Good travel writing is a seamless connection between the writer and the place. In this class we will read excerpts from travel writers Paul Theroux, Freya Stark, Bill Bryson, Frances Mayes, Susan Orleans, Jonathan Raban and others in order to examine the delightfully colliding genres that make up travel writing: the diary, the essay, the memoir, and the narrative. We will study, practice, and hone the integration of theme, dialogue, humor, sensory description, digression, and voice, and, if we do our job well, the reader will hunger to be transported to the world we have created. We are all teachers and learners in this course, and activities include free writes, class discussions, guided practice, one-on-one conferences, partner reviews, and critique groups. At the end of the course participants may submit a final piece of travel writing for inclusion in a class anthology.
Your Teacher: Lesley Klenk, PhD, lives in Olympia, Washington. After completing a thirty-one-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. Her mission is to laugh her way around the world even if she does have to fly economy class.
*Enrollment is limited to 15 students
General Public/Members: $86/$80 Seven Sessions