Travel Writing Workshop (Section 2)

2559-502:
Discipline: English Writing
Instructor: Shepherd
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 1300
End: 1415
Field Work: Day 4 - Sunday, 18 October | Spain Download Syllabus

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 Work

Country: Spain
Day: 4 - Sunday, 18 October

Our objectives are to better appreciate the role imagination plays in daily life, in our surroundings, and to see its expression beyond the purely artistic (beyond paintings in a museum). We will see and hear in which people use and experience space and place (buildings, streets, common areas, corners, windows, doorways) to enrich, express, and limit their imaginations.