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

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 24—Dec 3
Time: 6:30—9:20 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Sep 26
Units: 3
Tuition: $675
Instructor(s): Peter Fish
Limit: 23
Status: Registration opens Aug 17, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: No class on November 26. In addition, some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Fall
Live Online
Thursdays
6:30—9:20 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Sep 24—Dec 3
10 weeks
Drop By
Sep 26
3 Units
Fees
$675
Instructor(s):
Peter Fish
Limit
23
Registration opens Aug 17, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: No class on November 26. In addition, some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
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 two-thousand-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 2019, edited by Alexandra Fuller, and John McPhee’s Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process.

No prerequisites—just a passion for travel and a desire to learn how to write well about it.

Peter Fish, Writer; Editor; Former Travel Editor, Sunset

Peter Fish 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. Fish received an MA in creative writing from Stanford and a Henry Hoyns Fellowship in fiction from the University of Virginia.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Ed. Alexandra Fuller, Best American Travel Writing 2019 (ISBN 978-1328745736)
(Required) John McPhee, Draft No. 4 (ISBN 978-0358094234)
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