Explorers Connect

Adventure Writing Workshop
23rd - 24th November 2019

On this bespoke two-day course, international adventure writer, broadcaster and media expert Belinda Dixon will show you how to use words to capture and communicate your adventure stories... whether big, small or anywhere in between. 

Duration: 2 days | Location: Bristol | Price: from £190 | Fully booked: Join waitlist via ‘book now’ button



Great adventures need great storytelling. Using words well helps convey the experience and helps people connect - with the writer, the cause, the activity, the place. These kinds of connections might prompt editors to commission your work, people to follow you, and brands to bring you on board.

This hands-on workshop will see you distilling your adventures into sentences that sing, exploring adventure writing techniques and developing your craft - focusing on things like audience, emotive words, narrative structure, dialogue, jeopardy and more. It'll cover the techniques to harness your story and avoid editors' pet hates.

It’ll consider what you want your words to do – whether you want brands to back you, to inspire people to join your tribe, or just evoke how utterly extraordinary your adventure is. Whether you're a newbie writer or creative professional, this course will help you find your style... and take the leap.


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  • Audience – who are you writing it for, on what platform and what do you want it to do?

  • Power words – those that deliver emotion or convey sensory factors

  • What adventure you're doing, why, and how can you capture it

  • Different ways of telling a story – narrative, jeopardy, story arcs, where to start, how to end

  • Characteristic fragments

  • Dialogue / quotes

  • Building up a series of sentences which convey powerfully your adventure experience

  • Using photos and video snippets to accompany your words

  • Different writing techniques - "I" or "you"

  • Magazine and web editors' tips – how to pitch and pitfalls to avoid

  • Practical application, such as documenting an adventure in real-time


Sunday 24th November

9am-11am - Group review of adventure stories

11am-11:30am - Break

11:30am-12:30pm - Pointers on how to progress

12:30pm-1:30pm - Lunch

1:30pm-3:30pm (approx)  - Final summary and takeaway, Q&A session

3:30pm onwards (approx) - Informal networking and wrap up

Saturday 23rd November

9am-11am - Theory, group work and exercises

11am-11:30am - Break

11:30am-12:30pm - Preparation for the practical exercise

12:30pm-1:30pm - Lunch

1:30pm-5pm (approx) - Practical exercise and group recap

5pm onwards - Informal writing and social time


Belinda Dixon

Your course leader for this Adventure Writing Course is the brilliant Belinda Dixon - Lonely Planet Writer, Podcast Producer & BBC Broadcaster. Belinda Dixon is also an Ordnance Survey #GetOutside Champion and British Exploring Society Media Leader.

Belinda uses inspiring, interactive, confidence-building sessions to help her students arrive at the right conclusions themselves and to produce lasting change.

As with all Explorers Connect trips, every detail has been carefully considered to ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible, and to bring to life our ethos of gently encouraging people outside their comfort zone to discover just what they are capable of, whilst ensuring everyone is having a lovely time and making new friends.

You can find out more about the core values that run through all our trips here.


The course will be held at a venue in central Bristol - you will need to get to Narrow Quay near Queens Square Garden for 8:45am on Sat 23rd November. Further information will be sent out in joining instructions prior to the course.

We'll provide tea, coffee and biscuits throughout the course, but we're not providing any meals. The venue will be close to shops, cafes and restaurants, but you may prefer to bring your own food.


  • Two full days of expert writing and communication tuition from Belinda Dixon, specifically relevant to the adventure industry

  • Opportunities for informal networking and discussion sessions with Belinda

  • Easily accessible city centre location

  • Coffee, tea and biscuits throughout the weekend

  • Camaraderie of a friendly group


  • Dates: This adventure runs from 8:45am on Saturday 23rd to 4pm on Sunday 24th November 2019

  • Price: £205 (member price: £190)

  • N.B. If you would like to book your place with a deposit please call the office, we’re happy to arrange this for you. Tel 0117 405 7497

If this course if fully booked, this button will take you to the waiting list


Belinda combines useful information with an entertaining, engaging writing style to convey an authentic sense of a place … content of exceptionally high standard
— Clifton Wilkinson, Lonely Planet
Belinda develops and facilitates fun, challenging and rewarding reflective learning experiences. The British Exploring team love working with Belinda – she is energetic, positive, challenging, creative, thoughtful and utterly engaged
— Honor Wilson-Fletcher MBE, CEO British Exploring Society
With a range of skills in the team she made the session highly inspirational, inclusive for all and above all fun!
— Lynnette Crisp, Visit Kent


If you'd like to know more about this weekend or have a particular question about this or any of our adventures, please email enquiries@explorersconnect.com or call the office on 0117 405 7497 during normal office hours and we'll do our best to help you.