Travel Writing

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  • “It was both a pragmatic and an inspirational workshop. I learned how to transform a first into something more coherent with a beginning, a middle, and an end. Also, I learned ways of looking at published texts and detecting some of the different techniques professional writers have used to hook readers.

    What surprised me about the class: I was expecting that I’d be writing a short piece about one of my travels, but I ended up writing a break-up story with a sense of place.”

    Beppe, January 1, 1970

  • “The biggest thing I learned is how important all of the senses are when doing any kind of writing, particularly travel writing. It occurred to me that all my favorite travel pieces appeal to the senses as a means of transporting me into the piece. I also learned that I can come up with some good writing pretty quickly by just bolting it out with pen and paper.

    I was very surprised at the organization and pacing of the class. It was exactly what I needed to whip my writing into shape.”

     

    Rachelle, June 18, 2017

  • “I enjoyed the workshop so much! I re-learned a lot of literary terms and language that I knew deep down but hadn’t really thought about since I left university.”

    Kaitlin, June 18, 2017

  • “Basically, what the instructor shows is that there’s an endless array of techniques out there for an aspiring writer can use. Writer’s block is not possible: just read.

    I’ve come to the conclusion after attending these workshops that one of the many ways to learn to write—land a very fruitful one—is to read and to imitate. ‘Lezen is het halve werk van schrijven,’ [‘Reading is half the work of writing,’] Bob den Uyl wrote.”

    Irma, June 18, 2017

  • “I learned a lot. I have always written, but with this instructor’s tips I’m more likely to be able to keep a story interesting. I also think the experience will help to give my texts a deeper layer. Most of all, the course made me start thinking about whether I want to write for myself or for other people.

    Where’s my favorite place to write? In the park or at a café, with paper and pencil.”

    Dymphi, June 18, 2017

  • “I learned techniques that can help bring my text to life.

    What surprised me about the class?
    The dynamic—it was very interesting, every second. There wasn’t moment in which I wanted a take a break or stop to refresh my mind. Although it was a lot of information, it flowed like a river.”

    Alberto, June 18, 2017

  • “I learnt that there are many different techniques for—and styles of—travel writing. I also learnt that I can apply screenwriting techniques: bringing a reader into the immediate scene and ‘zooming in and out’ work well on paper, too.

    How did it feel to write a piece overnight?
    (Laughs). It caused duress…but I just kept moving from spot to spot until the story is complete.”

    Agnes, March 20, 2016

  • “It was a very well-organized and inspiring workshop, so, thank you! I learned the names of both authors and specific techniques that I can use to improve my writing.”

    Shelley, March 20, 2016