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Travel Writing

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. 

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
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Starting October 16 | November 13

Travel Writing

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Course Code: trw

What You Will Learn
  • Learn how to translate what is seen, heard, tasted, touched, smelled and felt (intuitively and physically) into publishable articles and books
  • Understand the writing styles and methods needed to sell material in today’s competitive market
  • Learn about popular styles and types of travel writing that are the friendliest to new writers
  • Understand how to write query letters
  • Learn how to how to produce articles, essays and books
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Feel confident in your ability to write for the travel market
  • Open the door to new opportunities as a full-time or freelance travel writer

Outline

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Overview of the Travel Market

Would you like your writing to make a destination, restaurant, or festival jump off the page? Do you want your readers to long to find their passports, grab suitcases, and have the post office hold their mail? In this lesson, you'll start finding out how. The lesson will 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.

Keeping a Travel Writer's Journal

Do you keep notes when you visit incredible locations? Do you read about a place before you visit it? Do you gather tidbits and retell the stories of your trips, keeping family, friends, and co-workers on the edges of their chairs? If so, you're thinking like a travel writer. This lesson will focus on keeping a travel journal and cover writing techniques you'll use when capturing your travels. It will talk about travel close to home, too. Then, the lesson will provide some questions to spark your travel-writer's brain and share some tips about organizing your materials.

Writing Travel Articles

The genres (categories or types) of articles and essays about travel are limited only by your own imagination. Do you want to know how to write destination pieces, food articles, round-up pieces, advice, or personal experience pieces? That's what you'll learn in this jam-packed lesson. With this information, you'll be well on your way to a career (full or part-time, mind you) as a travel writer.

Writing Travel Books

Are you addicted to travel books, collections of travel essays, or books such as Under the Tuscan Sun? Travel books sell so well that you'll find many bookstores devoted specifically to them. In large stores like Borders and Barnes and Noble, you'll find sections and shelves piled high with travel books. Most of them have specific sections for travel essay books, too. Today, you'll learn what it takes to write travel books that publishers snap up and that hungry armchair travelers snatch off the shelves.

Making Plans for Travel

Travel writers should never leave home without packing their sense of adventure, sense of humor, and determination to capture their travels in image-filled writing (prose, not poetry). How do they prepare? That's the focus of this lesson. The lesson will 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.

Writing Techniques

Do you ask lots of questions? Have you ever thought that simply asking can provide some of the best travel tips you could discover? That's what this lesson will talk about. Yes—how to ask questions. In other words, interview to get information that will put your writing talents above other writers. Wait! There's more. The lesson will 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.

Outline Methods That Work Every Time

By the time you've reached Lesson 7, you'll understand that there are article and book ideas everywhere. You'll see possibilities just driving around your town or city. While these ideas sound simple, some new writers pass over them thinking that they're, well, too simple to be effective. This lesson will share some professional tools you can use to tap into creative juices that will generate oodles of ideas. This will help you figure out exactly what your readers want. It may also help you discover what editors want before other writers come to the same conclusions.

Working Like a Travel Writer

This lesson will 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. You probably have many of the tools already. Later, the lesson will go over ways to avoid, or get over, that writing bugaboo known as writer's block. Yes, there is a cure, even if you've been down in the dumps with it for weeks, months, or years.

Submitting Like a Pro

Most writers have a difficult time editing their work. A few are too easy on themselves. Others are ruthless. These same writers begin to fear creative urges and what they commit to paper. One of the goals of this course is to get you to enjoy the feel of words before you go back to pick out the keepers. In addition to learning about 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.

Research and Online Techniques

This lesson will talk about research and ways you can find information about a location, culture, destination, and other travel writing areas. You'll then look at some different ways to connect with travel sources. The lesson will also discuss the issue of freebies, because, depending on the publication you're writing for, you may actually find yourself in a pickle if you accept something that only seems to be free.

Photos and Travel Writing

Don't you just love the travel photos in magazines? This lesson will 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. This lesson won't instantly turn you into an expert professional photographer, but it will help you take better photos in general.

Recycling Your Material

Writers are idea machines, and they generally have more of them circling around in their heads than there is time to jot them in their writer's journal, turn out queries, or write articles. When selecting topics to write about, you'll have to do some research to develop them into full-blown articles. Once this research is done, don't stop with just one article on a topic. Recycle your research and you'll be able to sell and resell the material, which is exactly what professional travel writers do. This final lesson will talk about writing spin-offs, finding creative sources for travel writing, and combining travel writing with other genres.

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Instructors & Support

Eva Shaw

Eva Shaw, Ph.D. is a full-time working writer. She has authored thousands of articles, essays, and short stories and more than 70 books including “Writing the Nonfiction Book” and “Insider’s Guide to San Diego.” Her work has been featured in USA Today, San Diego Union Tribune, Publisher’s Weekly, 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.

Requirements

Requirements

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.

Software Requirements: 

  • 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.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

FAQs

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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.

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