Instructor: Rhonda Wiley-Jones
Maximum Enrollment: 10
Class Term: 05/17/2021 - 07/12/2021
SCN Member: $160
Class synopsisWe will explore five diverse stories and authors from The Best of Women’s Travel Writing Vol. 12 in the anthology edited by Lavinia Spalding. Authors of various origins and backgrounds, traveling to different countries, for various reasons, and writing in different persons and tenses will be our guides to better writing. (You will want to have access to the book during the class.)
We will mine five stories about the following: themes, emotional beats, sense of place, use of the senses, metaphors, disorientation and awareness, humor, and faith in the transformative power of travel. In the process we will find what makes their writing unique and what we can bring to enliven our own work. We will meet EVERY OTHER WEEK (May 18, June 1, 15, 29, July 13) to give you more time to read and prepare for class discussion.
Identify themes, metaphors, and conclusions in travel writing, Distinguish use of 1) first, second, and third person; 2) point of view; and 3) tense (past, present, or future) and their deliberate use by an author, Grasp the special nature of a sense of place and the use of the senses in travel writing, Articulate the emotional beat in each story
Class communication methodParticipants must read the assigned story before each class. We will discuss a series of questions distributed by the instructor before each class. We will explore how they can be applied in our own writing.
Each week we will discuss the following topics for each reading (other questions will be assigned for specific stories): theme, metaphors, point of view, tense, person, sense of place, use of senses, emotional beat, and lesson learned by writer.
Week #1 May 18: From The Best Women’s Travel Writing Vol. 12 read “Single Woman Traveling Alone” by Jacqueline Luckett (Mexico)
Week #2 June 1: From The Best Women’s Travel Writing Vol. 12 read “A Daughter’s Guide to Florence” by Audrey Ferber (Italy)
Week #3 June 15: From The Best Women’s Travel Writing Vol. 12 read “Traveling Queer and Far” by Sally Kohn (India)
Week #4 June 29: From The Best Women’s Travel Writing Vol. 12 read “Key Change” by Rahawa Haile (Florida)
Week #5 July 13: From The Best Women’s Travel Writing Vol. 12 read “Not a Stranger” by Tania Romanov Amochaev (Bhutan)
Class time commitmentReading and study questions = 1.5 hrs. Class time = 1 hr.
Rhonda Wiley-Jones has taught journal writing, travel writing, and craft of writing workshops for community members, students, and university faculty and staff since the early 1990s. She self-published her coming-of-age, travel memoir, At Home in the World: Travel Stories of Growing Up and Growing Away. Her writing has appeared in multiple anthologies, including SCN’s Inside and Out: Women’s Truths, Women’s Stories: Essays from the Story Circle Network. Most recently she won 2nd place with the first 2020 words of her unpublished historical fiction in the Saturday Writers 2020 February monthly contest, which will be published in their SW 2020 anthology. She serves as a travel columnist for two local Texas Hill Country lifestyle magazines.