leisure 01.10.12

Save 10% on Travel Writing Class
at Idlewild Books!
(Sponsored Email)

Fridays 7:00 to 9:30 pm, February 10 – March 16, 2012
Instructor: David Farley

This six-week writing class will focus on how to turn your travel experiences into solid travel writing – either for your own personal enjoyment or to become a published travel writer. Taught by travel writer and teacher David Farley, we'll discuss: story ideas and the elements of good and not-so-good travel writing; how to conduct pre-trip research and spot stories while on the road; and how to write the perfect lede and to pitch potential and completed stories to magazine editors.

Weekly lectures will be followed by in-class writing assignments or a workshop in which we critique students' work. In addition to in-class assignments, you will be responsible for at least one longer travel story to be workshopped in class. All classes will be held at Idlewild Books in Manhattan.

Special offer for MUG readers: Register for this class today using the code MUG2012 and save 10%!

Lecture schedule:

Week 1 – Types of articles: destination pieces, travel round-ups, news features, and more.

Week 2 – Anatomy of an article, and analysis of classic travel writing.

Week 3 – Recognizing potential stories or angles, and how to pitch them.

Week 4 – Travel memoir and personal essays.

Week 5 – Research, revision, and the business of travel writing.

Week 6 – The art of travel: traveling for fun and profit.

About the instructor: David spends his time eating, drinking, traveling and then writing about it. His work appears in the travel sections of The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and The Chicago Tribune, as well as the magazines Conde Nast Traveler, Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel, Playboy, GQ, New York magazine, Time Out New York, Scientific American, National Geographic Traveler, WorldHum.com, Slate.com, and TheDailyBeast.com among other publications.

David is also the author of An Irreverent Curiosity: In Search of the Church's Strangest Relic in Italy's Oddest Town (published by Penguin), a well-reviewed book about Farley's bizarre, intriguing, and sometimes humorous search for one of Christianity's most curious relics: the foreskin of Jesus.

In addition to being an experienced and much-published travel writer, David is a great writing teacher. In addition to his class at Idlewild, David teaches travel writing at New York University and Gotham Writers' Workshop.

About Idlewild Books: Idlewild is an independent bookstore specializing in travel and world literature and organized by country. We also host language classes (French, Spanish and Italian) and have a wide selection of books in French and Spanish. This class will be held at our Manhatan store at 12 West 19th St, between 5th and 6th Aves, but we also have a new store in Brooklyn.

Our next round of language classes starts at the end of this month, and are currently discounted 25%. (No discount code necessary.)

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