James Bainbridge, travel writer

This practical writing course covers the nitty-gritty of travel writing. As well as covering different travel-writing genres and finding inspiration in passages by great writers, the interactive sessions will focus on crafting engaging, cliché-free travel prose. There will be opportunities for participants to write to a brief and receive feedback on their work, both in class and between sessions. As such, participants should have a laptop or digital device and be happy to read out their work.

The course will suit people interested in improving their writing skills for their own creative pleasure, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students hoping to sell their stories of travel and adventure. Participants will be introduced to different forms of narrative travel writing, from humorous to historical. They will learn how to get ahead in travel writing via pitching, social media and editors. Finally, they will receive insights into guidebook writing from someone actively involved in researching and updating the famous Lonely Planet guidebooks. Participants should bring an example of travel writing that sums up why they love this genre. A paragraph will be enough  ̶  perhaps from a great travel book, a travel magazine or even a personal notebook.


Date: 22–26 January 
Time: 10.00 am - 12.00 pm
No admission to single sessions
MAXIMUM: 20 participants
COURSE FEES  Full: R1 220,00  Staff: R855,00  Reduced: R605,00