Write Stories That Engage People Emotionally
Most of us want to be better writers.
We want to improve our blog, get our stories published, or write that book. But when you’re traveling the world or not near a school with a good teacher, that’s really hard.
You will never get anywhere without improving your writing.
Look at the most successful blogs in any niche. Their writing is always top notch. It engages people on an emotional level and draws them into the story.
Becoming a good writer takes time, practice, and a good teacher.
As a fierce advocate of better writing, I wanted to create a writing course that provides detailed, hands-on instruction because there is simply nowhere travel bloggers and writers can go to get a world-class writing course at an affordable price.
Through video lectures, interviews with successful travel writers and editors, detailed examples of edited stories, and writing assignments, you’ll get the course our teacher, David Farley, teaches at NYU and Columbia University — with added information for online writing — at your fingertips.
Take the next step – and break free from the crowd!
You’ll learn the nuts and bolts of travel writing and this industry. You’ll get clued into every aspect of the travel writer’s life — from how to find a good story, to pre-trip research, to writing a pitch for a story — all of the things we learned the hard way through trial and error so you don’t have to.
— 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 work.
— If you’ve always wanted to get personalized feedback on your writings, this course provides it..
— If you’ve always wanted to know how other writers have found success and what their advice would be, this course gives you interviews 13 writers in adition to your instructors!
“I took on the Superstar Blogging course to learn the underlying physics of being a great travel writer. Through detailed course notes and video tutorials mixed with bespoke, actionable feedback I found this course suited me perfectly to find structure in story telling and also writing for the reader. Supported by a community of bloggers, I now have the confidence to tackle any writing task thrown at me.” – Warren
“David not only explains the ins and outs of what it means to be a travel writer but inspires and teaches his students to become professional storytellers. The feedback and insights David gave me on homework assignments have carried over into everything I’ve written since, and have changed the way I read other people’s work, edit my own, and find ideas. The best part of all — the course actually gets you excited to sit down and write!” – Corey
Are you determined to succeed?
We know that when the barrier to entry is low and Buzzfeed-style lists dominate the Internet while publications shutter, it can seem like there’s no hope of making it in the travel writing world. 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 to 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 aspects of travel writing. Through nine units, it will teach you how to craft the perfect story, improve your writing, self-edit, and improve your research through video, writing samples, examples of edited work, and much more.
When we were only a couple of ‘how to become a travel writer’ type of books back — 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.
Your teacher, David Farley, has been teaching travel writing at NYU and Columbia University for over ten years. In the 10+ years he’s been teaching travel writing at NYU and Columbia University, his 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 necessarily the most talented writers in the class. THEY WERE ALWAYS 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.
And we want to help you get there like those other students!
Each month, you’ll get a number of lessons (many of these concepts are divided into multiple lessons) taught through video, text, and step by step breakdowns of each subject, as well as assignments to turn in for editing and feedback.
Moreover, you’ll get 2-3 one hour expert interviews to listen to as well. This is a writing class — and you can’t become a better writer without feedback!
We’re the only online travel writing course that offers personalized feedback!
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, writers, and editors. There’s no other course out there that features in one place so many successful writing experts, divulging the secrets of the trade.
- Unit 1: An Intro to Writing
— Introduction to travel writing
— The different types of storytelling
— How to find your angle and peg
— How to come up with story ideas
— The anatomy of a story
- Unit 2: Crafting the Perfect 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
- Unit 3: Writing for an Online Audience
— The difference between print and online writing
— How to write for an online audience
— How to create viral content
- Unit 4: Research, Story Arcs, and Memoirs
— How to write memoirs
— How to create perfect story arcs
— How to research effectively
- Unit 5: Selling Your Writing
— How to find freelance work
— How to find and pitch editors
— How to sell your work online
— How to find an agent and write a book proposal
— How to blog and succeed on social media
BONUS #1: GET A LIST OF
93 PLACES TO PITCH YOUR WORK
Get a list of 93 publications that hire writers so you step out the get with places to pitch right away!
This is a list we’ve spent a long time cultivating. We include their rates, email addresses, and contact information.
Instead of spending fruitless hours trying to find this information online, we’ve included it all in one place for you.
BONUS #2: PERSONALIZED
FEEDBACK YOUR WORK
You can’t become a better writer without feedback!
Writing is a skill that requires practice and feedback. That’s why you’ll be able to submit your writing samples to use for detailed edits and feedback. David and I will help you refine your writing, editing, story planning, and craft so you become a better writer from day one. That’s our commitment to you.
No other online travel writing course features this!
BONUS #3: Printable
With this course, we provide a number of cheatsheets and checklists that you can download, print out (if you want), and reference to in order to continue to improve your writing.
From grammar do’s and don’ts to editing guidelines, revision checklists, and research tips, we provide hand outs so you can keep the essential information of this course with you and easily accessible at all times!
13+ Hours of Expert Interviews
Listen to interviews with 13 award-winning writers and editors as they share their travel writing tips, failures, and successes with you.
Travel Writer, Editor
Don George has been a travel writer and editor for 40 years. In this interview, he talks about how to break into the industry, his early mistakes, and advice for new writers.
Author, Travel Writer
In this wide-ranging interview, he discusses how to brainstorm stories, create a narrative arc, and publish a book.
Stephanie is currently a teacher at UNC. In this interview, she talks about how to write and pitch a successful book.
Carol 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.
Nathan discusses long-form writing on the web, how to create story ideas, and how NOT to pitch editors.
Travel Writer, Editor
Derk Richardson is the former editor of AFAR magazine. In this interview, he discusses what writers can do to improve the quality of their writing and pitches.
Writer, Educator, Teacher
Thomas Swick is the editor of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. In this interview, he covers the dual life of writing and editing.
Food and Travel Writer
Matt discusses his journey from writer to editor, the mistakes he sees freelance writers make in their editing, and how to successfully pitch online.
Freelance Writer, Traveler
Jessica talks about life as a freelance travel writer and how to be a “reporter” in your destination.
Jason is an award-winning travel journalist and current editor of Frommers.com. In this interview, he discusses how to write service articles.
Author, Former TV Writer
Caroline shares her advice on how to create stories, develop narrative arc, and write dialogue that engages and captivates the audience.
Travel Editor, SFChronicle.com
Spud shares how he picks and assigns freelance work as well as how writers can self-edit their work and improve their writing.
Travel Writer, Essayist, Adventurer
Rolf discusses his evolution as a writer, how to use traditional writing skills for the web, and finding unique story angles.
perks of membership
Private Facebook Group
Monthly Q&A Webinars
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This course will teach you writing and editing skills for success from world-famous and best-selling authors, writers, and editors. 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! Start today risk free and become the writer you know you are!
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I’m fully committed to helping you improve your blog and become a success. You can test-drive the course for 30 days, read the material, listen to the webinars and interviews, and check out the case studies. If you complete the assignments and do the work but still don’t feel the course is right for you or will improve your blog, I’ll happily refund 100% of your money. (See the FAQ for more detail.)
Meet Your Instructor
David 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 Lowell Thomas Awards from the Society of American Travel Writers for magazine articles he wrote. He has lived in Prague, Paris, and Rome and now lives in New York City. He is the author of An Irreverent Curiosity and was a host for National Geographic. He teaches writing at Columbia and New York University.
“Writing is a skill, and David Farley is an exceptional teacher. This travel writing course is everything you would expect out of a university course, except with the added luxury of doing it at your own pace in the comfort of your chosen environment. With tutoring, editing, writing examples, videos, advice, and feedback, being a part of this course is like having your own private writing mentor. It’s helped me improve my own writing, as well as helped me think like a writer and spot errors before I publish them!” – Toni
“I noticed an immediate improvement in my writing after starting the course. David illuminates the fundamental concepts of travel writing in such a relatable way that you will be hard-pressed NOT to have a few lightbulb moments as you progress. From the nuts and bolts of grammar to research, composition, and marketing, David dives into it all. Moreover, the feedback David provided was extremely helpful in helping me identify and correct mistakes! If you want to understand the concepts behind the best travel writing in the world, this course is where to start!” – Christopher