmaking app Filmic Pro. This is a $15 value.


    Saturday, July 20 from 10 am - 3 pm. *There will be a break for lunch on your own.

    If you are a member of the Docs Insiders program, you can get a $25 discount on the registration fees for this workshop if you register by the Earlybird or Regular deadlines. If you are an All-Access Passholder, registration is required but is at no additional cost to you. If you missed our e-mail with the promo code, please reach us at contact AT docsinprogress DOT org to get it.

    I/II – No prior training at Docs In Progress required, but you must bring your own smartphone.

    $85 Early Bird Registration (register/pay through July 5, 2019)  – $25 discount for Docs Insider Premium Members. Use Promo Code which was provided.
    $100 Regular Registration (register/pay July 6 - July 16) – $25 discount for Docs Insiders Premium Members. Use Promo Code which was provided.
    $125 Late Registration (register/pay July 17 - class is filled) – No discounts.

    If you are a member of the Docs Insiders program at the Premium level, you can get a $25 discount on the registration fees for this workshop if you register by the Earlybird or Regular deadlines. If you are an All-Access Passholder, registration is required but is at no additional cost to you. To get the discount, you will enter a Promo Code when you get to the payment. If you missed our e-mail with the promo code, please reach us at contact AT docsinprogress DOT org to get it. 

    Larry Engel is an Emmy® award-winning producer, writer, director, and cinematographer now in his fifth ​decade of filmmaking that spans all seven continents. He’s worked on over 250 projects for domestic and international broadcasters and cable channels. His career originated in photography, and he studied with Walker Evans. He then moved to film. Currently, Engel is an Associate Professor at American University’s School of Communication, Associate Director of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking, and filmmaker-in-residence with the Investigative Reporting Workshop. He teaches both production and theory/history. Several courses carry into the field, including "The Practice of Environmentalism: Galapagos" and a summer session “Classroom-in-the-Wild™: Extreme HD: Alaska.”

    In pursuit of environmental, wildlife and adventure stories, Engel has flown into hurricanes, been chased by tornadoes, and dropped into ice caves. He’s fled wildfires, gotten lost in jungles, and spent three years traveling the globe to come face to face with a lot of mummies.

    Engel is also co-author of “The Code of Best Practices in Sustainable Filmmaking.” He is a member of the Writers Guild of America East (WGAE), the Directors Guild of America (DGA), Directors-UK, the National Association of Science Writers, the University Film and Video Association, the International Documentary Association, and the Mountaineering section of the Potomac Appalachia Trial Club.

    A recent three-part series that he directed and shot, “The Human Spark” hosted by Alan Alda, premiered on PBS nationally and won the prestigious AAAS-Kavli Science Journalism Award for In-Depth Journalism. His short film “Potato Heads: Keepers of the Crop” premiered at the Washington DC Environmental Film Festival and screened at two festivals in Italy and Flickerfest in Australia.

    Click the "Register Now" button towards the top of the page. 

    Full payment must be received to guarantee you a spot in the class. In order to get the discounted earlybird rate, full payment must be RECEIVED by the earlybird date.  Otherwise the regular rate will be charged.

    If you are paying by credit card, select the "Paypal" option (you can pay by credit card even if you don't have a Paypal account). Payment must be made at the same time you complete the online registration form. 

    If you are paying by check, you still need to register online, but select "Pay by Check or Wire".  Make check payable to “Docs In Progress” and mail to:

    Docs In Progress

    8560 Second Avenue

    Suite 113

    Silver Spring MD 20910

    (Write in the name of the workshop in the memo line)

    Your registration will be completed once your payment is received. 

    Docs In Progress (NEW LOCATION)
    Alexander House
    8560 Second Avenue, Suite 113 (enter on Apple Avenue across from courthouse)
    Silver Spring, MD 20910, United States

    If your circumstances change and you must withdraw from a class after registering, please be aware of our refund policy:
    Withdrawal 30 or more calendar days before the first day of a program: 75% refund
    Withdrawal 11-29 calendar days before the first day of a program: 50% refund
    Withdrawal 10 or fewer calendar days before a program: No refund

    In the event of seriously inclement weather, we will make a decision by 3 pm on whether to cancel that evening’s programs. (For Saturday classes, we will make the decision by 6 pm on Friday). If you have not received a notification from your instructor or the Educational Programs Manager, call our office at 301-789-2797 (we will have an outgoing message on voicemail).

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  • First of all, thank you for your interest in this workshop.

    Over the last three years, FYN Creative has run small group digital storytelling and social media workshops once a quarter for colleagues in the Washington, D.C. metro area, representing world-renowned associations to small business owners, startups, and government agencies. A few organizations include PBS, TSA, National Archives, Ballston BID, Silverback Strategies, American Society of Clinical Oncologythe Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and many more. In fact, these workshops have even started to attract professionals from the mid-Atlantic that come to D.C. just for this workshop. 

    We want to let you know this is not your average "social media workshop." 

    It's not an online course, a series of videos, and we will not provide a "magic antidote" for those hoping for a quick hit of followers. On the contrary, you will leave with the most up-to-date and practical marketing advice and digital tools to drive real results. 

    Lastly, our social media and digital storytelling training is not for everyone. We want committed colleagues.

    Continue reading only if you are ready to be the digital leader in your organization, make a transformation for your business (or career) and put into practice the most current and effective digital marketing tactics working at this very moment - as in, Summer 2019.

    One thing to note - we only host one per quarter with no more than 10 attendees. The reason: to create an environment to give leaders like you, the tools and confidence to raise your hand and talk through the questions, misconceptions, and lack of knowledge or resources holding you or your organization back.

    What will you get out of it?

    We believe it is important for someone from your organization, no matter the title or scope of work, to become knowledgeable about all the digital marketing practices that currently exist. If you've read this far, you probably know this is a helpful skill to have in the digital age but most importantly what we want you to walk away with is the confidence, tools, tactics, resources, and especially talking points to hold your organization or anyone you work with, accountable to maximize your ROI.

    Let's face it, nobody likes overpaying for traditional media, tactics that are outdated, or distributing content where it will never be seen. It can be frustrating, and it isn't moving the needle in your organization.

    A few highlights of what you can expect to get out of spending time with us:

    1. Ability to create, communicate and carry out an effective digital strategy within your organization on a limited budget.

    2. Hands-on experience and understanding of storytelling (audio, animated content, video, the written word, imagery), creating content daily for your organization, and importance of utilizing video content on a variety of resources.

    3. Understanding and practice setting up social media ad sets and campaigns - think Facebook Ads manager rather than just “boosting” a post. We will also discuss the evolution of Linkedin, it's organic reach, and how to set up ads on their sales navigator. 

    4. Resources and knowledge of emerging trends: influencer marketing, voice marketing and analytic tools to set benchmarks.

    5. Language, talking points, and resources to effectively communicate the worth and benefit of an effective social media strategy to your organization.

    6. Beyond the Class: Access to a private Facebook group, invitations to our free  D.C. Social Media meetups (think: Donuts & Digital), and bi-monthly email social media tips.

    Who is it for:

    Going back to point #2 in our intro, this is for those that want to make a change either in their organization, their own marketing strategy or for their career.

    As you’ll learn about FYN Creative and Kevin O'Connell, it’s founder and facilitator for this training, we have a wide perspective on how social media strategy and content works in a variety of industries.

    We will leave you with this:
    We have developed this training for those individuals and organizations that are experimenting with the digital landscape or need their employees (regardless if marketing directly falls under their responsibilities) to be well versed while not having a lot of financial resources to initially hire a consultant, freelancers, staff, or agency to manage your social media at this time.

    From our time consulting, educating, and working with several organizations of small businesses, universities and world-renowned associations, you will get the most out of this if you bring your boss, co-worker, or even founder of your organization - or individual who you believe can provide the support and help move your organization’s digital needle. If you take this training seriously, return to your organization and put in the work and effort, you will see results that people typically look for: more followers, greater engagement, awareness, business opportunities, and bottom line results.

    Program Details:

    10am to 4:30pm with 30-45 minute lunch break in Crystal City. 

    No more than 10 attendees.

    No boring beige conference room. You'll get to experience a WeWork co-working environment. We'll give you a tour too if you'd like. 

    Plenty of time for specific questions and answers before, during, and after. 

    Examples of hands-on topics covered in this training include: 
    1. Marketing Disruption: Evolution and Revolution of Digital Landscape
    2. What is digital storytelling? 
    3. Tips, tricks, updates, and nuances of major social media platforms (Youtube, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, & Linkedin)
    4. Paid media and distribution - high level to hands-on (Facebook & LinkedIn ads manager)
    5. Influencer & ambassador digital marketing
    6. Emerging trends
    7. Resources & Benchmarks
    8. Case Study Project/Q&A/Individual Social Media Audits (as time allows)


    In lieu of a traditional FAQ, the answer to every question below is yes. This was inspired by Seth Godin as well as the team at Basecamp

    The answer is YES. 

    • Can I attend if I do not work in marketing or social media? 

    • Can I attend if I do not work or live in Washington, D.C.?

    • Can I bring a co-worker or my boss? 

    • Is this for someone looking to enhance their digital skills or make a career transition? 

    • Is this for someone who already has a degree in marketing or already working in a marketing capacity?

    • Will there be an opportunity for discussion? 

    • Do you research the organizations or industries of participants in order to have specific examples? 

    • Will you help me with Facebook ads? 

    • Will I learn more about Live video? 

    • Can I keep in touch with Kevin & fellow attendees after the training? 

    • Will there be group work? 

    • Will this be challenging? 

    • Do I have to show up right at 10am?

    • Will it go until 4:30pm? 

    • Is there parking options? Is there a metro nearby?

    • Are there plenty of lunch options within walking distance? *So many :)

    The punchline: seats to these workshops will sell out like they did back in April. 

    Can't make this but still interested? Interested in tailoring a customized workshop just for your organization? Let us know by sending a quick note to Kevin and we'll keep you in the loop - kevin@kevin-oconnell.com.

    More about FYN Creative and Kevin O'Connell in organization description below. 

    Refund Policy: If your plans change and you can no longer attend, please email kevin@kevin-oconnell.com within 7 days of the workshop. No refunds will be given after this date, however, you may choose to attend another workshop of equal or lesser value within a 90 day period. 

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