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EGL 46 — Writing the Globe: Travel Writing in the 21st Century

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 24—Dec 3
Time: 6:30—9:20 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 7
Units: 3
Tuition: $675
Instructor(s): Peter Fish
Limit: 21
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on November 26
6:30—9:20 pm
Sep 24—Dec 3
10 weeks
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Oct 7
3 Units
Peter Fish
Please Note: No class on November 26
Pico Iyer’s Japan, Cheryl Strayed’s Pacific Crest Trail, Ian Frazier’s Siberia, and David Foster Wallace’s Caribbean cruise ship: 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. Assigned readings will include The Best American Travel Writing 2018, edited by Cheryl Strayed, and John McPhee’s Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process.

Peter Fish, Writer; Editor; Former Stegner Fellow

Peter Fish served as Sunset magazine’s travel editor for two decades. He received a Lowell Thomas Gold Medal for environmental journalism and Time Inc.’s Henry R. Luce Award. Writers he has edited include Susan Orlean, Jane Smiley, and Tobias Wolff. He was the 2018–19 Rachel Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at Appalachian State University. Fish received an MA in creative writing from Stanford.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Edited by Lauren Collins, Best American Travel Writing 2017 (ISBN 978-1328745736)
(Required) John McPhee, Draft No. 4 (ISBN 978-0374537975)