TRAVEL WRITING MASTER CLASS
This journey will challenge the headlines you read and push you to be a better writer and a better citizen of the world. You'll learn to write unflinching, honest, compelling stories; the type of stories that
change the reader's life because this trip changed you. There's no substitute for learning out in the world and reporting on the ground.
With Turkey at our fingertips, we'll find its pulse and share it.
What we'll do
See an unfiltered view of one of the world's best cities—Istanbul!—while sharpening your writing skills in this experiential class. This isn't your typical writing workshop: it's designed to cut through the fluff and explore real issues in travel writing, such as the risks and ethics of writing abroad, and how to craft a truly authentic story that embodies the complexities a place. Most importantly, we won't do it alone: We'll meet local journalists, see the streets through the eyes of documentary photographers, taste the cuisine of Istanbul's best chefs, and break bread with local communities.
THE TURQUOISE COAST
After Istanbul, we'll head to my favorite spot on the Turquoise Coast. On a skinny little peninsula called Datca that separates the Aegean and the Mediterranean, ruins and nature tell the tales of more than 7,000 years of civilizations and empires. Each day begins with a writing workshop, giving you new tools and perspectives to become a better storyteller. No good writing process is complete without time for reflection and insight, so our time is sprinkled with reflective exercises, writing time, swimming, and yoga sessions. The trip culminates with a sailing excursion on the Turquoise Coast's most historic route.
Place & History
Explore Sultanahmet with an expert guide.
Farms & Wineries
Botanic history hike, essential oil-making class, olive and wine harvesting.
Culture & Food
Culinary and culture tour followed by dinner with local journalists.
Learn the tales of a Hellenistic metropolis.
Travel photography workshop led be an award-winning photojournalist.
Deepen your writing practice and inner journey with daily yoga sessions.
Visit historic stone villages and meet local farmers.
Sail & Swim
Private sailing and swimming trip on the Turquoise Coast. Learn about the local
What it's like
(outtakes from last year's trip)
All accommodations (shared)
Personal airport transfers
Guided tours & excursions
Writing & photography workshops
Custom travel writing workbook
Personalized writing feedback
Travel insurance & visa
Solo room supplement
Dinner at Turk Fatih Tutak
The trip cost is $5,475 and is limited to 8 participants