Eight years ago Rob McFarland was an IT consultant who had never been published. Now he’s a full-time travel writer, with seven awards including Australian Society of Travel Writers ‘Travel Writer of the Year’ (2007). Rob shares his top ten tips and tricks on writing, pitching and networking.

Rob is a regular contributor to Sydney Morning Herald, Sun-Herald, News Ltd’s Escape, West Australian, NZ Herald, Luxury Travel, Men’s Style & GQ magazines. He is a member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers and is a judge for the annual Gourmet Traveller and Hotel Management awards.

While not averse to the charms of a five-star hotel, his most memorable travel moments have come from his more adventurous trips. Highlights include scaling Wayna Picchu, the mist-shrouded mountain behind Machu Picchu; a six-day white-water rafting trip on the Futaleufu River in Patagonia and climbing Mount Kinabalu, south-east Asia’s highest mountain, in Borneo.

Rob regularly runs travel writing workshops in Sydney and Melbourne. See www.robmcfarland.org for more details.