How does the traveler become the travel writer? What makes good travel writing? And why does it matter today? This four-week course examines and breaks down the very specific craft of travel writing.
Simply because we like to travel, does it qualify us to write about it? Everywhere has been written about, so how do we find something fresh to say about… Paris, or even Patagonia? We both dispel, and prove, some of the myths of travel writing.
Students learn to find an angle in order to uncover destinations anew and make them personal— it’s in the personal that the universal is revealed. From crafting a compelling lede, and understanding the need for a strong “nut graph,” to knowing the value of dialogue in propelling the story forward, and then finding the ideal kicker to send the reader away satisfied, students dissect published stories and are sent out into “the field” (of New York City) to craft their own.
Travel writing is more than, “I went here, I did this, I ate that.” From front of book and service pieces, to destination features, we discuss magazine and newspaper travel writing in depth, as well as touch on longer form travel writing. And finally, through exercises and assignments, students learn to craft a compelling pitch in order to approach editors.
Guest lecturers – some of today’s most successful travel writers and top editors – may lend a practical voice to the discussion.
Tuition & Fees
Summer courses are offered at the standard Continuing Education tuition rate of $1,512 per point ($3,024 for a 2-point course, $4,536 for a 3-point course and $9,072 for a six-point intensive). For more detailed information, please see "tuition and fees":http://arts.columbia.edu/summer/tuition-fees