In this course you will learn how to develop the skills of a travel writer. You will learn how to translate what is seen, heard, tasted, touched, smelled and felt (intuitively and physically) into publishable articles and books. You will understand the writing styles and methods needed to sell material in today’s competitive market. You will learn about popular styles and types of travel writing that are the friendliest to new writers. Other topics of the workshop include; how to write query letters, how to produce articles, essays and books, trends in types of articles and books, grammar and writing skills refreshers, and marketing information.
By the end of the course, you will have the ability to write for the travel market. So pack your sense of adventure, organize your determination and put your keyboard in a comfortable position. If you have a desire to write and yearn to travel, you are a perfect candidate to become a travel writer.
Learn how to become a travel writer as we cover what you need to know to get started, how to create different types of travel writing, and how to begin thinking and writing like a travel writer, even if you’re only traveling around your own hometown. Then, we’ll focus on keeping a travel journal and cover writing techniques you’ll use when capturing your travels.
Understand the different genres of articles and essays about travel that are available to you as a travel writer. Then, you’ll learn what it takes to write travel books that publishers snap up and that hungry armchair travelers snatch off the shelves.
In this lesson, we’ll talk about organizing materials before you go on any trip. You’ll learn how to plan the trip, how to contact publications before going, and how to dig beneath the surface to find the story within the story. By learning these techniques, you’ll discover tricks to capture a reader’s interest. Then, learn to interview to get information that will put your writing talents above other writers. Wait! There’s more. We’ll also talk about the need to find the perfect title for your work, how to interview to get the story beneath the surface, and how to connect with the people in the locations you’re writing about.
In this lesson, you’ll learn professional tools you can use to tap into creative juices that will generate oodles of ideas. This will help you figure out exactly what readers want. Then, we’ll talk about the work of being a travel writer. You’ll learn about taxes and deductions, how to organize your home office, and how to select the tools that you’ll need to be a writer.
In addition to covering self-editing, you’ll get some valuable insights and information about writing query letters, the concepts of writing on spec or on assignment, manuscript production formats, and dialogue in this lesson. Then, we’ll talk about research and ways you can find information about a location, culture, destination, and other travel writing areas.
In this lesson, we’ll cover basic camera savvy and helpful picture-taking techniques along with information on stock photos. Smart travel writers take photos to sell along with articles, making their writing more desirable to editors and publishers. And finally, we’ll talk about writing spin-offs, finding creative sources for travel writing, and combining travel writing with other genres.
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
When can I get started?
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
How does it work?
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
How long do I have to complete each lesson?
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
What if I need an extension?
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.