Syllabus

Assignments:

(1) Write a Travel Article & Submit for Publication:

  • Over the next 7 weeks, you will research, write, and revise an article in which you will submit for publication.
  • First Draft Due: Wed. 11/17
  • Final Draft Due: Wed. 12/8

(2) Read, Read, Read Travel Literature:

  • Read magazine articles, books, & blogs. Bring your favorites to share with the class!

Class 1 – Oct 27

Topics:

  • Overview: What is Travel Writing?
  • Types of Travel Writing
  • Writing Practice
  • Article Structure
  • Theme/ Lead/ Hook

Class 2:  Nov. 3

Topics:

  • Planning Document
  • Sources of Publication
  • Writing Guidelines
  • Analyzing the Publication & Reader
  • Writing Practice

Class 3:  Nov. 10

Topics:

  • Travel Blogs
  • Research
  • Online Databases
  • Source Citations/ Copyright
  • Writing Practice

Class 4:  Nov. 17

  • Revision/ Editing
  • Publishing Industry
  • Writing Practice
  • Special Guest
  • Interviews/ Finding Experts

** NO CLASS — Nov. 24

Class 5:  Dec. 1

  • Query Letter
  • Final Revisions — Article
  • Submitting Your Work
  • Travel Twitter
  • Writing Practice

Class 6:  Dec. 8

  • Marketing/ Networking
  • Social Media/ Web 2.0
  • Building your Platform/ Brand
  • Writing Practice
  • Your Next Trip!

Bibliography:

George, Don. Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing: Expert Advice on Travel Writing from the World’s Leading Travel Publisher.  Oakland California: Lonely Planet Publications, 2009.

O’Neil, L. Peat. Travel Writing: A Guide to Research, Writing, and Selling. Cincinnati, Ohio: Writer’s Digest Books, 1995.

Ruberg, Michelle, ed.  Writer’s Digest Handbook of Magazine Article Writing.  Cincinnati, Ohio: Writer’s Digest Books, 1995.

Zoebel, Louise and Jacqueline Harmond Butler.  The Travel Writer’s Handbook: How to Write – and Sell – Your Own Travel Experiences.  Chicago: Surrey Books, 2007.

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