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Course Syllabus: Travel Writing 101


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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. It will give you the basic information you need to build a portfolio and a required skill set, the rest is up to you!

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics

 

Lesson 1: Do You Have What It Takes To Become A Travel Writer?

Lesson 2: Types of Travel Writing

Lesson 3: How-To Write an Informative, Sellable Travel Article

Lesson 4: How and Where To Sell Your Work

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

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

Lesson 7: Handling Rejection Gracefully

Lesson 8: Creating Article and Book Proposals

Lesson 9: Photographs Included?

Lesson 10: Building Your Platform and Expertise

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with one or two assignments. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

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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Assessment Guide

An Introduction1
Lesson 1 Assignment1
Lesson 1 Exam10
Lesson 2 Assignment15
Lesson 2 Exam10
Lesson 3 Assignment15
Lesson 3 Exam9
Lesson 4 Assignment15
Lesson 4 Exam10
Lesson 5 Assignment15
Lesson 5 Exam8
Lesson 6 Assignment2
Lesson 6 Exam10
Lesson 7 Exam10
Lesson 8 Assignment2
Lesson 8 Exam9
Lesson 9 Exam10
Lesson 10 Assignment15
Lesson 10 Exam10
The Final Exam48
Total Points:225
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