You love to travel. You love to write. It should be easy to do them together, right? Well, yes…and no. Writing practical travel articles for magazines and guidebooks isn’t the same as sending a friend an email of your favorite restaurants from your last trip to Paris.
This practical, hands-on class will help those who want to write non-fiction travel journalism, rather than essays or travelogues.
In the first week of this two-part class we'll analyze what makes for good and responsible travel writing, and talk about how to develop story pitches that meet magazine's requirements.
You'll have homework—reading before the first class and writing before the second week.
The second week we'll workshop your travel magazine queries. By the end of the second class, you should have a query letter ready to be sent to a magazine editor.
This is an in-person workshop where your active participation is necessary. Travel writing experience is not necessary.
Note: This class is scheduled to take place in-person at Porch HQ. You must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate, and we will enroll a maximum of 9 participants. Masks are not required at this time, though we will revisit this policy as needed. Check our website and this listing for details before you attend class.
Curiosity, journalism skills and luck have allowed Margaret to explore eclectic topics over her writing and editing career, ranging from how chefs can address gentrification to where to find the best doughnut. She’s both an old-timer and a (relative) newcomer to Nashville, having moved back to her college town more than a decade ago. She’s the author of a number of travel guidebooks to the region, including Moon Nashville, Moon Memphis, Moon Tennessee, and Moon Nashville to New Orleans Road Trip, which includes the historic Natchez Trace Parkway. She writes for Punch, Nashville Scene and its “Bites” food blog, Nashville Lifestyles magazine, The Telegraph Travel, Orbitz, Rolling Stone Country, Wine Enthusiast, and many other publications. She particularly likes writing travel stories about easily accessible domestic destinations. When not traveling or writing, Margaret is an avid paddleboarder, co-owns Nashville Paddle Company, and is working on paddleboarding in all 50 states.
Margaret is so knowledgeable and generous with her expertise. I'm so glad I took her class.
I loved Margaret’s class! She knows so much about travel writing and the freelance business - her expertise was extremely valuable. I feel that I took away a lot of great tips and inspiration to apply to my own career. I appreciate her openness and anecdotes, and her feedback about our pitches was so helpful!