Instructors that help you thrive, not just survive

Write Like A Honey Badger (WLHB) only employs very veteran, hardcore writers to teach — ones eager to give back to the industry, helping talented, diverse voices emerge and shine. Our instructors touch upon trends in the trade and literary best-practices. But they also keep the workshops grounded in hard-won insider advice that boosts each student a few rungs up the career ladder.

Don’t guess at what works. Learn the tactics of full-time, thriving freelancers, who treat travel and lifestyle journalism as a serious business!

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Instructor and cofounder Amanda Castleman, a smiling Caucasian woman with blue eyes and long brown hair. Pacific Northwest greenery is visible in the background. Photo by Valentina Vitols Writer and Photographer Amanda Castleman specializes in travel, adventure, nature, animals and the environment. Her work has appeared in Afar, Outside, Sierra, Islands, Wired, Salon, BBC Travel, Delta Sky, Hemispheres, Sport Diver, Coastal Living, Bon Appetit, Cooking Light and The International Herald Tribune, as well as the Guardian and Sunday Express. Despite her yoga-and-yogurt tendencies, she’s a former wilderness guide. Her Honduras scuba article won a Lowell Thomas award (travel writing’s ersatz Pulitzer).

Amanda has taught journalism and digital media since 2003. She pioneered online workshops that pushed beyond “travel the world for free” to dive deeply into the art and craft of reporting. She launched the first Travel Writing Master Class in 2011 and continue to offer it once or twice each year.

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Instructor and cofounder Naomi Tomky, a Caucasian woman in a grey shirt, smiling as she leans against a fence in the Pacific Northwest. A curving trail and evergreen trees are visible in the background

Award-winning food and travel writer Naomi Tomky uses her unrelenting enthusiasm for eating everything to propel herself around the world. From trailing a street food hawker in Singapore to navigating the ancient roads of the Maya jungle, she explores the globe with a hungry eye—and mouth. Her work appears in publications such as The New York Times, Travel + Leisure, Saveur, Food & Wine, and more. She was included in the 2017 edition of Best Food Writing and has won an Association of Food Journalists Best Food and Travel Award, and contributed to numerous cookbooks and guidebooks. Her own cookbook, The Pacific Northwest Seafood Cookbook, comes out in November 2019.

Naomi spent a decade in the marketing industry and held various consulting roles (editing, social media, and more). She’s also taught food writing, travel writing, and pitching classes online and in-person since 2016. She offers private coaching to help move new and seasoned writers to the next level in their writing journeys.

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