We're counting the days until the Bay Area Yearbook Seminar begins!

Welcome to the



When is BAYS.

The event wil take place
July 13-15, 2015

Where is BAYS.

BAYS Attendees will be housed within a dorm at the scenic University of California, Santa Cruz!


The Bay Area Yearbook Seminar is the perfect opportunity for your staff to come together, set goals and walk away with a jump-start for your 2016 yearbook. By the time you and your staff leave camp, you’ll have your theme completed, cover designed, ladder planned and sections mapped out in great detail.


An on-site critique is available for staffs who are considering or would like to have their yearbook publication evaluated at camp.  We consider critiques to be the ultimate teaching tool.  These assessments can help you and your staff learn from previous work and help to improve your 2016 yearbook.  On-site critiques will be 30 minutes. You will have the opportunity to discuss areas of strength as well as suggestions for improvement by one of our instructors. This service is an additional $50.
Additional information on preparing for your critique will be included in your registration packet. Sessions are limited so please register early to guarantee your sessions.

Registration is closed

What you'll learn at BAYS!

Yearbook 101

Marketing Masterminds

Adviser Survival

Coaches Clinic


Yearbook 201

Editors/Project Managers


Staff Planning

Perfect for first time yearbookers. Registrants will devote themselves to design and yearbook basics. Another session will be devoted to interviewing and caption-and headline-writing. These staff members will leave prepared and ready to teach the yearbook staff like a pro.
Explore the yearbook financial management responsibilities and examine the wants of your audience through product planning, promotion and sales. Each business manager will design and complete a  personalized marketing and sales plan for the 2016 publication based on the yearbook theme.
(Yearbook Advisers Only): For first year advisers as well as experienced advisers. Whether you teach yearbook as a class or a club, we’ll help you find a way to teach. On top of that, all lessons are already connected to Common Core standards and 21st Century Skills, we’ll help you connect the dots. This is your opportunity to master the basics, ask those unanswered questions and share your experiences.

This track is designed for returning yearbookers that have a desire to improve their current book and sharpen their skills. The advanced track is geared toward staffers that have an advanced understanding of trendy design, captions, and writing. We don’t want to lose you along the way in this course, so make sure you have mastered the fundamentals first. Seasoned staffs with a competitive edge will get the most out of this division of yearbook planning.

Nothing helps a yearbook staff be more productive than great leadership. In addition to yearbook editing skills, this course will teach editors to build staff morale and teamwork, form systems of communication and expectations, learn how to delegate effectively, prevent and deal with conflict, and establish a solid working relationship with their adviser.

Photographers will learn basic handling, parts and applications, correct use of aperture and shutter speed as well as the best choice of film speeds for various events. Please bring a digital camera, batteries and media storage card.

Staff Planning provides time for staffs to develop a theme and concept for their 2016 yearbook. Each staff will be assigned to Staff Planning sessions where they will apply what they have learned to complete a Seminar Workbook which will be the basis for this year’s book.  Staffs will submit their Workbook for instructor feedback and will have a chance to present on the final day.

(Yearbook Advisers Only): This class will help teachers become winning coaches. You will learn how to manage your staff using the playbook which includes skills such as setting your staff up for success,

establishing a team, building a stronger program, helping your staff communicate with one another, motivating your staff throughout the year, and incorporating school-wide participation.


How much does it cost to attend BAYS?

COMMUTER RATE: Includes workshop registration, materials, t-shirt, all special events, all meals. $300 through June 1st, $325 after June 1st.
ON-CAMPUS STUDENT: Includes two night’s lodging, workshop registration, materials, t-shirt, all special events, all meals. $395 through June 1st, $425 after June 1st.
ON-CAMPUS ADVISER/CHAPERONE*: Includes two night’s lodging, workshop registration, materials, t-shirt, all special events, all meals. $325 through June 1st (per person/double occupancy), $350 after June 1st (per person).
*At least one adviser chaperone is required for each school registering

What are the Registration Deadlines?

Getting registered NOW is critical to ensuring your spot at the seminar as space is limited. To register for the 2014 seminar, follow the step-by-step online process by clicking here. Pricing increases on June 1 and  registration closes July 1st, 2015.


We want you to get the most out of BAYS so if there are any other questions, please e-mail our camp coordinators, Melissa or Laura by clicking here.
While the seminar is in session, if you need to reach your child or us directly for either urgent messages or emergency purposes, call our
on-location number at: 480-355-5878
We look forward to seeing you soon and cannot wait to see all those who will be attending in Santa Cruz on July 13th!