Next Start Date: TBD
Tutor: Jodie Noel Vinson
Duration: 6 weeks - online writing class
Travel and writing sharpen our senses in much the same way, prompting us to look at the world in a new light. This six-week online writing class will introduce the themes, concepts, and skills that pertain to the increasingly popular genre of travel writing. We’ll explore our travel not just as an adventure to report, but as a lens through which we can examine our lives. The class will include helpful writing prompts, an overview of the development of the genre and the relevant place travel writing has in today’s global community, and an opportunity to shape your adventures into stories. You'll receive written feedback on your weekly assignments.
Six Week Outline:
Week 1. Introduction to Travel Writing: Form & Flexibility
In this module we’ll be defining the unique genre of travel writing, exploring the history of the genre, and brainstorming ideas for our own travel stories as we set our course for the coming weeks.
Week 2. Departure & Transit: Getting Started
In this module we’ll be brainstorming story ideas and discussing themes in travel writing, with plenty of prompts for getting started as we explore writing transit and departure.
Week 3. Evoking Place: Sensory Writing
We’ll be practicing sensory writing this week, and more specifically how we can use descriptive language to evoke a particular place as we work to establish the setting of our travel stories.
Week 4. Encountering the Other: Character Development
This week we’ll be developing the fascinating characters encountered in travel by drawing on some fiction techniques for character sketches.
Week 5. Developing the Back Story: Flashback
In our fifth week we will begin filling in the back story for one of our pieces, working with flashback as a tool to flesh out our essays as we continue to build on character development.
Week 6. Coming Home: Structuring the Whole
In our final module, we’ll work on writing conclusion and structuring the whole as we review the course thus far and envision where we want to go next. We’ll examine our audience, consider possible places to publish our travel writing, and explore the revision process.
Jodie Noel Vinson received her MFA in non-fiction creative writing from Emerson College, where she developed a book about her literary travels. Her essays and reviews have been published or are forthcoming in Ploughshares, Creative Non-Fiction, The Gettysburg Review, The Massachusetts Review, Pleiades, Nowhere Magazine, The Rumpus, Rain Taxi, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, among other places. Her work has been anthologized in Around the World: An Anthology of Travel Writing and selected as “Notable Essay” in The Best American Essays (2015 and 2016). Jodie lives in Seattle, where she is writing a book on insomnia. More at www.jodienoelvinson.com.