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Travel Writing Short Course

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Make your travel writing more evocative, learn how to create a sense of place, and impress clients or editors: for bloggers, writers, travel content creators, writing online or in print.

Why choose this course?

This course is aimed at those with some writing experience who want to develop their ideas for travel writing.

Taught by an experienced journalist, you will learn not only techniques to create compelling features, but also how to get them published in print or online.

The course is open to anyone who regularly writes or reports as part of their job. You may already have a blog or extensive travel diaries.

It may suit photographers looking to add words to their pictures and bloggers looking to engage more readers.

This course is not suitable for those who wish to improve their English.

Taught over 8 weekly evening classes and delivered from our central London location, our Travel Writing course offers expert tuition and the flexibility of part-time study.

Course overview

You will 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.

  • “ The course is very thorough. It's great for someone that has a blog or wants to get into travel writing, as it gives a good insight on everything that revolves around this industry — how to write a good piece, travel photography, selling ideas. ”

    Diana Costa

    Former student

  • “ Susan really pushed us to think as travel writers for ourselves and put us through a rigorous process packed with great tips... I feel very compelled to act on all I learnt as a result of this course and have a clear plan of attack! ”

    Penny Alexander

    Former student

  • “ A practical approach to the art of writing and pitching stories. It covers everything from structuring your feature to pitching and following up with editors. The tutor is helpful, encouraging and entertaining. I highly recommend the class! ”

    Trisha A

    Former student

  • “ Susan Grossman is a highly experienced, passionate and knowledgeable journalist. Although her work pays particular attention to travel writing, her expertise spans across a variety of topics. As a teacher, her style aims to include the different learning methods of the students with the primary focus of meeting their needs. She provides great tips and advice on how to stay relevant in the journalism world and highlights how students she has taught have since gone on to become successful journalists. Having only taken interest in journalism more recently, I feel honoured to have had such a credible teacher at this, still, very premature stage of my career. She is an inspiration to me and would recommend her services to anyone serious about journalism. ”

    Candace Oxley

    Former student

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Over the course of 8 weekly evening classes on the Travel Writing short course, you will learn:

  • To improve your observation skills and convey your experiences eloquently
  • To create copy to inspire
  • To recognise a good story, engage readers and get commissioned
  • How to evoke a sense of place
  • How to structure a story
  • How travel writers liaise with the travel industry to get ‘hospitality’

You will also gain:

  • How to identify a good travel story
  • How to communicate with the travel industry
  • How to pitch your story and approach editors with confidence
  • Ways to reflect on the impact of climate change and terrorism
  • An understanding of the travel pages on national newspapers and magazines



Prerequisite knowledge

The Travel Writing evening 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.

Teaching & assessment

Teaching & assessment

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

Recommended reading

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

Tutor information

  • Susan Grossman

    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.

    Susan has a certificate in Leaders as Coaches and 30 years' work experience as a consumer

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