If you look at the most successful blogs in any niche, the writing is always top-notch. It engages people on an emotional level and draws them into the story. But becoming a good writer takes time, practice, and a good teacher.
I’ve attended writing conferences and hired a copy editor and outside writing coaches over the years to help me improve my writing. (Longtime readers of Nomadic Matt will probably have noticed a big difference!)
As a fierce advocate of better writing, I wanted to create a writing course that provides detailed, hands-on instruction, because there is simply no place where bloggers and potential writers from around the world can go to get a world-class writing course at an affordable price.
I’ve partnered with award-winning travel writer David Farley, author of An Irreverent Curiosity and a writing professor at Columbia and New York University, to create a course on the nuts and bolts of travel writing. From crafting a story to self-editing and making a career as a travel writer, our course covers it all.
David is considered one of the top travel writers in the country. He’s hosted a National Geographic Channel show, and his work has appeared in the New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Travel + Leisure, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, AFAR, and countless other publications. He’s one of the people I go to for writing help, advice, and edits!
Most of us want to be better writers. We want to improve our blog, get our stories published, and pen that book.
But when you’re traveling the world or not near a school with a good teacher, that’s really hard.
Plus, college writing courses are really expensive. College courses can cost upwards of $4,000 for one class!
But what if you could get that same course for a tenth of the price?
Through video lectures, interviews with successful travel writers and editors, detailed examples of edited stories, and writing assignments, you’ll get the course David teaches at NYU and Columbia — with added information for online writing — at your fingertips. You’ll not only learn the nuts and bolts of travel writing and the industry but you’ll be clued into every aspect of the travel writer’s life — from how to find a good story to pre-trip research to writing up a pitch — all of the things David (and I) learned the hard way through trial and error.
If you’ve been wondering how to improve your writing, this course will help you learn how to craft a story that will captivate readers.
If you’ve been wondering how to break into the travel industry and land assignments, this course will help you find agents and editors and learn how to pitch the perfect story.
If you’ve been struggling with self-editing, this course will provide tips and tricks on how to edit your own work.
To let David share his story:
“I’ve made a lot of errors along the way, fumbling in the dark. There were only a couple of “how to become a travel writer” type of books back when I started — and they didn’t seem very good. And there were no classes — online or live — where a successful travel writer could lay out for you just how one successfully travels down this path.
“I’ve been teaching travel writing at NYU and Columbia University for over ten years. And while I love it, teaching a class in one location (NYC) limits my reach. I am a fierce advocate for better writing and helped create this course because I believe not enough attention is paid to writing and because there is simply no place where bloggers and potential writers from around the world can go to get a world-class writing course at an affordable price.
“In the 10+ years I’ve been teaching travel writing at NYU and Columbia, my students have gone on to write for the New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Travel + Leisure, AFAR, and other publications. Some have even published books. Those successful students were not the most talented writers in the class — they were the most driven. They really wanted this. They wanted to make it. And so with that determination, they were propelled into becoming better writers and figuring out what they needed to do to get there.”
We know that it can seem like there’s no hope of making it in the travel writing world, when the barrier to entry is low and -style lists dominate the Internet while other publications shutter. While there is a glut of potential writers, there’s still a dearth of driven ones. There’s quantity but not quality, and I want show you how to break free from the crowd, find the big breaks, improve your writing, and make it in this industry.
This course covers all the aspects of travel writing and, through nine units, will teach you how to craft the perfect story, improve your writing, self-edit, and improve your research through video, writing samples, edited work, and much more.
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What this course includes
HOW TO WRITE VIRAL POSTS ONLINE
HOW TO EDIT your work
HOW TO CAPTIVATE YOUR READER
How to make MONEY AS A WRITER
How to capture A SENSE OF PLACE
Understanding the revision process
Piecing a story together
How to find an agent
MASTERING NARRATIVE FLOW
GRAMMAR DOs and Don’ts
LONG-FORM STORY WRITING
HOW to CREATE THE PERFECT LEDE
PITCHING TO EDITORS
Researching like a pro
UNDERSTANDING STORY STRUCTURE
HOW TO WRITE A BOOK PROPOSAL
HOW TO AVOID CLICHÉS
PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP
FEEDBACK AND EDITS ON YOUR WORK
- Introduction to travel writing
- Understanding the writing lifestyle
- The different types of storytelling
- How to create a story
- How to find your angle and peg
- How to come up with story ideas
- BONUS: Writing resources
- The anatomy of a story
- Various types of commercial writing (and their differences)
- How to craft the perfect lede
- How to be descriptive (and avoid clichés)
- How to edit like an editor
- Grammar dos and don’ts
- BONUS: Revision checklist
- The difference between print and online writing
- How to write for an online audience
- How to create viral content
- How to write memoirs
- How to create perfect story arcs
- How to research effectively
- BONUS: The research checklist
- How to find freelance work
- How to find and pitch editors
- How to sell your work online
- How to blog and succeed on social media
If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to be a travel writer — or just a better writer — this course is for you. It will teach you writing and editing skills from world-famous and best-selling authors and editors. There’s no other course out there that features so many successful writing experts in one place divulging the secrets of the trade.
13+ hours of expert interviews
Plus, you get interviews with 10 award-winning writers and editors who share their travel writing tips, failures, and successes.
Don George has been a travel writer and editor for 40 years and literally wrote the book (Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing) on travel writing. In this interview, Don talks about how to break into the travel industry, his early mistakes, and advice for new writers.
Nathan Thornbough is a former writer for Time and now runs the long-form travel site called Roads and Kingdoms (in which Anthony Bourdain is now an investor). In this interview, Nathan discusses long-form writing on the web, how to create story ideas, and how NOT to pitch editors.
Matt Gross is the former New York Times Frugal Traveler as well as author of The Turk Who Loved Apples. In this interview, Matt discusses his journey as a writer and editor, the mistakes he saw freelance writers make in editing their work, and how to successfully pitch online editors.
Cullen Thomas is author of the book Brother One Cell and has written for The New Yorker, Foreign Policy, The Daily Beast, and much more. In this wide- ranging interview, he discusses how to brainstorm stories, create a narrative arc, write a book, and get it published.
Derk Richardson is the former editor of AFAR magazine. He’s been a writer for over 30 years. In this interview, he discusses the editorial process and what writers can do to improve the quality of their writing as well as their pitches.
Jessica Colley Clarke covers cuisine, culture, and travel. Her recent work has been published in AFAR magazine, the New York Times, Bon Appétit, the Wall Street, World Hum, and much more. In this interview, she discusses life as a freelance travel writer, and how to be a “reporter” in your destination.
Stephanie Elizondo Griest
Stephanie Elizondo Griest is the author of the award-winning memoirs Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana and Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines. She is currently a teacher at UNC. In this interview, she talks about writing a successful book.
Thomas Swick is the editor of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. His work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post, The American Scholar, Commonweal, and National Geographic Traveler. This interview covers the dual life of writing and editing.
Jason Cochran is an award-winning travel journalist. He was the first person in a quarter century to twice win the Lowell Thomas Award for Guidebook of the Year from the Society of American Travel Writers. He is currently editor of Frommers.com.
Carol Cain from Girl Gone Travel is a freelance writer whose work has appeared on Expedia and in New York Family, Forbes, and French Passion Magazine. In this interview, she talks about creating a niche you can grow with, supporting your family on a freelancer’s salary, and the lack of diversity in travel writing.
Spud Hilton is the travel editor for the San Francisco Chronicle. In this interview, he shares how he picks and assigns freelance work, as well as how writers can self-edit their work and improve their writing.
Rolf Potts is author of the best selling book Vagabonding. In this far-ranging interview, Rolf discusses his evolution as a writer, how to use traditional writing skills for the web, how to find unique story angles, and much more.
Caroline Kepnes is the author of the best-selling thrillers You and Hidden Bodies. A former TV writer, she shares with us advice on how to creates stories, develop a narrative arc, and write dialogue that engages and captives the audience.
GET STARTED TODAY!
If you’ve ever wondered how to set yourself apart from your competition or wanted access to the best writers in travel, then sign up for this course. Travel is a competitive field, but good writing is still in demand — and always will be.
And with this course, you’ll learn how to be a great writer.
This course would cost thousands of dollars if you took it at school on university but for five payments of $97 USD, you’ll get all the course, interviews, and lifetime access and updates! Every new interview, webinar, and update we have is all yours. PLUS, each month you’ll be able to submit your work to David for editing and feedback…because, unlike other writing classes, we know that without feedback you can’t improve!
30-DAY MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE
I’m fully committed to helping you improve your blog and become a success. You can test-drive the course for 30 days by reading the material and listening to the webinars and interviews. If you do the work and don’t feel the course is good or will improve your writing, I’ll happily refund 100% of your money.
About Your Teacher
David Farley has been writing about travel, food, and culture for over twenty years. His work has appeared in AFAR magazine, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Condé Nast Traveler, and World Hum, among other publications. In 2006 and 2013, he won the Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers for magazine articles he wrote. He has lived in Prague, Paris, and Rome and now New York City. He is the author of An Irreverent Curiosity and was a host for National Geographic. He teaches writing at Columbia University and New York University.