Does life under Covid-19 hold a future for travel writing?
Silly question. Of course it does. More than ever, now that we are largely home-bound and spend so much time on the internet.
This is the time to collect all those trips, photographs and memories, and turn them into stories, long and short, and illustrate them with photographs and video clips.
A travel blog is the perfect platform for this. In other words, an online journal or an informational website that focuses specifically on travel – your travel.
The good thing: It doesn’t have to cost you a penny. And if it’s really successful, it may attract advertising. But the least it will do is to entice fellow writers and fellow travellers to read your entries and to join in the sharing of information and ideas. It’s the ideal way to promote your writing without any intermediaries fiddling with the words, contents or angle. It’s fully yours.
In our Saturday workshop, run by published travel writer and non-fiction author Fred de Vries, we’ll focus on the way a blog works, on the various possibilities, on how to create a community, on models of blogging and why you don’t have to be an expert to run a successful blog. You will also have the chance to do a travel writing exercise and receive feedback. Sign up here.
Fizz Carr, of East Sussex, United Kingdom, says this of Fred’s teaching: ‘I was one of the lucky ones who had Fred as mentor during the 2017 Venice retreat. … we were guided through our writing by submitting, re-writing, (with great comments) and then handing it in again. I loved that we were guided, but not boxed into one idea. Fred is a Highly Recommended Mentor!’
Dates: Saturday 6 June and 4July 2020
Time: 10:00 UK / 11:00 SA
Cost: R325 each