Travel Writing — Syllabus

Introduction to Travel Writing: The reality of travel writing. Types of travel writing. Angles. Timeliness. Audience. Place. Passport to travel writing.

Destination Articles: Exploring destination articles. Structural mainstays— lead, nut graf, body, kicker. Moving parts—sense of place, facts, practical information, opinion, scene, people. Point of view. Length.

Travel Memoir: Exploring travel memoirs. Aspect. Story. Scene and reflection. Facts and memory. People and place.

Various Types: Destination roundups. Advice articles. Features. Travel essay. Food pieces. Front of book pieces.

New Media/Photography: Blogs. Social networking. Photography 101. Photographic artistry.

Description: Using the senses. Specificity. Techniques for creativity. Finding the right words. An eye for detail. Writing tight.

Voice: Voice defined. Exploration of the various types of voice. Understanding style—syntax, diction, and paragraph length. Tone. Tips for finding your voice. Humor.

Guidebooks/Travel Advice: Guide to guidebooks. Writing guidebooks. Travel advice—bookings, money, documents, packing, language. Traveling free or cheap.

The Business: Selling short pieces. Selling books. Query letters. Clip files. Targeting. Making contact. Response. Contracts.

Research/Revision: Importance of research. Travel writing resources. Plagiarism and “borrowing." The research process. The revision process. Editing.

Note: Content may vary among individual classes.