Have you ever wondered how to transform your adventures into compelling stories? This course will help you turn those trips into tales. We will discuss the different types of travel writing, focusing on long-form place-based narrative nonfiction (though poets and fiction writers are welcome). Topics covered will include keeping a travel journal; research and audience; place-based specifics and sensory detail in setting; the human landscape and use of effective dialog and narrative voice; the development of action and arc; the ethical considerations involved in writing about travel; and revision, editing, and finding markets for your work.
Suzanne Roberts is the author of the lyrical essay collection Animal Bodies: On Death, Desire, and Other Difficulties (Longlisted for the 2023 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay), the award-winning travel memoir in essays Bad Tourist: Misadventures in Love and Travel (2020), and the memoir Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail (Winner of the 2012 National Outdoor Book Award), as well as four collections of poems. Named "The Next Great Travel Writer" by National Geographic's Traveler, Suzanne's work has been listed as notable in Best American Essays and included in The Best Women's Travel Writing. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, CNN, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, The Rumpus, Hippocampus, The Normal School, River Teeth, and elsewhere. She holds a doctorate in literature and the environment from the University of Nevada-Reno, teaches in the low residency MFA program in creative writing at UNR-Lake Tahoe, and lives in South Lake Tahoe.
Suzanne is new to The Porch. Welcome!