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Workshop Courses

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Travel writing coursesTravel Writing Courses

We offer a well-rounded collection of classes to suit diverse skill levels, from beginning travel writers to seasoned travel journalists who want to update their skills or learn more about online publishing and social media.

Courses cover the business of travel writing, travel writing techniques, travel writing markets and selling and promoting your work. We also discuss social media, how to create and monetize your own travel blog or website, and how to shoot photography that will help sell your work.

Each destination workshop has a custom class lineup depending on the length of the workshop and class makeup. Please see your workshop detail page for an exact schedule of classes.

Here are some of the travel writing classes we offer:

Session #1: Overview of Travel Writing Today

What does it mean to be a travel writer these days? How has the field changed? What opportunities are there for today’s writers? This workshop will explore both the facts and the fiction about this exciting genre.

Travel writing takes many shapes and forms, from round-ups to service pieces to travel essays. We will also discuss the different types of travel writing that are popular today and when — and where — these forms of writing are used. You’ll examine your own writing styles, and determine what types of travel writing suits you best

Session #2:   Developing Story Ideas and Angles

All travel writing is grounded in a story topic and story angle. This class explores where to look for story ideas and how to develop a strong story angle.  You’ll start work on a writing assignment by developing a story topic and angle to discuss with your small writing group in the afternoon breakout session.

Session #3:   Researching Your Story

This class will explore different methods and techniques for researching your story, both before you travel and while you’re on the road. We’ll discuss how to partner with tourism boards and other travel PR teams to gather the information you need.

Session#4:   Story Structure and Writing Technique

From developing your introduction to outlining your article and wrapping it all up, this session will provide a step-by-step outline for crafting a winning travel piece.

Session #5:   The Business of Travel Writing

Can you make money as a travel writer? This lesson will discuss the realities of the travel writing business and provide tips on how to monetize your own self-publication efforts. It will cover press trips, working with destination marketing organizations and tourism boards.

Session #6:   Pitching and Placing Your Work

Where will your work appear? How can you promote your writing? We’ll discuss how to research publications, query an editor and submit your work. We’ll also look at self-publishing, from creating your own blog to website, and discuss the growing role of social media.

Session #7:   Self-Publishing and Self-Promotion

Self-publishing opportunities continue to grow. This lesson will introduce Word Press and how you can use it to create your own blog or website. We’ll also discuss print-on-demand, online publishing and other self-publishing platforms.

Session #8:   How to Use Today’s Social Media Platforms to Promote Your Work

This class will discuss today’s top five social media platforms(Pinterest, Twitter, StumbleUpon, LinkedIn and Facebook) and how to use these platforms to promote and sell your work.

Session #9: Creating and Monetizing Your Own Blog or Website

In this workshop, we’ll help you set up your own Word Press blog using easy step-by-step instructions. We’ll also cover creating your own website with Word Press themes. Topics covered include registering your own domain, finding a hosting company, purchasing and installing a theme. We will also cover ways to monetize and promote your blog or website.

Session #10: Photography That Will Help Sell Your Work

Photography is an important part of travel journalism, but you don’t have to be a professional photographer to create professional-looking photos that will help sell your writing work. This workshop will cover illustrating your work with photography. We’ll discuss subject selection, framing, composition, lighting and more.

Each workshop will include an on-location photo assignment. We’ll travel to a pre-determined location, where each writer will shoot their own photos on an assigned topic. Photos will be reviewed the next day.

Breakout Small Group Discussions

In addition to classroom instruction, our small writing group breakouts offer colleague feedback and encouragement.