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Break into Travel Writing with Barbara Noe Kennedy, former longtime Editor of National Geographic Travel Publishing

Travel Writing 101

TRAVEL WRITING 101 by Barbara Noe Kennedy

WEBINAR DATE: Wednesday, October 5, 2022, 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.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: You have stories to tell from your travels and you think they should be published in a newspaper, magazine, 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.

All classes are held from 2-4pm ET, via zoom video webinar. 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.


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.

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 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, 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 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.

Topics covered include:

  • What exactly is travel writing?
  • Is travel writing still relevant?
  • Types of travel stories
  • Five points of storytelling
  • Adding pizzazz to your writing
  • The markets: newspapers, digital and print magazines, books/guidebooks
  • A quick peek at self-publishing
  • How to write a pitch
  • 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.

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, Lonely Planet, London Telegraph, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, BBC Travel, The Points Guy, and more. She also teaches travel writing and creative nonfiction and leads tours.

COST:  $35, which includes one two-hour webinar including a 15-minute Q&A with your instructor.

BUY NOW: TRAVEL WRITING 101 with Barbara Noe Kennedy (Wednesday, October 5, 2022, 2-4 PM ET) Limit: 20 students. Early registration is recommended.

This class is now closed. Please check out our current list of classes here.

For Webinar Starting 10/5/2022


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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