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You Won't Believe This Gig


How about traveling the world and writing about it-for pay!Pam Grout has this gig. She is a professional travel writer and author of Kansas Curiosities, the Read Across Lawrence 2008 book.Always on the lookout for writing information, I was excited for the opportunity to hear Ms. Grout speak Tuesday evening at the Lawrence Public Library. In addition, to her award winning column, "Now, Where Was I?" Grout's articles have appeared in Lawrence Journal World's Boomer Girl and many popular magazines including Travel & Leisure, Cooking Light, Midwest Living and Modern Bride. In addition, she has written fourteen books.In her short introduction, she mentions an early love of reading and a journalism degree as her incentive to write. However, her father, who loves to travel and takes time to visit places off the beaten path, is the motivation for her fascinating career as a travel writer. Still she portrays herself as "lucky" when success comes her way. When asked how she broke into the professional writing field, her answer suggests the luck is more the result of hard work.Smartly she lets us demonstrate our interviewing skills by asking the questions. Whether a personal journal, blog or for pay, she offers the following travel writing suggestions. Try to find local residents who are willing to talk about the area and share insider views. The server at the locally owned cafe knows all. When observing and writing, engage senses. The writer is the eyes, nose and hearing of the person reading the article. If the destination smells good, write about it.Find at least three interesting bits of information or descriptions about the place you are visiting. Perhaps not the obvious rather the unusualFinally, take a vocation vacation. Always be on the lookout for a good story when traveling.All too soon, our time is over. Pam Grout has a wonderful career story. She possesses a keen ability to listen and a honest open approach. Perhaps in the end, these traits are her most important advice for a good travel writer. Lawrence Public Library is hosting additional authors and workshops at the library with their Read Across Lawrence 2008 and at their River City Reading Festival 2008 on Saturday 27th, 2008, 10:00 a.m. 4:00 pm. Pick up a brochure at the library check the schedule online or contact Maria Butler, Public Relations Coordinator.


prairiewinchester 9 years, 8 months ago

Linda...that was a great article you wrote about Pam. You'll love meeting her...she's amazing. Tell me all about it.

Linda Hanney 9 years, 8 months ago

Ronda--I can't volunteer this year, but I'm putting it on my calendar for next year. It sounds like a ton of fun, not to mention a wonderful group of authors.prairiewinchester, actually my article was not clear. I did get to meet Pam last Tuesday. I understand why she is successful as a person seeking stories from people. We were drawn in to her travel writing world and had a good time communicating about it. It was like a bunch of friends in a coffee shop. A fun evening!

Ronda Miller 9 years, 8 months ago

Great, Linda! I know you will enjoy being a part of it. I was out of town last year and wasn't able to participate either. I'll let you know how it goes. You can bank on it! ;)

Ronda Miller 9 years, 8 months ago

Great blog, Linda! I will be involved with the festival this year - they still need volunteers so if you have any interest in lending a hand please offer your time. You can even dress up like a character from one of your favorite books!Pam Grout has a job I would love also - right up your alley, Linda! Thanks for the tips on writing from both of you! :)

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