Learn to Write the Stories People Remember
Do you want to improve your blog, get a story published, or write that bestseller that has been bursting to break free?
Are you looking to get into the travel industry and land assignments that send you to the far reaches of the globe?
Do you wish you had access to the teachers and experts who could help you do just that?
Well, you’re in the right place!
I believe there’s a storyteller inside all of us.
But I know how daunting the writing process can be. Will anyone read what you write? Will they like it? How will you stand out from the crowd? How do you earn money doing this?
Whether you’re just starting out or have been writing for a while, this course will teach you how to improve your writing (and earn more money) through personalized feedback and instruction.
Every successful writer has a teacher behind them. Someone to challenge them, help them create better-structured stories, and edit better.
Yet when you are traveling, living in a small town, or have limited funds, getting the help you need can be difficult.
But what if you could get a college-level writing course with personalized feedback from a college professor – for a tenth of the price?
What if you could learn from the best anywhere in the world and whenever your schedule allowed?
Introducing our 6-week course, How to Be a Travel Writer.
Introducing Your New Private Mentor
We’ve partnered with award-winning travel writer David Farley, author of An Irreverent Curiosity, host for National Geographic, and a professor at Columbia and New York University to teach an in-depth course on the nuts and bolts of travel writing.
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, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, AFAR, and countless other publications.
Through video lectures, interviews with successful travel writers and editors, detailed examples of edited stories, graphics, real-world examples, and writing assignments, you’ll get the course David taught at NYU and Columbia University — with added information for online writing.
You’ll learn how to craft a story, self-edit, improve your grammar, write a book proposal, come up with ideas, create narrative arcs, and pitch editors.
This course will teach you:
- How to self-edit so you avoid typos and grammar mistakes.
- How to create story structures that keep people reading.
- How to get editors to call you back.
- How to submit winning book proposals.
- How to make money as a writer so you can have your passion pay your bills.
- How to create descriptive scenes that wow your readers!
- How to avoid cliches in your writing.
- And much, much more!
This six-week writing course will help you become the writer you’ve always wanted while helping you start a career (or maybe just a side hustle) and get paid to write about what you love!
What Our Students Are Saying
“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 mentor. It’s helped me improve my own writing and spot errors before I publish them!” – Toni“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.” – Toni
“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 — this course actually gets you excited to sit down and write!” – Corey“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.” – Corey
What’s in the Course? Here’s Your Syllabus
Each week, you’ll get lessons taught through video lectures, text, step by step breakdowns. Moreover, this course is self-paced so you can learn and write at your own speed.
- Week 1
— Introduction to travel writing
— Understanding the writing lifestyle
— How to create a story
— How to find your angle and peg
— How to come up with story ideas
— BONUS: Writing resources
- Week 2
— The anatomy of a story
— Various types of commercial writing (and their differences)
— How to craft the perfect lede
- Week 3
— How to be descriptive (and avoid clichés)
— How to edit like an editor
— Grammar dos and don’ts
— BONUS: Revision checklist
- Week 4
— The difference between print and online writing
— How to write for an online audience
— How to create viral content
- Week 5
— How to write memoirs
— How to create perfect story arcs
— How to research effectively
— BONUS: Research checklist
- Week 6
— 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
BONUS #1: 107 PLACES TO PITCH YOUR WORK
Get a list of publications that hire writers so you step out the gate with places to pitch right away! Instead of spending fruitless hours trying to find this information online, we’ve included it all in one place for you. We include rates and contact information!
BONUS #2: PERSONALIZED FEEDBACK YOUR WORK
Writing is a skill that requires practice and feedback. That’s why you’ll be able to submit your writing samples to us. 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: Downloadable Cheatsheets
From grammar do’s and don’ts to editing guidelines, revision checklists, we provide a number of cheat sheets and checklists that you can download, print out, and reference as often as you like to continue to improve your writing.
BONUS: 13+ Hours of Expert Interviews
Listen to 13 award-winning writers and editors 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.
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.
Founder, Roads and Kingdoms
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.
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.
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.
Caroline shares her advice on how to create stories, develop narrative arc, and write dialogue that engages and captivates the audience.
Travel Editor, SF Chronicle
Spud shares how he picks and assigns freelance work as well as how writers can self-edit their work and improve their writing.
Rolf discusses his evolution as a writer, how to use traditional writing skills for the web, and finding unique story angles.
Are you ready for a new plan?
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.
But, while there is a glut of potential writers, there’s still a dearth of driven ones.
There’s quantity but not quality.
However, we will show you how to break free from the crowd, improve your writing, and make it in this industry.
Because we’ve been there and we know what works.
When we started in the industry, there were only a couple of ‘how to become a travel writer’ type of books back.
There were no specific classes — online or in-person — where a successful travel writer could lay it out for you.
Now there is.
This course is your travel writing masterclass.
In David’s 10+ years of teaching, his students have gone on to publish books and write for the New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Travel + Leisure, AFAR, and other publications.
If you want the success our other students have had, join this course today and let us help you improve your writing and land the kind of jobs that will get you paid!
perks of membership
Private Facebook Group
Quarterly Q&A Webinars
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We’re fully committed to helping you improve your writing 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 still don’t feel the course is right for you or will improve your writing, we’ll happily refund 100% of your money.
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.
What Our Students are saying
“This course surpassed any writing course I have ever taken in college, as a homeschool teacher, or as a travel professional. I really enjoyed the content and how it was presented, along with the fact that I could send in my writing for David and Matt to review and give feedback on. This course is really is the best of the best! Thank you, David and Matt!” – Whitney
“This course surpassed any writing course I have ever taken in college, as a homeschool teacher, or as a travel professional. I really enjoyed the content and how it was presented, along with the fact that I could send in my writing for David and Matt to review and give feedback on. This course is really is the best of the best!” – Whitney
“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“I noticed an immediate improvement in my writing after starting the course. 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!” – Christopher
“I took this course to learn the underlying physics of being a great travel writer. Through detailed course notes and video tutorials mixed with bespoke and 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“Through detailed course notes and video tutorials mixed with bespoke and actionable feedback, I found this course suited me perfectly to create better structured stories. Supported by a community of bloggers, I now have the confidence to tackle any writing task thrown at me.” – Warren