Instructor: Susan Seligson
August 6 - 9
Monday - Thursday
1 - 4pm
The travel essay uses personal experience to probe larger themes of why we wander, what the unfamiliar teaches us, and what makes us human. Neither a journal nor blog entry, an essay is a tenderly crafted work that can be inspired by an adventure on a far-flung Pacific atoll or close to home. Through writing exercises, critiques, and study of some of the best of the genre, participants each will complete a polished 1,500-to 2,500-word travel piece.
Susan Seligson is an award-winning journalist, columnist, and travel writer who has reported from around the U.S., India, Central America, and many countries in Europe and Africa. She is former senior editor of Bostonia magazine and a former contributing editor to Walking and Health magazines. The author of the book-length travel essay Going with the Grain (Simon & Schuster), she has written for numerous national and international publications including The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Times of London, The Atlantic, Yankee, Allure, Redbook, and Outside, as well as the online publications Salon, Nerve, and Radar. The author of four children’s books, she has taught travel essay, memoir, creative nonfiction, and journalism, most recently at Bay Path University’s MFA program. Susan divides her time between Brookline and North Truro, Massachusetts, possesses endless curiosity about world cultures, and lives to document her adventures both far-flung and close to home. She is fluent in French and speaks basic Italian and Arabic.