This is an advanced course for writers who want to take their travel writing further and who have completed the Breaking into Travel Writing seminar. For this class, you will need to submit a writing sample—feel free to use anything from your Breaking into Travel Writing seminar.
We'll focus on identifying the story you most want to tell and finding the right angle that will speak to editors. Next up, we'll do a deep dive into the craft of writing travel. This will include breaking down the elements of your story to clearly establish what works and what doesn’t, as well as discussing line edits by the instructor. During class, each student will write two pieces including a first-person travel narrative, and submit revisions of each of them after receiving detailed feedback from the instructor and classmates. At the end of the workshop, you will have two publication-ready articles as well as ideas about publications that would make an ideal home for them.
This class will meet over our text-only chat platform. There will not be any video or audio component to class.
- Identify, position, and craft two travel stories, including a first-person travel narrative
- Receive detailed feedback on both stories from an industry veteran and classmates
- Learn revision techniques to make your pitches and articles stand out to editors
Week 1: Introductions; Brainstorming story ideas; Identifying two stories to workshop during this class.
Week 2: Submit first writing assignment; Workshopping the story.
Week 3: Submit second writing assignment; Workshopping the story.
Week 4: Submit revisions of both stories; Final workshop & edits; Identifying publications to place the two stories.
Anja Mutić’s travel writing—which won several awards—has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, AFAR, National Geographic Traveler, Condé Nast Traveler, BBC Travel, Travel + Leisure, and Departures, among others. She has worked as an author on 20+ guidebooks for major publishers (such as Lonely Planet) and penned hundreds of articles for print and online publications. Born and raised in Croatia, educated in the UK, and based in Brooklyn & Zagreb, she has lived, worked and traveled on all the continents, except Antarctica.
"I had a great experience taking Anja’s travel writing course. Anja provided comprehensive lecture notes for each segment of the course, was fully engaged during the online chats, and provided useful, constructive feedback on assignments. Her knowledge of the travel industry is vast, as is her experience with the writing and publishing process… As both a writer and an instructor, Anja is a pro—take her course, and you will learn a lot!"
"I've had the pleasure of editing Anja's work over the years and have found her voice to be thoughtful and insightful. And when necessary, she adapts her style to suit the purpose. She is the kind of writer editors love to work with."
"I’ve commissioned Anja on many print and digital projects, both at Lonely Planet and BBC Travel. I’ve always been impressed by Anja’s evocative and lyrical prose. She not only knows how to bring a place to life, but understands the intricacies of writing for different mediums and publications—something that is vital to stand out in the competitive world of travel writing."
"I had the pleasure of working with Anja Mutić on a piece for PANORAMA, where she delved into personal memories and vivid experiences in Zagreb, Croatia, her hometown. Her formidable gifts as a storyteller and global citizen would enhance any writer’s journey."
"Anja has the magic talent that makes a great travel writer: She not only finds the story (in itself a skill), but also communicates it vividly and compassionately, with a mix of insight and charm. I say this as an editor who has assigned her prize-winning articles and as a fellow journalist who has traveled with her and seen her in action."
"Anja's hands-on, direct and clear method of teaching taught me the rudiments of travel writing and provided a solid base from which to draw. She consistently had the class partake in written travel writing exercises that spanned writing for a variety of media, from newspapers, magazines to guidebooks, to name a few. Anja was very open to students asking questions and very detailed in her answers. Subsequent to taking her course, I was able to contact and contribute travel articles to a variety of publications, including Caribbean Travel and Life and Food and Travel, on topics ranging from batik in St. Kitts, the cuisine of St. Vincent, and the Grenadines and Frederick, Maryland, to the popularity of cider in New York City. No doubt that Anja's course gave me the tools that I needed, and use now, to be able to pursue my love of travel writing."
"Anja's travel writing class provided me with a comprehensive and foundational understanding the industry. She structured the curriculum at a digestible pace in an ideal order, from broad education to tactical exercises. Anja is one of those teachers you remember, who challenges while encouraging you, keeping you engaged as she shares just enough of her own wisdom and experience in the business so that it can be applied uniquely to the student's own work and voice."