Learn travel writing with specificity, originality, and force.

Date:  Sep 9-15, 2018
Levels:  Intermediate, Advanced
Workshop Fee:  $1195
Class Size: 12

Colleen Kinder, Canada, Edmonton. July/30/2017. Off Assignment!

There are only two plots in all of literature, claimed the late John Gardner: the story of a journey, and of a stranger coming to town. Most travel literature is both: the story of a journey, as well as a tale of a stranger, stepping into an alien land. Focusing on the journey narrative, we’ll explore the tropes of travel writing and techniques for rendering sense of place with specificity, originality and force. How can we take advantage of the specifics of place to enhance our narratives.  Utilizing the journey as a framework, you’ll answer writing prompts, consider experimental approaches, and draft a short narrative that reflects your passage through space and time.

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Instructor: Colleen Kinder

Colleen Kinder is a travel essayist loosely based in too many places. Colleen's work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, A Public Space, The Atlantic.com, National Geographic Traveler, Salon.com, Creative Nonfiction, and The New York Times Travel Section. Her essays have been anthologized in The Best American Travel Writing 2013, Readings For Writers, The Best Women's Travel Writing, 20-Something Essays by 20-Something Writers, and The Innocent Abroad.