Tues., Jan. 24, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Travel Writing – Roslyn Bernstein – Room 434 (25 students max)
Who doesn’t like to travel? We all do, especially journalists who are curious about the world and who often feel compelled to tell the stories of people living in other cities: What is life like now in Pittsburgh, PA, where Google and Uber have replaced U.S. Steel; and why do thousands of tourists travel to Hoi An, Vietnam, where tailors make custom clothing. This workshop aims to prepare travel writers, whether full-time or merely those writing on vacations, with all of the skills they need to write compelling pieces: how to find and focus a story; how to pitch a story to an editor; how to set up contacts in advance; and how to report the piece. The workshop will include a discussion of popular and off-the-radar travel stories and students are encouraged to come to class with ideas for their own travel pieces since part of the session will involve their pitching a story. Roslyn Bernstein has reported from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Central America and the Far East.