As Mark Twain famously said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” And, he might have added, write often and well about all that you see and do. Pack your notebook and be prepared for an intensive course in how to write non-fiction around the world in several different forms. Beginning with Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel (Rolf Potts) and Writing Away (Lavinia Spalding) this course will alternate between studying models of excellent non-fiction writing and practicing it ourselves as we travel around the world. We will read and write examples of immersion journalism, humor pieces, short vignettes, travel pieces, hybrid essays, memoir, profiles, and writing about found objects in graded and non-graded exercises. We will study contemporary examples of non-fiction writing and hold many writing workshops. We will also discuss literary models, narrative theory, and form and technique. Students will be required to submit one piece they write for the course to a magazine (on- or off-line) of their choice. A prior course in creative writing is required or admission by permission of instructor.
Field WorkCountry: Vietnam
Date: November 14, 2017