NEW CONTENT & FORMAT FOR 2015!
Whether you want to start a career in travel writing, document your trips for posterity or begin a blog, these six NEW Travel Writing Seminars with Wanderlust magazine will be full of tips and information to get you on track.
During these six seminars, the Wanderlust editors and leading industry experts will offer an introduction to the key areas of travel writing. The seminars offer a mixture of informative lectures and open group discussion. They are designed to work alongside each other, so you can attend a single session, or come to both for a more complete overview.
This year we have created more intimate workshops, each lasting 2 hours, with a limited number of participants to ensure you get the best learning environment possible - plus this gives a brilliant chance to question the experts themselves. Please see below for the options and timings.
*UPDATE: Seminar 1 - Intro to Travel Writing has now sold out. There are still spaces available within the other seminars - book now to avoid disappointment!*
Seminar 1: Introduction to Travel Writing - SOLD OUT
Some say this is the golden age of travel writing with there being more options than ever to document your travels. We look at the different styles, whether you want to write a journal, a blog, an article or a book, and whether you want to write for your own satisfaction or turn it into a career. Includes a practical session.
Date & Time - Saturday 17 January 9:30-11:30
Seminar 2: Pitching Your Article or Book
Commissioning editors receive hundreds of approaches a week. How do you ensure that you catch their eye? We look at compelling story ideas and angles; what editors want; and how to structure your pitch. Includes a practical session.
Date & Time - Saturday 17 January 12:30-14:30
Seminar 3: Writing for Magazines and Newspapers
We look at the different types of article and how to structure them. Includes a practical session on writing the perfect intro, and a critique. (Note, this does not cover pitching)
Dates & Time - Saturday 17 January 15:30-17:30
Seminar 4: Blogging
Thousands of people start a blog but don't carry it on. How do you ensure your blog keeps you enthused? What software should you use? How do you attract an audience to it? Is it possible to monetise it? Alastair Humphreys, one of Wanderlust's contributing editors and author of five books will be hosting this workshop!
Date & Time - Sunday 18 January 10:00-12:00
Seminar 5: Getting Your Book Published
You are going to embark on a great trip or you have an original idea for a book. Should you approach publishers or self-publish, go for print or digital? Includes practical ideas on finding an angle or niche, pitching, finding the right route for you.
Date & Time - Sunday 18 January 12:30-14:30
Whether you want to keep the day job but earn a few pennies on the side, or whether you want to change your career, we look at the various options to monetise your passion for travel and writing. Includes case studies and practical examples.
Date & Time - Sunday 18 January 15:00-17:00
Seminar experts include:
Lyn Hughes - Lyn is Wanderlust travel magazine's Co-Founder & Editor-In-Chief. As a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Lyn is also still a writer in her own right. She is regularly consulted by tourist boards and governments on travel-related issues and sits on several committees, including IPN (the Independent Publishers' Network).
Phoebe Smith - As the Editor of Wanderlust travel magazine, Phoebe shares with readers a passion for adventurous travel and loves nothing more than getting under the skin of a place, learning about the local culture, wildlife watching walking. Phoebe previously worked for a number of magazines and newspapers both in the UK and overseas, most recently Trail (the outdoors, walking and mountaineering title).
Alastair Humphreys -Alastair Humphreys is an adventurer, blogger, author and motivational speaker. As well as expeditions such as cycling round the world, walking across India and rowing the Atlantic, Alastair was named as a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year for his pioneering work on the concept of microadventures. Alastair has written five books about his adventures to date. (Blogging seminar only)
Adrian Phillips - Adrian is Managing Director of Bradt Travel Guides and a travel writer/broadcaster. He writes for national newspapers and magazines, is the author of several guidebooks, and features frequently as a travel expert on the BBC. His awards include both ‘Travel Writer of the Year’ and ‘Guidebook Writer of the Year’. (Saturday seminars only)
Debbie Chapman - Debbie Chapman has been part of the editorial team at Summersdale Publishers for over 4 years, and commissioning on their travel list for just over a year. An avid traveller and adrenalin junkie, her adventures have taken her from shark diving in South Africa to hiking the Laugevegur Trail in Iceland, and lots of places in-between. (Pitching your Article or Book seminar only)
Abbie Headon -Abbie joined Summersdale Publishers in 2010. In her role as Managing and Commissioning Editor she writes, edits and commissions content across a broad range of trade non-fiction titles, and her book Poetry First Aid Kit was published by Summersdale in 2013. (Getting your Book Published seminar only)
Lesley Williams - Lesley, along with her husband Jonathan, is owner of Cicerone guidebooks. Cicerone has been going for over 40 years and has crafted over 200 guidebooks and just launched www.cicerone-extra.com. In 2014 they won the Wanderlust Reader Travel Award for Best Guidebook Series. (Getting your Book Published seminar only)
Paul Bondsfield - Paul has travelled widely and lived in several countries including Denmark, New Zealand, Jersey and South Africa. He self-published his first novel, Acacia, in 2014 and is currently working on his second book – The Oak. (Getting your Book Published seminar only)
Graeme Green - Graeme Green has spent 10 years working as a journalist, editor, travel writer and photographer for UK and international publications, including Wanderlust, The Sunday Times, National Geographic, The Guardian, The Independent On Sunday, Adventure Cyclist, Wild Travel, New Internationalist and South China Morning Post. He’s also the editor of online magazine Curious Animal. (Making Money from Your Travels seminar only)
So if you want to get the low-down from some of the best people in the business, come and join us! We anticipate the places to fill quickly, so make sure you book your place early to avoid disappointment.
Please note, it is advised you arrive fifteen minutes before your scheduled start time to ensure a prompt start.
Seminar tickets are £40 when booked in advance. This also includes your Adventure Travel Show entry for that day plus a £10 Wanderlust voucher. Advance tickets go off sale at 1pm Friday 16th January.
(Seminar tickets can be purchased on the day at the show for £45, but due to the limited numbers it is advisable to book in advance to ensure your place. Please note, on the door purchased tickets do not include show entry or the £10 Wanderlust voucher.)