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Travel Writing

Have suitcase, will write.

Turn your travels into cash! Learn how to craft compelling narratives and descriptive destination details. More detail

Upcoming course dates

StartsMonday 19 October 2015

Location Online
New module released each Monday.
You can complete the module any time during that week.
All you need is an internet connection.
Learn from anywhere.

WhenFive-week online course


Presenter Sue White

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We run this course Online every five weeks (or so). Click here to be the first to know about new dates!

StartsSaturday 10 October 2015

Location Sydney
Ground Floor
55 Lavender Street
Milsons Point NSW 2061

WhenSaturday and Sunday classes
(two consecutive days)


Presenter Sue White

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We run this course in Sydney every four months (or so). Click here to be the first to know about new dates!

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Location Melbourne
The Abbotsford Convent
1 St Heliers Street
Abbotsford VIC 3067

WhenSaturday and Sunday classes
(two consecutive days)


Presenter Sue White

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Location Perth
Wembley Hotel
344 Cambridge Street
Wembley WA 6014

WhenSaturday and Sunday classes
(two consecutive days)


Presenter Alecia Hancock

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This course runs in Perth every six months or so. Click here to be the first to know about new dates!

Course description

Do you want to explore the world and be paid for it?

  • Would you love to see your name in print?
  • Does your idea of stamp collecting involve a passport and a customs official?
  • Want to find out how to write a travel story that editors will want to publish?
  • Keen to learn tips, tricks and how to have your adventures fully funded?

If you answered YES to any or all of these, we’ve got just the ticket…

Globe jotting …

Travel writing has come a long way in the past few decades. Once the realm of only the hardiest souls, nowadays newspapers and magazines are brimming with stories from all four corners of the planet (and the non-pointy bits in between). If you have a penchant for travel and love telling stories, then travel writing is for you!

Good news travels fast

In this course, you’ll learn a blueprint on how to become a travel writer. That’s right…we’ve distilled what would normally take years to figure out on your own so that you can get published now!

Ever wondered who gets those writing gigs that say “X was a guest of Fancy Resort” at the end of the article? We’ll show you a step-by-step process on how to become a writer funded by resorts, tourism bodies and airlines. You’ll also be given templates, scripts and insider information on how to deal professionally with editors.

You’ll discover and explore:

  • the different types of travel articles and why they suit different markets
  • how to speak the language (understanding the industry lingo)
  • how to develop the right angle for your travel story so it doesn’t resemble a six-hour holiday slideshow
  • what you need to do to structure your articles, using photos and trip notes effectively
  • how to research travel stories, plan your itineraries and find interview subjects on the road
  • how you can write without ever getting on a plane (in your hometown or state)
  • how to stay out of trouble by following travel writing ethics
  • the best way to approach editors and pitch your story to perfection
  • and MUCH more!

Travel Writing is suitable for first-time writers or anyone who wants to explore the wonderful world of travel writing. If you’ve already completed our our Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 course , you’ll find in depth instruction on travel writing and completely fresh material.

Your guide on this journey is prolific travel writer Sue White. She travels the globe regularly – all in the name of a good story. This means you’ll get up-to-date answers to all your questions about the travel writing industry and how to make a hobby or career out of it.

The best travel writers can turn a trip to the post office into an adventure for the ages. The principles of good travel writing – and how to approach editors – apply to almost every publication in the English-speaking world. So what are you waiting for? Now’s the time to stamp your mark on the travel-writing world (and maybe stamp your passport too). Your journey of a thousand miles begins with this first step!

Just imagine

You travel to Paris, New York or go backpacking in Nepal. You have such an amazing experience that you want to share it beyond the little blog posts or Facebook updates that are read by your friends and family.

You’d love to see your travel article in The Australian, The Qantas Magazine, Conde Nast Traveller or your favourite magazine. If you really want to be published – and get paid for it – you need to learn the ropes. You need to discover what makes a travel editor look twice at an article.

Know how to stand out from the pack

As this is such a popular industry, travel editors are literally inundated with stories from would-be travel writers every day. Their inboxes are assaulted with photos and pictures from people who think their adventures are unique and worthy of publication. But just because you had an amazing time on your trip, doesn’t mean you’ve written an article that editors want to publish

The good news is that it’s possible to learn the ropes. Many of our students have been published in mainstream publications. You just need to know the conventions and quirks of travel writing. Your journey starts with your course in Travel Writing at the Australian Writers’ Centre.

You’ll also achieve the same outcomes regardless of whether you enrol in our online or classroom course!

Prefer learning at home? Learn online!

If you have an internet connection, you’ve come to the right place! With our online courses, you get the same juicy content as the classroom course PLUS backstage passes to Q&As, assignments and feedback direct from your outstanding online tutor! You could be anywhere on the planet, or you could be just round the corner. Either way, you’ll be joining thousands of online graduates from here and overseas who’ve already had an awesome time learning online. Check out our demo today.

Online or classroom course – which one is better?

Ha! It’s a trick question… they both have the same high quality – it just depends on how you learn and sometimes where you live. In fact, we’re fanatical about consistency across all our courses, so rest assured that when a class begins in Perth (or Sydney, or Melbourne), it’s going to cover the same ground as its online cousin. Now, we’re not talking robots here. Each one of our talented presenters does of course bring their own unique flavour, but the core lesson material remains the same!

What internet connection is required?

To participate in any of our online courses, you will need high-speed internet. For us, high-speed internet means ADSL or Broadband/Cable, with a speed of 128kBps or higher.

Dial-up connections or using the internet on your phone are not recommended — you may find that the audio in the online course will pause, skip or completely stop.

Previous students have let us know that they have had no problems accessing our courses using Satellite internet or wireless broadband, but it depends on each connection.

If you’re not sure what kind of internet connection you have, there are two things you can check:

  • Speed – If you can play a YouTube video from start to finish without issues, your internet should be fast enough.
  • Download limit – We recommend contacting either the person who takes care of your internet, or your internet provider directly to see what your download limit is. Each week there will be 40-50MB worth of materials to download, so you need to make sure your internet connection will allow for that (times five for each week!) without speed limitations or excess charges.

If your connection is not fast enough but you’d still like attend the course, we recommend checking with your local library to see if you are able to download the files there.

If you can do that, you’d just need to pop them onto a USB drive and then take them home with you to listen to later.

Exclusive access to our AWC Graduates’ Club

Want to know where all the cool kids hang out? The Graduates’ Club of course! Now, calm down – there’s no cigars, leather armchairs or loud ticking grandfather clocks here. But it IS exclusive invitation only (on completion of a course) and it’s free!  Meet other writers online and share successes, seek help or just get something off your chest. Many students believe this ‘legacy learning’ is one of the most valuable things about our AWC community, and who are we to argue?

So if you want to receive feedback, support and a heads-up on opportunities … join the Club!

Your presenters

  • Sue White

    Sue White, Melbourne, Online, Sydney

    Sue White is a freelance features and travel writer whose stories have featured in The Sydney Morning Herald,... View Profile

  • Alecia Hancock

    Alecia Hancock, Perth

    Alecia Hancock has been working in the media for more than 12 years, with most of her time... View Profile

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Graduate testimonials

  • I signed up to do the course Magazine and Newspaper Writing with the Australian Writers' Centre in late 2009. I was a bit sceptical about doing my first ever online course, but shouldn't have worried. The whole process was easy and it was great having virtual classmates to discuss the lessons and to cheerlead each other on to success, even if it was a bit bizarre not being able to see them! I actually got my first paid commission from a magazine while I was still doing the five-week course. Five months later, my article was published in Cosmo Bride magazine and I was hooked (line and sinker) on the writing game. Since then, I've been published by titles including Girlfriend, Jetstar Magazine, Women's Health and Fitness, Diabetic Living and The Big Issue, as well as ABC The Drum and Mamamia online. I've also recently completed the Travel Writing online course taught by Sue White, which definitely lived up to my first wonderful learning experience with the Centre. It offered me real, practical guidance to ethical questions, writing practice and feedback. The entire experience felt like fun, not work. I've now got my sights set on the courses in Food Writing and How to Get Your Book Published. I'll definitely keep coming back for more. One of the best things about the Australian Writers' Centre is the ongoing support. Valerie, Sue and the other teachers don't just cut you loose once you've finished your course. They keep helping you through the email newsletter, blogs, Graduates' Club and more. I wholeheartedly recommend trying a course with them. The only thing you'll regret is not giving it a go sooner.

    - Rebecca Douglas

    "Julietta Jameson’s tutorship helped me develop confidence in my writing ability. The steady pace of the course ensured we covered plenty of ground over the 5 weeks. I cannot recommend this course highly enough for people with a love of writing about travel; in whatever form that might take."

    - Monique van Tulder

    "I really enjoyed learning all about freelancing and analysing travel articles. Sue was very knowledgeable, passionate and supportive. She was easy to understand, confident and friendly in her approach."

    - Caz Makepeace

    I am very glad I discovered the AWC courses. I completed the Travel Writing course and the Magazine Writing course online. The information learnt in the courses, so nicely spaced and well presented, has made the difference to me having pieces published in places such as The Age online, International Traveller, Green magazine and Great Walks. The courses gave me many practical skills such as sourcing ideas, pitching, interviewing, organisation, resilience and many more. I learnt that you have to keep honing your skills and keep trying, despite plenty of knockbacks, to gain a foothold into the freelance writing world. Without the AWC courses, I would have packed it in as a fantasy long ago. Writing and having work published has given me an avenue into a hobby I thoroughly enjoy and which I never really thought would be possible for me. The AWC Graduates' Club has been an invaluable support also – with people, including the presenters, generously sharing information, contacts and encouragement.

    - Susan Murphy

    "I benefited from Sue's real life insights. It wasn't just theory. She was  generous with her knowledge and even her intellectual property. I am confident that I can write travel stories."

    - Craig Eardley