Travel Writing Workshop (Section 3)

2559-503:
Discipline: English Writing
Instructor: Shepherd
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 1550
End: 1705
Field Work: Day 2 - Friday, 23 October | Morocco 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: Morocco
Day: 2 - Friday, 23 October

Our objectives are to find ways in which we see and experience spaces which contribute to or defy stereotypes; ways in which we place that which we don't understand, that which causes us to feel lost, or different from those around us.  In particular, to visit with people at work, play, in plenty and in need, and to allow ourselves to be lost in ways of life we do not know or easily understand. We will challenge ourselves to interact with people who are on a walk in life that is very different from ours. Whether we are enjoying the luxuries of fine arts and crafts or the ways in which the poor are fed, whether we are lost in a market of millions of things to buy or visiting an orphanage, whether we are talking with a vendor about his or her family or hearing from a charity worker about his or her calling in life, we will be seeking the contrast between what we believe we already know about how people live and what we have yet to learn.