With my impending move to Sydney just a matter of weeks away, I attended a travel writing workshop on Saturday, with a view to hone and develop my travel writing skills so that I might venture into the world of travel blogging while in Australia.
Run by Peter Carty, who, as founding editor of Time Out’s travel section and a contributor to The Guardian, The Independent and Conde Nast Traveller to name but a few, has a wealth of experience under his belt, the workshops are designed for anyone with an interest in travel writing, regardless of how limited your experience.
Held in London’s Bloomsbury, there were seven of us at the workshop, all with varying degrees of experience in both travel and writing; all with a different story behind why we wanted to attend the course.
When I woke up to see glorious sunshine and not a cloud in the sky, I was slightly doubtful over whether an all-day writing workshop would be the most enjoyable way to spend my Saturday, but it certainly turned out to be an inspiring and worthwhile day. We covered a plethora of topics – from selecting the best subject matter to getting your first feature published, and it was useful having someone as experienced as Peter on hand to answer questions.
As with many of the most coveted careers, travel writing is a competitive one, but if nothing else the workshop has inspired my love for both writing and for travel, and further whet my appetite for the adventures that await me in Australia.