Collins Living Learning Center | Reading and Writing Travel Literature
L200 | 28019 | Mira Rosenthal


The idea of going traveling holds incredible power over the human
imagination and is inherently tied to our quest for understanding. We often
think of life as a journey, one that has a particular origin, a destination, and a
return at the end. This course is a workshop in writing poetry and fiction about
the experience of travel. We will read a selection of travel writings as a way to
expand our definition of what constitutes travel and understand the
conventions of the travel narrative and how certain authors mock or play with
such conventions. Through our discussion of these texts, we will become
familiar with specific techniques of creative writing available to the poet and
fiction writer. We will use this knowledge to craft our own travel experiences -
be they around our own town or to far-off countries - into poems and short
stories..