ON APRIL 3, 2014 at 2:30 EST, I’ll be hosting a Twitter chat along with MatadorU faculty, students, Matador editors, and an extended community of writers and journalists around the topic of how to transform your travel writing. Please join us by following the hashtag #MatUTalks.
Leading up to the chat, we’ve published a new series on travel writing. Here’s a quick outline:
- Part 1 posed a list of 59 questions to ask before sending your writing to an editor.
- Part 2 targeted the single biggest area of improvement for most writers (and especially bloggers) in the travel space: developing characters beyond just the narrator.
- Part 3 was an even deeper dive into character, deconstructing the way physical descriptions can lead to an emotional resonance, when done skillfully.
- Part 4 looked at the overall process of travel journalism, likening it to production and post-production, and how pros know their subject going in.
- Part 5 was about the open-ended question: “What makes a travel story?” and explored the concept of locating oneself as a tool for digging deeper into your subject and finding stronger stories.
We’ll be tweeting several questions and then discussing / RT’ing different answers during the Twitter chat around these concepts, as well as others. This is your opportunity to pose questions for MatadorU faculty. Questions on how to pitch stories? What we (and other editors) are looking for? Questions on characters, narrative elements, dialogue, etc.?
Join us by using the hashtag #MatUTalks. Eager to get a question to us now, and have us discuss it during the chat? Leave it for us in the comments below! We look forward to chatting with you.