Write Stories That Engage People Emotionally
The biggest problem in the travel industry is a lack of focus on writing.
At blogging conferences, it’s all press trips, marketing, and sponsored content. Writing is usually just paid lip service, but the foundation of a good blog is good writing. You will never get anywhere without improving your writing ability.
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.
I’ve attended writing conferences, hired a copy editor, and used outside writing coaches over the years to help me improve my writing. (Longtime readers of Nomadic Matt will probably have noticed a big difference in my writing!) 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 bloggers and writers can go to get a world-class writing course at an affordable price.
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. 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, or write 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!
- 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.
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 University, 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 necessarily the most talented writers in the class. But 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.”
You can break free from the crowd and make it as a travel writer.
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.
“I noticed an immediate improvement in my writing after starting the course.”
What This Course Includes
How to Write Viral Posts Online
Capturing a Sense of Place
Mastering Narrative Flow
Pitching to Editors
How to Avoid Clichés
Editing Your Work
Understanding the Revision Process
Grammar Dos and Don’ts
Researching Like a Pro
Plus: A Private Facebook Group
How to Captivate Your Readers
Piecing a Story Together
Long-Form Story Writing
Understanding Story Structure
Feedback and Edits on Your Work
Making Money as a Writer
Finding an Agent
Creating the Perfect Lede
How to Write Book Proposals
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: 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
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.
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.
Get Started Today!
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!
Five Payments of
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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.