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CW 46 — Writing the Globe: Crafting the Personal Travel Essay

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 28—Dec 7
Time: 6:30—9:20 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Sep 30
Units: 3
Tuition: $720
Instructor(s): Peter Fish
Limit: 21
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: No class on November 23
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
6:30—9:20 pm (PT)
Sep 28—Dec 7
10 weeks
Refund Date
Sep 30
3 Units
Peter Fish
Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: No class on November 23
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Frances Mayes's Tuscany, Ian Frazier’s Siberia, and Rahawa Haile's Appalachian Trail: the best travel writing captures places and people in all their beauty, humor, and complexity. This course will help you bring your travel experiences to vivid life on the page. We will work on conceiving, focusing, reporting, writing, and revising narrative travel essays, with the goal of producing a 2,000-word feature story suitable for publication in a major travel or literary magazine. Class discussions and weekly written assignments will hone essential skills: determining your essay’s focus and narrative structure, reporting, interviewing, and shaping compelling individual scenes. And, because every good writer needs to be a good editor, we will spend time critiquing each other’s work. We will also devote at least one session to crafting the short, snappy service articles—itineraries, roundups, and hotel and restaurant reviews—that are the best means of breaking into print and digital travel journalism. We will read selections from The Best American Travel Writing series and John McPhee's Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process, among others.

Writer; Editor; Contributor, San Francisco Chronicle; Former Travel Editor, Sunset

Peter Fish has received a Lowell Thomas Gold Medal for environmental journalism and Time Inc.’s Henry R. Luce Award. Writers he has edited include Susan Orlean and Tobias Wolff. He was the 2018–19 Rachel Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at Appalachian State. Fish received an MA in creative writing from Stanford and a Hoyns Fellowship in fiction from the University of Virginia.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) McPhee, Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process (ISBN 978-0374537975)