Great Escape Radio Episode 29: What Makes a Great Story
“What makes a great story is what it takes to sell that story. The end goal is to give that story life.” – Lori Allen
This week on Great Escape Radio, Lori Allen introduces us to the Editors’ Panel from the 2016 Ultimate Travel Writers Workshop in New Orleans in the first of a three-part series.
“Our travel writing workshops are so much fun. I’ve just returned from New Orleans where we were located right on Bourbon Street. It was a great location, a great event with great people and amazing food. All of our workshops are fun but being in New Orleans just kicked it up a notch. There are stories on every corner in New Orleans,” says Lori.
One thing that sets our travel writing workshops apart from other writing events is the editor’s panel.
Our programs are written and approved by editors every year. Consulting editors means the programs stay up to date with the current trends in travel writing.
“Years ago long travel narratives were the norm in travel writing. Today it’s the USA Today style – one page that you can clip out and take with you. Service pieces are in demand: round-ups or 36 hours in a destination are popular styles.”
Lori brings in editors each year for an Editors’ Panel at the Ultimate Travel Writer’s Workshop. Hearing first hand from the editors about what sells is the most valuable feature of the workshop aside from sitting down and working on articles with the experts.
This year’s panel was no exception. Meet the editors…
***Morgan Packard, an award-winning editor, has been the managing editor for 14 years with New Orleans Magazine.
***Ian Aldrich, editor of Yankee Magazine who started as a freelancer and is now the Deputy Editor.
***Tracey Minkin grew up reading Ian’s magazine and is now the travel editor at Coastal Living, a publication featuring upscale travel.
***Misty Milioto, Editor in Chief at New Orleans Living, has been an editor and writer for 16+ years who worked her way up from blogging.
Listen in to get their opinion on “what makes for a great story from an editor’s point of view” with specific examples from their publications.
For more information on how you can get started with travel writing, go to www.greatescapepublishing.com/start/travelwriting and sign up for a special video presentation. You’ll find stories about former Great Escape travel writing workshop attendees who are now living the travel writer’s life and loving it.
You can also put your name on the hotlist for next year’s Ultimate Travel Writer’s Workshop here. We’ll announce details next Spring.
And be sure to subscribe to Great Escape Radio in iTunes here to catch the next two episodes with more insights from this New Orleans editors’ panel.