Spotlight on tutor Don Pinnock
tutors the Travel Writing Course
at SA Writers’ College. Former editor of Getaway Magazine
, Don is also the author of 13 books and has written countless travel articles for magazines and newspapers.
In 2013 Don won the City Press Non-Fiction Award for his writing on street gangs and was awarded an Honorary Research Fellowship in the Law Faculty at the University of Cape Town.
Q. How did you get into writing – and travel writing?
A: I was an engineer but found it boring. I wanted to be a journalist but couldn’t spell, so I had to abandon my mis-chosen career and became a cub reporter for a radio station.
For the first few months, I mostly made coffee for the news editor and he threw me scraps of stories to chew on. Out of pure fright I learned to spell and then write.
Radio is a great starting place for writing – you have to be concise and remain interesting. You have to use simple words or the listener turns off the radio. Paul Gallico taught me to get big ideas across simply. More...