Lecturer shares insider tips on how to break into travel writing.

Lecturer shares insider tips on how to break into travel writing.

Budding travel writers will gather tips on how to break into the industry at a workshop held by a Lecturer from the University of Chester.

David Atkinson, who is a Visiting Lecturer in Journalism and a travel writer for publications including The Daily Telegraph, is hosting a workshop on ‘How To Get Into Travel Writing – From Your Own Backyard’ as part of the Chester Literature Festival. The event is in the upstairs Meeting Room at Storyhouse, Chester, on Friday 15th November 2019 at 12.30pm.

The one-hour workshop will cover generating ideas, writing pitches and approaching commissioning editors. David will be using the local area for inspiration for the group session, where lots of participation is encouraged.

David said: “Many people make the mistake of thinking that travel writing is glamorous and that they should be travelling long haul in search of potential commissions. But, in reality, they’re missing a trick.

“I encourage budding freelance writers to be realistic in their expectations and think about where their expertise lies. It is better to specialise in your own area and become an expert in local knowledge.”

Recent stories for Chester-based David include covering the Conwy Honey Festival for The Daily Telegraph and the re-opening of Strawberry Fields, the childhood refuge for John Lennon, to the public for iTravel.

Tickets are £15 and are available at https://www.storyhouse.com/event/travel-writing-workshop

David is also organising a monthly informal get-together for men of all ages at the same venue called Chester Men @ Storyhouse to build a supportive community for ideas and with guest speakers on topics such as mental health and relationship breakdown. To find out more visit https://www.storyhouse.com/event/chester-men

Caption: David Atkinson.

(Issued 17th October 2019)