Walter Mason teaching a travel writing course at the NSW Writers' Centre

Walter Mason - the writer in thoughtful mode :-)

Ever kept a travel journal and harboured a desire to do something with it? Ever read a travel memoir and thought: "My adventures were more interesting than that?" Or are you about to travel and considering turning your journey into a piece of writing?

The Kwan Yin Temple in Cholon, Vietnam

If you have ever wanted to write about your travels then join me on April 13 for my full-day Travel Writing With Spirit workshop at the New South Wales Writers' Centre.

Tinh Xa Trung Tam, Ho Chi Minh City


A wedding in Vietnam's Mekong Delta

Travel Writing with Spirit

Walter Mason reads his bestselling travel memoir, Destination Saigon

Who: Walter Mason
When: Saturday 13 April, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price: $165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

With the success of books like Eat, Pray, Love, travel writing has become more personal and more linked with intimate journeys that are spiritual, romantic and quirky. This course will teach you what to look out for when you travel and how you should record it. Light-hearted, fun and sometimes meditative, Walter’s workshop is practical and focused on inspiring you to write down the personal side of your journeys and on sharing your insights with others. This workshop will explore the power of connection and how we can transcend the description of monuments, transport and traffic conditions and concentrate instead on the infinitely more fascinating realms of relationship and self-realisation. The goal is to create genuinely fascinating stories about why we travel and how it changes us.

Expected Learning Outcomes

    A renewed enthusiasm for recording travel experiences and sharing them with the world in ways that are entertaining and enlightening
    A more careful eye when it comes to recording the detail and emotion of the travel experience
    Encouragement to use social media and new forms of publishing to build an audience
    A framework for creating your own intimate travel memoir

Tea and coffee making facilities will be provided. Course participants are advised to bring their own lunch as there are no cafes within easy walking distance.

Student Requirements
Pen and paper

About the tutor
Walter Mason is an academic, blogger, speaker and writer.  He is part of the Writing & Society Research Group at the University of Western Sydney, where he is completing his doctoral thesis on the history of self-help books in Australia. Walter has travelled extensively throughout Asia, and has spent long periods studying Buddhism and meditation in Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan and Cambodia. His first book, Destination Saigon, was named one of the ten best travel books of 2010 by the Sydney Morning Herald. His new book about Cambodia will be released by Allen & Unwin in 2013.

You can book and pay for the course (only $165) here.


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