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MatadorU Travel Writing Program

MatadorU specializes in teaching the craft of creating travel media through writing, photography, and filmmaking. MatadorU is the most comprehensive online travel journalism school in the world, covering diverse topics from building skills in your chosen medium, to creating and marketing your personal brand.
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What is the MatadorU Travel Writing Program?

The Travel Writing program at MatadorU is designed for a variety of people. Whether you’re setting out to become a professional travel writer or journalist, or a casual travel blogger — or even if you’re simply interested in getting your writing published in travel magazines — this course is for you. Going beyond the standard online travel writing class, our courses combine a robust curriculum where we offer everything from tips on personal branding to how to build a successful travel blog. Our platform is unlike any other — an active community of travel journalists with whom you can hone your skills while taking advantage of access to freelance leads for paid travel writing, travel jobs, and press trips, as well as connections to travel editors at Matador and beyond.

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Save up to $250 by enrolling in more than one of our courses

  • Lifetime access
  • Faculty feedback
  • Test drive for only $10
  • Travel Photography

    Travel Photography

  • Travel Writing

    Travel Writing

  • Travel Filmmaking

    Travel Filmmaking

Total Cost:
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Complete MatadorU Travel Writing Curriculum Online

1. Travel writing evolution

  • A short history of travel writing
  • Enter the professional travel writer
  • The importance of starting with what you know
  • Assignment & recommended reading

2. Story forms

  • Destination stories
  • Reviews, interviews, and infographics
  • Travel blogs
  • Opportunities (both on and offline)
  • The importance of the “everyday”
  • Assignment & recommended reading

3. Original voice

  • Characters
  • Using diaglogue
  • Illuminating details and anecdotes
  • Descriptions: Using all 5 senses and balancing showing vs. telling
  • Avoiding clichés and “filler”
  • Verbs and verb tenses
  • Rewriting and self editing
  • Writing from your original voice
  • An introduction to rhetoric vs. “transparent” language
  • Assignment & recommended reading

4. Narration

  • Rhetorical vs. transparent narration
  • Travel “porn” and plight writing
  • “Applause pieces,” pathos, and the self-aware narrator
  • Opening: 5 compelling beginnings
  • The middle: Scenes, transitions, and pacing
  • Conclusions that lead to new directions
  • Assignment & recommended reading

5. Researching and preparing for an assignment

  • 3 lessons to learn before pitching a story
  • Focusing your pitch and story
  • Researching your story: Before, during, and after your trip
  • Focusing your story as you write
  • Assignment & recommended reading

6. Adding multimedia to your storytelling skills

  • Choosing a camera
  • The A-B-C-D-E of travel photography
  • “Narrative” photo captions
  • Audio and video + securing gear
  • How to shoot and upload video to the Internet
  • iPhoneography and iVideography
  • Podcasting
  • Assignment & recommended reading

7. The publication mindset

  • Understanding how the publishing industry is evolving
  • Getting into a publication mindset
  • Essential skills and tactics for pitching
  • How to present yourself professionally
  • Three successful pitches and why they worked
  • Self-publishing, money, and legal matters
  • Assignment & recommended reading

8. Guidebook writing and press trips

  • Introduction to guidebooks and press trips
  • What it takes to be a guidebook writer
  • Approaching guidebook publishers
  • Everything you need to know about press trips
  • A successful “letter of interest” / application
  • Assignment & recommended reading

9. Building and keeping an audience online by mastering social media

  • Social media platforms and tools: The basics
  • Facebook: Profiles, pages, and edge rank
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Flickr
  • Instagram
  • Other platforms of note: Tumblr, Pinterest, and LinkedIn
  • How to build your online presence with social media
  • Tracking performance with analytics

10. How to monetize your website

  • Why you should avoid Google Adsense
  • Premium ad networks and contract negotiation
  • How to sell your own ads
  • 8 steps to building a profitable blog
  • Assignment & recommended reading

11. Myths vs. realities of being a travel journalist

  • The main characteristics of travel writers
  • Glamour vs. hard work
  • In-house vs. freelancing
  • Straight talk about earnings
  • Assignment & Recommended Reading

12. Living the dream

  • Putting it all together to make the leap
  • Couchsurfing / volunteering: How to cut costs and extend travel time
  • Home swaps, hostel tending, and time-sharing
  • Mail, taxes, finances, healthcare, and insurance
  • Assignment & recommended reading

Testimonials

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Caz Makepeace

I knew that if I was serious about pursuing my travel writing then I needed to take this step...

Kat C

Kat Clay

I can safely say I learned more from MatadorU about travel writing than my entire graduate writing course.

Norbert Figueroa

Norbert Figueroa

MatadorU has been possibly the smartest decision I've taken regarding my travel writing career.

Join our online education community today!

Save up to $250 by enrolling in more than one of our courses

  • Lifetime access
  • Faculty feedback
  • Test drive for only $10
  • Travel Photography

    Travel Photography

  • Travel Writing

    Travel Writing

  • Travel Filmmaking

    Travel Filmmaking

Total Cost:
$0
You saved $0.00 by enrolling in 0 courses

What you get with every course

Curriculum

MatadorU offers college level courses that have all been made by industry leaders.

Feedback

Receive one on one feedback from MatadorU's faculty on select assignments, exercises, and labs.

Labs

Participate in our special labs and gain opportunities for more personal feedback.

Pro Modules

Gain access to one of a kind tutorials only available to U students.

Community

Join a network of thousands of other travel journalists - connect and collaborate.

Market Leads

A list of leads, press trips, contests and paid gigs.

Press Trips

Gain access to press opportunities for free trips across the globe.

Partner Offers

Discounts and offers MatadorU has negotiated on behalf of the student body.

Writing

Travel writing course outline.

Photography

Travel photography course outline.

Film

Travel filmmaking course outline.

Recognition from National Geographic Traveler Magazine

National Geographic Traveler, the world’s most widely read travel magazine, is looking to Matador to help us find new talent–writers, photographers, videographers and multimedia reporters. MatadorU has created a unique interactive program for those who wish to become travel writers that is very thorough. By learning the many and varied aspects involved in becoming a travel writer for both the online and print worlds, those new to travel writing will have a leg up.

Keith Bellows, Editor in Chief, National Geographic Traveler Magazine

Matador is more than just a high-quality online travel site. It is a great community of travel enthusiasts who mix expert advice and local knowledge through blogs, forums and destination pages.

Society of American Travel Writers

MatadorU has created a unique interactive program for those who wish to become travel writers that is very thorough. By learning the many and varied aspects involved in becoming a travel writer for both the online and print worlds, those new to travel writing will have a leg up.

Transitions Abroad

Join our online education community today!

Save up to $250 by enrolling in more than one of our courses

  • Lifetime access
  • Faculty feedback
  • Test drive for only $10
  • Travel Photography

    Travel Photography

  • Travel Writing

    Travel Writing

  • Travel Filmmaking

    Travel Filmmaking

Total Cost:
$0
You saved $0.00 by enrolling in 0 courses