Travel Books Masterclass

“A brilliant course. Your tutors were superb and really knew their stuff.” – Margaret

A two-day weekend masterclass offering the only dedicated course on writing and publishing book-length travel stories.

This unique weekend is intended for anyone considering or already involved in a book-length writing project. It will guide you through the pleasures and problems of writing long-form and help you to map out your own way forward. Particular attention will be paid to your own book idea.

In a small group led by experienced writers, we will explore the creative potential of a genre that spans travel, memoir, humour, adventure, culture, confession and so much more. We will also survey the routes to getting your book published.

Early booking discount
Book early for a 10% discount. Available up to 4 weeks ahead.

Expert tutors

  • Rory MacLean, author of over a dozen travel books, described by John le Carré thus: “MacLean must surely be the outstanding, and most indefatigable, traveller-writer of our time.” His best known works are Stalin’s Nose, a travelogue through eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall; Magic Bus, a history of the Asia Overland hippie trail; and Berlin: Imagine a City, a portrait of that city over 500 years. His latest is Pravda Ha Ha, which was shortlisted for the Dolmen Travel Book Prize.
  • Jonathan Lorie, author of The Travel Writer’s Way, the ultimate handbook for aspiring travel writers, and Director of Travellers’ Tales.

What’s in the course?

This is a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in the possibilities of turning your travels into a book. Focused on the narrative power of long-form writing, key content includes:

Writing it:

  • Writing practice and feedback.
  • Planning a long-form project
  • Developing ideas and themes
  • Finding a shape for your story
  • Creating narrative drive
  • Openings and endings
  • Plots, sublots, characters and companions
  • Motifs, symbols and meanings
  • Describing people and places
  • Writing about yourself

Publishing it:

  • How the market works
  • Approaching agents and publishers
  • Self-publishing
  • Building a writing career
  • Next steps

‘I have so much confidence right now, thanks to you. I feel like a different person.’ – Rosie

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LOCATION central London, UK.
PRICE early price £396, full price £440.
LEVEL beginners, returners and advanced.