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Learn the Craft of Travel Writing with Barbara Noe Kennedy, former longtime Editor of National Geographic Travel Publishing

Craft of Travel Writing 101

CRAFT OF TRAVEL WRITING 101 by Barbara Noe Kennedy

WEBINAR DATE: Wednesday, March 6, 2024, 2-4 PM ET

DURATION:  2 Hours

LOCATION:  Live webinar via Zoom

FEEDBACK:   The last 15 minutes of the lecture will be open to Q&A. Students can also send questions ahead of time, to be addressed during the lecture.

SPECIAL OPTION: Receive a personal critique by the instructor of your 800-word travel story to the publication of your choice within two weeks of the class. This will encompass what we’ve learned in class, including structure, tone, syntax, pacing, vitality, “pizzazz,” and whatever else it takes to make your story as strong as possible.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: It’s an art to writing travel stories, whether it’s a listicle, a feature story, or a personal essay. This quick but thorough dive into the ins and outs of travel writing provides an overview of how to find ideas and explores why the best travel stories work, the makeup of major story types, and insider tips on how to make your stories sing. By the end of this two-hour session, you should have the tools to write your own amazing travel stories.

This Zoom webinar starts and ends on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, 2-4 PM ET.

The webinar can be viewed on a tablet, phone, or computer (both Mac and PC).

The instructor will record the class and have it available for anyone who would prefer to view the class at a different time and date.


This course is offered via Zoom webinar. Webinars are 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. The pitch critique will be conducted via email, within two weeks of the class.


Your sessions have been invaluable to me. The writing examples and the exercises have resonated with me and led me to explore different approaches to my writing. Your detailed lessons on character, POV, voice, settings have been practical and immediately applicable. I love your Pizzazz approach and the extra oomph it adds. Your feedback and that of my classmates was encouraging and insightful. I couldn't ask for more. ~ Christy Schwan

I’ve just completed Barbara Noe Kennedy’s “Travel Writing in a Digital World.” I learned more in this class in six weeks than I did at four writing conferences combined. Barbara is obviously a professional, with a great deal of knowledge and experience. She was completely accessible, and always encouraging. I will watch for more classes from her—and I’ll be the first to sign up! ~ Shirley Drew

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.



Duration: 120 minutes

In two short hours, a veteran travel journalist will explore the art of travel writing, from reviewing different types of travel stories and how to approach them; to delving into why some stories work, and others don’t; to how to make your words sing. For an extra fee, you can have your own 800-word story critiqued by the instructor within two weeks of the class.

Topics covered include:

  • What is travel writing, anyway?
  • What does it take to be a travel writer?
  • Where do ideas come from?
  • Why do some stories work and others don’t?
  • What are the different types of travel stories?
  • Are listicles real travel writing?
  • What is the best way to tell a story?
  • What are finishing touches that can add pizzazz to anyone’s writing?

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

Barbara Noe Kennedy

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 Travel, Lonely Planet, London Telegraph, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, BBC Travel, The Points Guy, and more. She received a Lowell Thomas travel journalism award for her story “Taking Stock of General MacArthur’s Legacy in Norfolk, Virginia” in 2022.


BUY NOW: Craft of Travel Writing 101 with Barbara Noe Kennedy (Wednesday, March 6, 2024, 2-4 PM ET) Limit: 20 students. Early registration is recommended.

COST:  $40, which includes one two-hour webinar including a 15-minute Q&A with your instructor.

OPTIONAL CRITIQUE ADD-ON:  A personal critique from the instructor of your 800-word story to the publication of your choice for $75 ($115 total). Select from the drop down menu.

Registration is closed. Please check out our current list of classes here.


For Webinar on March 6, 2024


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.

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