Monday, March 28, 2011

Postcards from Bangalow special offers

Great news: Local businesses in Bangalow and the surrounding areas are getting behind the Postcards from Bangalow Writing & Gourmet Experience and showing their support by offering participants special deals on accommodation and transport. See below for details:

The wonderful staff at Bangalow Limousines, the premier business class transport service across the Byron Bay and Ballina Shires, are offering participants a 10% discount on airport transfers to/from the Gold Coast, Ballina and Lismore airports. So you can sit back and relax in luxurious comfort while you are chauffeured in style to your accommodation in Bangalow.

Participants staying at SummerHills Retreat will receive a 10% discount on accommodation. Located just minutes from Bangalow and cocooned in the lush Byron Bay hinterland, this private sanctuary offers accommodation in luxury cabins and spa villas. Each suite has great views, air-con, spa bath, kitchenette, bathrobes and gas BBQ.

Meanwhile, The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa has offered participants a special rate of $300.00 per night for two adults in their superior one-bedroom suites (standard rate $345.00). Located in close proximity to the resort's central area, these luxurious suites are ideal for those who wish to take advantage of the resort's many facilities including the pool, sauna, restaurant and the luxurious Spa and Wellness Centre.

For more information about the Postcards from Bangalow Writing & Gourmet Experience click here.

An early bird discount of 5% is available for bookings made by 30 April, 2011. Places are strictly limited, so contact Kim Wildman on 0400 887 991 or to make a booking now.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Postcards from Bangalow Writing & Gourmet Experience

Learn writing skills while eating well and enjoying new companions.

If you love writing, travelling and food, then you won't want to miss the Postcards from Bangalow Writing and Gourmet Experience. Held over the Queen's Birthday long weekend in June, this unique writing event will awaken your creativity and indulge your senses.

Hidden in the hills some 10 minutes drive from Byron Bay, Bangalow is a travel writer's and foodie's delight. Join seasoned travel writer Kim Wildman and learn what it takes to be a travel writer, while experiencing the smells, tastes, sounds and characters of this unique community.

Included in the weekend: three gourmet meals in atmospheric local restaurants, a half day Foodscape hinterland tour taking in three of the region's best producers and a guided historical walking tour of Bangalow as well as fun writing workshops and plenty of free time to allow your creative juices to flow. Each of the three included restaurant meals will be attended by a local writer, editor or identity who'll lead themed discussions on topics from how to capture the essence of a destination to how to pitch an article to an editor with questions and answers, readings and more.

If a weekend of writing, reflecting and enjoying the tastes and flavours of Bangalow isn't enticement enough, Sample Magazine, the epicurean bible of the Northern Rivers, has offered to publish the best travel article written over the weekend in the travel section of the spring edition of the magazine. So not only will you experience what it takes to be a travel writer, you might even get published!

This fun and informative weekend experience is suitable for beginning writers upwards with an interest in travel writing, food and good company.

Accommodation can be arranged in a variety of local venues in and around the village.

An early bird discount of 5% is available for bookings made by 30 April, 2011. Places are strictly limited, so contact Kim Wildman on 0400 887 991 or to make a booking now!

Date: 10-13 June
Times: 4pm Friday to 12pm Monday
Cost: $450 per person

Facilitator: Kim Wildman is a published travel writer and guidebook author with more than 10 years experience freelancing for a variety of media outlets around the world. She has authored more than 15 guidebooks, including Lonely Planet and Bradt travel guides, and written scores of travel features for the likes of The Melbourne Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Travel Africa, Voyageur and Ninemsn. When she's not continent-hopping, Kim runs travel writing workshops and mentors writers from her base in Bangalow. Recently voted one of Tripbase's 100 Favourite Travel Writers in the world, she also presents guest lectures on travel writing at universities and schools and speaks about her passion for the written road at international literary festivals and travel fairs. See her website for more details:

Testimonials from Kim's past travel writing workshops
"Excellent! The course was very useful and exceeded my expectations." Amy Dalguish, Travel Editor, Total Travel

"Kim Wildman lead a clear and inclusive travel writing workshop which not only focused on the skills of writing and storytelling but the business of travel writing and having your work published. A fun and valuable course by an experienced travel writer." Holly Galbraith, Go Future Media

Picture: Bangalow's main street, Copyright Michael King-Prime

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Wild Writing is now on Facebook

Sometimes I impress myself with how much I've been able to achieve through social media and the internet without anyone giving me lessons - I've opened personal Twitter and Facebook accounts, been blogging on this site for a number of years and even managed to update and refresh my new look Wild Writing & Photography website without any instruction (hash tags and HTML coding can be very confusing for us Gen-Xers). Other times, like now, I wonder why it has taken me so long to create something as simple as a Facebook Fan Page. In any case, whether you are a fan of Wild About Travel+Writing or not, you can now follow my wild wanderings on my Wild Writing & Photography Facebook Fan Page.... Now I just need to figure out how to connect my tweets with my fan page....

Happy travels!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

It's a Wild, Wild World

I'm always being asked to supply a photograph of myself for work, especially one taken "on the road" that shows that I am a travel writer. As odd as it may seem, I don't have many pictures of myself. But as a photographer I'm usually behind the lens capturing what it is that I am seeing. On the rare occasions someone has managed to take my picture they're usually not very flattering (though, this probably has more to do with the model than the person taking the picture) or the picture has cropped so close that you can't tell what I am doing let alone where I am. Short of hiring a professional photographer to accompany me on my next work trip, I decided to organise a photo shoot over the weekend. Since the photographs in essence would be "staged", I thought it would be amusing to poke fun at myself and my work. Hence, I decided to dress up as an early twentieth century traveller – complete with modern hiking boots of course!