Many travel stories are mundane, formulaic ramblings telling readers where to go and what to see, but some transport the reader with vivid descriptive details and anecdotes, characters and dialogue. We’ll explore the art and craft of quality feature writing in general and travel writing in particular. The journey begins with in-class workshops aimed at focusing and refining story ideas. Exercises will help students polish interview techniques and become better observers (and travelers), using all their senses. Through constructive and supportive critiques, students help one another develop a compelling, evocative, personal travel writing style that creates a sense of place and resonates with readers. Students are expected to produce a publication-ready travel story with at least one sidebar.
Note: No prerequisite.
Course Number: WCWP-40104 Credit: 3 units