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Introductory | Travel writing sounds too good to be true. You head off to France, Hawaii, or the Swiss Alps, take some notes, shoot some photos and then write articles that sell for enough to pay for the entire trip. But the reality is that only a handful of writers get these really choice assignments. This course will help you become one of the lucky few. It will introduce you to the fundamentals of travel writing, including scene, character sketches, dialogue, and point of view, as well as how to pitch those stories to an editor at an appropriate publication.
Nicholas O’Connell, M.F.A, Ph.D., is the author of The Storms of Denali (University of Alaska Press, 2012), On Sacred Ground: The Spirit of Place in Pacific Northwest Literature (University of Washington Press, 2003), At the Field’s End: Interviews with 22 Pacific Northwest Writers (University of Washington Press Press, 1998), Contemporary Ecofiction (Charles Scribner’s, 1996) and Beyond Risk: Conversations with Climbers (Mountaineers, 1993). He has contributed to Newsweek, Gourmet, Saveur, Outside, GO, National Geographic Adventure, Condé Nast Traveler, Food & Wine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Sierra, The Wine Spectator, Commonweal, Image and many other places. He is the publisher/editor of The Writer’s Workshop Review and the founder of the online and Seattle-based writing program, www.thewritersworkshop.net.