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Meghan J Ward

Meghan J. Ward is an outdoor, travel and adventure writer, a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and the author of Lights to Guide Me Home. Meghan has written several books, as well as produced content for films, anthologies, blogs and some of North America’s top outdoor, fitness and adventure publications. As a consultant, she coaches writers and photographers to help bring their projects to life and ensure their work is seen by a wider audience. She lives in Banff, Alberta, with her husband, Paul Zizka, and their two daughters.


Adventure Travel Show

Redefining Adventure: Stories from Lights to Guide Me Home

In Lights to Guide Me Home Meghan takes us on a trip around the world while chronicling her transitions through some of life’s major milestones. From Costa Rica to Nepal, Rapa Nui to Malta, Meghan explores what it means to carve out her own identity amidst family expectations, her responsibilities as a parent to young children, and her marriage to an ambitious travel and landscape photographer.

“Redefining Adventure” explores the opportunity we have to let go of expectations and embrace new ways of experiencing the world — a journey that is sometimes comical, often surprising, usually challenging, and ultimately fulfilling.

Workshop: Adventure Writing

Crafting the Perfect Pitch: Getting Your Adventure Stories Published

Many writers and adventurers dream of seeing their stories published. But “”cracking the code”” with magazines and other publications can be a tough gig. What sells a story? What are editors looking for? What can a writer do to make their story stand out?

Meghan J. Ward has been a freelance outdoor writer for over 15 years, and she’s also spent a decade working as an editor for magazines, giving her unique insights from both sides of the equation. In this 90-minute workshop (including a question period) you’ll learn about story ideas versus story angles, how to write a query letter, thinking visually, and other best tactics to help you get your stories published in magazines, blogs, and beyond.


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