CRS 290: Travel Writing

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“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” Henry Miller

Travel writing gives you the opportunity to give voice to the experiences you have while traveling and share these with a broader audience. It allows you to explore a culture and develop an understanding of other ways of living. This increasingly popular genre of writing draws on journalistic and literary traditions. In this course you will develop an understanding of this genre by reading the works of well- known travel writers. Through exercises and in-class workshops you will learn to write in this genre and recognize the role of research, observation, journaling and reporting to produce your own travel stories and explore the market for your travel pieces. You will also explore travel blogs and learn what characterizes an effective travel blog. By becoming familiar with some critiques of this genre you will develop strategies to become ethical writers in this genre.


On successfully completing the course students will be able to:

  • Identify different styles and categories of travel writing.
  • Use research and observation as building blocks for travel writing.
  • Identify and use the key writing elements that lead to successful travel articles.
  • Produce a variety of articles within this genre.