Day 1: August 16, 2019
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.
Day 2: Saturday, August 17th, 2019 – Writing Workshop + City Tour
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.
Day 3: August 18th, 2019
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!
Day 4, September 9th: Departure Day
Today is the saddest day — the day you will choose to leave us! Let us know about your flight details, we will do airport drop offs.
What to Bring:
- Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots
- Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
- Small backpack for personal items
- Gratuity for guide (industry recommendation is 10-20%)
What’s Included in this Tour?
- Nonfiction storytelling and pitch letter writing workshop with noted experts
- Guided Tour of Istanbul’s top sights
- Visit to local Hammam
- Shared accommodation
- All meals
- All entrance fees
- Bosphorous Straight cruise
- Champagne Surprises Throughout Tour
What’s Not Included?
- Gratuity for Tour Guides (optional)
- Travel Insurance
Do I Need Travel Insurance?
Yes, we recommend all participants to have insurance during our adventures. Check out World Nomads to get the process started. Istanbul has been rocked recently with acts of terror, but we believe it to remain a very safe and welcoming city. We will be staying in a safe area, and mindful of our environment. Activities are subject to change in the event of concerns of safety.
How Much Money Should I Bring?
The amount of money you’d like to bring with you is totally up to you, but we recommend bringing $10/day to tip our tour guides + driver and an additional $20 per evening for drinks if you’d like. $50/day will have you sitting pretty.
How Can I Connect to the Community?
We will set up a community page and exchange information with all of our participants, so you will be able to stay in contact, encourage + inspire one another long after the trip concludes.
How Intensive is the Workshop?
Both workshops are hands-on. The workshop leaders will go into the basics of each workshop but you can expect to spend time talking, writing and sharing with the group.