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Welcome to the online home of travel columnist Donald D. Groff, who has dispensed advice  and stories since 1988 in such publications as the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Newark Star-Ledger, The Kansas City Star, Newsday, Salon, Condé Nast Traveler, Consumer Reports Travel Letter, The Boston Globe, and Endless Vacation magazine.


Everyone has a travel story to tell. What does it take to sell it? For nearly a decade, Donald D. Groff has presented one-day seminars on How to Sell Freelance Travel Stories as part of the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Special Studies special programs department. He occasionally offers private seminars for small groups. If you would like to be notified by e-mail of dates for such seminars, fill out the form below. 


    • How to get started when selling a story or idea

    • How to approach a publication or Web site

    • How much can you expect to be paid?

    • How to locate and contact editors

    • How to locate Internet markets

    • Newspapers, magazines, book writing, newsletters, public relations

    • Regional and national markets

    • Contract and protecting your rights

    • Value of illustrating your work -- it pays

    • Ethics of travel writing & taking free trips

    • How a news angle helps sell stories

Sessions usually are held on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a one-hour break for lunch. 

Comments from past students

"The instructor . . . made me feel that I could go out and write -- now!! This was the motivation I needed." 

"Excellent information presented in clear, concise manner."

"Tons of useful information presented in a clear and organized manner."

"Program was thorough -- instructor was clear, precise and knowledgeable."

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