Travel Writing Mentoring

R2,750.00R10,200.00

Hone your travel writing piece with one-on-one mentoring from travel writer Fred De Vries.

Choose between one-off mentoring or a block of twelve hours of mentoring to be used in a variety of ways, typically a mix of feedback on your writing with discussion and brainstorming. Valid over up to six months. 

 

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How it will work – one-off mentoring: 

  • Send in your travel piece (between 1500 and 3500 words) with a list of any specific concerns and questions that you have.  
  • Fred works through it and responds with detailed written feedback and high level guidance on how to approach your next draft. 
  • We’ll follow this up with a Skype/Zoom meeting in which you can discuss any points that were raised and brainstorm solutions to any problems that have come up. 

How it will work – block of twelve hours of mentoring :

  • Send in your first piece (we suggest somewhere between 1500 and  3500 words) with a synopsis if it’s part of a book, or some information on what your aim for the piece is, and  a list of any specific concerns and questions that you have.  
  • Fred will work through it and respond with detailed written feedback and high level guidance on how to approach your next draft. 
  • We’ll follow this up with a Skype/Zoom meeting in which you can discuss any points that were raised and brainstorm solutions to any problems that have come up. 
  • And we repeat the process until the hours are used up. We’ll keep a tally and let you know where you are after each submission. 

 About the facilitator: 

Fred  de Vries  is a Dutch writer/journalist, who moved to South Africa in 2003 to do research for a biography of Johannesburg Beat poet Sinclair BeilesHis books include Respect! (with Toine Heijmans), about hip-hop in Europe, Club Risiko, a look at 80s underground  music in six citiesAfrikaners, volk op drift about the post-1994 fate of the Afrikaners which was translated into Afrikaans as Rigtingbedonnerd and Gehavende Stad with Erik Brus, an overview of 50 years of literature and music in Rotterdam. He wrote about his travels for The Sunday Times and Sunday Independent, and taught travel writing as a guest lecturer at Wits. He had an interview column for The Weekender, which were collected in The Fred de Vries Interviews; From Abdullah to ZilleAfrikaners, volk op drift was nominated for Best Journalism Book and Best Travel Book in 2013. De Vries was nominated for Correspondent of the Year in 2014 and 2015. His seventh book, Wiegelied voor de witte man: ras en muziek in het Amerikaanse Diepe Zuiden en Zuid-Afrika was published in October 2017. 

 Testimonials:

I am fortunate enough to have been mentored by Fred de Vries on two occasions, the first a Wits University writing programme, the second an All About Writing course in Venice.  His feedback was well thought out and to the point. It helped me focus on what I was trying to say, the picture I was trying to paint, the atmosphere I was hoping to evoke. It helped me delve below the surface of my writing  and bring to life what I was hearing, seeing, touching and smelling. With the ‘no frills’ input from Fred, I had an article published after working with him. – Jane Evans, Viljoenskroon, South Africa

Fred’s travel seminars were a highlight of the 2019 Venice trip.  The sessions were always informative, sometimes provocative, but invariably enormous fun.  Fred introduced us to new travel writers, encouraged us to write with all our senses, and always pushed us to produce better work.  No tiny writing misdemeanour goes past him but his comments are always spot on and his criticisms are kindly given. Highly recommended! Fizz Carr, East Sussex, United Kingdom

I was one of the lucky ones who had  Fred as mentor during the 2017 Venice retreat. What I loved is that it was so practical. We went “traveling” first to the little town of Padova, where we were et lose to roam the streets, and do what ever we wanted. I found this so refreshing. The writing part of it only started the next day, and we were guided through our writing by submitting, re-writing, (with great comments) and then handing it in again. All the pieces were really diverse in the end. I loved that we were guided, but not boxed into one idea. Fred is a Highly Recommended Mentor!  – Merle Grace, Johannesburg, South Africa

Fred is patient, knowledgeable and very experienced. His approach to writing makes it inspirational and fun and he is not afraid to go off the beaten path if that’s where you want to go! – Jo Carr, UK

Fred’s role in the All About Writing retreat in Venice was an important one.  His presentation gave us new insights into the opportunities of travel writing and encouraged us a great deal.  While the retreat was not focused on travel writing, Fred provided motivation for me to pursue more stories about my travels and observations while giving me very honest critique.  We spent part of an afternoon walking and talking during our mentoring session and I found his encouragement inspiring, useful, and very realistic.  While I appreciated that he liked the stories I presented for the competition, I found that the feedback he provided was much more important than the accolades.  He is witty and personable and his style fit very well with the setting and the participants.  And if you ever want to find a good  coffee in Venice, Fred can tell you just where to go.  – Katherine Dudley Hoehn, USA

 

 

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