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This frequently asked question (FAQ) page on our travel writing retreats is designed to address every question we receive from people looking to understand if one of our tour- or lesson-focused travel writing events is right for them.
Our writing retreats are a little bit out of the ordinary–we know!
We often field questions over email from folks looking to attend our events, and if there’s anything I’ve learned in the dozens of weekend- and week-long retreats we’ve run at our retreat house and the dozens and dozens more I’ve led around the globe since we started Dream of Travel Writing, it’s that when one person asks a question, there’s always other people who have the same question and haven’t voice it yet.
Why We Host Our Travel Writing Retreats in New York’s Catskill Mountains (And We Couldn’t Make Them the Same Anywhere Else!)
I spent this morning ripping apart rose-fleshed plums.
For the first few, I’d place them delicately, just so in the waiting glass jar—already studied with an intoxicating Saigon cinnamon stick. After ten minutes passed, and another ten, and then another, I realized I was going to run out of jars, so I started smooshing them in, the magenta juice bursting out to fill the crevices between plum halves.
On the stove, a syrup of local wildflower honey simmered. I added a little molasses-colored buckwheat honey for extra depth of flavor.
Once again, I want to thank everyone who contributed their thoughts on our upcoming event schedule and designing our new Travel Writers’ Detox + Reset event.
We’ve opened up early-bird pricing for all of our retreats in next week’s newsletter, with limited $150-off spots in each event open on a first-registered, first-served basis.
We’ve just wrapped up the first time out with our brand new event My First “Press Trip,” and I can’t believe how much we covered in two days!
This new event grew out of our Coaching Program Summer Camp, a very chill week in which we all co-work in the morning and explore the Catskills and the Hudson Valley in the afternoon and on the weekends.
One morning, while having a brunch of housemade Tartine-style sourdough loaves, Greek-style yogurt, and a selection of our jams (apricot rosemary, spiced yellow plum, vanilla peach–to name a few), we launched into an impromptu lesson on food styling, light sources, and minimizing shadows. During a car ride home from exploring a nearby art-heavy town, we have a lively discussion on ethics with sources after one gallery owner spent an hour giving tons of information to one of our writers only to say–as she was walking out the door–that she couldn’t write about anything he said.
There is a reason we primarily offer in-person retreat events rather than online programs.
The results are simply so, so different.
Think about learning a language–you can go to Spanish classes for an hour one night a week for years. Or you can go to Spain and be surrounded by signs in Spanish, people speaking Spanish, and constant opportunities to put your skills to use.
Already ready already? Grab your launch special collection here.
Don’t forget. This special ends at 12am HST/3am PST/6am EST/11am BST/12pm CET/8pm ACT on Tuesday, May 28th.
Since we announced that we’re debuting two new books this spring, there have been a lot of ways to get special access to our resources:
- We’ve selected 25 folks who helped us choose the magazine list for 101 Magazines Looking to Publish Your Travel Articles—And Everything You Need to Know to Pitch Them to win free copies of the book and a month in our Travel Magazine Database when the book comes out.
- We’ve given five folks a week who help us choose the questions to answer in 101 Things You Need to Know to Make it as a Travel Writer to win free copies of the book and coupons for four webinars from our library.
- We’ve even given out coaching calls to folks who helped us select the covers and titles or have entered every week and won more than once!
We could totally stop there. That’s a lot of resources to give away!
But we’re not done yet. 🙂
You may have heard, through our weekly prizes or our big announcement, that we’ve got two new books coming out this spring designed to solves some of the most fundamental problems I see travel writers experiencing when they are trying to get their freelance travel writing business off the ground:
- A general knowledge gap–often described as “there’s so much to learn” “there’s so many options; I just don’t know what to do” or “I’ve overwhelmed,” which we’ve written 101 Things You Need to Know to Make it as a Travel Writer to address.
- Issues specifically understanding how magazines work, what editors want from writers, and what ideas magazines will accept, which we’ve written 101 Magazines That Need Travel Articles–And Everything You Need to Know to Pitch Them to rectify.
Haven’t heard about the books, couldn’t care less, and are not interested in a new way to make money through your website or social feeds?
Then this post is not for you!
Not ready to hit the gas pedal of a Maserati and tear up the open road with the momentum of your travel writing career?
We get it.
Not everyone is!
Over the years I’ve met people finishing graduate degrees, or whose spouses are finishing graduate degrees so they are the sole breadwinners, or whose parents are in and out of the hospital several times a month, or who have just had a serious bout in the hospital themselves.
We all have our own pace and our own times to accelerate it and move on to the next stage.
If now is not that time for you, please keep enjoying our free webinars, newsletters, and blog posts for inspiration.
But, if you hit 2019 saying, “Wtf? 2020 is next year. That’s like the end of my personal Mayan calendar. Now. Is. The. Time.”–then I’ve got news for you.
We’ve had meet-ups and workshops at our retreat house in the Catskills and all over the world for the two and a half years that Dream of Travel Writing has officially been in operation, but this week, we’re having a big first–the main freelancers who work for us have flown in for our first team meet-up!
For the folks who joined us, they told me that some of their biggest takeaways were that:
- We do a lot of stuff! It became a recurring joke that there was one thing that we offer that two of the three ladies here didn’t even know we had, or did know about but didn’t realize just exactly how much great stuff was in it.
- We do everything for very deeply thought out reasons, and that is how all of the products and services we offer have grown into being–as a result of listening to what you need.
- While there are other people out there who may offer some things similar to some of the things we do, there is a big gap in a lot of those offerings in terms of the level of how-to, researched information based on the whole market, and clarity between them and what we all work on everyday here.
- Everyone on our team (not just me!) wears many, many hats. I’ll share more with you about who is on our team, what they do for us, and what other awesome things they get up to in the upcoming weeks, but there was an strong sense of respect and pride among the group to be working with such a savvy group of ladies with such interesting experiences and backgrounds. Members of our team live in four countries, and two of the U.S.-based ones are originally from other countries, so it’s a very international team–just as a company focusing on serving travel writers should be.
- How tough it is to be clear about all of this to the very diverse audience we have, from those who don’t know anything about travel writing and are trying to figure out if this can even work for them, to those that are preparing to make a leap from a full-time job doing something else into freelance travel writing as a main gig, to those who have been travel writing in some capacity or another for years and want to take things to the next level.