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The Masterclasses by National Geographic Traveller — 2 February 2020

Join us for a full day of expert-led travel writing and photography sessions

Published 6 Jun 2019, 13:51 BST, Updated 22 Jul 2021, 15:13 BST
Masterclasses 2018
The Masterclasses in 2018
Photograph by National Geographic Traveller (UK)

Want to learn the tricks of the trade?

After last year's roaring success, The Masterclasses return with another packed day of expert-led workshops and seminars exploring the art of travel writing and photography. Join our award-winning authors, editors, writers, photojournalists and photographers as they reveal their tips, tricks and hard-earned success stories. We’ll be covering all sorts of topics, including the dos and don’ts of writing long-form features, pitching winning ideas, creating standout landscape photography, building a brand, trouble-shooting out in the field and much more. Along with these newly curated seminars, there’ll also be the chance to sign up to exclusive tutorials to have your work critiqued and to learn how to improve both technical skills and creative flair. For budding travel writers and photographers, this is an opportunity not to be missed.

Travel writing

Whether it’s winning commissions with the perfect pitch, building a personal brand or troubleshooting on the ground, our six expert-led masterclasses aim to equip you with all the tools needed to make your words count. Learn how to construct that Big Read and how to make those ‘listicles’ shine with character. Our award-winning panellists will also discuss the perks and pitfalls of the ‘best job in the world’, and debate what it means to be a travel writer today.

The speakers: Adrian Phillips, managing director of Bradt Travel Guides; Amelia Duggan, deputy editor of National Geographic Traveller; Emma Gregg, travel writer; Emma Thomson, travel writer; Glen Mutel, editor of National Geographic Traveller Food; Jamie Lafferty, travel writer; Jo Fletcher-CrossNational Geographic Traveller contributing editor; Jonathan Lorie, travel writer; Julia Buckley, travel writer; Kash Bhattacharya, award-winning blogger; Kate Simon; travel writer; Maria Pieri, editorial director of National Geographic Traveller; Nicola TrupNational Geographic Traveller associate editor; Pat Riddell, editor of National Geographic Traveller; and Pól Ó Conghaile, travel editor for INM’s and Weekend Magazine. 


We put you in the picture with six sessions that cover a whole host of topics, such as getting your photographs noticed, the secrets of successful wildlife photography, and how to capture the colour of a destination, from its people to its architecture. Plus, we’ll be delving into the minutiae of planning a shoot, and take a look at how the art of travel photography is fast evolving.

The speakers: Andrew Rouse, wildlife photographer; Craig Reilly; street photographer and Olympus ambassador; Jay McLaughlin, fashion and portrait photographer and Olympus ambassador; Lauren Gamp, designer at National Geographic TravellerLola Akinmade Åkerström, author and photographer; Nori Jemil, travel writer and photographer; Peter Dench, Olympus Visionary; Polly Rusyn, photographer and street photography educator; Richard Pencott, filmmaker; and Richard James Taylor, photographer.

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Event details

When: 2 February 2020

Where: University of Westminster, Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS

Tickets: £50, or two for £90

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