Do you harbor a desire to write and sell travel articles? Long to visit exotic hideaways and get groovy assignments from editors far and wide? And do you want to write articles that inspire readers to pack their bags and head into the sunset?
Spend the weekend with author Myrna Oakley and learn the basic steps in the freelance travel-writing business for magazines and books. Learn how to identify your geographic region(s) of interest and your specific Writer’s Beat as well as how to identify the types of travel articles you want to write and the kinds of articles editors love. Explore how to focus winning ideas for the right groups of readers.
During the workshop we’ll practice doing what the pros do: analyzing travel magazines for focus, themes and readership; then analyzing travel articles to learn what works. Finally, dive into the writing process by developing a couple of query letters for specific markets to share for feedback and critique. And photographer Sharon Wootton will offer ways to approach travel photography in the digital world that will help sell your article.
The freelance travel-writing process can be applied to your own geographic region as well as using it to mine ideas from those far away locales. “It’s just easier to start where you live,” says Myrna. “Local markets offer good ways for you, the freelancer, to get assignments locally and to build a credible reputation in your own backyard before spending dollars and time heading across the pond to research Timbuktu.”
Myrna has traveled in the Pacific Northwest and western British Columbia for more than 20 years, always with camera in hand and an inquisitive eye for natural and scenic areas as well as for small inns, scenic and historic gardens, and places with historical character and significance.
In addition to Washington Off the Beaten Path (seven editions), she has written Oregon Off the Beaten Path (eight editions), Recommended Bed & Breakfasts Pacific Northwest, Public and Private Gardens of the Northwest, and Bed & Breakfast Northwest. Myrna teaches novel writing and travel writing workshops, seminars and classes at regional writers’ conferences and at Marylhurst University and Portland Community College. She also is developing a mystery series for teens set in the Pacific Northwest.
Full-time independent writer and photographer Sharon Wootton has more than three million words and countless photographs in newspapers and magazines around the country and just co-authored with Maggie Savage the book You Know You’re in Washington When … 101 Quintessential Places, People, Events, Customs, Lingo, and Eats of the Evergreen State.
For more on Myrna, go to www.myrnaoakley.com.
Fee: $325 includes accommodations, five meals, instruction and consultation; a $10 fee for a 37-page travel-writing instruction booklet is payable to Myrna Oakley at the workshop.
Optional retreat: Stay Monday and Tuesday after the workshop to work on your own project; $175 includes six meals; two-person limit.