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Key West Mayor Talks With Paul And Elizabeth

Key West Mayor Craig Cates chats with Paul and Elizabeth about why Key West is the world famous destination it is. They talk about ocean racing and the Cuban connection. Mayor Cates assures us that Key West is ready for visitors.    

SATW: 60 Second Travel Writer #8 – Using All The Senses

In your writing, use all the senses. I’m Westways Travel Editor Elizabeth Harryman, and here’s a 60-Second Travel Writer Tip.          Most writers are pretty good at describing what they see. But they often neglect to use the other senses. Describing how things taste, feel, sound, and smell can fill in the portrait you paint […]

SATW: 60 Second Travel Writer #7 – Reliable Sources

What are “reliable sources?” I’m Westways Travel Editor Elizabeth Harryman, and here’s a 60-Second Travel Writer Tip: When you research a topic, use accurate, trustworthy sources. If the tobacco industry funds a report on smoking, for example, the results might not be as reliable as a report done, say, by the American Medical Association.          […]

SATW: 60 Second Travel Writer #6 – Being Your Own Editor

Be your own editor. You can save yourself trouble and ingratiate yourself with your editor by taking some precautions before submitting your story. Here’s a 60-Second Travel Writer Tip from LA Times Travel Editor Catharine Hamm: –After you’ve finished your story, walk away for a couple of hours; then come back when you can look at […]

SATW: 60 Second Travel Writer #5 – Descriptors

The English language has millions of words – a veritable buffet. But like a buffet, sometimes we overindulge. Here’s a 60-Second Travel Writer Tip from LA Times Travel Editor Catharine Hamm: Strong verbs and nouns are keys to great prose. Adjectives and adverbs are not always your friends. If you’re writing about a jungle, there’s […]

SATW:60 Second Travel Writer #4 – Numbers 2

At an SATW professional development session some years ago, University of Missouri professor Don Ranly gave us this gem: Something compared to nothing doesn’t mean anything. Here’s a 60-Second Travel Writer Tip from LA Times Travel Editor Catharine Hamm: Dr. Ranley was talking about using numbers effectively to paint the kind of word picture that […]

SATW: 60 Second Travel Writer #3 – Numbers

The old joke among journalists is that we chose our profession because we can’t do numbers. Here’s a 60-Second Travel Writer Tip from LA Times Travel Editor Catharine Hamm: You don’t have to be a mathematician to use numbers in stories, and that’s good because they lend gravitas. The number of square feet in a hotel […]

SATW 60 Second Travel Writer #1 Reporting

Good writing begins with good reporting. Here’s an SATW 60-Second Travel Writer Tip from LA Times Travel Editor Catharine Hamm:   A well-known travel writer used to insist, “I’m NOT a reporter. I’m a writer.” Yet her stories brimmed with facts, figures, and imagery collected by carefully questioning sources and recording observations. Think about the […]

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Shane Dallas Find Scenery And Much More In The Mountains Near Afghanistan

Travel Camel Shane Dallas returns to talk about a life-changing trip he led to Tajikistan.      SaveSave SaveSave

SATW 60 Second Travel Writer #2: Show, Don’t Tell

Show me, don’t tell me. Here’s an SATW 60-Second Travel Writer Tip from LA Times Travel Editor Catharine Hamm: Missouri is the Show Me State. It’s a good reminder for travel writers that our craft requires showing, not telling, readers about what they’re seeing. The best travel writing gives the reader an unseen narrator, to […]