“You have to first be a writer and somebody who loves to write. If I couldn't travel, I would still write.” Tim Cahill
Travel writing: two words that conjure up excitement and dreams of wanderlust for those who love travel and the written word. Two words that naturally fit together and evoke visions of Ernest Hemingway, Jack Kerouac, Jan Morris, Paul Theroux, Pico Iyer, Hunter S. Thompson, Bill Bryson, and Tim Cahill. Two words that open a world of possibilities and adventures when uttered in the same breath—travel writing.
The reality is travel is the easy part and good writing is the challenging component of the travel writing formula. This five-day workshop with contemporary master of travel writing, Tim Cahill, takes twelve passionate travel writers on a journey to engage their imagination, expand their sense of wonder, and refine their storytelling skills.
The craft of writing and further developing the ability to tell great stories is the focus of this intense week with Tim. In writing travel stories one has to emulate the best techniques of fiction writing—including point of view, character development, narrative timing, and dialogue. Good travel writing is original and fresh, written from curiosity and the heart in order to transport the reader to a new world or provide a unique perspective on familiar destinations.
“My workshop in Santa Fe is structured similar to a graduate-level writing workshop. Participants must submit a manuscript of no more than 2,000 words for acceptance. Stand-alone pieces are best though we can work with parts of a longer work,” Tim advises. “During the week we work with each participant’s manuscript as well as have group discussions on the process of editing.”
Mass tourism and the Internet have changed the world of travel to a point where almost every corner of the planet has been explored and written about. So, what new is there to say in the world of travel writing? The answer lies in the understanding that you are not a travel writer, you are a writer who travels, bringing your personal insights and perspectives to your travel stories.