Got wanderlust? Quench it with your pen.
Jul 26, 2020 - Aug 1, 2020
Workshop Fee: $1,350
Class Size: 18
Got wanderlust? In this workshop, you’ll learn how to quench it with your pen. We’ll start with a brief survey of travel literature throughout the ages—from Ibn Battuta’s medieval adventures to Robyn Davidson’s 1,700 mile trek across the Australian Outback with four camels and a dog named Diggety. Then we’ll explore different ways of weaving observations and conversations into story arcs that recreate places pivotal to our own lives. We’ll also discuss the ethical considerations inherent in this genre, including how to portray people with dignity. Finally, we’ll venture out to majestic sites and capture what we encounter in visceral sensory detail. So lace up your boots: in this class, we’ll be roaming.
Instructor: Stephanie Elizondo Griest
Stephanie Elizondo Griest is a globetrotting author from the Texas/Mexico borderlands. Her five award-winning books include the travel memoirs: All the Agents and Saints; Mexican Enough; Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana; and the best-selling guidebook 100 Places Every Woman Should Go. She has also written for the New York Times, Washington Post, VQR, Believer, and Oxford American. Distinctions include a Henry Luce Scholarship to China, a Margolis Award for Social Justice Reporting, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton, and a Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Gold Prize. Currently the Associate Professor of Creative Nonfiction at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, she has performed on five continents in capacities ranging from a Moth storyteller to a literary ambassador for the U.S. State Department.