Thank you Kate Simon for a masterclass on travel writing!


About Kate’s ‘Be a Travel Writer!’ masterclass …

Kate Simon’s interactive workshop was a tour de force (no pun intended) on how to make your travels come alive for readers – and how to earn money by travelling. Kate covered writing for all kinds of publications, from books to magazines, newspapers to blogs, and knows her market as only a Fleet Street travel editor can (Kate was travel editor of The Independent on Sunday for seven years). We found out exactly what an editor looks for in a travel article – and how to deliver it – in this invaluable travel-writing workshop that was absolutely chock-full of inside tips.

If you’d like Kate to run a course for you and a group of like-minded friends, just call us on 020 3078 7825.

Bennet Clark Room-3

In the beautiful Bennet-Clark room, above, at The Royal Over-Seas League, London, we learnt:

* How to identify good travel writing and find your story;
* Build that story, using angles and themes
* Find your voice, with the right pace and language
* Discover lots of practical tips
* Find out how to make a successful pitch to editors, and secure commissions
* Make your travels pay – looking at pay rates, freebie etiquette et al
* Start writing your travel story on the day, with Kate’s expertise at hand

Perfect for bloggers, reviewers, travel-industry professionals, and journalists who want to add to their skills set – and anyone who loves travel and writing.


Kate Simon

“Travel writing isn’t just a great way to make a living, it’s a fantastic way to really get under the skin of a destination.”

(Kate Simon, above)

Read one of Kate’s articles here .

Kate Simon  is a journalist with more than 30 years’ experience. She was travel editor of The Independent on Sunday from 2005 to 2012. Kate now runs Little Black Book Creative, which offers PR and editorial services to the travel industry, and she continues to write travel articles for The IoSThe IndependentNational Geographic Traveller and other publications and websites. Kate has been a regular guest speaker at travel-writing workshops, runs her own occasional travel journalism course, and blogs about travel writing at She thinks travel writing shouldn’t be an elite sport, which is why she helped develop and judge the annual Independent on Sunday/Bradt travel-writing competition from 2005-2011. Kate has just returned from  New Zealand, where she was writing judge of the 2014 Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards.

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