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When Learning is Fun: A Different Kind of Travel Writing Workshop

Filed in Blog by on May 21, 2013

Career in travel writing

When I was a kid, I counted down the hours at school until I could run and play outside. I was happiest playing in the creek or reading a book out on the porch swing.

Fast forward all these years, and I’d still rather be out exploring and doing something new than sitting in a lecture.

Yet continuing education is important to staying on top of your craft, and learning from a seasoned pro is one of the best ways to learn a new skill.

Learning doesn’t have to be boring, though.

As we wrapped up our most recent travel writing workshop in Santa Fe, I asked for participant feedback.

Many mentioned the new skills they had learned in social media and online publishing. Others were thrilled that they had improved their photography skills. But the most popular response was “I had so much fun!” (Check out recent reviews.)

That put a smile on my face. Our travel writing workshops were created to provide insight on the latest travel writing trends, markets, social media platforms and writing techniques. But since travel writing is by its very nature an enjoyable form of journalism, a travel writing workshop should be fun too.

Instead of just hearing about interviewing skills, we put those techniques to use talking with local experts. Rather than simply talking about photography, we put those techniques to work photographing a new destination.

Best of all, being around those with similar passions and interests can be an invigorating experience. Writing can be lonely at times, and it’s easy to get discouraged. Sometimes all you need is a little encouragement and a few new skills to get ahead in the game.


Upcoming workshops:

Travel Writing and Photography Workshop in Santa Fe
Dec 11-14, 2014

11-Day Travel Writing Workshop & Tour in Vietnam
Feb 6 -16, 2015