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Travel Writing Masterclass: 12 January 2017

Transform your love of writing into a career with this travel writing Masterclass, presented by the editors of National Geographic Traveller

Travel Writing Masterclass: 12 January 2017

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The team from the award-winning National Geographic Traveller magazine presents its Travel Writing Masterclass, taking an in-depth view of the art of storytelling, with tips and ideas of how to improve your travel writing — and get published in the meantime.

The Masterclass is aimed at budding travel writers looking to take their work to the next level, or newcomers who might just want to know how it all works. And of course, with the National Geographic Traveller experts and freelancers on board, there’s the opportunity to discuss what the title is looking for and learn how you might monetise your work.

Maria Pieri, National Geographic Traveller’s moderator and editorial director, says: “Our aim is to answer the many questions emerging talent might have about travel writing: ‘What are the do’s and don’ts? Why won’t those travel editors ever reply to my pitch? How can I create a great story?’

“Feedback from previous workshops has shown participants like the honesty, knowledge and accessibility of our panel. The tips and advice were proven to be invaluable to those looking for that next step forward, or that first step into a travel writing career.

“We’ll assist you in crafting a good pitch, finding a good story and learning to write to a target audience.”

Course structure and content

  • How to pitch
  • What makes a good story?
  • Who is your audience?
  • Writing do’s and don’ts
  • Long-form or short-form?
  • Writing the first and last paragraph — it’s easy, right?
  • What next? Blogs, websites, magazines, newspapers?

Please register your interest as soon as possible — places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Includes: Handouts and course notes.
Required: Please bring a notebook, laptop or tablet to take notes.

The panel



Glen Mutel is deputy editor of National Geographic Traveller and responsible for editorial standards across the title. He appreciates a good pitch, a well-worded intro, quirky tales and a good European city.

Pat Riddell has been National Geographic Traveller‘s editor since 2010 and a travel writer/editor for over 15 years. He has an unhealthy Nottingham Forest obsession, an unfeasibly large record collection and a love of Australia, Italy and New York.

Maria Pieri (moderator) is National Geographic Traveller’s editorial director. A family travel specialist, curious traveller and fitness enthusiast, Maria will be bringing a touch of order to the proceedings, and putting the speakers on the spot.

Sarah Barrell joined as associate editor for the title’s launch. Former deputy editor and acting editor of the Independent on Sunday’s travel pages, Sarah is also a guest lecturer in travel writing at Oxford Brookes University and the London School of Journalism.

Chris Leadbeater is a former British Travel Writer of the Year and has been a full-time freelance travel writer for 12 years, and a contributor to National Geographic Traveller for five. This has resulted in him going away on assignment to places as far afield as southern Chile, northern Norway, eastern Japan and western Canada — and as nearby as his own postcode.

When: Thursday, 12 January 2016 from 18.30 to 21.00
Where: The Wallace Space, 2 Dryden Street, London WC2E 9NA
Tickets: £75