If you fancy entering this year’s travel writing competition, launching tomorrow in Saturday’s Guardian – or just want to improve your work – check out these handy tips from the Guardian Travel team
Writing courses to inspire you, from Croatia to Scotland
• Write in the first person, past tense (or present if the action really justifies it), and make your story a personal account, interwoven with facts, description and observation.
• Many writers start their piece with a strong – but brief – anecdote that introduces the general feeling, tone and point of the trip and story. Something that grabs the reader’s attention and makes them want to read on. Don’t start with the journey to the airport – start with something interesting, not what happened first.
Istanbul boasts a night out for all tastes, from Gypsy haunts to the city’s most outrageous gay club, Izzy Finkel & Tom Roueché picks 10 of the best
Probably the city’s glitziest club, this is where Istanbul’s investment bankers dance the night away on the banks of the Bosphorus – the super-flash avoid the traffic of the coastal road and arrive at the club by boat. Its two floors are large enough to include Istanbul’s priciest – and, some say, best – restaurant, which comes with a nifty trick: diners don’t have to pay the 50TL (£18) entrance fee to the club (although once the bill comes, that may not seem like such a saving).
• Muallim Naci Avenue 44, Ortaköy, +90 212 259 5919, reina.com.tr