Do you long to pack it up, hit the road, and write about it, but you aren’t sure where to begin? Have you ever returned from a trip wishing you could translate the experience onto the page? Travel writing has many faces—a jaunt to the local farmer’s market, a week spent in a favorite city, or perhaps the recollection of a journey past. Together, we will immerse ourselves in the travel genre, including dispatches, destination features, and the travel memoir for a better understanding of voice-driven prose and how to structure our own stories. Along with daily writing practice, sense memory exercises, and guidance on the craft, the workshop will also offer practical techniques for research, planning, and writing on the road.
Elizabeth Geoghegan is the author of Natural Disasters, Storiesand The Marco Chronicles: To Rome Without Love, a Kindle bestseller for humor and winner of Travelers’ Tales Solas Gold Prize for memoir. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, The Best Travel Writing, El Pais, and other publications. Geoghegan’s essay "Smoking with Lucia Berlin” was among The Paris Review's Best of 2015. She lives on a dead end street between a convent and a jail in Rome.