Don George - Five Things I've Learned About How to Be a Travel Writer (Virtual Class)

Saturday, February 6, 2021 - 1:00pm

Saturday, February 6th • Virtual

Live • 1:00-3:00pm PT• $60


Five Things I’ve Learned online classes connect you with creative leaders and thinkers eager to share the lessons of their own experience. Classes take place live, online, with an on-demand video archive so that you can easily view again whenever and wherever you like.


Discover the five things I’ve learned about creating and publishing great travel writing.

Join the author of How to Be a Travel Writer, Lonely Planet’s best-selling guide to travel writing. (It’s actually the best-selling travel writing guide in the world!)

I’ve been fortunate enough to be a travel writer and editor all my professional life, more than three decades. I’ve been Travel Editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, and Lonely Planet, and I’m now an Editor at Large for National Geographic Travel. Through the years, I’ve learned what makes a great travel story and how to maximize your chances for success in travel writing. My goal in this class is to share the most important lessons I’ve learned, as a writer and as an editor, for both print and online publications.

Some of the questions I’ll answer include: What are the secrets of great travel writing? How do you get started? How do you decide what to write about? How do you research a story before a trip and on the ground?  How do you shape a story for maximum effect? What are the biggest mistakes you should avoid? How do you take your writing from good to great? What’s the best way to work with editors and travel industry professionals? Can you actually make a living as a travel writer? Is it all as good as it sounds?

Whether your goal is simply to write unforgettable emails and wow-inspiring blog posts or to make a career from your travels, I’ll share field-tested tips that will help distinguish your writing from everyone else’s and give you the best chance for realizing your dreams.

I’ve been teaching travel writing for three decades, and I love sharing what I’ve learned along the way.

I hope you’ll join me on this journey into the art and heart of travel writing.

Don George is the author of the award-winning anthology The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George, and of How to Be a Travel Writer, the best-selling travel writing guide in the world. He is also the editor of ten acclaimed literary anthologies, including A Moveable Feast, The Kindness of Strangers, and An Innocent Abroad.

Don is currently Editor at Large for National Geographic Travel, and has been Travel Editor at the San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle, Salon, and Lonely Planet. He has visited more than 90 countries and has written more than a thousand articles for print and online publications. He has been honored 17 times in the Society of American Travel Writers’ annual Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism competition.

In addition to his writing and editing, Don has spoken and taught at dozens of colleges, conferences, and corporations, including Google, the New York Times Travel Show, the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, TravelCon, TBEX, the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, the San Jose State University MFA Program in Creative Writing, and the Melbourne Writers Festival. He is co-founder and chairman of the renowned Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference, now in its 29th year.

As an editor, Don has worked with numerous celebrated writers, including Isabel Allende,  Anthony Bourdain, Paul Bowles, Bill Bryson, Tim Cahill, Dave Eggers, M.F.K. Fisher, Robert Hass, Pico Iyer, Peter Matthiessen, Frances Mayes, Peter Mayle, Alexander McCall Smith, Jan Morris, Eric Newby, Joyce Carol Oates, Susan Orlean, Ann Patchett, Francine Prose, Jane Smiley, Gary Snyder, Wallace Stegner, Cheryl Strayed, Paul Theroux, and Simon Winchester.

He remains as passionate about travel and travel writing now as he was at the beginning of his career, and he loves sharing what he’s learned along the way.

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