The A to Z Guide to Travel Writing

Learn to write the stories that move people

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Instructor: David Farley

Lessons: 17

Learn to Write Stories That Hook People

Are you looking to improve your writing? Break into the travel industry and land assignments that send you to far reaches of the globe?

Do you want to improve your blog, get a story published, or write that bestseller that is yearning to break free?

There’s a storyteller inside all of us.

The trick is getting it out.

Becoming a good writer takes practice and, most importantly, a good teacher.

When you are traveling, living in a small town, or have limited funds, getting the help you need can be difficult. I know. I’ve been there. When I started out I looked high and low for a course that would help me improve my writing while I traveled.

I never found one.

But what if you could get a college writing course for a tenth of the price – and learn from anywhere in the world and whenever your schedule allowed?

We’ve partnered with award-winning travel writer David Farley, author of An Irreverent Curiosity, host for National Geographic, and former 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, and real-world examples, you’ll learn everything you need to improve your writing.

From crafting a story to self-editing, improving your grammar, writing a book proposal, coming up with ideas, creating narrative arcs, and pitching editors, our course covers everything you need to know to succeed as a writer.

What Our Students Are Saying

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“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

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“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

Over 5 weeks, you’ll learn:

  • The art of storytelling – Learn how to create the perfect story, how stories arc, and what captivates readers.
  • How to self-edit – Editing is one of the hardest parts about writing. We’ll teach you how to spot mistakes like a pro.
  • How to get editors to call you back – You’re a great writer, so why don’t editors respond to you? We’ll show you the secrets to getting past an editor’s filters and get responses.
  • How to submit winning book proposals – Want to create a winning book proposal? We’ll show you what to do, how to get an agent, and even give you David’s and Matt’s actual winning book proposals as examples.
  • How to make money as a writer – We’ll teach you where to find work and what to charge so you can make a living as a writer. We include sample pitch letters so you know the format that works!
  • How to write for the web – Writing for an online audience is a lot harder and more different than you think. We’ll give you the lowdown on how to succeed so you can be heard above the noise.

Course information

This program is built to help you improve your writing at your own pace with the feedback needed for success. You’ll be able to:

  • Work at your own pace.
  • Gain exclusive access to a Facebook community that will help support your work.
  • Attend quarterly live Q&A office hours.
  • Get a list of places that will hire you to write.
  • Get sample templates to follow.
  • Receive lifetime updates so you always have the latest info.
  • Download cheat sheets so you can take our course with you anywhere.

Course Syllabus

Week 1
  • An Introduction to Travel Writing
  • How to Create a Travel Story
  • The Anatomy of a Story
  • The Different Types of Travel Stories
  • Travel Writing Resources
Week 2
  • How to Be Descriptive in Your Writing
  • The Revision Process
  • Editing Your Work
  • Grammar Dos and Don’ts
Week 3
  • An Introduction to Writing for the Web
  • How to Write Engaging Content
  • How to Write Viral Content
Week 4
  • Memoir and Personal Essays
  • How to create perfect story arcs
  • The Challenges In Writing A Memoir
  • The Research Process
Week 5
  • Freelance Writing
  • Making Money via Ads, Tours, and More!
  • How to find and pitch editors
  • How to Write a Book Proposal
  • How to Self-Publish an eBook on Amazon

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. While there is a glut of potential writers, there’s still a dearth of driven ones. There’s quantity but not quality, and we 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. It will teach you how to craft the perfect story, improve your writing, self-edit, and enhance your research through video, writing samples, examples of edited work, and much more.

When we were young, there were only a couple of “how to become a travel writer” type of books — 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.

In David’s 10+ years of teaching, his students have gone on to write for the New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Travel + Leisure, AFAR, and other publications. Many have even published books.

Those successful students were always the most driven. They wanted to make it. That propelled them to become better writers and successes in the field.

And we want to help you get there like those other students!

Let Us Help You like We’ve Done for Others!

testimonial

“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

Superstar Blogging testimonial

“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

Superstar Blogging testimonial

“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 my storytelling 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

BONUS: 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.

Don George

Travel Writer, Editor

Don 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.

Cullen Thomas

Author

In this wide-ranging interview, he discusses how to brainstorm stories, create a narrative arc, and publish a book.

Stephanie Griest

Author

Stephanie is a writing professor at UNC. In this interview, she talks about how to write and pitch a successful book.

Carol Cain

Girl Gone Travel

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 Thornburg

Roads and Kingdoms

Nathan discusses long-form writing on the web, how to create story ideas, and how NOT to pitch editors.

Derk Richardson

Travel Writer, Editor

Derk 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

Author, The Joy of Travel

Thomas is the editor of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. In this interview, he covers the dual life of writing and editing.

Matt Gross

Author, The Turk Who Loved Apples

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 Clarke

Freelance Writer

Jessica talks about life as a freelance travel writer and how to be a “reporter” in your destination.

Jason Cochran

Editor, Frommers.com

Jason is an award-winning travel journalist and current editor of Frommers.com. In this interview, he discusses how to write service articles.

Caroline Kepnes

Author, You

Caroline shares her advice on how to create stories, develop a narrative arc, and write dialogue that engages and captivates the audience.

Spud Hilton

Travel Editor

Spud shares how he picks and assigns freelance work as well as how writers can self-edit their work and improve their writing.

Rolf Potts

Author, Vagabonding

Rolf discusses his evolution as a writer, how to use traditional writing skills for the web, and finding unique story angles.

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David Farley

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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, and profressor at Columbia and New York University.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is this course structured?
This course is unit based with lessons within each unit. Each unit revolves around a single theme.
I don’t have a lot of time. Is this course for me?
This course is meant to be completed at your own pace. There’s no weekly time limit. Go as fast or slow as you want. Take your time on each lesson. There is no rush. You have lifetime access to all the material and any future updates. There’s no expiration on our help or support!
What if I get really confused or stuck?
David is here to be your mentor to help. You can email him as often you as you need to and he’ll help troubleshoot your problems. We want you to succeed, not be confused.
How often do I need to travel to make this work?
You don’t need to travel all the time. If you aren’t exploring the world, explore your backyard. You can write about the local area. As long as you have some travel experience, a passion, and take at least one trip a year, we can show you how to make it work.
How long is each expert interviews?
Each interview is between 45 minutes and one hour.
Is my payment secure?
We collect payments via the 256-bit encryption payment provider Stripe. Our website and your payment are secure, so no one steals your data! We know how important this is!
How often is this course updated?
This course is updated twice a year to ensure our tips and advice are current.
If I don’t like the course, can I get a refund?
Yes. 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.

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