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EGL 110 — Take Me There: A Travel Writing Bootcamp

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Sat/Sun
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 4 days
Date(s): May 15—May 23
Time: 9:00—11:30 am (PT)
Refund Deadline: May 15
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $320
Instructor(s): Chaney Kwak
Limit: 24
Status: Open
Please Note: Full schedule: 2 Saturdays and 2 Sundays, May 15, May 16, May 22, and May 23, 9:00 - 11:30 am (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Spring
Live Online(About Formats)
Sat/Sun
9:00—11:30 am (PT)
Date(s)
May 15—May 23
4 days
Refund Date
May 15
1 Unit
Fees
$320
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Instructor(s):
Chaney Kwak
Limit
24
Open
Please Note: Full schedule: 2 Saturdays and 2 Sundays, May 15, May 16, May 22, and May 23, 9:00 - 11:30 am (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
What does it mean to write about travel when our movement is limited? How do we draw from our memories to bring a place to life? Can travel writing be about a place as near as your backyard? Good writing transforms the way we look at a place—whether it’s a faraway country or a local strip mall. In this course, we will elevate a mere I-saw-this-then-I-ate-that tale into a compelling narrative. Reading excerpts from magazines, memoirs, and even fiction, we will study dialogue, characters, tension, and place. In-class exercises will invoke all your senses and expand your comfort zone. A magazine editor will make a guest appearance to discuss the current state of publishing. Each student will also have the opportunity to share a short piece they wrote in a supportive online workshop. This will benefit both seasoned writers who have written all their lives and novices trying creative writing for the first time.

"One’s destination is never a place,” wrote Henry Miller, “but rather a new way of looking at things.” At the end of this course, you will be well on your way to creating a story that helps readers look at the world anew.

Chaney Kwak, Author

Chaney Kwak has published in The New York Times, Condé Nast Traveler, Afar, and other publications. A contributor to National Geographic books and a number of anthologies, he has also received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Key West Literary Seminar. His forthcoming book is The Passenger: How a Travel Writer Learned to Love Cruises & Other Lies from a Sinking Ship.

Textbooks for this course:

(Recommended) Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby (ISBN 0143125494)