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Write that travel book


Inside advice from successful travel authors

"The best course I've ever had. I feel more focussed, more confident, I've made valuable friends, met a fabulous group of people... I'll come again!"
– Sue

DEVELOP a book-length writing project, for publication or for pleasure. 

BUILD your literary skills and ideas to professional levels.

SHARE the experience of two top travel writers.

TAKE AWAY a completed book proposal.

What's in the course?

This inspiring weekend course with leading literary figures is a rare chance to immerse yourself in the creative and practical aspects of writing a book-length travel story. This is the most demanding type of travel writing – and also the most rewarding.

The masterclass checks your key literary skills and then looks at the options for structuring a book and getting it published. Through practical seminars, interactive brainstorming and insider information, it aims to forge a workable book proposal for each student – something you can pitch to publishers straight away, or use as a guideline for completing your manuscript.

Key content includes devising a structure, drafting a proposal, pitching to publishers and managing your creative progress. We also look at current trends in the marketplace and what publishers are looking for today.

The weekend is suitable for those who are planning a book, those who are part-way through and need feedback or assistance, and those who just want to know how it works. It is a complete introduction, a refresher and – ideally – a guide towards the successful completion of your own travel book.

Please note: if you want to know about writing guidebooks, please attend our Bradt Travel Writing Workshop.

Expert tutors

Course leader
  • Jonathan Lorie, Director of the Travellers' Tales Festival, past judge of the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award and the Dolmen Prize for travel literature. A former travel magazine editor, Jonathan is Britain's most experienced tutor in travel writing. He draws on a decade of teaching the creative and commercial practicalities of travel writing.

Special guest speaker
  • Andrew Eames is a distinguished travel author and journalist. His books include The 8.55 to Baghdad (a train journey to Iraq in the footsteps of Agatha Christie) and Blue River Black Sea (a journey down the Danube in the footsteps of Patrick Leigh-Fermor). Both were chosen as Radio 4's Book of the Week.

Early booking 20% discount

Enjoy a 20% discount on all prices if you book six weeks ahead! Early booking price for the weekend is £160 instead of £188, so book ahead and learn for less.


A personal assessment of your writing, available only to Travellers' Tales students. This one-to-one service is provided online after the course, at your own convenience. Simply add a critique to your shopping cart (right) and you can email us an 800-word piece of your travel writing, after the course. Our expert tutors will return a detailed written critique within two weeks.

Want to take it further? Try our Travel Journalism Weekend with newspaper and magazine travel editors.

NOVEMBER 23-24 Image



No places available.


Critique instructions will be emailed after the course.

On Wednesday, 25 April 2018:
  • November: no places available.

Learning level
  • This is a masterclass for those interested in getting travel books published.
  • It is ideal for regular hobbyists, Travellers' Tales past students and professional writers from other sectors.
  • Beginners are also most welcome.

Booking notes 

Getting there
  • Our venue is in central London, with good public transport links. Off-street parking is not available.
  • Full joining instructions will be emailed to you a fortnight before the course. We do not give out our venue names until after booking.
  • Sessions run from 1015-1700 each day. Doors open at 1000 and classes start promptly.