Jul 6, 2010, 3:22 PM
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.
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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)