New Course in Creative Writing: Writing the Journey

Discipline: English Writing
Instructor: Kobert
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 08:00
End: 09:15
Field Work: Day 1 | England Download Syllabus

“Writing the Journey” uses the essay to help participants focus on the basics as they hone writing skills that can serve them well beyond the classroom. Taught by a professional writer and using the adventure of travel as subject matter, the course also inspires students to enjoy the process of writing and directs their gaze beyond the pursuit of a grade. Because this course involves skill development, much of our time will be spent in hands-on workshops and discussion, rather than lecture. Reading assignments, from travel essays that parallel our ports of call, will not only illustrate course topics but inform participants about the history and culture of places along our journey. Writing assignments will be informed by the richness of our travel experiences. Workshops will be used throughout the course to practice critiquing the work of others and to gain insight into ways to improve one’s own writing. Full preparation and participation are both expected and essential to the learning experience. Participants are encouraged to keep a personal journal throughout the voyage to be used as field notes as well as a record of your experiences during this adventure of a lifetime.”

Field Work

Country: England
Day: 1

The English writer Virginia Woolf is among the most prominent literary figures of the twentieth century. We will read The London Scene, then tour with a knowledgeable guide many of the sites depicted in this collection of Woolf's essays. This field lab offers the opportunity to compare the author's observations and sensibilities of place with our own sense of modern London. Following this field lab, students will complete an essay based on their own observations and experiences.