Breaking into Travel Writing and Photography (New Writing South Writing Workshop)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Description of Activity

Portsmouth Writers’ Hub presents Breaking into Travel Writing & Photography Writer-editor Tom Sykes (Bradt travel guides, Cassell Illustrated, New Statesman) and writer-photographer Alexander Sebley (VICE, BBC, Bradt) present a workshop that offers everything you need to know about publishing your travel writing and photography – and getting paid for it! Drawing on their experiences of travelling and writing about four continents, they will help you find fresh, unique and newsworthy angles sure to grab the attention of editors, agents and publishers. A good angle doesn’t have to be exotic – there are just as many opportunities for writers with a local or domestic focus, think Bill Bryson’s Notes from a Small Island. Using specially-designed writing exercises, you’ll learn to construct killer travelogues, features and guidebooks – as well as eye-catching pitches – and grapple with the big challenge of the travel narrative form: how to apply the techniques of fiction writing to non-fiction. Tom and Alexander will demystify ‘the business’ by examining the state of the current market for travel writing and sharing with writers and photographers their real-life book/article proposals, contracts and commission letters.
Period25 Aug 2016
Event titleBreaking into Travel Writing and Photography
Event typeWorkshop
LocationPortsmouth, United KingdomShow on map


  • travel writing
  • professionalism
  • professional writing
  • practice-based
  • media