Writing the Travel Memoir with Jeff Greenwald (7/10-7/31)

Jeff Greenwald

Instructor: Jeff Greenwald
Contact: jeff@jeffgreenwald.com
Number of sessions: 4
Meeting time: Tuesday nights, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Dates: 7/10 – 7/31

Course fee: $260 for the session. $100 deposit.

To register, contact the instructor. All deposits are nonrefundable.


“How could I be lost? I was right here, on planet Earth.”

                                                       – Tracy Johnston, from Shooting the Boh

Travel can be one of the most important events in our life experience. It’s an opportunity to break from familiar habits and reinvent ourselves. For the open-minded traveler, the challenges and rewards are profound. And the stories that arise from our journeys—stories not only of other places, but of our own transformation through those places—are often the best stories we know.

Telling these stories isn’t always easy; we can get lost in the labyrinthine souks of our memory and imagination (not necessarily a bad thing!). In Writing the Travel Memoir, we’ll explore different ways to approach personal travel writing—from six-word stories to full-length books. We’ll learn about conveying a sense of place, using humor, wrestling with accents, and avoiding the Ugly American syndrome. We’ll also discuss where to place short personal travel essays, how to find an agent, and the basic of self-publishing print or eBooks. The class will be helpful to writers on many levels: those beginning their travel memoirs, and those with a planned journey or project in progress. Class readings and assignments will include our own work, and passages from some of the world’s best (or quirkiest) travel literature. Limited to 10 students.

Instructor Bio: Oakland-based Jeff Greenwald is a journalist, author and stage performer. His six travel books include the best-selling Shopping for Buddhas, The Size of the World and (most recently) Snake Lake, a memoir set in Nepal during the 1990 democracy uprising. Jeff’s travel stories and essays have appeared in print and online publications worldwide, including Smithsonian, Afar, Outside, Islands, National Geographic Adventure, and Salon. His critically acclaimed solo show, Strange Travel Suggestions, has played to sold-out houses since 2003.