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Travel Writing Masterclass — 29 January 2019

Budding travel writer looking for the tricks of the trade? Our travel writing masterclass will give you all the tips and advice you need

Travel Writing Masterclass — 29 January 2019

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Are you a wordsmith looking to pep up your prose? Perhaps you’re keen to hear what an editor is looking for when it comes to a story? Or maybe you fancy meeting the team behind our award-winning magazine? Read on — we’ve got just the thing.

Our popular Travel Writing Masterclass is back for another year, with the aim of giving budding travel writers and bloggers all the advice they need to perfect the art of writing about cities. Not only will we give you top tips for tackling our tricky City Life formats, but we’ll also give you the lowdown on how to write all kinds of urban-focused travel writing, from Top 10s to captivating eyewitness pieces. And of course, with some of the National Geographic Traveller (UK) editors on board, there’s the opportunity to discuss what we’re looking for and learn about the editorial process from start to finish.

Maria Pieri, National Geographic Traveller (UK)’s  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.”

Tickets are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, so don’t miss out. Please bring a notebook, laptop or tablet to take notes if you wish.



Maria Pieri, editorial director 
Maria is National Geographic Traveller’s editorial director and has been overseeing the magazine since its launch. Family travel specialist, curious traveller and food connoisseur wannabe, she’ll be sharing her 20 years’ experience of producing award-winning travel and lifestyle content throughout the evening.


Pat Riddell
Pat Riddell, editor
Pat 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 


Sarah Barrell, associate editor
Sarah’s career as a travel writer, editor and lecturer spans 20 years, and when not travelling the globe sniffing out the best place to eat, she’s at home listening to music with her 12-year-old (whose tastes are definitely not cooler than hers). @travelbarrell.


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



Jonathan Lorie, travel writer
Jonathan is the author of The Travel Writer’s Way, the ultimate handbook for aspiring travel writers at all levels. He has been a travel magazine editor, freelance writer, and director of travel writing training agency, Travellers’ Tales. You can buy Jonathan’s book, The Travel Writer’s Way, here.  


Kiran Cox, street photographer
Kiran specialises in urban photography, as well as portraits from his travels. He’ll be joining the panel to share his tips on how to take the perfect city shots to sit along your prose. @kiranbcox 

Event details

When: TuesWhere: Chiltern Hall, University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS (nearest tube: Baker Street)
Tickets: £75