Students who have taken this class have been published in:
Travel + Leisure, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, The Los Angeles Times, Budget Travel, Dwell, Gourmet, Men's Journal, Modern Bride, National Geographic Traveler, Salon.com, Saveur, Time Out New York, New York Magazine, The Boston Globe, Conde Nast Traveler, and The San Fransisco Chronicle.
Mediabistro instructors are all active, working professionals at the top of their fields teaching the latest industry trends. Every class includes live interaction, personalized feedback, and a focus on completing professional-quality work.
Online classes have a dedicated instructor, assignments, live video discussions, and open forums. You’ll get a high level of attention and personalized feedback from your instructor while interacting with fellow students. If you can’t join live, discussions and materials are archived for you to view at any time.
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS You will need access to a computer and speakers or headphones to participate.
Travel writing is a way to engage with the world and to build a bridge that brings faraway places home. This advanced class for experienced writers examines the romance and realities of this exciting and lucrative market.
You'll consider the various forms of the field, from travel-related news items to personal essays, with the goal of selling these pieces to local, regional, and national publications. Each week, students will be assigned a travel-related article up to 1,000 words, along with an optional pitch letter, and will investigate unfamiliar neighborhoods, seek out experts in the field, and demonstrate the highest levels of research and reporting.
In this class, you will learn how to:
Use where you live to break into the travel market
Find and develop your beat
Make travel a conduit to writing beyond the travel section
Write perfect pitch letters
Negotiate with your editor for travel compensation
By the end of class, you will have:
A complete portfolio of eight publishable articles and pitch letters. Assignments will generally include a travel-related news item, a service round-up, a destination piece, a day trip within the region, a historical research piece, an article on the tourism business, and a personal travel essay.
Jimmy Im is contributor to Fodor's, BlackBook, Thrillist, Premiere Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Passport, Out, Robb Report, Hollywood Reporter, Travel Channel and BBC Travel. He's also served as an editor at Business Traveler, Travel Savvy, and BlackBook magazines.
Jimmy has written for in-flight magazines, fashion magazines and news outlets (from Style.com to New York Daily News). He was also a host on Confessions of a Travel Writer on the Travel Channel, and host for TripOut Travelfor LOGO Online (MTV Networks). He appears regularly on morning news shows as a "travel expert" and makes regular monthly jaunts to exciting destinations.
"Jimmy is open and honest about the industry. He's eager to answer questions and enthusiastic about writing. He offers great feedback and pointers for breaking into travel writing!"
"Jimmy is a great instructor. He provided excellent feedback aimed at getting students' work published and shared his extensive knowledge about travel writing and what it takes to succeed in the field."