Learn to improve your writing and make a living as a writer
I believe there’s a storyteller inside all of us.
The trick is getting it out.
If you looking to improve your writing, land assignments that send you to the far reaches of the globe, successfully pitch editors, write a book proposal, or pen that bestseller, you’re in the right place.
Becoming a better writer takes practice but, most importantly, it takes a good teacher.
My name is Matthew Kepnes (a.k.a. Nomadic Matt) and I’ve been running the website Nomadic Matt since 2008. Since then, my website has become one of the top travel blogs in the world, with over 1.3 million visitors per month, a 300,000+ person email list, four employees, and high six-figure revenue. Moreover, I’ve written two books: Ten Years a Nomad and How to Travel the World on $50 a Day (a New York Times bestseller).
When you are traveling, living in a small town, or have limited funds, finding a writing teacher can be difficult. I know. When I started out, I looked high and low for a program that would help me improve my writing while I traveled.
But everything I found either required me to go to some college campus or didn’t have the one-on-one editing feedback that I knew would truly help me become a better writer.
That’s why I created this travel writing class.
I didn’t want what happened to me to happen to you. This is a college-level course — without the college price — that you can take anywhere in the world.
And it features the hands-on help, writing feedback, and editing advice you need to become a better writer.
I partnered with award-winning travel writer David Farley, author of An Irreverent Curiosity, host for National Geographic, and former writing professor at Columbia and New York University to teach this class 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.
Moreover, we offer something not found in other programs: copyedits and notes on your writing as well as monthly office hours.
This isn’t a course that dumps information on your lap. It is a partnership with continuous feedback and guidance so you can constantly improve your writing and advance your career.
What Our Students Are Saying
“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
“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
Superstar Travel Writing
- The art of storytelling – Learn how to create the perfect story, how stories arc, and what captivates readers.
- Descriptive writing – Learn how to create a sense of place and descriptive stories that draw people in and create vivid, emotional stories.
- The creative process – Learn how to create stories and come up with ideas so you never face the dreaded “Writer’s Block.”
- How to self-edit – Editing is one of the hardest parts about writing. We’ll teach you how to properly revise your work, spot mistakes, and edit your work 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.
Plus, a private Facebook community that will help support your work (we often post job openings there too), a list of places that will hire you to write, and sample book proposal and pitch templates to follow that are guaranteed to get editor’s to open your email.
What’s Included in Your Membership
Personalized Feedback on 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 for edits. David and I will help you refine your writing, editing, and story planning so you become a better writer from day one. We will give you feedback on structure as well as copy edit your work so that you grow as a writer and land the gigs you want.
Monthly Strategy Calls
Twice a month, David holds an office hours where you can ask him anything you want about writing and being a writer. We’ll go through sample articles, help you refine any book proposals, and, overall, just help you better navigate the world of writing and freelancing. Additionally, every so often, we have other writers on as guest hosts so they can share their knowledge and tips with you!
PLUS: Get 10+ Hours of Expert Interviews
With this program, you’ll get interviews with 13 award-winning writers and editors as they share their travel writing tips, failures, and successes with you. Additionally, every month, we add a new interview to our archives.
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.
Stephanie is a writing professor at UNC. In this interview, she talks about how to write and pitch a successful book.
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.
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.
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.
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 a narrative arc, and write dialogue that engages and captivates the audience.
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. 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 big opportunities, improve your writing, and make it in this industry.
This program 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.
In David’s 15+ 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.
Even in a post-COVID 19 world, there is still a demand for incredible, powerful writing. Moreover, the number of channels out there makes it easy for you to chart your own path. Good writing is always in demand by consumers.
If you’re ready to take the leap, improve your writing, and chart a course to success in the travel industry, join our program and let us help you do so.
Let Us Help You like We’ve Done for Others
“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
“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 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
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 as well as a writing professor at Columbia and New York University.