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Tuesday, May 29, 6:30–9 p.m.

Have you taken a trip that’s changed your life? Do you want to document your adventures with a paying assignment for a magazine or newspaper? This information-packed, inspiring workshop, taught by freelance journalist Jennifer Bradley Franklin, whose work has appeared in American Way, Go (for AirTran), Alaska Airlines Magazine, Bespoke, Teen People, Jetsetter, Daily Candy and more, will show you how to take all those e-mails and journal entries and turn them into print-ready and profitable pieces. See what people are saying about this workshop:

In this 2.5-hour workshop, you’ll learn how to grow (or start) your freelance writing career by mastering one of its most engaging, sought-after markets: Travel. You’ll learn the strategies that successful travel writers use, realities of the job and pitfalls to avoid (hint: Telling an editor, “I’m headed to Costa Rica on vacay — do you want a story?” is NOT advisable.).

We’ll discuss the different styles and markets in travel writing (guidebooks, magazines, newspapers, websites, blogs), analyze the elements of a strong pitch letter and study the key components to good travel writing. In short, you’ll learn how your writing can pay for your next trip!

Pack your bags and get ready to learn:

* How to break into travel writing

* The rules of reporting, interviewing, finding sources and local color

* What travel editors look for, and how to set yourself apart from the crowd

* Where to find story ideas, and how to pitch them successfully

* The realities of the press trip (also known as the fam trip, research trip, or junket) – & how to get asked back

* How to turn one trip into multiple story ideas

Thank you very much for the informative class on travel writing yesterday evening. I feel like I learned a lot and hope to put your advice into practice during my upcoming travels.” ~ Chuck S.

Thanks so much for that great seminar! I really enjoyed it and learned a lot.” ~ Allie L.


The Shocking Real Life Travel Writing Class

Buy now to enroll in The Shocking Real Life Travel Writing Class on Tuesday, May 29, 6:30–9

Cost: $59

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Instructor Bio:

Jennifer Bradley Franklin is an Atlanta-based freelance writer and journalist, specializing in travel, food, beauty, fashion and profiles. Her work has appeared in American Way, GO, Teen People, Alaska Airlines Magazine, Daily Candy, Jetsetter, The Atlantan Brides, Bespoke (for St. Regis Atlanta), Southern Seasons, Deep Magazine, Linger Longer Living, Competitor Southeast and many others. She holds an ABJ in Journalism from University of Georgia’s Grady college. In her spare time, she kicks up her heels as an avid ballroom and salsa dancer, practices Pilates and yoga and is always looking for the next opportunity to add a stamp to her passport. Learn more at



Refund policy: Enrollment is limited. If you need to cancel your registration for a class or seminar, please notify by email as soon as possible. Refunds, minus a $15 administration cost, will be remitted for cancellation notifications made up to two weeks in advance of elected seminar. For cancellations made up to one week in advance of the elected seminar, a credit, good for three months, will be issued towards a future Shocking Real-Life class or seminar of the same price. Any cancellation made within one week of the elected seminar results in forfeiture of the registration fee.