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 Classeswith Kristine Hansen 

Idea Camp (Jan. 26-Feb. 13, 2015, $110, $80 for subscribers)

To be a successful writer you have to come up with ideas for stories. Are you stuck and looking for inspiration? Each morning for the first two weeks you'll receive an inspirational or market tip designed to generate a story idea. During the third week you'll polish those ideas until they shine. Included in this class is a 20-minute phone call with Kristine to help guide you (consider this a mini coaching call!), critique of two of your completed query letters/pitches, and access to a group of writers to share contacts, tips, feedback and support.  

Boarding Pass (you pick the week, $45)

Designed for both beginning travel writers and seasoned writers who want help crafting pitches, you’ll start at zero on Monday and, by Friday, have at least one idea ready to pitch to editors. Each day's homework shouldn’t take more than an hour. Also included: contact information for 75+ markets buying travel content.

"It's been lovely to have feedback from someone outside my usual 'cast of characters.' I appreciate your insights and the tips you offered me for looking at some of these ideas from new, fresh angles." -- Nadine, Madison, Wisconsin

"When I took Kristine's micro-course, I had just the kernel of a travel article in mind. Between the daily assignments, excellent advice and support from Kristine, I turned this idea into an article I pitched to Islands Magazine and National Geographic Traveler Magazine. Kristine hones into the bones of travel writing in quick easy learning capsules. I can't wait to take another one of her courses." -- Joyce, Bluffton, South Carolina

Cost: $45 (first-time fliers, meaning you've never taken a class from me before) or $40 (you've signed up for another one of my classes: welcome back!)

Food & Drink Boot Camp (Jan. 5-23, 2015, $125)

Plenty of writers make a living as a restaurant critic, recipe developer, cocktail writer, beer enthusiast or wine reviewer. Learn how to:

-pitch articles to editors

-research trends, statistics and consumer habits

-write with authority

-publish a monetizing blog

-propose a book to publishers

-build your brand/platform as a food or drink expert

-travel to restaurants, tasting rooms, bars and breweries as a writer

-find your unique voice as a food-and-drink writer

Course fee includes instructor feedback, weekly homework designed to inspire ideas and move those ideas towards completion, a market list of publishers buying beverage- and food-focused content, and insider tips from writers and editors in the industry. A virtual group will be set up for students so you can learn from each other, too.

About the instructor: As wine editor for a restaurant-trade magazine (FSR Magazine), Kristine Hansen is continually on top of wine and food trends. She’s also the Cheers columnist for Cabin Life Magazine and contributes stories about wine, beer, coffee and cocktails to Fodor’s Travel’s website,, Yahoo Travel, Wine Enthusiast, American Airlines’ inflight magazine, the International Wine Accessories’ blog and Fresh Cup. Her book – The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Coffee & Tea – serves as a guide for coffee and tea geeks.

Cost: $125 (first-time fliers, meaning you've never taken a class from me before) or $115 (you've signed up for another one of my classes: welcome back!) Deadline to register is Friday, Dec. 26, 2014.

Classes are taught by Kristine Hansen, a blogger for and writer for TIME, American Airlines’ inflight magazineCNN.comWine EnthusiastDestination Weddings & Honeymoons and National Geographic Traveler. A freelance writer since 1999, she has traveled to 19 countries.

"Boarding Pass" E-course
"Food & Drink" E-course
"Idea Camp" E-course

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