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Writers’ Workshop Prepares Students for Real World of Writing
On the tropical island of Koh Samui, students will learn writing skills, social media, web development, and travel writing
January 6, Koh Phangan: After a successful November 2014 launch on Koh Phangan, the Tropical Writers’ Workshop is back – this time on the even more convenient and accessible, yet still stunning Koh Samui. This workshop will take place towards the end of high season, March 1 – 15, at Al’s Resort, located directly on Chaweng’s beachfront.
Returning to teach key course modules are Joe Cummings, famed travel writer and currently the Editor-at-Large for Bangkok 101; Carl Heaton, founder of Web Courses Bangkok and web consultant for the United Nations; and social media innovator Adam Sharpe, former digital strategy coordinator for MTV EXIT. The high profile team will teach 12-hour courses including Travel Writing, Web Skills, and Social Media, respectively. Writing skills and theory (30 hours) will be taught by journalist, author and editor Kaila Krayewski, social media content writer for the Shangri-La Hotel Group, and founder of Archipelago Communications on Koh Phangan.
Course prices start at just 35,000 baht for a shared room, with private rooms available for 50,000 baht, inclusive of 14 nights’ private accommodation at the beautiful Al’s Resort, full tuition, website domain and hosting, and much more. Individual courses can be purchased as well – find out more on the website’s home page www.TropicalWritersWorkshop.com.
Students will also have the opportunity to participate in the Tropical Writers’ Workshop’s second island feature in Southeast Asia Backpacker, this one – of course – on Koh Samui. Under the learned editorial guidance of Joe Cummings, they will be assigned exciting travel pieces to cover on the island, which they will work on throughout the course, and eventually combine into a six- to eight-page feature in the magazine’s May – June 2015 issue. Each student will get their own byline, and will thus leave the course a published writer.
Leann McKeown, who attended the November 2014 course, had this to say about her experience: “The money was well spent and that my newfound skills have already opened a world, my world, of possibilities in writing and blogging while effectively using social media. All of my concerns were unwarranted and I got so much more from the workshop than I expected…Through Kaila’s guidance, a nurturing atmosphere for us to divulge our burgeoning ideas and quell our insecurities was established.”
This two-week writers’ workshop teaches not only the fundamentals of writing well, but also practical applications of those skills for today’s competitive writing marketplace, including writing for guidebooks, newspapers, and magazines, building a travel website or blog, creating a portfolio, how to market yourself, and how to build your online presence through social media, taught by instructors who are experts in their field.
Our instructors include one of the world’s best-known travel writers, Joe Cummings, web instructor and consultant for the UN, Carl Heaton, and former MTV EXIT digital strategy coordinator Adam Sharpe.