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Travel Writing Workshops

Each Travel Writing Workshop is kept small, so everyone has the chance to write, share their work, ask questions and discuss. A week before the Workshop, each participant is asked if they have any particular areas they would like to develop so we can cater to individual needs.

Some of the skills Travel Writing Workshops will encourage and develop are:

  • Gathering the material to write
  • Structuring a story
  • Bringing a traveller's tale alive
  • Writing from the heart
  • Knowing what an editor or publisher wants
  • How to pitch to an editor

The Workshop includes practical writing sessions. Participants should bring pen and paper - they will be expected to write! The emphasis is on developing skills to be applied to both articles and books.

View a sample timetable here.

At the end of the day-long workshop, you will feel confident, enthused and ready to write. Our aim is that each of you will have the tools to produce a publishable piece of travel writing.

But the real testimony to the success of Travel Writing Workshops is the participants. Here are just some of their achievements:

After attending a Travel Writing Workshop,

  • "I wanted to let you know that I've written an article for easyJet Traveller magazine. It followed from the pitching session with the editor at the workshop. She gave me really good feedback, and this first step in travel writing has been immensely encouraging. I'm really grateful for this opportunity and plan to pitch some more ideas to other publications. Travel Writing Workshop was crucial in all of this, so many thanks again! David Creighton, workshop participant
  • "I won Best Online Article 2013 at the French Travel Article of the Year Awards. Absolutely thrilled! The Travel Writing Masterclass really paid off." Eleanor, Workshop participant.
    Here's a link to her winning piece
  • Workshop participant Sarah Tooze has had a THIRD piece published in the Mail on Sunday after pitching to our Guest Editor Frank Barrett.
  • "A couple of weeks ago, I wrote my first ever piece and following your advice, I entered the Telegraph Travel Writing Competition... and I WON IT !! I can't actually believe that I've won with the first thing I've ever written but it's really given me some encouragement, and I just wanted to let you know, thanks to you, my dream is coming true as I will be published in a national newspaper. It's really given me a boost to write more. If I can do this with the first thing I ever write, then what else could I achieve in the long run!" Michelle Goulding, Workshop participant
  • Julia Hammond for her piece on Ghana: "Previously in Ghana, I'd stuck to the main tourist triangle between Accra, Kumasi and Cape Coast, travelling in luxury STC buses. Obuasi was just a bit off the beaten track..." continue reading here
  • Ali Ray is now writing regularly for the Guardian. Here is her latest piece.
  • Malika Browne has had her personal playlist published in the Guardian
  • Workshop participant Victoria James is a winner in the the BBC Wildlife Magazine Travel Writer of the Year Award. "I was really interested to see how the various stories - all short and well worth a read - used elements Dea and Rory had discussed with us," she said. Victoria is also writing for the Japan Times. Read all about her successes here.
  • "Thanks so much for all your encouraging words and for the positive feedback. I had a go at entering the Guardian's travel writing competition, weaving in some of your writing tips and, guess what? I actually won!" Lucy Grewcock, workshop participant
  • "I really enjoyed the Travel Writing Workshop. It has made me think very differently about the way I write and the things I notice." Nicola, workshop participant
  • Fergus Anderson wrote to let us know, "Yesterday morning I sent off a proposal letter to the Glasgow Herald. The editor came back in the afternoon accepting it! And offering to pay £300! Thank you."
  • "I came to one of your brilliant travel writing workshops which, I must say, has done wonders for my writing career. I now regularly write for Takethefamily.com, Metro, Psychologies and Sainsbury's mags, so thank you very much." Tracey Davies, Travel Writing Workshop participant
  • "So far I have made one pitch which has earned me 4 commissions, and written a blog about the workshop." Julian Stone, Bloomsbury Travel Workshop participant
  • Simon Hare has let us know he's been commissioned by Real Travel to write a 2500 feature on volunteering in Cambodia. "Thanks Dea and Rory!"
  • Dublin workshop participant Anna Cunliffe had a piece published in the Irish Times on cycling to Mongolia
  • Travel Workshop graduate Neil Matthews Independent On Sunday was a winner of the Independent on Sunday Travel Writing competition. He has also written on Venezuala for Journey Latin America magazine and Alderney for Optima magazine.
  • Alice Bianchi has just had her FIFTH piece published in the Mail on Sunday.
  • Lynn Houghton has been published in the Express, the People and articles in World of Cruising and Health and Fitness. Visit her website - www.lynnstheone.com.
  • Since attending the Dublin Travel Writing Workshop, Alison Bell has had two pieces published in the Irish Times: An emotional journey and Blowing hot and cold. There's more in the pipeline!
  • Miranda Bruce-Mitford has had two pieces published in the book To Myanmar with Love.
  • Alice Bianchi-Clark wrote "I am sooooooo excited that my second article has been published in the Mail on Sunday following the press trip to Israel Frank Barrett sent me on." See Alice floating in the Dead Sea and here is her first article.
  • Tracey Davies has been published in Metro and easyJet Inflight.
  • Hong Kong or Bust!
    Colman Higgins, who attended the Dublin Travel Writing Workshop, wrote a play about his time in Hong Kong. Watch the play here
  • Charlotte Baird is now a contributing writer for Suite 101, and lives in Brunei.
  • Antonia Windsor has had many articles guardian online published in the Guardian, including on Madrid, Pakistan and Scarborough
  • Jane Gallagher has taken up a post as writer in residence at a prison. She writes, "Just wanted to say thanks again, this time for saving my writing career. At the Travel Writing Workshop I said I was thinking of getting a proper job as the finances of freelance journalism were so precarious. You replied that you had a two-day a week writer"s residency which helped pay the bills. On the train back I read an advert in the Guardian. The Writers In Prison Network was looking for writers in residence. One of the prisons was just 20 miles away from where I live. I had my interview yesterday and was later told I had been successful. The post is two and half days a week starting in September. I am too excited to be scared but I am looking forward to this journey of a different kind."
  • Gina Perry has had an article on Bolivia published in Guardian on line. After not feeling confident enough to write for quite a while, Gina now says, "I'm well chuffed with it and hopefully will keep doing more."
  • Kirstie Pelling has had features in Practical Parenting and Cumbria Life and had a play broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
  • Eliza Reid, from Reykjavik, has had several travel pieces published since attending Travel Writing Workshop and secured a staff position for Iceland Review and Atlantica magazines, which involves writing regular travel feature. She's also had stories in the Ottawa Citizen and a five-part feature series on West Africa in Morgunbladid, Iceland's largest daily. See www.elizareid.com
  • Roger Norum was asked to write an opinion piece for the Guardian on travel writers - The less-than-Lonely Planet
  • Compass magazine
    Workshop participant Sonya Timms has written a piece for Compass magazine on her work visit to India.
  • Nicola Shaw
    Bloomsbury Workshop participant Nicola Shaw is travelling through North America from East to West. Read all about her journey here. Nicola wrote, 'The Travel Writing Workshop has made me think very differently about the way I write and the things I notice when I meet people.'
  • Rough Guide to Camping in Britain

    Europe With Kids
    Ally Thompson wrote, "I know you always like to receive updates on how past course attendees are getting on... Just to let you know that the Rough Guide to Camping in Britain book that I proposed went to print in March so fingers crossed for a sunshine filled summer! I've also just finished the Ireland Chapter for Europe With Kids (Footprint) guide. Meeting with Rough Guides again next month to discuss a further proposal... will keep you posted!"
  • Real Travel
    Samantha Hunt wrote, "Since participating in your class I have had two pieces published in Real Travel magazine - one Reader Report on Borneo and another City Spotlight on Toronto. I would like to say thank you for giving me the tools to do this."
  • Anyway magazine
    Caitlin Fitzsimmons has had four features commissioned for forthcoming Rough Guides to Ultimate Experiences, and has had features in Anyway travel magazine.
  • The Triple Point of Water
    Fiona Dunscombe has won the prestigious Dundee Book Prize for her novel The Triple Point of Water.
  • Croatia with your Family
    Jos Simon has been commissioned to write Frommers" Croatia with Your Family and a guide to Greece for Families, and has written extensively for Greece Magazine.
  • More Sand in My Bra: Funny Women Write from the Road (Travelers' Tales Guides): Funny Women Write from the Road (Travelers' Tales Guides)
    Jane Hannon has had a short travel story published in the brand new collection More Sand In My Bra: Funny Women Write for the Road Again.
  • Mappazine
    Luce Choules has published the world's first mappazine - a travel magazine shaped and folded like a map. It's a fabulous product, with travel writing, photo essays, diary accounts, charts and kit lists. See www.foldedsheet.com
  • The Greatest Freelance Writing Tips in the World
    Linda Jones has published The Greatest Freelance Writing Tips in the World. She also wrote a review of the Travel Writing Workshop on her website. Putting her own tips into practice, Linda has written a piece about the Travel Writing Workshop for Press Gazette. Linda has set up a family travel site www.havealovelytime.com, named a top 10 travel blog by lastminute.com and a top 20 travel tweeter by Times Online.
  • Lyric FM
    Brendan Harding has had a selection of his works from his recent travels in the Kenyan bush read on LYRIC FM Radio. Find out more about Brendan's successes from www.brendanharding.synthasite.com

What participants have said about Travel Writing Workshops:

"I learnt a lot on note taking, senses, dialogue etc etc, all of which I have never done before as I've simply just written about my trips." Matt, Travel Writing Weekend participant
"My mind is still buzzing from having learnt so much today. Many thanks to you, Rory and Frank for providing such a stimulating and worthwhile travel writing workshop. I now feel motivated and inspired to pursue my writing quest." Alison, Workshop participant
"Thanks to Rory and Dea I now know who I'm writing for and how to set about it. And my seven-year-old granddaughter has already asked when the book will be ready for her to read." Jenny, Workshop participant
"I am pleased to announce that I have published my first article! I am so excited. I wanted to thank you for inspiring me and encouraging me to go ahead. I learnt not only to pay attention to technical things I never knew about, but to write without boundaries and, most importantly, for myself. I had never even attempted to give anything I wrote to anybody else to read before the workshop. Now I feel I at the beginning of a great, new step." Andrea
"Can't wait for my next trip so I can get writing!" Charlotte
"Thanks for Saturday. I'm still staggering under the weight of information that I had to digest - completely inspiring." Mike
"It exceeded all expectations on so many fronts including structure, content and input from co-travel writers. I came away feeling totally exhausted and hugely enriched!" Kate
"Thank you very much indeed for a wonderful workshop. You were all great, truly generous with your help and advice and encouragement." Pamela
"Thank you once again for such an enjoyable and upbeat day. It has put fresh wind in the sails both on a personal and professional level. I look forward to putting it all into practice ." Liz
"Lots of useful, honest information and advice. It has definitely got my creative juices flowing." Carole
"After the workshop the ideas just flowed and I've come home with pages full of them!" Fiona
"I so enjoyed the Travel Writing Workshop - it was excellent! Thanks so much for a great day. Everyone left very inspired and a lot more confident. I am definitely going to start writing my book now!" Anita
"THANK YOU for such a confidence-boosting workshop." Julia
"A thoroughly enjoyable and stimulating day." David
"It was brilliant - I'm still buzzing and will definitely be having a sleepless night trying to store everything I've learnt." Jane
"Just arrived home from your invigorating workshop and wanted to say a big thank you. I arrived convinced I would feel thoroughly deflated and inadequate but, to my surprise, I've come home feeling as though I might well be on to something! And I met some hugely inspirational people to boot. Wonderful." Zoe
"I had a very good time, heard some invaluable advice, met some great people and reinvigorated my passion. Many thanks." Matt
"Thanks for the course on Saturday - it actually incentivised me to stay IN on a Saturday night and write the synopsis for my book." Kath
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