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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.