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Come join us at Bird in Hand to find out what common pitfalls travel writers should avoid and better yet, how to make travel writing memorable.
“Travel writing” still conjures up images of intrepid writers being sent across the globe to report on a particular location’s top hotels or the best beaches. In fact, travel writing—when done well—can be great literature and not just an accounting of a place’s top draws. The award-winning travel writer Tom Swick writes that “a travel story, in the right hands, can have the narrative flow of a short story, the substance of a history lesson, the discursiveness of an essay, the elegance of poetry, and the self-revelation of a memoir.” This workshop will cover the ten places travel writers go wrong in failing to do the above —and inversely, where we as travel writers can "go right," emphasizing the necessary ingredients for making memorable writing. Using published examples to illustrate where good travel writers go right, this session will give attendees specific tools and a good sense of how to turn their observations and experiences of a place into great literature
About the Instructor: Evan Balkan has authored six books of nonfiction, including The Wrath of God: Lope de Aguirre, Revolutionary of the Americas (Univ. of New Mexico) as well as many essays and short stories. His novel Spitfire was published by Amphorae in 2018. He coordinates the English Department at the Community College of Baltimore County, where he runs the creative writing program, and is an adjunct professor in the Johns Hopkins graduate Teaching Writing program. His screenplay Spitfire, adapted from the novel, has won numerous awards, including the 2016 Baltimore Screenwriting Competition and a Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund Fellowship; his screenplay, Children of Disobedience, won the 2017 Baltimore Screenwriting Competition. Balkan is a co-writer for the television series, Wayward Girls. He holds degrees from Towson, George Mason, and Johns Hopkins universities. The latter is in creative writing, and his thesis project, a novel, won an Individual Artist Award for Fiction from the Maryland State Arts Council.
Scholarships are available for this workshop, along with alternative payment methods. Learn more or be in touch at MoonLitDC.com.
TIME & DATE
Monday, December 9, 2019 - 6:30pm