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Elissa Field

Jul 6, 2010, 3:22 PM

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Re: [NonaL] Choosing an MFA Program (2009) (2010) (2011)

NonaL, if you are interested in doing travel writing for magazines based on that prior trip, I wouldn't wait until an MFA program to work on it. You might consider doing an online workshop to get going -- I did a Travel Writing Boot Camp course through mediabistro.com a year or so ago (great, hands-on info about how to write and sell travel pieces). A big rule I learned is that your info has to be *recent* -- as in, within the last 6 months. I was dismayed as, like you, I'd done a bunch or really stunning travel before that I'd hoped to draw on, but it was too old for classic travel writing.

Of course, your travel experience will continue to inform all your writing and if you write travel essays they may have a longer shelf life than more factual pieces. You and I may be in the same boat in that I have studied travel writing not so much to write how-to pieces for magazines, but because the places I travel really affect my overall writing. But just thought it might help you to get a nudge to get working on it, rather than waiting for the MFA program. (I really do recommend that mediabistro program, which they offer several tiems a year, if you want to check it out. I learned a lot that I had no clue about the actual structure of travel/magazine work.)


(This post was edited by elissa on Jul 6, 2010, 3:23 PM)

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Post edited by elissa (Veteran) on Jul 6, 2010, 3:23 PM

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