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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
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Closed
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
Recording
Yes
Closed
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 is the author of The Passenger: How a Travel Writer Learned to Love Cruises & Other Lies from a Sinking Ship. His essays have been published in The New York Times, Condé Nast Traveler, Afar, and other publications and anthologies. He also has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Key West Literary Seminar.

Textbooks for this course:

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