Event—Adult Education

Travel Writing: How to Set Yourself Apart from the Crowd


Learn the foundations of travel writing and get a chance to workshop your own stories in this guided class.

Douglas Dixieliner airplane from Chicago and Southern air lines, 1942. Production number: 2B355

Class Description

"I never travel without my diary. One should always keep something sensational to read in the train."

—Oscar Wilde

Travel writing is more than just traveling. It is imbuing your reader with the nuances and textures of your experiences in a unique and riveting piece of literature, whether a blog, essay, article, or novel. 

In this class, we will learn about the 14 types of travel writing every aspiring writer should know and highlight examples from the best contemporary travel writers: Paul Theroux, Susan Orlean, Bill Bryson, and Pico Iyer. We will discuss acclaimed travel giants in literature: Graham Greene, V.S. Naipaul, and Nathaniel Hawthorne, to name a few. 

Come prepared to share your travel articles, essays, or journals for class discussion. In this constructive and supportive environment, we will share our stories to mold them into refined pieces of writing for this highly competitive market.

Materials List

  • No Required Materials

First Reading

  • No first reading assignment

Cost and Registration

Three sessions, $195 ($175.50 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.

To register multiple people for this class, please go through the course calendar in Learning Stream, our registration platform. When you select the course and register, you’ll be prompted to add another registrant.


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