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CNF 08 W — Travel Writing: Getting Paid to See the World

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 26—Dec 9
Drop Deadline: Oct 4
Unit(s): 3 Units
Tuition: $850
Limit: 17
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class the week of Thanksgiving
Sep 26—Dec 9
10 weeks
Drop By
Oct 4
3 Units
Please Note: No class the week of Thanksgiving
The only thing more satisfying than traveling is wowing your friends with the stories from your trips. But do you ever dream of pulling these two passions together, of taking the next step and seeing your travel tales appear in a magazine or newspaper? Travel writing may seem like an unattainable aspiration, but with the right preparation, an adventurous spirit, and hard work, we can all tell stories that capture a reader’s—and hopefully an editor’s—imagination.

In this course, you will learn the practical tools for successful travel writing, from how to identify a fresh story idea to writing a winning pitch to crafting a compelling piece for publication. Students will write short-form pieces in the style of such publications as Travel+Leisure, as well as a longer-form weekend getaway guide similar to the “36 Hours” column in The New York Times. The final project will be a 2,000-word feature on any place of your choosing. You will also do all of your revising in workshops, so the feedback will come from your fellow students as well as the instructor. Stories from the Best American Travel Writing anthology will demonstrate what makes a travel piece transcend the usual. By the end of the course, you should have several pieces ready for submission to your favorite travel magazine or website for possible publication.

Although the time commitment for this course is dependent upon one’s degree of participation, students should plan on investing four to six hours per week in order to participate at a substantial level.

Justin Bergman, Journalist

Justin Bergman has worked as a journalist on three different continents in news, travel, business, arts, and sports writing. He is currently the Shanghai correspondent for Monocle magazine and is a former senior editor at Budget Travel magazine. His work has been published in the travel sections of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, New York, and Elle Decor.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Andrew McCarthy, Best American Travel Writing 2015 (ISBN 978-0544569645)