What is the course about?
A course to turn your travel experiences into saleable travel articles. Your chance to get your adventures into print, examine what makes a good article and learn about what travel editors look for. We will explore the huge market for well written words on travel and cover both how to market yourself and your work.
We will be going out and about in Covent Garden to practice observational and interview skills with a view to writing up a travel story during the workshop.
Susan Grossman has had a long career as a travel, food and health writer. She has broadcast for BBC Radio 4, presented the Food and Drink programme for BBC2, been travel editor for the Telegraph Magazine, and published five travel guidebooks. She lectures on the Journalism MA at Westminster University and teaches journalism at City University. She is a ILM-certified career coach and mentor and runs regular workshops for freelancers and media professionals.
City Lit reserves the right to change course tutors from those advertised in this outline. In line with our refund policy we are unable to grant a refund on the grounds of a change of tutor.
What will we cover?
Coming up with ideas
What makes a good travel piece
Eye catching openings
Marketing and selling your work
Liaising with PRs and Tourist Boards
Identifying suitable outlets
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify good and bad travel articles
- Identify how travel pages work
- Apply the basic structure of a travel piece
- Edit your writing
- Approach the right person with your article.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have been writing regularly, either creative writing, keeping a journal during travel or writing articles.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Group discussion, information from the tutor, opportunities to practise writing travel articles with constructive criticism from the tutor and class.
Please note we will be going out and about in Covent Garden to practice observational and interview skills with a view to writing up a travel story during the workshop.
All writing courses at City Lit will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.
For classes longer than one day regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring along a recent travel supplement from a newspaper.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.
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See the course guide for term dates and further details