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

Quarter: Spring
Course Format: Online course (System Requirements)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Apr 3—Jun 9
Drop Deadline: Apr 11
Units: 3
Tuition: $850
Instructor(s): Justin Bergman
Limit: 17
Apr 3—Jun 9
10 weeks
Drop By
Apr 11
3 Units
Justin Bergman
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 an online writing course is dependent upon one’s degree of participation, students should plan on investing four to six hours per week in order to gain substantial benefit from the course.

Justin Bergman, Freelance Journalist

Justin Bergman has been an editor at Time and Budget Travel magazines. In addition to being a correspondent for Monocle magazine, he has also contributed to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Financial Times, Modern Farmer, New York, Elle Decor, and the BBC.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Andrew McCarthy, The Best American Travel Writing 2015, 2015 edition (ISBN 0544569644)