Lecture / Workshop 10

Lonely Planet New Zealand (2006)

Lecture 10:
The Marketplace

Anthology texts to read:

Selling Your Wares

"No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money."
- Dr Samuel Johnson (1776)

But is that actually true? Did Dr. Johnson really spend all those years working on his Dictionary purely for money? What about his poems, his private journal - those can't have brought in very much cash.

What I'd like to discuss today is why (and how) people choose to write about their travels - is it solely for money, and (if so) what's the best way of getting down on some of this easy lucre.

I'll be talking today about some of my own experiences in the trade, information I've gathered from talking to professional travel journalists, film-makers and photographers. I'll also be very interested to ask some of your own reactions to all this. Which parts of the field appeal most to you personally?

Finally, I'll invite you to start thinking about how you're going to approach your last assignment in the course (worth 55% of your grade). We have a range of responses from past students up on the course anthology website, and I'll be inviting you to sample at least a few of them by clicking on the label "final project" in the side-bar.

Martin Edmond: Luca Antara (2006)

[Digital Nomad Travel Magazine]

Publication Plans

“If an ass goes travelling, he'll not come home a horse.”
– Thomas Fuller

Choice of publication outlet / audience predetermines certain details of what you can and can’t include in your piece.

  • Stretch the boundaries, or live happily within them?

Gabriel White: Journey to the West (2003)

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