Like many people, I want to be a travel writer. Only, until recently, my travel writing was… Well, a bit shit. I can write – I know that – but when it came to turning my text into a profitable form of travel writing, I was lost.
What format to follow? Who to write for? What to write about? How much to write? How to get published (let alone commissioned)? Where to get guidance or, even better, mentorship?
Where to start looking for answers?!
I mentioned this to a friend and by divine synchronicity, the next day he texted: “Guardian today online. Travel Writing look it up” (sic. English is not his native language).
I thought the £115 fee was reasonable (I now know it’s a bargain!); I thought Peter Carty’s experience was admirable; but I think it was the promise of on-going, unlimited support that persuaded me. It’s like insurance, isn’t it? Only free!
There’s a small part of me that doesn’t want to give away my ‘edge’, but I think Peter deserves the promotion.
One intensive day at the Travel Writing Workshop and I’m now armed with the knowledge and direction I need. And if I’m unsure, I can just ask.
My by-line in Lonely Planet is that much closer.