Freelance and Travel Writing Workshop: Hobart, Australia

Are you a wannabe freelance journalist or an aspiring travel writer with itchy feet? Do you want to spend a month in Tassie being mentored by working editors and journalists and getting real-world writing experience?

With its bold art scene, gorgeous old buildings and lashings of natural beauty, nipaluna/Hobart is a dynamic playground of a city where there’s always something cool to do. And in light of lutruwita/Tasmania welcoming mainlanders back to its shores from December 15, we’ve decided there’s nowhere we’d rather spend the summer – and we’d love for you to join us!

For a four weeks, you’ll be living in a magnificent Georgian house (built in the 1850s!!!) in the centre of town with a bunch of other aspiring writers from around the country. Each weekday, you’ll be attending interactive writing workshops with a particular focus on copywriting, creative non-fiction, investigative features, editing, working against the colonial legacy, pitching to editors and starting your own publication. In your free time, you’ll be frolicking around the island of Tasmania – hiking through ancient rainforests, gawking at bizarre and fabulous artwork, taking chilly dips in aquamarine bays and maybe even catching a glimpse of Aurora Australia (the Southern Lights).

While you’re there, you’ll be working on multiple projects: two articles to be pitched to the publications of your choice, and a travel guide to Hobart, which will be published as an eBook on the platform of your choosing. Leading the program will be Gemma Clarke: the founding editor of Global Hobo and Anaerkillik, the former deputy editor of the triple j Annual, radio host, freelance journalist, copywriter and research candidate. She will be joined by a local Tasmanian writer, who will be finalised shortly.

Learn what you don’t get taught at uni

This program provides practical, real-world experience, and has been designed to be a bridge between writing privately and entering the workforce as a freelance writer. Applicants vary in levels of experience — some are fresh out of high school, others are in the throes of a journalism degree, some are studying something super random and others have never been to uni. Maybe you’ve filled eight travel journals over the last five years; perhaps the only writing you’ve ever done is graffiti on the back of a toilet door. We cater to all ability levels, and though experience helps, it’s not at all necessary — we’ll teach you everything you need to know, and guarantee that you’ll have a wealth of new skills and confidence (plus a fantastic story worth pitching) by the end of the week.

What You Get:

  • Daily writing, editing and pitching workshops. Think travel-narrative writing, pitching to editors, building a brand and working as a freelancer on the road in exchange for sweet, sweet cash. Click here for a subject breakdown.
  • Airport pickup (or you can drive your own vehicle down and get the Spirit, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous — we can help organise a carpool roadtrip group).
  • One month’s accommodation in a luxe Georgian house a minute from Salamanca Place
  • Potential university credit via the WIL program
  • 24-hour support, care and mentoring

Cost:

  • $2900AUD for a bunk bed in a triple-share room (two beds available)
  • $3000AUD for a single bed in a triple-share room (four beds available)
  • $3900 for a private room (two king beds available, but two mates or soon-to-be-mates can share a bed for $2600 each)

Once you get in to the program, a $500 deposit will be required to confirm your place, and the rest will be due six weeks before the program starts. If we have to cancel, the program is fully refundable. If you have to cancel, the program is fully refundable less the deposit until four weeks before. Payment plans are available and can span up to six months after the program finishes.

Dates and Availability:

  • January 23 – February 20, 2022

What’s more, if you’re a journalism, media or communications student, enrollment in the program gives you the potential to receive a full subject’s worth of university credit as part of your institution’s Work Integrated Learning Program; however, this will need to be determined on a case-by-case basis upon discussion with your head of department. So far, we’ve had students from RMIT, Wollongong University, Charles Sturt University, Griffith University, La Trobe University, UNSW, QUT, the University of Queensland, Curtin University and more receive credit, as well as those attending schools in New Zealand, the UK and the USA.

Successful applicants will be open-minded creatives who are keen to step outside their comfort zone, gain some real-world journalism experience and taste life in Tasmania. The ability to work well in a group is essential. Do note though that the course is just that: a course. You don’t need to already have a foot in the door of the media industry to apply, nor do you already need to be the best writer. All the skills you’ll need to start sculpting your words like a pro and getting published will be taught as part of the curriculum. In fact, many students often keep writing for Global Hobo on a freelance basis once the course is over.

We’re determined to encourage a culturally relative approach to travel: supporting locally-owned businesses and partaking in cultural activities. We lament the loss of the muwinina people in Hobart and acknowledge the resilience of the palawa people of lutruwita/Tasmania, who after surviving invasion and dispossession, continue to maintain their identity, culture and rights (in palawa kani, capital letters are not used). We recognise that we have SO much to learn from Aboriginal people today, and pay our sincere respects to Elders past and present, and to all Aboriginal people living in and around Hobart. We’re also fiercely committed to social justice and supporting diversity in the work we publish, giving space to voices that have been traditionally excluded from mainstream media and building an accessible community around storytelling.

FAQ

  • I’m still not convinced — what makes Global Hobo different from everyone else?
    • Read about our commitments to diversity, accessibility, sustainability and more.
  • This looks kind of scammy — I’d like to read some reviews of the program from previous hobos!
  • I want to know some more information about the program!
  • What do some of the previous guidebooks look like?
    • Check out some gold whipped up by our former spunky students here.
  • What are your terms and conditions?

To Apply

It's totes just a number, but you have to be over 18 for our insurance policy to be valid.
No pressure - beginners are still welcome to apply.
If so, where?

Global Hobo is run by a team of writers who mostly live and work on Bundjalung land in the Byron Shire. We would like to acknowledge, pay our respects and give thanks to the Arakwal people, the Widjabal people and the Minjungbal people of the Bundjalung nation: the traditional and ongoing custodians of the land. We pay respect to their elders past, present and emerging, and acknowledge that their land was stolen, and never ceded. We also acknowledge that First-Nations people in Australia continue to suffer from colonialism, and that all settlers in Australia continue to benefit from this oppressive system.

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