What is the course about?
A one-day course to help you turn your travel experiences into a saleable travel article.
Students like: "the course was better than I could have imagined"; "very informative, practical and enjoyable"; "excellent insight into how to get into travel writing and get articles published."
The Tutor: Susan Grossman has had a long career as a travel, food and health writer. She has broadcast for BBC Radio 4, presented the Food and Drink programme for BBC2, been travel editor for the Telegraph Magazine, and published five travel guidebooks. She lectures on the Journalism MA at Westminster University and teaches journalism at City University. She is a ILM-certified career coach and mentor and runs regular workshops for freelancers and media professionals.
Build reserves the right to change course tutors from those advertised in this outline. In line with our refund policy we are unable to grant a refund on the grounds of a change of tutor.
What will we cover?
What makes a good travel piece
What to include and leave out
Eye catching openings
How to get published
How to deal with PRs and Tourist Boards.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify good/bad pieces of writing
- Learn the basic structure of a travel piece
- Identify where and how to sell
- Approach editors with confidence.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have been writing regularly, either creative writing or keeping a journal during travel.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Group discussion, tutor-led instruction, opportunities to practice writing travel copy with feedback from the tutor and class.
All writing courses at Build will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.
For classes longer than one day regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring with you a travel supplement from a newspaper and any travel features you have enjoyed.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Build offer a wide range of journalism courses on differing subjects and at different levels. To find the perfect course for you, browse the writing section of our website.
All students are invited to join us at Build Talks Back, our monthly performance night for Build writers. Everyone is welcome, admission is free and there's no need to book in advance. Students are also encouraged to submit to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on and Twitter.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details