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Battling the 7 Plagues of Storytelling: Creating Better Travel Articles and Editor Pitches


September 11, 2019 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Spud Hilton

So much about writing and publishing has changed during the past decade. And yet there still are basic pillars of storytelling that, if used properly can make your creativity shine and your travel content sing. Without them, or if they’re used carelessly, your storytelling rarely rises to level of engagement and quality that publishers and engaged readers increasingly demand.

Who this is for:

This session on quality travel writing, travel blogging, and editing is for any serious writer who wants to elevate their craft to a higher level. Whether you’re a beginner trying to write better stories that connect or a more advanced writer trying to get articles into better publications, this workshop is meant to provide a structure and set of pitfalls to avoid when creating travel stories.

Course Description:

In this hands-on, in-depth writing and storytellling workshop, you will learn from 20-year travel writer/editor. Spud Hilton has assigned or accepted (or dumped) more than 10,000 pitches from professional writers. He helmed and contributed to a travel section that won multiple “best travel writing” awards over a period of more than a decade.

You will learn tried and true storytelling elements and article frameworks that have succeeded since the days before the typewriter. The workshop will conversely cover—in depth—the seven worst things you can forget to do before hitting publish. You will learn which common mistakes travel writers commonly make and how to rise above the pack with both your angles and your finished articles.

As part of the workshop, you will get feedback on your article ideas, blog post ideas, and pitches from an experienced editor who has seen hundreds of great pitches and thousands of bad ones.