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EGL 138 W — The Craft and Business of Travel Writing

Quarter: Spring
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Apr 1—Jun 7
Drop Deadline: Apr 4
Units: 3
Tuition: $895
Instructor(s): Chaney Kwak
Limit: 17
Status: Registration opens Feb 25, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is April 4 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is April 9 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Spring
Date(s)
Apr 1—Jun 7
10 weeks
Drop By
Apr 4
3 Units
Fees
$895
Instructor(s):
Chaney Kwak
Limit
17
Registration opens Feb 25, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is April 4 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is April 9 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Today, the media industry is changing faster than the dissolving coastline of Antarctica, but that doesn’t mean there’s no audience for good travel writing. In this craft-based yet practical course, we will look at the world of travel writing from a fresh perspective. Besides traditional print outlets and literary journals, we will look at digital platforms that are transforming the way we write—and think—about travel by reading magazine feature articles, blogs, and even Instagram stories. You will then try your hand at drafting snappy blog posts, pithy front-of-book dispatches, clever hotel reviews, helpful travel itineraries, and a compelling narrative feature. Along the way, we will identify new writing opportunities and create attention-grabbing pitches for editors. In addition, we will discuss the opportunities and challenges in launching or maintaining your own travel blog. You will also learn how to be your own best editor by reading and critiquing your classmates’ work in a supportive, constructive environment. By the end of the course, students will be armed with new skills for pitching editors of travel publications and websites.

Chaney Kwak, Travel 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:

(Required) Jamaica Kincaid, A Small Place (ISBN 978-0374527075)
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