About ITWPA

For Travel Writers & Photographers Since 2003

The International Travel Writers & Photographers Alliance is a professional network of travel writers and photographers who hail from around the globe.

Founded in 2003 by Great Escape Publishing (formerly AWAI Travel Division), today the ITWPA has more than 1,600 active members and counting, from more than a dozen countries around the world.

Here at the ITWPA, we aim to provide you and your fellow members with a useful forum for networking as well as critical resources to help you gain the credibility, credentials, and confidence of a seasoned, professional writer and photographer. Our mission is threefold. We want to help our members write better, travel smarter, and earn more. And that’s just the beginning of what you’ll experience when you take advantage of all of the benefits that come with membership.

Meet Our Experts

Kyle Wagner

Kyle Wagner is a freelance writer, editor, and restaurant consultant. From May 2005 to August 2014 she was the Travel and Outwest Editor at the Denver Post.  Kyle dished out her opinions on dining in Denver for the 12 years prior as a restaurant critic, first for Westword and then the Post. Since leaving the Denver Post, Kyle has continued to write travel stories for the newspaper, as well as for AAA's Westways magazine, Denver Life, Colorado Expression, Mountain Living and more. She also has been the lead updater and editor for the Fodor's Guide to Colorado for 15 years.

Kyle's at the helm of our members-only ITWPA Insider, a publication you'll receive by email two times a month. Every other Friday, you can expect an issue with new press-trip announcements and other offers of hospitality. Plus you can count on sound, real-world advice directly from Kyle, designed to multiply your successes so you're enjoying the perks of a freelancer's life sooner -- and more fully. You'll be getting straight-shooting guidance from exactly the kind of reader you're trying to please.

Kyle Wagner
Kyle Wagner

Lori Allen

Lori Allen is the Director and Creator of Great Escape Publishing, formerly the Travel Division at the American Writers & Artists Inc (AWAI). 

Lori joined AWAI in October 2000 as a marketing manager and quickly fell in love with their course on travel writing;

 “It was about more than getting paid to take free vacations,” she said.  “It was about traveling in a better way… seeing the world as an untourist… and selling stories that go into magazines and newspapers around the country making all our best travel experiences eternal.  Sometimes we spend more time planning a trip than we do actually enjoying it.  But with travel writing and travel photography, our memories live forever and they come with the prestige of knowing that others will relive our memories vicariously, too.  And hey… the perks sure are great, too.”

Today, Great Escape publishes a myriad of books and programs on getting paid to travel and has hosted over 100 live events.

Lori Allen
Lori Allen

Jennifer Stevens

Jennifer Stevens is the author of The Ultimate Travel Writer's Program and architect of The Ultimate Travel Writer’s Workshop. Executive Editor of International Living, Jen has gallivanted through 28 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, and Asia writing about the best locales for overseas travel, retirement, and investment. She cut her teeth in publishing as a business reporter and editor at Trade and Culture magazine.

In past incarnations, she lived in Paris and wrote market research reports for the Foreign Commercial Service. And she spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer on a spit of sand between Madagascar and Mozambique. She shares her secrets on travel writing in Great Escape Publishing’s e-letter The Right Way to Travel at www.greatescapepublishing.com.

Jennifer Stevens
Jennifer Stevens

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