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CNF 08 W — Travel Writing: Getting Paid to See the World

Quarter: Spring
Date(s): Mar 28—Jun 3
Duration: 10 weeks
Drop By
Drop Deadline: Mar 31
Unit(s): 3 Units
Tuition: $805
Format: Online course (System Requirements)
Limit: Limit 17
Status: Closed
The only thing more satisfying than traveling is wowing your friends with the stories from your trips. But do you ever dream of pulling these two passions together, of taking the next step and seeing your travel tales appear in a magazine or newspaper? Travel writing may seem like an unattainable aspiration, but with the right preparation, an adventurous spirit, and hard work, we can all tell stories that capture a reader’s—and hopefully an editor’s—imagination.

In this course, you will learn the practical tools for successful travel writing, from how to identify a fresh story idea to writing a winning pitch to crafting a compelling piece for publication. Students will write short-form pieces in the style of such magazines as Travel+Leisure, as well as a longer-form weekend getaway guide similar to the “36 Hours” column in The New York Times. The final project will be a 2,000-word feature on any place of your choosing. You will also do all of your revising in workshops, so the feedback will come from your fellow students as well as the instructor. Stories by respected writers like David Sedaris, Ian Frazier, and Lynn Yaeger will demonstrate what makes a travel piece transcend the usual. By the end of the course, you should have several pieces ready for submission to your favorite travel magazine or website for possible publication. .

This is an online course. For more information about the Online Writing Program, visit our FAQs.

Justin Bergman, Journalist

Justin Bergman has worked as a journalist on three different continents in news, travel, business, arts, and sports writing. He is a former senior editor at Budget Travel magazine, and has been published in the travel sections of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Monocle, New York, and Elle Decor.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Elizabeth Gilbert, Best American Travel Writing 2013 (ISBN 978-0547808987)