Travel writing

Course Dates: 06/11/19 - 04/12/19
Time: 12:30 - 14:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Susan Grossman

Make travelling pay. Find out what travel editors of newspapers and magazines look for, how to get a commission, write a saleable article and get your trip financed. Practical advice on identifying suitable outlets and contacting editors.


What is the course about?

Turn your travel experiences into saleable travel articles. Learn how to get your adventures into print, examine what makes a good article and find out what travel editors look for. We will explore the huge market for well-written words on travel and discuss how to market yourself, and your work.

Students say: "What I liked most was the opportunity to share and discuss ideas, with expert feedback from the tutor"; "Amazing - I loved the way the information was presented to us"; "Great introduction to the subject, an inspiration"; "I liked everything about this course"; "Fantastic."

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?

Coming up with ideas.
What makes a good travel piece?
Eye catching openings.
Marketing and selling your work.
Liaising with PRs and Tourist Boards.
Identifying suitable outlets.
Research abroad.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Identify good and bad travel articles
- Identify how travel pages work
- Apply the basic structure of a travel piece
- Edit your writing
- Approach the right person with your article.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

You should have been writing regularly, either creative writing, keeping a journal during travel or writing articles.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Group discussion, information from the tutor, opportunities to practise writing travel articles with constructive criticism 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?


When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Build run a range of beginner, intermediate and advanced journalism courses. Please search our website for 'journalism' to find more courses.

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.
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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

I did the 3 day version of this course and highly recommend it. The tutor is great, covers a lot of ground and gives honest and constructive feedback
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Review by shydeas / (Posted on 26/07/2017)
The tutor offers a real taste of fast-paced Journalism for aspiring travel writers or working ones. I certainly brushed up on 'how the business works', improved my pitch and went from getting zero editor replies
to actually be corresponding with real leads. The tutor's seasoned insight even improved other collateral journo skills. Example was my first lifestyle article online within 1 month of the course ending. In addition, the tutor also offers many plug-ins to other journo activities, such as the opportunity to spend an afternoon at The Guardian.
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Review by paollag / (Posted on 30/12/2015)
Top-notch,hands-on class providing range of skills including colourful and immediate writing that sells travel stories, markets (beyond the obvious), travel photography, travel blogs etc. Vibrant teaching and lots of feedback. Practical and creative.
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Review by Rosemary / (Posted on 14/04/2015)
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Course Code: HJ004

Wed, day, 06 Nov - 04 Dec '19

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £109.00
Senior fee: £109.00
Concession: £44.00

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