Special Topics in Nonfiction

Travel Writing Intensive

Monday-Friday, from 10:30am-1:30pm, starting June 3rd
GrubStreet HQ
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
14 seats max
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The best travel writing takes readers on a journey that is not only geographic but narrative. This intensive course in literary travel writing will introduce writers to key ways to transform their travel experiences into compelling narratives in the forms of short essays or memoirs. Exercises will explore approaches to chronology, identifying the narrative thread, creating sensory description, recreating dialogue, and how language can be used to create a sense of place. Excerpts from travel essays by writers such as Alexander Chee and Cheryl Strayed will be discussed. Bring a notebook and pen (or a laptop if you prefer) and expect to read some of your in-class writing aloud. You will leave the class with a strong outline and some early drafting of a travel essay. 

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Alden Jones
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