The training agency for travel writing and travel photography
Inspiring excellence
by sharing experience

"I have't laughed so much for ages" - Philippa

Travellers' Tales courses are friendly, practical and fun. Our guiding principles are inspiration and excellence.

What will I be doing? 

You will be spending time with one or more top professionals, learning from their personal experience and professional knowledge, in a carefully structured process of exploration and discovery.

How you learn will vary from course to course, but typically will include inside information from us, practical work from you, sensitive feedback, and a look at good work by published professionals. We use your active participation as much as possible.

On our Creative Holidays and the masterclasses, there is usually time for one-to-one advice sessions with a tutor, which can be really valuable. On the Creative Holidays there is also lots of ‘location work’, where you learn by being a working travel photographer or writer in the field.

What’s the atmosphere like?

The mood on our courses is informal and inspiring. They become very buzzy as participants explore their aspirations and issues and share them with kindred spirits. Evenings can be fun too, as we unwind and share the thrills and spills of the creative traveller’s life.

There’s a lot of laughter throughout. But in case anyone finds things a bit of a challenge, our tutors are skilled at making the whole experience feel safe for everyone.

Who else will be there?

You will be supported by a small group of fellow students going through the same process as yourself. This may seem off-putting to some, reassuring to others: but in practice you can learn huge amounts from others on the same creative journey, and many people keep up with friends from their course for years afterwards.

The group size might vary from 6 to 16, but is usually around 10 people. Participants come from a wide range of backgrounds, countries, ages and experiences – from absolute beginners to dedicated enthusiasts, from college students to retirees. Their aims vary too – some want to change career, others to improve a hobby, others just to capture their travels better. All are united by a passion for travel and all are most welcome.

What will I get out of this?

On a creative level, you will leave our courses with a clearer sense of your own direction in travel writing or travel photography, and how to pursue it. You will have some or all of the tools to do so, depending on how you long you have spent with us.

On a professional level, you will have a fuller understanding of how travel writers and photographers create publishable quality work and build a business. You will know what to do and how to do it.

On a personal level, you may find all sorts of other benefits: greater confidence, increased self-belief, real personal insights, unexpected new directions… all have been cited by past students, some of whom have called these courses “life-changing".

Of course, the longer you can be with us, the more you will gain. And each course offers different content and tutors. That's why many students come back again, progressing further each time.

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