Are you a writer looking for hands-on experience to improve your travel writing skills?
Do you want practice using your camera to help tell your story?
Are you interested in having some exhilarating discussions & soft travel adventures with a small, like-minded group of travel writers?
Would you love to visit the best city in the United States for culture, mystery, history, atmosphere and fun?
Join us in Santa Fe for our
Travel Writing & Photography Retreat.
If you want to boost your travel writing skills to a new level, this workshop is for you.
We’ll spend time together inside the classroom learning
about travel writing and photography. There will be lectures, writing exercises, in-the-field tours, group readings & discussions, and hands-on experience to improve your writing. You'll also receive one-on-one feedback and goal setting in a private session with Roy.
You'll explore the city dreaming up story ideas, writing and making photographs to help you tell your story. This is your chance to visit Santa Fe, soak in it's unique vibe and brush up on your travel writing and photography skills.
This unique destination writer’s retreat includes creative travel writing and photography workshops. You'll learn the skills you need to be a successful travel writer including tips to make quick improvements to your writing. And you'll learn how to produce quality photographs that editors will love and that will help you tell your story.
Other travel writing workshops gloss over the details or are too academic, but that's not how we do things. You'll walk away from our retreat knowing how to develop your own travel writing voice and style.
We'll help you develop your travel story ideas and make marketable story angle. We'll give you tips and advice to help you craft active, compelling stories, and reveal the secrets to turn your creative sparks into exciting travel stories. By the end of the retreat you'll have a completed draft story and photo gallery - ready to pitch to an editor!
Santa Fe will inspire your writing, spark your imagination and
please your palate. You'll learn the craft of travel writing while
touring this extraordinary destination. No experience is necessary;
just bring an open mind, a laptop, or simply pen and paper. Your sense
of curiosity and creative juices will flow no matter which tools you
You’ll have time to explore the fascinating local
attractions and soak up the culture — all while learning the craft of
travel writing and photography from a seasoned travel journalist and
veteran travel photographer.
We'll spend four to eight hours daily in the
classroom with lectures, group discussions, readings and writing
activities. During most afternoons you're free to explore the city with
the group or on your own.
We'll have a comfortable, private meeting room for all of our classroom sessions. There are also plenty of spots around the hotel suitable for small group discussions and class homework assignments.
Santa Fe is a walkable city and walking is the best way to get around. During your free time and while you’re doing field research, you can explore the 412-year-old plaza, and downtown, museums and museum hill, historic buildings and neighborhoods, and atmospheric cathedrals, churches, and chapels.
There’s a reason Santa Fe is called “The City Different!”
Art lovers will find Folk Art, a Spanish Market, and Indian Markets, plus the world-renowned Canyon Road with its 250 art galleries and boutiques.
And Santa Fe has 6 quality art museums! In fact, Santa Fe is designated a UNESCO Creative City for craft and folk art.
You'll have free time to get out and discover your own stories, and to relax. The classroom exercises will help you write personal travel memoirs and stories you can keep for yourself, publish professionally, or share with friends and family on your blog and social media.
The techniques you'll learn won’t just help you write better -- they’ll help you travel better, too. You’ll gain richer awareness and deeper insights into the places you visit.
Because you’ll be writing about Santa Fe and taking photos each day, you’ll delve more deeply and be more observant of everything around you.
Class sessions are meant to help you write more clearly about your trip while you’re in Santa Fe. And they’ll help you pen your stories about past experiences and future destinations, too.
This retreat is open to writers of all skill levels. It’s crafted to
allow plenty of flexibility to concentrate on the things that interest
you most, whether it's writing, photography, or exploring "the city different" with your fellow participants.
All travel writing is grounded in a story topic and story angle. This class explores where to look for story ideas and how to develop a strong story angle.
You’ll start work on a writing assignment by developing a story topic and angle. Then you’ll spend time in discussions with your small writing group in the breakout sessions. And you’ll get some input from the instructor about how to tweak your ideas and make them shine.
From developing your introduction to outlining your article and wrapping it all up, this session will provide a step-by-step outline for crafting a winning travel piece.
Photography is an important part of travel journalism. But, you don’t have to be a professional photographer to create professional-looking photos that will help sell your travel stories.
This workshop covers bringing your travel stories to life with images. We’ll cover the basics: subject selection, framing, composition, lighting. And we’ll show you how to take photographs that convey a sense of place, deliver a polished gallery of photos, and we'll talk about processing tips to make your photos shine. You'll also learn the top ten tips for crafting an engaging photo gallery that editors will love.
You'll go on photo shoots to capture the lights, buildings and street activity, and gather photos for your story. In class you'll learn about what time is best for creating beautiful photos, and then you'll get to make some of your own!
On the last day we’ll spend time sharing your stories and reviewing your photo gallery with the group. You'll get feedback from your fellow travel writers and your instructors.
Santa Fe, New Mexico deserves its reputation as one of America’s most diverse and interesting small cities. There’s good reason for its unofficial title as “The City Different.”
As well as being an internationally renowned destination, Travel + Leisure magazine has listed Santa Fe in its “Top 15 Cities in the U.S.” list for ten consecutive years including #2 and #3 rankings.
Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards rates Santa Fe as the #4 best city in the “Top 10 Small Cities in the U.S.”
Forbes Magazine ranks Santa Fe as the #3 top destination in the world in the “22 Best Places to Travel in 2022” list.
Described as heaven for foodies and an historic treasure, Santa Fe is also known as one of the friendliest places to visit. With several thriving market areas, historic architecture, and vibrant arts scene, Santa Fe is one of the U.S’s finest and most fun tourist hot spots.
Santa Fe claims the oldest state capital in the United States, founded in 1610. The Palace of the Governors is the oldest continuously occupied public building in the country. The adjacent historic Plaza is 412 years old!
Santa Fe also boasts the oldest church in the United States. The town and surrounding downtown area hold histories, mysteries, secrets and curiosities that can be discovered by guided tours or through locally published books (Collected Words Bookstore on Galisteo Street has many of these books.)
You’ll find historic monuments everywhere with museums, art galleries and boutique shops spread around downtown — and it’s easy to immerse yourself in all of it.
Santa Fe is a gastronomic center of award-winning chefs and more than 400 restaurants. It boasts several chefs who have been nominated for the James Beard “Best Chefs Southwest” awards, with Chef Mark Kiffin owner/chef at The Compound Restaurant receiving top honors.
Find out why red and green Chile appears in Santa Fe foods and drinks where you don’t expect it. If you’re adventurous, try the green chile apple pie, cheesecake, and cornbread. Sample the green chile cobb salad or mac and cheese.
Santa Fe is a culinary mecca due to its first-class chefs and creative menus as contemporary chefs revive old regional recipes and creative fusion dishes for our modern palate. You can take foodie tours, sample world class seafood and feast on authentic southwestern dishes that reflect the city’s unique history.
Travel writers will walk away from this workshop with a multitude of story ideas and a gallery of stunning photographs to go with whatever story you choose to focus on. Santa Fe is a fertile town for travel writers!
Workshop fees include classroom instruction, some meals as noted in agenda, a VIP pass to many tourist attractions (from CVB), writing tasks and constructive feedback to help you grow as a writer, two digital books as noted above and one-on-one coaching sessions with Roy Stevenson during workshop and post-workshop.
Each participant is responsible for arranging and paying for their own air travel, ground transportation, hotel/accommodations and other miscellaneous travel costs.
Roy Stevenson and Linda Popovich have been working and traveling together for fifteen years as travel writer & photographer.
Roy is a professional travel writer and the author of PitchTravelWrite. He’s had more than 1000 articles published in 200 magazines, trade and specialty journals, in-flights, on-boards, blogs and websites and has traveled on assignment around the U.S. and to dozens of international destinations.
Linda is a professional travel photographer and editor/publisher of PitchTravelWrite. Her photographs have been published in a variety of regional, national and international magazines and online. After working for 25+ years in a corporate office, she now enjoys photographing anything that keeps her outdoors, takes her to new places and introduces her to new friends.