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Love travelling? Why not also write about it? But in the age of Instagram and Tripadvisor, what can a travel writer write about and how? In such a context, the workshop will equip the participants with an understanding of the following:
- Essentials skills for Good Travel Writing
- Basics of photography and video for travel writing
- Making most of social media: Blogs, Instagram, Youtube
- How to get published?
- Paying the bills and more from travel writing
- Ethics of travel writing
- Creating, sustaining and extending your brand as a travel writer
The workshop is suited for beginner and occasional travel writers (17 years and above). It will be administered through a lecture, several exercises and group discussions. Recommendations for background reference materials will be provided.
About the instructor:
Shivaji Das is the author of three travel memoirs and photography books: ‘Sacred Love: Erotic Arts in the temples of Nepal,’ Adarsh Books/ Mandala Publications (2018), ‘Angels by the Murky River: Travels Off the Beaten Track,’ Yoda Press (2017), and ‘Journeys with the caterpillar: Travelling through the islands of Flores and Sumba, Indonesia (2013). He is the author of the essay “Travel Writing in the Age of Instagram” that is being published by Palgrave-Macmillan for the volume Creative Writing Online in Asia. The essay examines the past, present and future of Travel Writing.
Shivaji’s writings have been published in TIME, Asian Geographic, Outlook Traveller, Jakarta Post, Conscious Magazine, and Freethinker. His interviews have been featured on BBC, CNBC, The Economist, Travel Radio Australia, Around the World TV, etc. His photographs in collaboration with his wife, Yolanda Yu, have been exhibited in the Darkroom Gallery, Vermont (USA), Kuala Lumpur International Photography Festival (Malaysia), the Arts House (Singapore), and the National Library (Singapore).
Shivaji is the conceptualizer and organizer for the Migrant Poetry Contests in Singapore and Malaysia and the first ever Global Migrant Festival.