Under Richard Goodman's guidance, learn how to capture the essence of your journeys and craft compelling travel memoirs to share your unique experiences.

Oct 14, 2024 - Oct 26, 2024

Levels: Beginner, Intermediate,
Workshop Fee: $650
Workshop Duration: 15 hours over 5 sessions (Mondays & Wednesdays & and one Saturday, 12-3pm ET)
Workshop Location: Online
Class Size: 10

Note: This workshop will be held in a live, online format utilizing the Zoom platform.
Class meets Mondays & Wednesdays Oct 14, 16, 21, 23 & Saturday, Oct 26 from 12-3pm ET.

You’ve probably been an armchair traveler—we all have.  You’ve loved being transported to another land, loved being taken to another culture—just by someone’s well-wrought words.  It’s an exciting way to travel. 

Why not do that yourself? 

Why not transport readers with your own words, with your own images, to another land, to another culture, to places that you’ve seen and loved?

Why not write your own travel memoir? 

This workshop will help you do just that.

Cuba. Photo by Augustin De Montesquiou.
Cuba. Photo by Augustin De Montesquiou.

Summon those places, recreate them, and make them come alive once more.  Taste that food again.  Smell that sea again.  Hear that mysterious music again.  Listen to that melodic new language again.  Above all, bring back those people you met, the indelible characters, givers of hospitality and laughter, who befriended you and made their home yours. 

Where was it?  Italy?  Argentina?  Turkey?  New Zealand?  A long-ago summer as a student abroad?  A recent cruise trip to the Caribbean?  A first trip to New York City?  Whether it’s Timbuktu or an unforgettable trip to a national park, it’s all travel, and it’s all ready to be brought forth by your words.

Woman walking down a road towards a mountain

Each session, we will workshop student writing, with feedback from your fellow writers, and delve into craft, readings, and exercises. Some of this time will be allotted to individual writing and revision.  

Also, using any photos you might have from your travels is a great way of stimulating your memory.  And if you want to add them to your memoir to make it a visual experience as well, all the better.   

Join me on this journey. 

This workshop is for writers at the beginner / intermediate levels.

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Instructor: Richard Goodman

Richard Goodman is the author of French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of France, A New York Memoir, The Soul of Creative Writing and The Bicycle Diaries: One New Yorker’s Journey Through 9/11. Of French Dirt, the San Francisco Chronicle said, “It is one of the most charming, perceptive and subtle books ever written about the French by an American.” He co-edited The Gulf South: An Anthology of Environmental Writing. Richard Goodman has written on a variety of subjects for many national publications, including The New York Times, Harvard Review, Creative Nonfiction, River Teeth, Vanity Fair, Saveur and Ascent. He wrote the introduction for Travelers’ Tales Provence.