TRAVEL WRITING 101 by Barbara Noe Kennedy
WEBINAR DATE: Wednesday, May 17, 2023, 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 one-page pitch (query letter) to the publication of your choice within two weeks of the class. This encompasses structure, tone, and whatever else is needed to make your pitch as enticing as possible.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: You have stories to tell from your travels and you think they should be published in a newspaper, magazine, online, or your own blog, but where do you start? This class provides an overview of the travel-writing world from ideation to publication, including tips on how to get started, different types of stories, a brief look at how to write a travel feature story, potential markets, and successful pitching. Whether you seek to write about places near or far, this class will help you turn travel experiences into published stories. For an additional fee, the instructor will provide a personal critique of your own pitch to the publication of your choice.
This Zoom webinar starts and ends on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, 2-4 PM ET.
The webinar can be viewed on a tablet, phone, or computer (both Mac and PC).
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.
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.
LECTURE AT A GLANCE:
TRAVEL WRITING 101
Duration: 120 minutes
In two short hours, we will explore the world of travel writing, from what exactly travel writing is to the different types of travel stories to how to write a great story. We’ll also look at the different markets, and how to write a killer pitch. By the end of class, you should have an arsenal of knowledge to start pitching and writing your own travel stories. For an extra (optional) fee, you can have your own pitch critiqued by the instructor within two weeks of the class.
Topics covered include:
- What exactly is travel writing?
- What does it take to be a travel writer?
- Types of travel stories
- Five points of storytelling
- Adding pizzazz to your writing
- The markets: newspapers, digital and print magazines, books/guidebooks
- A tiny peek at self-publishing
- How to write a pitch
- Quick photography tips (because photos can enhance your chances to getting published)
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.
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: TRAVEL WRITING 101 with Barbara Noe Kennedy (Wednesday, May 17, 2023, 2-4 PM ET) Limit: 20 students. Early registration is recommended.
COST: $45, 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 one-page pitch to the publication of your choice for $50 ($95 total). Select from the drop down menu.
For Webinar on May 17, 2023
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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