Instructor: Lavinia Spalding
Number of sessions: 6
Meeting time: Thursdays 6:30 pm-9:00 pm
Dates: Jan. 8 – Feb 12, 2015
Course fee: $350 for six sessions
Enrollment for this class is full, and registration has closed. If you’d like to be considered for the class waitlist, please contact the instructor. Some of our greatest moments and breakthroughs—or at least our best bar stories—come from our travels. Do you have a travel tale you’re ready to unleash? Here’s your chance.
In this six-session workshop, you’ll write and revise a personal travel essay, from vague idea to final draft, and then take steps to get it published. Along the way, you’ll learn the essentials of narrative travel writing, including structure, setting, dialogue, characterization, and story arc. You’ll develop and strengthen your writing voice, awaken your senses, and come to recognize your juiciest, most compelling material. In addition to writing and revising your own story, you’ll have the opportunity to study published pieces and discuss what made these essays shine. You’ll learn not only what an editor looks for in a story submission, but also the invaluable skill of viewing your own writing with an editor’s eye in order to make difficult but essential revisions. We’ll discuss the business of travel writing and go over tips for submitting writing and working with editors, and you’ll come away with a list of print and online publication outlets, plus plenty of ideas and inspiration for future projects. If you’ve ever aspired to being a published travel writer, consider this your passport. Essays written in prior sessions of this course have been chosen for the anthologies The Best Travel Writing, The Best Women’s Travel Writing, and Lonely Planet’s An Innocent Abroad.
Lavinia Spalding is series editor of The Best Women’s Travel Writing and author of Writing Away: A Creative Guide to Awakening the Journal-Writing Traveler, named one of the best travel books of 2009 by the L.A. Times, and With a Measure of Grace, the Story and Recipes of a Small Town Restaurant. She introduced the reissued e-book edition of Edith Wharton’s classic travelogue A Motor-Flight Through France, and her work has appeared in many print and online publications, including Sunset, Yoga Journal, San Francisco magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian UK, Tin House, Every Day with Rachael Ray, two volumes of The Best Travel Writing. She’s co-founder of San Francisco’s monthly travel reading series, Weekday Wanderlust. www.laviniaspalding.com