Podcast: Travel Writing – Live from the Singapore Writers Festival
Writecamp is a special part of the Singapore Writers Festival that features fast-paced, 30-minute mini-lessons on topics related to writing and publishing. At the 2013 festival, I taught a workshop entitled, “Globejotting: From Personal Journaling to Professional Travel Writing.” Episode three of the Globejotting Podcast features my talk in its entirety.
Writecamp workshops are casual and fluid. They are as much conversations as they are lectures. Attendees are welcome to drift from room to room and see what interests them most. I went in with notes, but forgot I had them in my pocket and let the audience direct me in what they wanted to hear.
I began with some thoughts on travel journaling — how to do it meaningfully, in ways that capture as much detail as possible, and how to do it in ways that are enjoyable and enhance the journey rather than feeling like a chore. Then I moved into how to write travel tales for publication. What makes a compelling story that hooks readers and holds their attention till the end? And what are some common mistakes that beginning travel writers make?
I left time at the end for Q&A. If you have questions I didn’t answer, feel free to e-mail me. I’ll do my best to answer them in a future podcast or “Ask Dave” video.
In this off-the-cuff, half-hour talk, I covered the basics, but there’s tons of stuff I didn’t get to. To learn more about travel journaling, grab a copy of my book, Globejotting: How to Write Extraordinary Travel Journals (and still have time to enjoy your trip!)
If you’re interested in writing more polished travel tales — for travel blogging or professional publication — my online travel writing class is super fun and packed with information. I also offer one-on-one writer coaching.