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Travcom Travel Writing Event

Travcom Travel Writing Event

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  • Wed 23 May ’12, 6:00pm – 8:00pm


Heritage Auckland Hotel & Conference Centre, 35 Hobson St, Auckland CBD


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Travcom members: $25.00
  • Non-members: $35.00



Our speakers on the night:

Virginia Larson is the award-winning editor of North & South magazine. She started with the magazine in 1993, before that writing for the New Zealand Woman’s Weekly, Australia's Cleo magazine in Sydney, and the London Daily Mail, based in Los Angeles. Virginia was appointed North & South editor in 2007, having been a staff writer and deputy editor. Published monthly, North & South is the magazine for “Thinking New Zealand”. It is a showcase of quality investigative journalism and the best of New Zealand photo-journalism, with a stable of writers who regularly scoop the pool at media awards. North & South has a circulation of 25,324 and readership of 269,000.

Yvonne Van Dongen is a freelance writer. She was formerly travel editor at the New Zealand Herald and travel editor and commissioning editor of onHoliday magazine. Yvonne has won numerous travel writing awards including the 1995 Travel Writer of the Year and the 1998 Fletcher Challenge Paper Commonwealth Media Award in which she won a fellowship to Cambridge University in the UK. In 1999 she did an internship with Conde Nast Traveler in New York. She has also taught travel writing at the University of Auckland's continuing education department.

Jocelyn Watkin:
Why the 21st century travel writer needs to become an internet entrepreneur. Jocelyn Watkin is a full-time writer and blogger and blogs under the name of Eventful Woman. She used Eventful Woman's brand, character and client base to negotiate a subsidised travel writer-in-residence in Zell an der Mosel (Germany) for four weeks in October 2011. Jocelyn became a professional writer when she and her photographer husband drove around the world in a classic Land Rover in 1998/99, working as a photojournalism team for a British Land Rover magazine. Her considerable sales and marketing experience enabled her to negotiate a large sponsorship package for this expedition.

Jocelyn believes that the Internet and blogging offers more opportunities and far less frustration than traditional outlets for travel writers. As such writers of the future will need to be Internet entrepreneurs to survive.

Includes nibbles and a drink on arrival (cash bar thereafter). RSVP by Monday 21 May. Sorry, no door sales, please book ahead.

Please be aware that if we reserve a ticket for you, we are bound to pay the Heritage Hotel for the numbers we give them on Monday 21/5/2012 and will therefore ask you to pay for the ticket, whether you are able to attend or not.

If you would like to reserve a ticket please email: Helen.Davies@clear.net.nz or phone (09) 624 5707 or 021 1781 384.

About Travcom:
Travcom is a not-for-profit association of travel writers, photographers, broadcasters and travel-related communicators involved in promoting a high standard of travel writing and travel photography and in publicising New Zealand and international tourism. To reinforce the aim of encouraging excellence in travel writing and photography Travcom organises the annual Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards. Membership of Travcom offers good networking opportunities and benefits.

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