Thursday, 19 February 2009

Travel Writing & Photography Weekend

A weekend of travel writing and photography at a great location in Norfolk, where sea, sand and hopefully some sun, will inspire you to write and photograph this beautiful area.

Travel writing is being able to convey in a written form a sense of place, adventure and atmosphere. To be a travel writer doesn’t mean you have to jet off around the world, as fantastic and glamorous as that may seem, it can simply be recounting a visit to your local town or village, about a day trip, mini break or holiday. This workshop encompasses the basic skills you need to write an informative and interesting feature or article about somewhere you’ve been and how to improve your general article writing skills.

Your writing tutor, Caroline Foster is an experienced freelance writer and tutor. Caroline regularly writes features for a number of national and regional publications on a wide variety of subjects.

In 2006, Caroline was awarded ‘Writer of the Year’ by the Writers Bureau.
Caroline guarantees not only will students enjoy the writing and photography workshop they will take away valuable tips and techniques that they will be able to apply to all their future writing including how to get published and paid.

About the photography workshop
There's no doubt some people have an innate ability for composition, but it's not exclusive to them. We can all learn a few simple ground rules to give our photographs thatsomething extra. On your photography dayyou will learn the four simple principlesof good photography, which will help you to improve your image taking. There will beplenty ofopportunity to practise in the fabulous surroundings of thevenue, guided by your tutor. It doesn’t matter if you shoot film or digital, or if you only have a modest compact camera, the same rules apply.

Your photography tutor, Bryan Shaw is a freelance photographer whose work has been published in a range of photography magazines, including Practical Photography, Photography Monthly, Black & White Photography, Outdoor Photography and Pentax User. Bryan has also had images selected for inclusion in Trinity House calendars for 2008 and 2009.
Bryan spent 10 years as a business and personal development trainer, and has successfully run a number of photography workshops, so you'll be in good hands.

Date: 14-15 March 2009
Time: 09:30am
Location: Le Strange Arms, Hunstanton, United Kingdom

Cost: £185 per person inclusive (excludes travel)
Extra night £55 B&B

Includes: coffee on arrival, morning coffee, lunch, evening meal, overnight accommodation, cooked breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and cakes plus travel writing and photography tutoring, one workshop each day inclusive of materials. Students should bring along their own camera.

Contact Phone: 01473858429


Clearwater, Florida is one of America's favorite vacation destinations. There's a four-night familiarization trip for journalists.

Date: May 12, 2009 (Tue) to May 16, 2009 (Sat)

What is Included:
  • round-trip air transportation (from a North American airport served by major carriers) to and from the Clearwater area
  • ground transportation
  • accommodations
  • meals
  • passes to activities
  • receptions, presentations and other activities
  • behind-the-scenes tour at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium
  • visit with Winter, the injured Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin
  • exploring Clearwater Municipal Marina
  • sailing at the Clearwater Community Sailing Center
  • excursion to Caladesi Island State Park

What Not Included:
  • Connecting flights to and from airports not served by major carriers
  • personal amenities
  • souvenirs
  • tips and gratuities
Who can apply:
  • Professional travel writers on assignment for a recognized media outlet; a letter of assignment is required for freelance journalists.
  • Journalists must provide a brief bio and copies of at least six recently published articles; Web site links are acceptable.
  • Journalists who have participated in previous Clearwater press trips are not eligible.
  • Space is reserved for a maximum of eight journalists on assignment; spouses, partners, children or guests cannot be accommodated.
  • Selected journalists who accept, but cancel within two weeks of the trip, agree to pay a penalty (equal to airline cancellation fee) to the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Apply Deadline: March 17, 2009 (Tue). Selected participants will be notified by March 24, 2009 (Tue).

Gerri Raymond, Vice President of Tourism
Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce
+1 (727) 461-0011, ext. 225

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Spain seeks Volunteer English Teachers

The Spanish Government seeks Volunteer Teachers for new English Language Education Project.

Vaughan Systems, in collaboration with the Spanish Government, offers English native speakers the chance to teach English for 2 months while living in the quaint Spanish countryside.
The government of Castile-Leon wants to enhance the English-learning process of pre-schoolers and early elementary school students, and they want to do it by bringing in native speakers from all corners of the world. Volunteers would help as teaching assistants and would see that the English language is alive and well in the classrooms of north central Spain.

Positions are available in various locations throughout the Castile-Leon area. This area of Spain is one of the most emblematic in the history of the country. It is the home of El Cid and it was the area that most promoted the reconquest of the Spain from the Moors.

What do you do?
The volunteer will do his or her best to be a fun, valuable asset for the school and for the young students in their efforts to start at an early age to gain a minimum ability with the English language. The curriculum in Spanish pre-schools and elementary schools is almost identical to what is found in primary education around the world. The student age groups would be approximately between 3 and 8 and classroom size between 25 and 35.

What do you get?
In exchange, the project covers housing and offers a small monthly stipend, insurance plus opportunities for occasional weekend excursions and activities. The maximum stay for the volunteer would be three months.

The program kicks off on April 13, 2009 and spaces are limited.

How to Apply?
write to : Mayte Ziga
Vaughan Systems
+34 91 748 59 50 ext 126


Mayte Ziga
+34 91 748 59 50 ext 126

Tuesday, 17 February 2009


Travel writing, food writing and wine writing are some of the most appealing genres of nonfiction, calling on all of an author's skills-dramatic scenes, character sketches, concrete detail, point of view, scene by scene construction-to compose compelling, engaging travel narratives. This six-day intensive travel writing class will introduce you to essential techniques of travel, food and wine writing and give you expert, insider advice about how to submit and publish finished travel stories.

In addition to learning these skills, you'll dine at outstanding restaurants, visit some of the world's best wineries, and explore fascinating historic sights. You'll enjoy exclusive behind-the-scenes tours unavailable to the general public. Best of all, you'll receive up-to-date story ideas from local industry experts that you can turn into finished travel, food and wine stories by the end of the course and submit to newspapers and magazines for publication.

The six-day (May 24 - 30) travel writing class will take place in Montalcino, one of the most beautiful medieval hill towns in Italy, and the epicenter of the nation's new wine and food scene. The cost will be US$2600 per person, including accommodations and most meals. (Single supplement, US$450 per person) Plane fare, transit to and from Montalcino and some meals extra (see itinerary on

To enroll, please send Nicholas O'Connell a non-refundable deposit of US$800 to 201 Newell St., Seattle, WA 98109. Enrollment is limited to 10. For more information, please contact Nicholas O'Connell, 206-284-7121,,

Nicholas O'Connell
The Writer's Workshop

Monday, 16 February 2009

Travel Writing Workshop

Date: 04 March 2009
Time: 12:00 - 13:00
Location: John Deutsch University Centre, McLaughlin Room, Union & University, Kingston, ON
Host: Queen's University International Centre (QUIC)

Verge: Travel with Purpose
Writers, editors and travellers from the Canadian Verge Magazine will talk to students about travel writing.

Verge is Canada's magazine for people who travel with purpose. The authoritative resource for Canadians wanting to work abroad, study abroad or volunteer abroad.

Contact Phone: 6135332604

Sunday, 15 February 2009

Travellers' Tales Festival - Photography & Writing

A rare chance to see travel legends in London. A weekend celebration of the world's finest travel photographers and travel writers, at the RGS in London.

Date: 28 February to 01 March 2009
Time: 10:00 am
at 18:00
Location: Royal Geographical Society HQ , Kensington Gore, London, United Kingdom.


Friday, 13 February 2009

Neil Young added to New Orleans Jazz Fest Lineup!


February 18 Deadline for Purchase of New Discount Weekend Ticket Packages

New Orleans, LA (February 12, 2009)— Rock superstar Neil Young has been added to the overflowing music lineup of the 40th anniversary New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Presented by Shell, organizers announced today. On the heels of last week's announcement of Bon Jovi appearing at the upcoming Festival, Neil Young has now been confirmed for his first-ever Jazz Fest appearance, performing on Sunday, May 3. The 2009 Jazz Fest is scheduled for April 24-26 & April 30-May 3 at the Fair Grounds Race Course.

In other talent news, the Festival announced that Aretha Franklin, previously scheduled for May 3, will not appear. Neil Young and his band join Wynton Marsalis, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews
Band, James Taylor, Sugarland, Joe Cocker, Ben Harper, Tony Bennett, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kings of Leon, Neville Brothers, Wilco, Bonnie Raitt, Allen Toussaint, The O'Jays, Erykah Badu, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Dr. John plus hundreds of others previously announced
to appear at the historic edition of the Festival.

Jazz Fest also noted that New Orleans' own Imagination Movers have been added to the Festival on Saturday, April 25. The Festival's updated, day-specific lineup is available at (The complete day-by-day schedule is attached.)

The Festival announced that the hugely popular discount weekend ticket package opportunity will expire at the end of business on Wednesday, February 18. For the first time ever, the Festival has been offering discount ticket packages to each day of a particular weekend. Ticket
packages purchased for all three days of the first weekend (April 24, 25 & 26) will be $105, while second weekend packages purchased for all four festival days (April 30, May 1, 2 & 3) will be $140. (Tickets included in each package are day-specific.) Advance single day Jazz
Fest tickets are still only $40 with the gate price of $50. Children's tickets (ages 2 - 11) are only $5 in advance or at the gate. Single day tickets to Jazz Fest are on sale by specific weekend, with each ticket valid for a single day's attendance. Tickets for the Festival, which takes place at the Fair Grounds Race Course are on-sale through all Ticketmaster outlets.

The Festival's popular Big Chief VIP Experience ticket package and the Grand Marshal VIP Pass return for the 40th anniversary celebration, as well as the newly unveiled Krewe of Jazz Fest VIP Pass that allows for special covered seating at the Acura Stage audience area plus other
amenities. All the hugely popular VIP packages are on sale now while very limited supplies last.

Tickets are available at and, at all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling (800) 745-3000. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Jazz Fest ticket office located at the Louisiana Superdome Box Office (Gate A, Ground Level) or the New
Orleans Arena Box Office. All Jazz Fest tickets are subject to additional service fees and handling charges.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation presents the 2009 Gala on Thursday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. Annually selling out, this year's gala event will take place in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel and spotlight the famed New Orleans music
venue The Dew Drop Inn. Performing as part of the "The Dew Drop Inn Revisited All-Stars" will be Allen Toussaint, Eddie Bo, Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, Robert Parker, and Wanda Rouzan along with The N'Awlins All-Stars. Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue and the TBC Brass Band are also scheduled to perform at the event. Tickets are available by calling (504) 410-4148.

A listing of hotels offering special Jazz Fest rates is posted at, where patrons can effortlessly reserve their hotel rooms for the event. Festivalgoers can peruse room availability and book their accommodations early taking advantage of some of the best
prices offered at participating hotels.

Shell is the Presenting Sponsor of the Festival. Acura is proudly celebrating its 10th year as sponsor of the Festival's main stage. Peoples Health, Miller Lite, Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, AT&T, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots (A Churchill Downs Company), Edison Chouest Offshore, Capital One Bank, Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, Pepsi, Rajen Kilachand and St. Charles Vision are all also official Jazz Fest sponsors.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, and uses the proceeds from that festival for year-round activities in the areas of education, economic development and cultural programming. Programs and assets of the foundation include: radio station WWOZ 90.7-FM, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation Archive, the Don "Moose" Jamison Heritage School of Music, the Tom Dent Congo Square Lecture Series, the Jazz Journey
concert series, the Community Partnership Grants program and the Raisin' the Roof housing initiative. The foundation also produces community events such as the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, Fiesta Latina, the Congo Square Rhythms Festival, the Down by the
Riverside concerts and others. For more information, please call the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation at (504) 558-6100 or visit

Saturday, 7 February 2009

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FREE TRIP: Grand Ole Opry

Lesley Bellus Kilman will be hosting a Grand Ole Opry / Nashville press visit, a perfect getaway blending music, history and fun.

Date: April 16 - 19, 2009.
Theme: family travel, historic/Americana, locations within driving distance.
Accomodation: Gaylord Opryland Resort

Will include visits to various Nashville destinations such as the Ryman Auditorium, the Country Music Hall of Fame, etc.

Lesley Bellus Kilman
bpr/bellus public relations
+1 (954) 436-6859