Travel writing. Anyone can do it, right? The whole world and his dog have travel blogs, how hard can it be? Yet the art of successful travel writing eludes many and is still a very much sought-after skill and practice.
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 how to get published.
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.
Glen Mutel is features 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.
Mark Rowe is a regular contributor to National Geographic Traveller and a wide range of other national titles and magazines. He tends to focus on ‘outdoors stuff’, such as hiking and green travel and is currently writing the first guide to the Outer Hebrides for Bradt.
Pat Riddell has been the 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.
Sarah Barrell joined as associate editor for the title’s launch. Former deputy editor/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.
Maria Pieri 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.
Required: Please bring a notebook, laptop or tablet to take notes.
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