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

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: Online course (System Requirements)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 25—Dec 8
Drop Deadline: Sep 28
Units: 3
Tuition: $880
Instructor(s): Justin Bergman
Limit: 17
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class the week of November 20. Update: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 9/28 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 10/3 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Fall
Date(s)
Sep 25—Dec 8
10 weeks
Drop By
Sep 28
3 Units
Fees
$880
Instructor(s):
Justin Bergman
Limit
17
Closed
Please Note: No class the week of November 20. Update: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 9/28 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 10/3 at 5:00 pm (PT).
The only thing more satisfying than traveling is wowing your friends with stories from your trips. But do you ever dream of putting 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 destination of your choosing. You will do all of your revising in workshop so the feedback will come from both your fellow students and the instructor. Stories from The Best American Travel Writing 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.

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