Instructor: Susan Seligson
August 14 - 18
1pm - 4pm
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The travel essay uses intimate experience as a means to probe the larger themes of why we wander, what the unfamiliar teaches us, and what makes us human. A travel essay is neither a journal nor blog entry. It is a tenderly crafted piece of writing that can be inspired by an adventure on a far-flung Pacific atoll or close to home. Through class exercises, assignments, and discussion of examples of some of the best of the genre, participants each will complete a 1,500-to 2,500-word travel piece worthy of publication, with parting advice on how and where to submit it.
The author of six books including Going with the Grain (Simon & Schuster), a travel essay about the meaning of bread in people’s lives around the world, Susan Seligson is an award-winning journalist who has written for numerous national and international publications, including The New York Times, The Atlantic, Redbook, and The Times of London. She has reported from around the U.S. as well as Central America, India, the Middle East, and many countries in Africa and Europe.