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The Travel Writing and Photography course is a very practical course. You will learn how to write travel articles while on the go overseas, how to put together articles while trekking around the countryside, and how to write destination pieces after you've returned from holidays. Travel writing, ah… this is the life!

Course summary

Qualification gained
Australian College Diploma of Journalism (Travel Writing and Photography)
Course code
Study mode
Flexible delivery (including online with some projects / activities and/or skills-based training)
Course fees
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Flexible duration (with an option to extend)
Up to 12 months
Study load
Start date
Start anytime
Assessment method
Multiple choice, short answer questions
Nationally recognised

Course units

Unit 1 - Introduction to Travel Writing

Reading 1 - The World of Travel Writing and Photography

Introduction to travel writing and photograph
The travel journalist's role
Getting published
The rewards of travel journalism
Writing a travel article
Your travel writing toolkit

Reading 2 - Writing for the Media: Structure of an Article

What you need to be a travel writer
Promotional trips
The structure of an article
How an editor assesses your article

Reading 3 - The Travel Writer and Photographer's Words and Picture Needs

Basic equipment needs
The internet
Creating words and pictures with style
House style and other conventions

Reading 4 - Selling to Local and Overseas Publications

Selling yourself and your work
How to present your articles
A basic freelance contract

Unit 2 - Developing Your Writing and Research Skills

Reading 1 - Writing Travel Features

The travel feature
Using quotes in your travel features
Writing with tense in mind
The language of your feature story

Reading 2 - Interviewing Techniques for Travel Writers

The conversational approach
The formal interview
Handling the PR pressure
A people policy

Reading 3 - Research and the Internet

Research and sources
Seek the statistics first
Home-based research resources
External research resources

Unit 3 - Professional Approach to Travel Writing

Reading 1 - Writing and Photographs – The Package

'Packaging' your articles
The art of travel photography
Plan before you go
Photographic resources

Reading 2 - The Travel Writer's Market

The travel journalists' newspaper market
The right publication, the right department
The magazine market
Query emails
The television and radio market
Further learning resources

Reading 3 - PR, Journalism and Writing a Travel Book

Beyond the mainstream market
The role of public relations
Writing the travel book

Reading 4 - Essentials of Travel Writing Success

A review of the basics
Photography hints
Becoming a successful travel writer

Entry requirements

  • Access to a computer with word processing, PDF reader capabilities and an internet connection
  • A good command of written English
  • Ability to allocate appropriate study hours per week

If you have these essential requirements, then you can get started immediately.

Student reviews

"During the course I was working full-time and even had a baby! I would recommend the college to anyone who needs to study at their own pace, not the at the pace of the college!"

Yvonne Clarke, 13th August 2013

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