Tamara says, “I honestly don’t think I would have seen this success if it weren’t for the amazing instruction I received during Mediabistro’s class. The instructor provided constant direction and support on my manuscript, helped me craft a query letter that got my story noticed, and introduced me to communities like the SCBWI to help me network.”
She says, “I have a clearer sense of my strengths and am reining in some methods that weren’t working as well, including balancing and grounding my poetic style with more prose, action, and dialogue.”
Ted says that in our Create Quick Video for the Web class, he learned “how to effectively shoot both A-roll and B-roll film and use different angle shots for certain settings and types of shoots.” He continues, “This class will immediately help you get out in the field confidently.”
Chris Chagaris sold her travel piece on St. Kitts to Caribbean Travel and Life.
Chris says, “I really gained a lot of great information about the different aspects of travel magazines and publications, and what they are looking for. The course was extremely helpful, not only for travel writing but as a template for writing in general.”
Congratulations to Michael Luongo, who was awarded the Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for LGBT Journalist of the Year by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association and the Grand Prize in Travel Journalism from the North American Travel Journalists Association for his pieces on the Middle East.
Michael’s advice to writers: “Be patiently and politely persistent, and thick-skinned, which is hard for writers. Always be curious, bold, and courageous.”
Kelsey says, “I think one of the most valuable things I gained from my course was the ability to edit and pitch my work effectively, including learning to pick the right venue first, then create something tailored to it.”
Scott Wallace‘s nonfiction book, The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon’s Last Uncontacted Tribes, was picked up by Crown and will be published this October.
Scott says, “I was surprised that I was able to apply my course’s lessons so directly, using the proposal I developed in class to secure a book contract with a major publisher.”
Shannon Krause‘s travel piece, “Off The Brochure Travel Guide: Schenectady, New York,” was published on PeterGreenberg.com, just a month after completing Intro to Travel Writing. She also started a travel blog, TravelingOlive.
Shannon says, “Once the class was over, the class exchanged contact information – just like summer camp – so we could stay in touch. It’s great to have a group of people to lean on if you have a writing question, need feedback or just want some encouragement. We’ve all been really great at helping one another take the next step in travel writing. Not only did I learn the fundamentals of travel writing but I gained a support group and an amazing mentor!”