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The Travel Writing Masterclasses

Expect all your queries and questions on becoming a travel writer answered in our variety of practical sessions

The Travel Writing Masterclasses

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Need ideas on how to refine your prose? Want to know how to break into the industry? Looking for tips on approaching an editor? You’ll get plenty of invaluable advice from industry experts and the chance to meet some of the team behind the magazine

The Sessions

Beginnings and endings: These are the head and tail of your piece. If you want to iron out any creative creases in your openers and pinpoint where your conclusions might be going wrong, this one’s for you. From how to start to how to finish, come along and get some tips on fashioning the building blocks of your feature.

How to pitch: How do you get a busy editor to take a look at your work? Do you persist and persist or quietly nudge? How do you word your tentative email? There’s no precise science to pitching, so join this session to hear exactly what an editor wants — and from the horse’s mouth.

Finger on the pulse: You’ve got a destination in mind — check. Now what? These classes tackle the art of finding a story, from doing your research and seeing what’s out there, to your first steps as a writer when you touch down. Our panel have all been in the same boat, so listen out for tips and advice on picking an angle for your stories.

Dos and don’ts: Past or present tense? Do I dare dabble with humour? How do I present facts and stats? You’re bound to meet a few stumbling blocks when you come to write your piece, but fear not. The editors and writers will be on hand to share their tips of what works and what doesn’t, and how to make your prose flow.

Being social: Blogs, mailing lists, Twitter, PRs… the world of networking and social media can be mind-boggling at times. As a budding writer, how do you get your name out there and find work? And how do you showcase your clippings to the wider world? Our panel will discuss their own experiences of the industry and how you can get it to work in your favour.

The secret of my success: Want to hear how our team got to where they are now? No two backstories are the same, so come and find out how our award-winning team ended up writing about the wonderful world of travel. Who knows? You might feel inspired to follow a similar path.

Q&As: If you’ve got a burning question about writing, finding a story, travel, the magazine or our team, now’s your chance to ask! Editors are humans, after all. 

The Speakers

Sessions led by National Geographic Traveller (UK) editorial team:

Maria PieriMaria Pieri, editorial director
Family travel specialist and food lover, Maria has been the magazine’s editorial director since its inception, and will be keeping the panellists in check throughout the day.

Pat RiddellPat Riddell, editor
A travel writer for more than 15 years, Pat is the magazine’s editor. He has a long-standing love of Australia, Italy and New York. @patriddell

Stephanie Cavagnaro, deputy editor 
Stephanie is an experienced travel journalist and former TV producer and editor. A native New Yorker, she’s a big fan of non-fiction, hiking and any trip that involves wildlife spotting. @stacava

Sarah BarrellSarah Barrell, associate editor
A newspaper-trained journalist, Sarah has been a travel writer, editor and lecturer for 20 years. She’s got a pretty poor sense of direction but is meticulous when it comes to mapping out features. @travelbarrell

Glen Mutel, executive editor
Experienced travel writer Glen oversees editorial standards at the magazine. He’s a fan of a good European city, all things French and a well-worded intro. @glenmutel

Jo Fletcher-Cross, contributing editor and editorial manager
Jo is an experienced journalist and a less experienced, but enthusiastic, stand-up comedian. She loves obscure European cities, brutalist architecture and Eurovision. @glitterjo

…plus a whole host of award-winning travel writers:

Chris Leadbeater
Chris is a regular contributor to National Geographic Traveller. An experienced travel writer, he’s also written for men’s magazines and as a music journalist. @LeadbeaterChris

Emma Gregg
A travel writer and editor, Emma frequently covers Africa in her features, specialising in sustainable tourism and eco-tourism. @Emma_Gregg

Emma Thomson
Emma is a regular contributor the magazine, and has covered destinations as diverse as Tajikistan, New Zealand, Tunisia and Iran in her career. @emmasthomson

Julia Buckley
Julia regularly writes for National Geographic Traveller, as well as having appeared in publications such as The Independent, Sunday Times, GQ and Grazia. @juliathelast

Kash Bhattacharya 
Kash is the face behind the award-winning blog, BudgetTraveller, which offers tips, ideas and stories for travellers to see the world on a shoestring. @budgettraveller

Mark Rowe 
Mark is a regular contributor to National Geographic Traveller and The Independent, with his passport having seen the likes of Nepal, Australia and the Arctic. @wanderingrowe

Pol O Conghaile Pól Ó Conghaile 
Award-winning travel writer and speaker Pól is regular contributor to the magazine, as well as the travel editor of independent.ie. @poloconghaile


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No refunds. All classes and speakers are subject to change.