Going Places: The Travel Memoir

with Richard Goodman

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Course Description

You’ve probably spent time as an armchair traveler—loved being transported to another land and taken to another culture, just by someone’s well-wrought words. Why not transport readers with your own words to places you saw and loved? Why not write your own travel memoir?

Summon those places, recreate them, make them come alive once more. Taste that food, smell that sea, hear that mysterious music and that melodic new language again. Above all, bring back those people you met, givers of hospitality and laughter who befriended you and made their home yours.

Was it Italy? Japan? A long-ago summer as a student abroad? A recent cruise to the Caribbean? Whether Timbuktu or a national park, it’s all travel, and with the guidance of Richard Goodman, you bring the sights, sounds, and sensual times of your past trips to the page.

In addition to using exercises to retrieve details of people, places, and things, we read selections from inspiring travel memoirs. Feel free to stimulate your memory with photos from your travels—and, better yet, add them to your memoir.

What foreign lands have you fallen in love with? Been changed by? Learned life lessons from? You can return and take others with you when you put your carefully crafted words to paper. Join Richard on that journey.

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Writers Lab
Richard Goodman

Richard Goodman is the author of French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of France, which the San Francisco Chronicle said is “one of the most charming, perceptive, and subtle books ever written about the French by an American.” He is also the author of The Soul of Creative Writing, A New York Memoir, and The Bicycle Diaries: One New Yorker’s Journey Through 9-11. He is co-editor of The Gulf South: An Anthology of Environmental Writing. He has published articles and essays in The New York Times, Harvard Review, Vanity Fair, Creative Nonfiction, Ascent, River Teeth, Hippocampus, Chautauqua, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Saveur. He has taught writing workshops in New York City, Louisville, New Orleans and Maine for the past thirty years.


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