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Travel Writing Masterclass: 29 January 2018

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

Travel Writing Masterclass: 29 January 2018

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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.



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

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. @patriddell

Emma Thomson is a freelance travel writer and regular contributor to National Geographic Traveller. She has also written numerous pieces for The Telegraph, The Times, Wanderlust, The Independent and Financial Times. @emmasthomson

Sarah Barrell joined as associate editor for the title’s launch. Newspaper trained, Sarah has been a travel writer, editor and lecturer for 20 years. @travelbarrell

Glen Mutel is deputy editor of National Geographic Traveller and responsible for editorial standards across the title. He appreciates a well-worded intro and all things French. @GlenMutel


Event details

When: Where: wallacespace Covent Garden, 2 Dryden Street, London WC2E 9NA
Tickets: £75


This event has now sold out. Join the waitlist through the link above, or send us an email to register your interest for future Masterclasses: [email protected]