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Travel Writing 101 with Rachel Dickinson

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents Travel Writing 101, a six-week long workshop with Rachel Dickinson, January 24 – February 28, 2024. The class will be held online on Wednesdays, from 6 to 8 pm ET. Once you register and pay, you will be given instructions on how to join the class.

Have you ever met a travel writer and thought “I wish I could do that?” Well, you can. In this course we’ll read a variety of travel pieces, and talk about what makes them good (or not so good). We will look at different kinds of travel writing – roundups, essays, hotel/spa reviews. Then we will write a couple of travel pieces – one that features something where you live (you don’t have to travel to do good travel writing) and another about some place you have visited. These pieces will be critiqued by the class.

A freelance writer for over 20 years, Rachel Dickinson’s pieces about nature, history, science, and travel have been published in numerous publications including Aeon, The Atlantic, Audubon, Smithsonian, Salon, Outside Online, The Saturday Evening Post, and many publications that no longer exist. A two-time winner of the Travel Classics Writing Award, she’s also the author of seven nonfiction books. Her latest, a memoir in essays, is The Loneliest Places: loss, grief, and the long journey home (Three Hills Press, 2022). Dickinson has an MFA in nonfiction from Goucher College.

To register, e-mail To register online, visit Class fee is $140. Limited to ten students. Registration deadline is January 17.

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