Course Fee: £ 325 (inc vat)  
  Course Date and start time:
Thursday 10 November 2016
    Six Thursday evenings from 6.30pm - 9.00pm

Travel Writing


A specialist evening course covering travel writing as a freelance, held on Monday evenings, between 6.30pm and 9.00pm.

There will be no class on Monday 31 May.

The course begins with a general introduction to freelance journalism, and then specialises in travel writing in particular. The course tutors are Paul Gogarty and Mike Carter. Paul, formerly a presenter on The Holiday Programme, is a well-known freelance travel writer and author. Mike, a freelance travel writer who has written for the Guardian, the Observer, the Sunday Times and the Sunday Telegraph, won Oldie Travel Book of the Year in 2008 for his first travel book - 'Uneasy Rider'.

Weeks 1, 2 , 3 and 5 will be taught by Paul Gogarty and Mike Carter will teach week 4 and 6.

  Week 1: Travel - Overview About the job. Skills and qualities. Making a start. What makes a travel article? What do editors and readers want?
  Week 2: Getting Started Getting your foot in the door. Pitching your idea. Theme. Conclusions. Exploring your travel feature.
  Week 3: Following Up Where to go from here. Spreading the net. Discipline. Ideas. Theme. Conclusions. Exploring your travel feature.
  Week 4: Features Interviewing. Evaluating information: what to leave in/out. The journalistic life. Finding your own unique selling perspective.
  Week 5: Research Travel extracts. Travel features.
  Week 6: The travel feature Setting up for business. The first commission. Exploring different travel features. Broadening your style and skills.

There are two writing assignments included in the course - both of which will be reviewed by the course tutor. The aim of this course is to give you a real understanding of the travel journalism industry, how to market your ideas and what to do to make your writing as publishable as possible.

Book: Lonely Planet Travel Writing (included in course fee)