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Travel Writing
The University of the Arts

CE 1995N 01 Travel Writing

CE 1995N 01

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Andrea Calabretta



Spring 2017

  • (Mar. 14 to Apr. 11)
  • Tue 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • 0.00 Credits
  • 0.00 Credits
  • Tuition: $225 / Fees: $15
Learn to convey your impression of places near and far memorably, vividly and effectively in this travel writing course, which covers pitching and selling practices for writers hoping to share and sell their work. Discover how to improve storytelling, develop tone, voice and mood, consider images, and submit work for publication. This workshop-style course welcomes students at any level, and is a fit for writers as well as photographers aiming to effectively complement their imagery with text. Expect to share and receive feedback on your writing while exploring the many publishing avenues that exist in this genre.

Course Overview

Using published travel narratives as frames for discussion, this class examines the art of travel writing and helps budding writers to understand the process of gathering research on the road, turning their travel journals and memories into crafted works, and eventually pitching their writing for publication.

What will you learn in this course?

  • Have an enhanced understanding of the genre of travel writing, a familiarity with some of the major writers of the genre, and a sense of what makes great travel writing successful
  • Complete one travel essay of their own for future refinement and possible submission
  • Recognize what works well and what doesn’t in peer writing and be able to articulate respectful, constructive feedback

What will you do in class?

  • Readings + Responses
  • Discussions
  • Written Assignments
  • Critiques of Peer Writing

What topics will be covered?

Each class session involves readings, discussion, and writing exercises to encourage spontaneity and passion in your storytelling. Over the course of five weeks, we will workshop a 3-5 page travel essay written by each student. All students will be expected to read the essays of the other students in the class and offer constructive feedback on what is working well and what could use more development. Likewise, you will have the opportunity to be “workshopped” and will receive feedback to help you strengthen your writing and create a revised piece of work.

Suggested readings or links to other content

Reading materials will be provided to you. See syllabus for additional suggestions and resources