July 11, 2018
6 Weeks | $260
This class will be a bare-bones guide to travel writing for anyone who has ever thought, “Hey, I like traveling. I like writing, too. I could probably be a travel writer!”
Whether you’re a seasoned fiction or memoir writer, a blogger who has never been formally edited or someone who has never even put more than two sentences together, this class will help you identify what travel writing is, exactly; how to sniff out a good narrative in the wild; how to use your own unique experiences, history and perspectives to tell the stories that nobody else can tell; what the differences between personal essays, service pieces and other forms of travel writing are; learn about some of the common phrasing and structural pitfalls seen in lower quality travel pieces; parse issues of cultural, historical and political sensitivity and create your own sellable travel article or essay that you will be able to pitch to editors.
It will also teach you to look at the world with beginner’s eyes–travel doesn’t necessarily mean getting on a plane and this class will inform those who aren’t jet-setting around the globe every month how to write travel pieces from seemingly mundane experiences.
Jackie will provide assignments, lectures, links to and PDFs of relevant articles and examples to class material.
What is travel writing?A look at several different types of writing and article styles and exploring different genres that can exist in travel writing.
What do you bring to the table? Learning how to identify narratives from personal experiences and observations
Grammar dos and don’ts, how to structure a basic piece including creating a lede and nut paragraph<
Common tropes and pitfalls in travel writing; examining cultural, political and historical sensitivity in writing
Group sharing and feedback on pieces in-progress; tips for researching when on and off-the-ground
A primer on how and where to pitch your finished piece