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WSP 82 — Take Me There: A Travel Writing Bootcamp

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Saturday and Sunday
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Nov 17—Nov 18
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Nov 10
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $365
Instructor(s): Chaney Kwak
Limit: 21
Status: Closed
Saturday and Sunday
10:00 am—4:00 pm
Nov 17—Nov 18
2 days
Drop By
Nov 10
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Chaney Kwak
"One’s destination is never a place,” wrote Henry Miller, “but rather a new way of looking at things.” Travel writing isn’t just about writing about “exotic” locales. When done right, it can transform the way we look at a place—a faraway country or your own backyard. The great Jan Morris said it best when she called great travel writing “more real than fiction, but more genuine than mere fact, too.”

In this weekend workshop, we will get a crash course on how to elevate an I-saw-this-then-I-ate-this tale into a compelling narrative. We will study dialogue, characters, tension, and place through an eclectic selection of readings and in-class writing exercises. In addition to prompts that will jumpstart your creative mind, we will also discuss important revision strategies. In a supportive environment, we will share our work to pick up important editing skills as well. Whether you are a memoirist recounting a significant moment in your life or a budding travel writer sending out your first pitch to editors, you will be well on your way to creating a long-form essay about an unforgettable place.

Chaney Kwak, Travel and Food Writer

Chaney Kwak is a full-time freelance writer who has published in The New York Times, Condé Nast Traveler, Afar, Hemispheres, and other publications. A contributor to National Geographic books and a number of anthologies, he wrote the 2017 Wallpaper* City Guide to San Francisco. He has also received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Key West Literary Seminar.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.