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Istanbul (Travel Writing Workshop)

  • Istanbul
  • Trip leader: TBA

Dreaming of a career as a travel writer? Want to work on your storytelling skills, and know how to write the pitch letters that land an editor’s attention? This Istanbul-based travel writing workshop is for you.

Join us for four days in Istanbul, one of the most fascinating cities in the world. During our time together, we’ll be working on the art of travel writing via 2-hour non-fiction story-telling and pitch-writing workshops.

In between writing sessions, we’ll be exploring some of the best sights in Istanbul, taking a boat ride and a visiting a local Hammam for some pampering.

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Day 1: Arriving in Istanbul

After picking you up from the airport, we’ll head to our accommodation for some R&R. When you’ve had time to rest a little after a long flight, we’ll head out to dinner at a lively café, where you’ll get to taste some of Turkey’s most delicious foods.

Meals: Dinner

istanbul travel group

Day 2: Storytelling + City Exploring

This morning we’re up early to make the most of our time together. We’ll have breakfast as a group, and after, we’ll begin with a two-hour non-fiction storytelling workshop.

Why do we tell stories? How do we create work that stands out? Why is it important to find your unique voice, and how do you best craft a winning travel piece? Bring your notebooks, we’ll be hands-on during this session.

After the workshop, we’ll head out to lunch, and then we’ll be exploring the city via an Istanbul city tour.

On our tour, we’ll see Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome, and the colorful Grand Bazaar.

After the tour, we’ll have dinner together as a group.

Meals: B, D

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Day 3: Travel Writing Workshop + Hammam + Cruise

After breakfast, we’ll dive into our second travel-writing workshop of this trip: how to write a pitch letter that gets an editor’s attention. Half of the battle in writing about travel is creating a unique point of view, and a pitch letter that reflects that.

In this workshop, we’ll discover what editors are looking for, how to find and contact them, best practices in negotiating, and landing a deal.

If you’re interested in starting or increasing your freelance outlets, this workshop will set you light years ahead of the competition.

After the workshop we’ll have lunch, and then we’ll visit a local hammam (Turkish bath house) for some pampering. If you’ve never been to a hammam before, you’re in for an interesting experience, where little ladies scrub you down to reveal baby soft skin you never knew you had.

This evening, we’ll take a cruise down the Bosphorous Straight, which forms the divide between Europe and Asia. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins!

Meals: B, D

istanbul tour

Day 4: Departures

It’s departure day and we’re bummed. But we know you learned some really valuable tips on how to be a better travel writer, and we know we’ll see you again soon. After breakfast, we will begin airport transfers.

Meals: B

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Trip Dates Availability Price Payment
Aug. 6th, 2020 - August 10, 2020 8 spots left$1850 USD
August 11th, 2020 - August 15th, 2020 8 spots left$1850 USD

Cost includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Travel writing workshops
  • Most meals
  • Hammam experience
  • Bosphorous river cruise
  • City tour
  • All entrance fees

Does not include:

  • Flights to/from Istanbul
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities

What to pack:

  • Comfortable clothing
  • Scarf for modesty in mosques
  • Journal or computer to write
  • Camera
  • Sense of adventure

Additional Info:

Lodging Where will we stay?

We will stay in a private home in one of the coolest neighborhoods in Istanbul. This will give you an inside view into what living here is really like, and provide a great place for us to do our workshops.

All participants will have their own bed, but rooms may be shared.

Writing experience What level do I need to be at?

This workshop is easily adaptable, but is best suited to those who have never been published as travel writers, or those who have been published and are looking to be featured in bigger outlets.

In our time together, we’ll discuss the critical steps you’ll need to take to go from traveler to paid travel writer.

Flights Where do I fly into?

You’ll fly into Istanbul airport (IST). We recommend a morning arrival and an afternoon departure, but what time you arrive on Day 1 is up to you.

Don’t want to deal with flights? Send us an email to info@damesly.com and we can help you organize your flight.

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