Students will write, peer edit, and share travel writing. Assignments will include reading established and contemporary travel writers, completing journals and writing exercises, and conducting interviews and scouting story ideas on ship and on location. Students will have opportunities to participate in public readings, create posts, or prepare work for potential publication. Workshops will address writing skills from conceptual to grammatical, from voice to revision. Students should be prepared to share work, to participate in discussion, and to explore new ideas both as travelers and as writers.
Reading and writing assignments will consider the interplay of geographies, religions, race, gender, age, cultures and cross-cultures, history, and artistic expression. In the end, we hope not only to increase our own sense of wonder, but to learn new ways to inform and share that wonder.
Students should bring a journal with them—any type of durable notebook—for use while visiting ports.
A typical class will begin with a moment of grammar (discussion of a style or usage issue), sharing of writing prompts from readings, discussion of our daily theme, in class assignment or writing workshop, and review of assignments.
Field WorkCountry: Turkey
Day: 1 - Tuesday, 29 September
Our objectives are to better understand human expressions and attitudes toward religious and secular impulses; to experience these in specific spaces and in contrast; and to form a response, in writing, to our encounter with these “lived and living” communities as they relate to our own experiences with faith. We will explore varieties with which people encounter and appropriate space in their experience of religion, and in their encounters with others who disagree with their encounters with religion. We will consider expressions of reverence, sacredness, holiness, and fervor; we will also consider the influence of secular boundaries, repression, and integration.