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Whether you want to start a career in travel writing, document your trips for posterity or begin a blog, these six 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.
SEMINAR 1: INTRODUCTION TO TRAVEL WRITING
Saturday 23rd January: 09:30-11:30
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.
SEMINAR 2: PITCHING YOUR ARTICLE OR BOOK
Saturday 23rd January: 12:30-14:30
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.
SEMINAR 3: WRITING FOR MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS
Saturday 23rd January: 15:30-17:30
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)
SEMINAR 4: BLOGGING
Sunday 24th January: 10:00-12:00
Thousands of people start a blog but don’t carry it on. How do you ensure your blog keeps you enthused? How do you decide on a style or a niche? How do you attract an audience to it? What are the dos and don’ts? Is it possible to monetise it?
SEMINAR 5: GETTING PUBLISHED
Sunday 24th January: 12:30-14:30
It’s the dream of many to get published, but only some achieve it. We look at the different outlets – books, blogs, magazines, newspapers, and whether to approach editors/publishers or self-publish. Includes practical ideas on finding an angle or niche, pitching, finding the right route for you.
SEMINAR 6: MAKING MONEY FROM YOUR TRAVELS
Sunday 24th January: 15:00-17:00
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.
Seminar experts include:
Lyn Hughes(All six seminars) – 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 (All six seminars) – Phoebe is an award-winning travel editor, writer and author. She is editor of Wanderlust travel magazine, and is author of several books. In addition to writing Phoebe has appeared on radio and TV talking wild camping, travel and women in the outdoors and garnered praise from Bill Bryson, Robert Macfarlane and Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
Mark Stratton (Intro to Travel Writing and Writing for Newspapers & Magazines) – Pursuing a passion for great stories in unheralded destinations has taken current Travel Writer of the Year Mark to over 130 countries on assignments for leading travel magazines such as Wanderlust, national newspapers, and BBC Radio.
Debbie Chapman (Pitching Your Article or Book) – Debbie Chapman is part of the editorial team at Summersdale Publishers, and commissioning on their travel list for just over two years. An avid traveller and adrenalin junkie, her adventures have taken her from shark diving in South Africa to hiking the Laugevegur Trail in Iceland. She is passionate about good travel writing and dreams of discovering the next Bill Bryson.
Charli Moore (Blogging) – A location independent travel writer and blogger, Charli Moore has an unquenchable thirst for adventure. Living in 10 different countries since leaving her home in the UK, she has driven across continents, sailed across oceans, and hiked across inhospitable landscapes in the pursuit of captivating stories to share on her blog Wanderlusters.com.
Abbie Headon (Getting Published) – In her role as Managing and Commissioning Editor at Summersdale Publishers Abbie writes, edits and commissions content across a broad range of trade non-fiction titles, and her book Poetry First Aid Kit was published in 2013. With a background in academic musicology, followed by six years of science publishing and a spell of teaching business English abroad, she brings a passionate, diverse and open-minded approach to publishing.
Rachel Fielding (Getting Published) – Rachel is commissioning editor at Bradt Travel Guides. She was a founder editor and publishing director of Cadogan Guides for 14 years, editorial director at Footprint and was on the board of Alastair Sawday’s – consequently Rachel knows all there is to know about writing and pitching to guide book companies.
Nick Boulos (Making Money from Your Travels) – Nick Boulos spends his days juggling photography and writing commissions for the world’s biggest and best publications – if you can track him down, you’ll find him hard at work on assignment, teasing out the juicy stories and discovering the real character of a place.
Leon McCarron (Making Money from Your Travels) – Leon McCarron is a Northern Irish adventurer, film-maker and writer. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and specialises in long distance, human-powered expeditions. His first book – The Road Headed West- was publisher in summer 2014 and is an Amazon Top 10 best seller.
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.
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