Dream of being a travel writer? Sign up for travel writing workshops


1st photo road near farm

Love to travel the open road and dream of being a travel writer? Good travel writing is more than just describing where you’ve been and what you’ve seen. Travel writers must convey to readers, the places in their imaginations and beyond, using sensual description, strong narrative, unusual imagery and a clear voice.

This course is an opportunity to learn those skills that will transport your writing–and your readers–to faraway places and strange new worlds. If your head is swimming with travel stories… if you like to try new adventures, experiences and explore new cafés, find out how to live the travel writer’s life.

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Register now – only a few spots are left!

Where:  Southampton Art School, Southampton, Ontario

Fellow students:  A diverse group (max 15) of mostly women of all ages.

comments from previous students: ” I have never, ever attended a workshop with a class so sharing and non-judgemental. A fun learning experience.” 

Great workshop! It was a great number for this type of workshop, and this group worked great together. a weekend well spent.” 

” very relaxed atmosphere”  ” I felt excited and inspired. My curiosity has been piqued. I liked sharing/feedback time. I am so glad I signed up! I would definitely recommend it!”

“Just what I was looking for as an intro to travel writing. You managed to make us work at finding our voice without being intimidated in the process!”

appreciated the positive tone to the sessions.”

Galapagos 655

Travel Writing Part I June 16, 17, 2014   9:00 to 12:00 

This introductory weekend is a practical, supportive course run by Melody Wren, who has written for a string of magazines. It’s interactive, so you’ll take part in discussion and writing exercises and leave with useful handouts.

Through a series of exercises, this workshop encourages people who love to travel to tap into their ability to write creatively. Discussions will cover how to get started and where to look for publishing opportunities. The workshop will cover the main techniques of travel writing including:

Introduction- the basics on travel writing : different forms; how to write a query, where to access information
Media –how to find a market, information on how to find the magazine or newspaper to suit your travel story
Research – the role
Finding a voice-different ways to incorporate into your writing
Travel writing tips – details only an insider can share

Change islands laundry view -gorgeous
Travel Writing Part II  June 21, 22, 2014,   9:00 to 12:00

If you took Travel Writing I in 2012 or 2013, you are eligible for this in-depth workshop. If you haven’t, but you have writing experience, and the accompanying moxy to convince us you are ready for this leap, please join us.

If you are seriously considering trying on the travel writer life, this is the course for you. An in-depth discussion of the realities of the life of travel writing will be accompanied by practical in-depth writing exercises to get you started as a freelancer. Building on the travel writing basics of Part 1, we will delve deeper into what angles you as a writer can pursue. ” Write about what you know.” We have heard the expression, now let’s explore what that means to make it work.

Twillingate harbor BEST shot

In this detailed workshop, we will examine publications closely, write sample query letters put an article together step by step . We will develop self-editing skills focussing only on what is important for each article. 

The following will be covered sequentially:

Publishing markets: how to find a market that suits your style of writing
Query/Pitches: you will write a query turning it into something you can use
Research : this is a powerful tool, how to use it to get published
Niche/Angle: your unique perspective 
Outline: how to outline your article coming up with a formula you can use time and time again
Get Started: the basics on putting yourself out there: what is the first step?
Marketing: how to market yourself, get out there and get published

 better sheep photo closeup

To register: Southampton Art School

1.Phillipsburg, St. Maarten


About The blog of travel & lifestyle journalist Melody Wren

Melody is a freelance writer because she believes that work and fun should not be mutually exclusive. She writes about travel, food, lifestyle and green living. Melody loves staying in a place long enough to get acquainted. Local customs, markets and traditional cultures are magnets for this writer. When not writing she’s either on the road, in the air, or savoring something tasty. Most of her travels feature outdoor adventures of some sort, although she typically avoids sleeping on the ground. She is an ordinary person that enjoys challenging and pushing herself, facing fears with an eye on experiential travel. She needs to do it, feel it and see it so she can write about it. Her hope is that her stories encourage readers to get out there and do the same.
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7 Responses to Dream of being a travel writer? Sign up for travel writing workshops

  1. Look forward to seeing you for your level 2 workshop!

  2. Bernadette says:

    I am interested in this workshop…I have written a book about bus travel but would like to expand on my writing skills.

  3. Bernadette says:

    on the right hand column you have things to do on a layover in london…do you have things to do in hong kong? I will be traveling to Australia in October as a key note speaker and will have a 22 hour layover in hong kong. If you or anyone has any suggestions I would appreciate it.

  4. HI Bernadette: I am sure if you google your question or go on linkedin you will be flooded with answers. I haven’t been to Hong Kong yet.

  5. Hope you are well Melody – was so disappointed when you needed to cancel out of this course. Take care.

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