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National Geographic Traveller: The Masterclasses online

April 19 @ 6:00 pm - April 21 @ 8:00 pm

This three day event provides you with stimulating workshops and lectures that illuminate the art of written and visual storytelling.

After the huge success of the 2018 and 2020 events, National Geographic Traveller’s The Masterclasses returns with a series of online courses in 2021, bringing these popular travel writing and photography sessions into homes across the globe.

For one-hour a day, over three days, the National Geographic Traveller team will provide a series of stimulating workshops and lectures that illuminate the art of written and visual storytelling. Not only will these in-depth courses be led by the magazine’s senior editors, renowned contributors and brand ambassadors they will also bring together published photographers and expert art directors.

For the curious travel writer and avid photographer, this is an opportunity to immerse themselves in inspiration and practical instruction from some of the industry’s leading experts.


Appealing to budding writers hoping to break into the industry, as well as those of intermediate level, the three one-hour classes will cover everything from how to get published to self-editing and perfecting a range of different styles. Experts from the National Geographic Traveller (UK) team will lead each masterclass.


The three one-hour classes are aimed at beginner- and intermediate-level travel photographers, providing invaluable advice on all aspects of the craft, from pitching and publication to selecting the right kit. Established photographers will lead each masterclass, alongside one of the National Geographic Traveller (UK) team.

Classes are £10 each or £50 for all six, if booked together.



How to write a travel feature — from start to finish

From tricky beginnings and endings to signposting and pacing, using quotes and developing a voice, our panel lays out the best ways to tackle long-form travel writing. We’ll discuss how to structure a story so it sustains your readers’ interest, and how to really nail down that destination you love.

Meet the panel:

  • Adrian Phillips, travel writer, broadcaster and managing director of Bradt Travel Guides
  • Amelia Duggan, deputy editor, National Geographic Traveller (UK)
  • Jamie Lafferty, travel writer
  • Monisha Rajesh, author and journalist
  • Moderated by Sarah Barrell, associate editor, National Geographic Traveller (UK)

The do’s and don’ts of travel writing

Cinematic thinking, intros that wow, where to put those fascinating facts and how to make sure creativity doesn’t mean sacrificing clarity; our experts will guide you through the potential pitfalls and give you pointers to make sure your travel writing really works.

Meet the panel:

  • Pól O’Conghaile, travel writer and travel editor, Irish Independent and Independent.ie
  • Kash Bhattacharya, travel writer and blogger
  • Francisca Kellet, travel journalist
  • Nicola Trup, deputy editor, National Geographic Traveller Food
  • Moderated by Glen Mutel, editor, National Geographic Traveller Food

How to pitch and get published

Is there a science to pitching stories? If you want editors to pick your pitch from their ever-increasing pile of submissions, there are some key techniques you’ll need to master. From learning how to be persistent yet polite to timing, tone and getting noticed, our panel reveals their top strategies.

Meet the panel:

  • Ben Lerwill, travel writer and children’s author
  • Emma Thomson, travel writer
  • Pat Riddell, editor, National Geographic Traveller (UK)
  • Travis Levius, travel journalist and content creator
  • Moderated by Connor McGovern, commissioning editor, National Geographic Traveller (UK)

Classes are £10 each or £50 for all six, if booked together.


How to shoot people and places

Travel photography is more than just journeys with a camera. We’ll get insider tips on adapting to the environment you’re shooting in and how to approach a place with street photography in mind and how to get your subjects onside, as well as the essential kit you need and the best ways to get that perfect shot.

Meet the panel:

  • Ben Weller, editorial and commercial photographer
  • Karolina Wiercigroch, food and travel photographer
  • Lauren Atkinson-Smith, art editor, National Geographic Traveller (UK) and National Geographic Traveller Food
  • Yulia Denisyuk, travel photographer and writer
  • Moderated by Becky Redman, art director, National Geographic Traveller (UK)

How to get published

You have your story and the photographs to accompany them – how do you maximise their potential? We’ll take a look at how best to get your work noticed.

Meet the panel:

  • Lola Akinmade Åkerström, author and photographer
  • Nori Jemil, travel writer and photographer
  • Olly Puglisi, photo editor, National Geographic Traveller (UK)
  • Richard James Taylor, photographer
  • Moderated by Maria Pieri, editorial director, National Geographic Traveller (UK)

Do’s and don’ts of wildlife, nature and landscape photography

Find out how to get the best out of your surroundings when you’re out in the elements, how to get up close and personal with animals around the globe, key tips to shooting in nature and what you definitely shouldn’t be doing.

Meet the panel:

  • Andy Parkinson, wildlife photographer
  • Greg Funnell, travel and adventure photographer
  • Kelly McKenna, senior designer, National Geographic Traveller (UK)
  • Slawek Kozdras, travel photographer
  • Moderated by Lauren Gamp, senior designer, National Geographic Traveller (UK)

Classes are £10 each or £50 for all six, if booked together.


April 19 @ 6:00 pm
April 21 @ 8:00 pm
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