When my parents asked me what I wanted for Christmas last year, I answered without hesitation – the MatadorU Travel Writing Course.
I have been reading Matador for ages. Every time I visit the site, I spend at least an hour browsing through their extensive article archive. For me, Matador is the pinnacle of online travel writing and I always wanted to write addictive content like they do.
I had read through the travel writing course landing page several times, though I wasn’t able to shell out the $350 to take it. Choosing the course for a Christmas present was a no-brainer.
MatadorU is broken up into 12 chapters spread out over 12 weeks. The course is self-paced, so you can finish it in 3 months or 3 years.
The first few chapters talk about the elements of travel writing, like how to utilize effective openings and conclusions, the different kinds of writing, such as destination pieces versus narratives versus blog posts, and how to self-edit your writing.
The next few chapters show you how to become a travel writer, like how to write an author bio, how to pitch properly, and how to score press trips.
The last section covers the practical aspects of travel writing: how to do research, how to combine assignments to make a trip worthwhile, and an introduction to monetizing travel blogs.
Even if you’re not in the how to be a travel writer stage and you’ve already been published, Matador’s course is still helpful.
One of the most helpful aspects of the course is having access to the editors of Matador. Every week, students can submit a piece to the writing lab where at least three editors review the article and offer feedback and constructive criticism so you can improve your writing.
Another useful feature is the Market Blog, which has press trip announcements, calls for submission, editor jobs, writing contests, and travel photography opportunities. I found one of my first paid gigs there, a front of book piece for a new magazine coming out called Centro y Sur.
The student forum offers also excellent networking opportunities and makes a great place to ask for advice from a group of people that know what they’re talking about. Some topics that have been discussed include when to follow up with an editor and how to use social media effectively.
Along with getting feedback from fellow students on your latest assignments, you also get feedback from Julie Schwietert, Matador’s managing editor who is crazy helpful and still finds the time to respond to my emails and questions even after I finished the course.
Thanks to Matador, I:
- Know how to pitch editors (and get responses)
- Feel confident about my writing ability
- Learned how to market myself
- Have a built-in support network
- Am on my way to becoming a successful travel writer
In short, would I recommend Matador’s travel writing course? Yes! And if you decide to enroll, please click on the affiliate links throughout the piece so I can make a little bit of money :)
Have you taken Matador’s travel writing course? Has it helped you become a travel writer?