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Course Description

Travel writing is a fun, interesting and fulfilling career. If your goal is to become a full-time travel writer who is able to live off your income from writing alone, it is important to understand that travel writing, like any other career, requires you to develop specific skills and to have perseverance in order to succeed. 

There is a lot of competition in the field of travel writing. Some highly successful writers in this genre have compared their climb to success with those who aspire to become actors, songwriters or musicians. In other words, most aspiring writers work at other jobs while they build a reputation strong enough to financially support themselves on payment for their writing alone.  How long it takes you to achieve that goal is dependent upon how ambitious you are and how well you write, but the average is between three and six years. Alternatively, you may only wish to earn extra money as a travel writer and continue working in the field you are already in; perhaps you travel frequently for your current job and feel you have a lot to share with others about the places you visit. You can create a great additional source of income as a travel writer this way. 

Whether it is a full or part-time profession you desire, this course will help you get started, provide you with the necessary information you need to build a strong portfolio, as well as improve your overall skill set required to succeed in the travel writing industry. So join us today!

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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: Do You Have What It Takes to Become a Travel Writer?

This lesson will explain the basic, essential, and up-front requirements you will need to become a good travel writer. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review Article: Yahoo Group for Travel Writing
  • Take Poll: Why Travel Writing?
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Types of Travel Writing

This lesson will introduce you to the different types of travel writing that are done in the publishing world. 25 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Article: 7 Myths of Being a Travel Writer
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: How to Write an Informative, Sellable Travel Article

This lesson will provide you with an "anatomy of an article." You will learn what the important aspects of a sellable, well-written article are, and will be given two assignments in this lesson. 39 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review Article: Travel Writers Association
  • Complete: Lesson 3A Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 3B Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: How and Where To Sell Your Work

This lesson will introduce you to query letters and the basics of what to do and not do when preparing them. It will also provide reference you to informative books, guides and websites to help you further perfect your query writing skills. 25 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Tips on Writing a Query Letter; Article on Knowing Your Market
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: How to Retain Rights to Your Work for Re-sale

This lesson will explain the different copyrights assigned when a piece is sold. It will discuss subsequent selling of an article or other travel piece. It will also explain copyright laws as they pertain to written works in greater detail. 23 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Article: Information about Publication Rights
  • Take Poll: Travel Photographs
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Preparing "Clips" For Editors, Agents, and Publishers

Creating a portfolio or compilation of published and/or written pieces is a writer's best strategy for getting hired. This lesson will show the student how to create a well-rounded, outstanding, professional portfolio that will increase assignments. 25 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: Preparing E-Mail Queries
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Handling Rejection Gracefully

Rejection is simply part of the field of writing. It is such a large part, in fact, that this entire lesson is devoted to the topic. This lesson will explain some methods of dealing with rejection gracefully. 25 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Insight on Handling Rejection; Rejection Examples
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Creating Article and Book Proposals

Most travel articles sold by experienced writers are not written prior to their sale; rather, they are proposed to publications and then written. 24 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Sample Book Proposal; Professional Writers Association
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Photographs Included?

This lesson will discuss the different options a travel writer has when it comes to adding photographs to their assignments. 25 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Information on Photo Journalism; Picture Taking Tips
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Building Your Platform and Expertise

This lesson will explain how the travel writer can go about building a solid platform, and how to channel expertise to assist in developing a long-term writing career. 73 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Tips on Building a Platform; Articles for Travel Writers
  • Take Poll: Specializing
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: Travel Writing 101
Course Number: 7550222
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 1.0 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Melissa Behrend
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $65.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $90.00

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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Determine whether or not you have what it takes to be a travel writer.
  • Describe the types of travel writing.
  • Create a How-To Write travel article.
  • Know how and where to sell your work.
  • Describe how to retain rights to your work for re-sale.
  • Prepare 'clips' for editors, agents and publishers.
  • Know how to handle rejection gracefully.
  • Know creating article and book proposals.
  • Recognize when to include photographs.
  • Describe ways to build your platform and expertise, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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  • "Great course and equal to any other 'expensive' courses on Travel Writing." -- Luis D.

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