Travel Writing Boot Camp

Travel the world -- and get paid to write about it

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  • Discussions Wednesdays 9-10pm ET, 8 sessions full schedule

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 Conde Nast Traveler, Robb Report, Hollywood Reporter, Thrillist, Details, Vice.com, Premiere Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Passport, Out, 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 Travel for LOGO Online (MTV Networks). He appears regularly on morning news shows as a "travel expert" and makes regular monthly jaunts to exciting destinations. 

testimonials
  • "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!"

    Jessica Brent

  • "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."

    Josh Lewis