Because sometimes the
destination IS the journey...
- Are you planning a trip that you think has book potential?
- Somewhere different, something unique or someplace exotic?
- You may travel a lot for work and believe you already have a story to share.
- Perhaps you’d like your travel blog to be more than just a list of places and dates.
- Or maybe you’ve recently returned from riding backwards on a
unicycle across Africa whilst towing a small inflatable paddling pool.
- Step this way. If you think there could be a book in it, YOUR travel memoir journey has just begun!
Choose your own adventure
It’s called ‘travel memoir’, although you may know it as ‘armchair
travel’ or more recently ‘vicarious travel’. And that’s it in a nutshell
– allowing your readers to live through your exploits.
It’s a genre which has grown as fast as the world has shrunk, with
thousands of titles catering to all tastes – Tuscany to Tucson, Bali to
Mali, way-out wacky to down-right dramatic. And incredibly, just like a
train in India, there’s always room for more!
From a publishing point of view, the travel memoir segment has a lot going for it. Publishers and readers alike love this genre
– its variety, its sense of adventure and its glimpse into different
worlds. Bestsellers are just that, selling millions of copies. And your
story could be next!
YES! Please send me an outline for this course
Before you grab your surfboard and head for the Sahara, it’s worthwhile learning the art of storytelling.
Because unlike travel journalism, literary travel writing is about
narrative techniques – more closely related to fiction than a Sunday
magazine travel piece.
So whether you consider yourself a travelling writer or a writing traveller, it’s essential you’re able to tell a good story.
We’re talking about crafting a compelling story with credible
characters, believable dialogue, atmosphere, tension and revelation. It
may be real life, but that doesn’t give you permission to be dull! Your
travel blog or book needs to engage readers and invoke a sense of ‘being
there’. Remember, the destination is merely the backdrop for YOUR story
Here's what you'll learn:
Structuring your travel memoir to ensure it’s unique from
the very first page
- Keeping your travel blog fresh and exciting – even when
you’re not travelling
- Techniques on writing your travel journal without clichés and
describing place with new eyes
- Ways to transform your dog-eared diaries into a must-read manuscript
- Preparing for a trip and how to shape the writing on your return
- Using social media and twitter to raise your profile as you write
- The big sell – writing a compelling book proposal to get your
- and much more!
VIDEO: What will you learn in the Travel Memoir course?
Have course, will travel
This Travel Memoir course is suited to both first-time
and seasoned writers. Packed full of tips, examples and exercises,
you’ll be encouraged to leave the armchair behind and write your own travel narrative. If you’ve already completed our Introduction to Travel Writing (2-hour seminar) or the 5-week Travel Writing course,
this one is the perfect next step; taking you from articles to
something longer – a bestselling travel memoir, private journal or blog
of your adventures.
Your journey doesn’t need to be some exotic speck on a map – in fact, it
could be in the same postcode. Quality travel storytelling is all about
your experiences, not how many miles it took you to have them. So, grab
your unicycle and let’s begin sharing your stories of the world with the world!
About the course
VIDEO: What's the biggest mistake people make when writing a travel memoir?
VIDEO: Participant Gemma Swart talks about our Travel Memoir course.
Rave reviews about
I really enjoyed the pace and structure of the course, the short exercises, reading and listening to other members of the group, and the feedback from the presenter. Claire is an excellent teacher. It was great to have a presenter who has been published in the field.”
- Katherine Hill
“It was a great introduction to writing a travel memoir without providing unrealistic expectations. The presenter (Claire) was very generous with her knowledge and extremely helpful. The structure was very good and I learned a lot from her.”
- Kristine Madden
"Claire is lovely and had our interest and attention at all times. She is so experienced and knowledgeable and encouraged us all to share our ideas whatever our level."
- Jennifer Leeder
"It was truly enjoyable. I have wanted to do a course like this for such a long time. I never knew I could learn so much about travel memoir writing. Claire was excellent. Her method of teaching was encouraging and easy to follow."
- Beverly Pang
"The group was of a good size and the material was well organised with all the important aspects of travel memoir covered. Claire was a great presenter and made sure to include the whole class, encouraging those who were a little shy."
- Allison Rushby
"I found this course extremely useful. It has provided me with some very useful tools and a good insight into travel writing. Claire has such a wealth of knowledge and experience in writing. Claire was very helpful in providing advice and good feedback during the course."
- Kirsty Cameron
"A good mix of tips, readings and exercises to apply knowledge. I really liked the post-its exercise after working through all the modules – to play with beginnings, ends, themes. Claire was fantastic. Good pace and great hand outs. Good presentation skills and lovely manner. She allowed lots of breaks which allowed you to rest your mind and meet fellow classmates and hear about their stories and writing projects."
- Nicole Miller
"Claire was an excellent facilitator, obviously knowledgeable about her subject, and also gave us lots of examples from well known authors to help illustrate her points."
- Nina Genikis
Learn from the best
| Claire Scobie is author of Last Seen in Lhasa, winner of the
Dolman Best Travel Book Award. So far, it has been translated into
German, Dutch and Korean. She writes for numerous publications including
the Daily Telegraph and the Observer Magazine in the UK, and is a contributor to the Sydney Morning Herald, Sun-Herald, Marie Claire Australia and the Qantas in-flight magazine, The Australian Way.
Claire has taught journalism at Macquarie University in Sydney and been
a judge in the Australian Society of Travel Writers Travel Journalism