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Featured Online Travel Writing Class

Barbara Noe Kennedy

TRAVEL WRITING IN A DIGITAL WORLD by Barbara Noe Kennedy

START DATE: Tuesday, September 5, 2017

END DATE: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

DURATION:  6 weeks

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Have you traveled somewhere and are dying to write a story about your experiences? And get it published? Learn to write and publish your own travel stories in a wide range of publications including blogs, digital magazines, websites and more traditional print publications—and figure out what works best for you. You’ll learn how to write pitches and land assignments; tips of the trade including how to make your writing pop off the page (or screen); and what the trends are and where they’re headed. At the end of the class, your instructor will provide an offline personal critique (up to 1,500 words) of your travel story or pitch.

This online live webinar course starts on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

This course meets for one hour each week, for 6 weeks (Tuesday, September 5, September 12, September 19, September 26, October 3, and October 10).

All classes are held from 1-2pm ET, via zoom video webinar.

Upon enrollment and prior to the first class, students will receive a private link that they will need to access the webinar. It can be viewed on a tablet, phone, or computer (both Mac and PC).

Format

This course is offered via live webinar.

Webinars are live workshops given online, where you can view the instructor and websites/materials she shares on her screen, making it an interactive experience. Webinars make learning from your home or office convenient. After each hour-long webinar session, students are encouraged to stick around for a fifteen-minute interactive Q&A.

The live webinars will be recorded, so if you miss a session, you will be able to view a recording of the class and read the transcripts when you have the time. Class recordings are made available within 48 hours of the class date.

testimonials

Barbara was the perfect travel writing teacher. She’s experienced in the industry and appreciates students’ unique voices. She’s very encouraging and worked with me on my first published story. ~ Peter J.

I was privileged to be in Barbara’s Creative Nonfiction writing class at Graduate School USA last spring. I was nervous for my first-ever writing class, but Barbara’s welcoming spirit quickly turned my trepidation into excitement that grew from week to week. She had just the right mix of encouragement and constructive feedback that gelled our small class, helping us learn from one another and begin to formulate our own comments and suggestions on the fly. That is not easy to do with a class of mostly new writers! I also appreciated how she selected readings that prompted us to think about our work differently, while encouraging us to explore topics and areas that spoke to us. I will always be grateful for her support, advice, and enthusiasm about my writing. ~ Andrea L.P.

Besides having a mastery of the subject, Barbara had a distinct rapport with everyone in our class. Her comments and constructive criticism were always right-on. ~ Barry G.

Barbara is a top-notch teacher. She uses an excellent mix of hands-on writing skills and real world examples of writing. She helps guide writers without trying to change their style or voice. I learned so much from her class that I use in my personal writing and my professional life. ~ Cat E.

Genuine and kind, Barbara’s skillful instruction inspires. Barbara facilitates a comfortable atmosphere for learning and exploring. ~ Lisa B.

WEEKS AT A GLANCE:

Class One: A Broadbrush Look at Today’s Travel Writing World

Date: Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Time: 10am PT | 11am MT | 12pm CT | 1pm ET
Duration: 1 hour, plus 15-minutes of interactive Q&A

Note: The live webinar will be recorded and available within 48 hours of the class date.

Overview of the state of travel publishing. Is print really dying? Should I start a blog? What is a travel writer, anyway? Start thinking about a travel story you'd like to write.

Topics covered include:

  • Class overview
  • What is travel writing?
  • Is travel writing relevant today?
  • Traits of a travel writer
  • Where to start

Assignment: Start thinking about what type of travel writer you are and make a list of possible stories. Read handouts.

Class Two: Where Do You Fit In, Pt. I (Online)?

Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Time: 10am PT | 11am MT | 12pm CT | 1pm ET
Duration: 1 hour, plus 15-minutes of interactive Q&A

Note: The live webinar will be recorded and available within 48 hours of the class date.

Deep dive into websites and blogs, both official and personal, with lots of examples. How do you monetize a personal website or blog?

Topics covered include:

  • Online travel magazines, how they work, examples
  • Blogs, blog types and formats
  • Blogs vs. online magazines
  • How to break into an online magazine or blog
  • Starting your own blog
  • How do I create a blog post that people love?
  • How do writers earn $$ off magazines and blogs
  • The matter of photography

Assignment: Based on the information provided in this webinar, make a list of blog posts or article titles; review possible markets. Read handouts.

Class Three: Where Do You Fit In, Pt. 2 (Print)?

Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Time: 10am PT | 11am MT | 12pm CT | 1pm ET
Duration: 1 hour, plus 15-minutes of interactive Q&A

Note: The live webinar will be recorded and available within 48 hours of the class date.

Deep dive into books, magazines and newspaper travel sections. What about self-publishing? Ebooks?

Topics covered include:

  • Overview of travel books, publishers
  • Overview of print magazines
  • Overview of the few newspapers that still excel at travel writing
  • The realities of getting published in print
  • Where are some resources?
  • What about self-publishing?

Assignment: Review possible markets. Spend time at the bookstore (either brick-and-mortar or Amazon) perusing books and magazines. Read handouts.

Class Four: Tricks of the Trade

Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Time: 10am PT | 11am MT | 12pm CT | 1pm ET
Duration: 1 hour, plus 15-minutes of interactive Q&A

Note: The live webinar will be recorded and available within 48 hours of the class date.

One sure-fire way to succeed in travel writing is good writing. In fact, you won’t succeed without it. We’ll learn how to craft a travel story. At this point, you’ll be encouraged to write your travel story before the next class, based on what we’ve learned so far.

Topics covered include:

  • Common themes for travel stories
  • Reporting the story
  • Bringing your story to life (dialogue, characters, show don’t tell)
  • Beginnings, middles and ends
  • The importance of verb tenses
  • Adjectives ad nauseam
  • More tricks

Assignment: Practice “tricks of the trade” exercises outlined in handouts.

Class Five: The Business Side of Things

Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Time: 10am PT | 11am MT | 12pm CT | 1pm ET
Duration: 1 hour, plus 15-minutes of interactive Q&A

Note: The live webinar will be recorded and available within 48 hours of the class date.

Writing query letters. Pitching editors. Getting to the top of the slush pile. Keeping track of it all. How can you be successful in this very difficult realm?

Topics covered include:

  • How to write a pitch
  • Examples of successful pitches
  • Who should I pitch? How do I find them?
  • The editors will want clips. What if I’ve never published anything?
  • How much $$ should I expect?
  • Rejection is not a dirty word
  • How to stay organized
  • A little bit about contracts and legalese

Assignment: Submit your travel story to instructor via email. Write a pitch to a publication where you would like to be published.

Class Six: Developing a Personal Brand

Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Time: 10am PT | 11am MT | 12pm CT | 1pm ET
Duration: 1 hour, plus 15-minutes of interactive Q&A

Note: The live webinar will be recorded and available within 48 hours of the class date.

Knowing what you have to offer will help sell your stories. Are you Johnny Jet or Adventurous Kate? We’ll take a look at some of the more successful platforms out there to help you figure out what works best for you. We’ll also take a look at stories you and your fellow students have written as first-hand examples of everything we’ve learned.

Topics covered include:

  • What is a platform?
  • Why is it important?
  • Examples of successful platforms
  • The beauty of networking
  • Lessons from our classmates

Assignment: Based on what you’ve learned in class, rewrite and submit the same story or pitch that you’ve been working on—or a brand-new one—up to 7 days after the last class. Your instructor will provide a personal offline critique via email.

Materials needed: All written materials and resources are provided by the instructor. She will provide PDFs of sample travel stories to read ahead of each live class.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Barbara Noe Kennedy is a former longtime editor with National Geographic Travel Publishing. She currently works as a fulltime freelance travel writer, with credits including Fodor’s, Lonely Planet, London Telegraph, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, and more. She also teaches travel writing and creative nonfiction and leads tours. Her website, joyful-traveler.com/, celebrates travel as a pathway to a peaceful global kingdom.

COST:  $165, which includes six 60-minute live webinars (plus 15-minutes for interactive Q&A), virtual communication with your instructor, and a critique of your travel story or query letter (up to 1,500 words).

BUY NOW: Travel Writing in a Digital World with Barbara Noe Kennedy (6 weeks, starting 9/5/2017) Limit: 20 students. Early registration is recommended.

This class is now closed. Please check out Chelsey’s upcoming class, Women Writers Anonymous starting January 2.

For Class Session Starting 9/5/2017

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Notes:  Upon successful completion of payment, your name, email address, and contact info will be submitted to your instructor. Just before class begins, she will e-mail you with instructions on how to get started.

Questions? Email Marcia & Angela at:
classroom[at]wow-womenonwriting[dot]com

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