Course Code: trw
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.
Eva Shaw, Ph.D. is a full-time working writer of 1000 articles, essays and short stories. She’s the ghost or author of 70 books including: Ghostwriting for Fun & Profit, Writeriffic: Creativity Training for Writers, Write Your Book in 20 Minutes (a DVD), Shovel It: Nature’s Health Plan, What to Do When a Loved One Dies, The Successful Writer’s Guide to Publishing Magazine Articles, Writing the Nonfiction Book, Insider’s Guide to San Diego, The Sun Never Sets, and more. Eva's work has been featured in USA Today, San Diego Union Tribune, Shape, Woman’s World, Country Living, Costco Connection, Publisher’s Weekly, Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and others. She has won several awards, including the Book of the Year Award from the American Journal of Nursing, the Benjamin Franklin Award, and the Woman of Merit Award. An expert on time management for writers, Eva stays on top of market trends to sell her own work and to help emerging writers focus on quality writing and publication.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
Instructional material requirements:
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a 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.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Eva Shaw is a great instructor. She teaches and motivates the students from and experienced based position, instilling confidence, encouraging the student to take positive steps toward their goals."
Eva, you were brilliant and inspirational! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us. I really enjoyed the supplementary section of each lesson, I never realized just how many resources were at my fingertips! You've definately pointed me in the right direction. Many Thanks!"
I am glad I signed up for this course. I now have the basic tools to get started in something I always wanted to do. Thank you Eva!"
I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed this class. I feel inspired and motivated to pursue and area that I would never have thought of before. Isn't that the purpose of learning - to expand our horizons. This has certainly done that."
I have already referred a friend to your class, as she loves to write as well. I have taken several online classes, and by far I have enjoyed yours the most. You treat us all with respect, and the comments are so helpful. I learned so much from you, and you have ignited a spark in me to write, you taught me that I can do this with more practice, and for that I am grateful, thank you."
Just wanted to say thank you for all your help and encouragement. I have gotten so much out of this course. I found all the lessons to be full of helpful advice, and have downloaded them for future reference. The assignments were good practice, and forced me into the habit of making time to write regularly (Thanks to the bubble method I now have more ideas than I know what to do with!) Also your feedback and encouragement has helped motivate me to continue down this new career path."
Thanks again, this course has been wonderful. I put this course on my resume when applying for the travel job and he seemed impressed...and I got the job!"
You've nudged me and I finished an article. I submitted it to a small pilot magazine, and they're planning on publishing it."
After your suggestion of streamlining my query letter, I pitched to Eastern Surf Magazine (ESM) about doing a piece on surfing in India. They replied immediately and want me to do it for a section on traveling surfers on their website. I am stoked!"