Good travel writing is a seamless connection between the writer and the place. This travel writing class is split in two parts: one, the study and discussion of travel writers Freya Stark, Bill Bryson, Frances Mayes, Susan Orlean, Jonathan Raban and others, and two, the writing and development of our own travel memoir through the integration of theme, dialogue, humor, sensory description, digression, and voice. We are all teachers and learners in this class, and activities include free writes, class discussions, guided practice, and writer workshop. At the end of the course, participants may submit one or more pieces of travel writing for inclusion in a class anthology. The Monday class involves an analysis of the readings and discussion of writing devices, and the Wednesday classes are small writing workshops. Members will choose one of the Wednesday groups to attend.
Enrollment is limited to 8 students.
General Public/Members: $86/$80 Seven Sessions
Monday, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm (with a break)
Wednesday 1:00-1:45 (Group #1)
Wednesday 2:00-2:45 (Group #2)
Your Teacher: Lesley Klenk, PhD, lives in Olympia, Washington. After completing a 31-year career in education, Klenk’s writing meanders through the genres of literary fiction, memoir, and travel writing. You can read her work on her travel blog, Travels with Paul, the social media platforms Thurston Talk, Grays Harbor Talk, and the online magazine, Living Better After 50. Klenk realized her calling as a travel writer after escaping a locked bathroom stall in Mexico, surviving a close encounter with a shrieking hyena in South Africa, and stumbling into an illicit speakeasy in Paris.