Improve your travel writing... and earn more

by nick

Want to write about your favourite destinations but find yourself stuck in the literary departure lounge? Struggling to turn your trip into a ripping yarn?

We have arranged a special rate for Simonseeks writers to attend a master class with Wordmonkeys, two highly-respected journalists who run intensive, one-day courses in central London. They are aimed at people who love to travel, want to write, and are keen to understand how to improve their ratings and bump up their revenues on Simonseeks.

The courses are taught by Sophie Campbell and Ian Belcher, who write regularly for national newspapers and magazines, and are experts on the nuts and bolts of travel journalism.

Each course includes:
* Understanding your readers and what will appeal to them
* Explaining exactly what works for the editorial team at what they love, what they hate, what looks good on the web.
* Researching a destination or feature idea
* Taking notes, capturing details and interviewing to bring the story alive
* Writing introductory paragraphs, structuring articles, avoiding clichés
* Making your guides more vivid through use of imagery and video links.

When?   November 15 and December 13
Where? King’s College, 57 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8WA

How Much?     £200 (£150 for Simonseeks registrations)
Contact: For bookings & details email

The tutors
• Ian Belcher is an award winning feature writer and editor whose work
regularly appears in the Guardian, Observer, Times, Sunday Times and
leading men’s magazines. He was a reporter on Radio 1’s travel show and
worked for the BBC World Service.
• Sophie Campbell writes a regular heritage travel column for the
Daily Telegraph and contributes to The Guardian, Financial Times newspapers and
magazines such as Condé Nast Traveller, Vanity Fair and BA High Life. She
has presented a series of BBC2’s The Travel Show and lectures regularly
on travel writing.  

What they say
• “I have come away thinking I will never stop learning - some of the tips you gave us are
real gems that I will probably never read in a book”. (D McKay, Edinburgh)
• “What a great day. Brain is leaking. I am absolutely knackered.
Thanks a lot for a great course and some great tips”. (J Fellowes,
• “Your workshop was really brilliant and you were so generous with
your advice and encouragement…it's hard to single anything out - v useful
going through the papers to analyse the content, your talks on intros and
writing, how to break down an article, your demonstrations of how to pitch.
Thanks!” (Penny G, London)