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Creative writing: an introduction to travel writing

To explore the definition, history and development of travel writing, examining the differences between travel journalism, travel literature, guidebook writing, blogging, etc.
Cory Saarinen, eLearning Team,Institute of Continuing Education, Madingley Hall, Madingley Cambridge CB23 8AQ,onlinecourses@ice.cam.ac.uk
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Course at a Glance

Mode of learning : Online - Instructor Lead(LVC)

Domain / Subject : Humanities

Function : General

Trainer name : Ms Gail Simmons

Starts on : 27th Oct 2014

Duration : 7 Weeks

Difficulty : Advanced

Creative writing: an introduction to travel writing

Do you have a passion for travel and words? This course will introduce you to the skills and concepts needed to turn your travel experiences into travel features as published in many UK newspapers and magazines, with the focus on practical writing exercises and discussion of your own work. 

Given the nature of creative writing, it is important that students' use of English is sufficiently fluent to be able to understand in English nuances of meaning and have a familiarity with the structure and grammar of English.

Aims of the course:
To explore the definition, history and development of travel writing, examining the differences between travel journalism, travel literature, guidebook writing, blogging, etc.
To introduce participants to the skills required to produce short travel features as published in many newspapers and magazines.
To foster participants' confidence, and encourage them to begin writing travel features based on their own past or future experiences.

Schedule (this course is completed entirely online):

  • Orientation Week: 27 October-2 November 2014
  • Teaching Weeks: 3 November-7 December 2014
  • Feedback Week: 8-14 December 2014

Course content overview:
This course will begin by examining the definition of travel writing and the differences between travel journalism, travel literature, guidebook writing and blogging, and will explore the history of the genre.
Drawing on examples of contemporary and past writing, each week will focus on a different aspect of the story's structure and style, bringing a piece alive and editing one's work. The focus will be on group discussion and practical writing exercises, with feedback on participants' contributions.
The participant will be encouraged to practice and develop their own travel writing, helped by weekly exercises on the themes under discussion.
At the end of the course the participants should be equipped with the skills required to write a typical short-form travel feature.

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