Travel Writing  Short Courses

Course Information

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Monday 30 April 2018 18:30-21:00 8 weekly classes (not on Bank Holidays) £355.00 CS1212 Apply Now

Course Content

Fancy yourself as Bill Bryson or Freya Stark? Want to get published in a travel magazine or newspaper? Perhaps you blog, travel on business, or intend to embark on a long trip? This Travel Writing short course will help you gather your experiences and write them up effectively. Learn how to evoke a sense of place, structure your story, and how travel writers liaise with the travel industry to get 'hospitality'.

Travel Writing & Freelance Writing: How to get published in print and online short course tutor Susan Grossman discusses freelance writing and what to expect on her courses.

Tutor Info

Course tutor: Susan Grossman is a former BBC broadcaster, magazine editor, freelance travel journalist and author. She lectures on the MA in Journalism at Westminster University and works as a career coach, media trainer and writing mentor, helping individuals and media professionals get published and impress editors. She has a certificate in ILM Coaching and Mentoring Stage 5  and 30 years' work experience as a consumer journalist. Susan is a well-established travel writer, magazine editor and reported for BBC Radio4's Breakaway for 15 years.


This course is suitable for those with some writing experience who want to develop their ideas for travel writing. You may, or may not already write a blog. Please come prepared with an A4 pad and pen to start working on your ideas. Those who are already published in other fields are more than welcome, as are photographers who would like to explore adding words to their photos.

English Requirements

Applicants must be fluent in written and spoken English.

What will I learn?

  • To get your travel experiences published online or in print.
  • To understand the market for travel content.
  • To successfully liaise with the travel industry to get on press trips.
  • To construct sellable travel features and contact editors with confidence.
  • Develop travel plans with a view to getting published.
  • Identify suitable outlets for publication.
  • Write a synopsis.
  • Approach editors with confidence.
  • Recognise good and bad travel journalism.
  • Gather and evaluate research material.
  • Plan future trips effectively.
  • Evaluate your own work.

Teaching and Assessment

Informal assessment will take place through group discussion, class room activities, and questions and answers sessions as guided by your tutor.

Recommended Reading

The Road to Oxiana, Robert Byron, Penguin Classics, 2007

In Patagonia, Bruce Chatwin, Vintage, 1998

The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway, Important Books, 2013

Venice, Jan Morris, Faber and Faber, 1993

A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush, Eric Newby, Harper Press, 2010

Homage to Catalonia, George Orwell, Penguin Classics, 2013

The Great Railway Bazaar, Paul Theroux, Penguin Classics, 2008

Among the Russians, Colin Thubron, Vintage, 2004

Leads To...

Freelance Writing: How to Get Published in Print and Online

Narrative Non-Fiction Part 1

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