Explorers Connect

Powering an Adventure Revolution

Adventure Writing Workshop
Saturday 23rd - Sunday 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. 

OVERVIEW

Even cracking adventures can’t really be communicated without words. This hands-on workshop will see you distilling your adventures into sentences that sing. It'll cover the techniques to harness and 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.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

Belinda wild camping in Dartmoor © Belinda Dixon

Belinda wild camping in Dartmoor © Belinda Dixon

  • 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

ITINERARY

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

LOCATION, FOOD AND DRINK

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.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 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 & PRICE

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

  • Price: £205 (member price: £190)

  • Earlybird: Book before 1st July 2019 and get £15 off

  • Deposit: £75 with balance due 8 weeks before the trip.

REVIEWS

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

QUESTIONS?

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.


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