4-Week Online Writing About Our Two Favorite Things: Travel and Food, starts October 26th, 2020
Begins Monday, October 26th, 2020
Taught by Diana Spechler, author of the New York Times Opinion series Going Off (read her recent cover story in The New York Times Sunday Review).
If you travel, you have to eat. (Even if you don’t travel, you have to eat.) Many people travel to eat. And there's a reason that traveling and eating go hand in hand: Food is never just food--it’s history, it's culture. It's also love, politics, luxury, necessity, art, and science. It is inextricable from both its place of origin and wherever it’s served.
In this class, we’ll talk about combining “food” and “place” into compelling stories. Covid has thrown a wrench into both traveling and dining out, but that won't matter here. The "place" you write about can be as accessible as your hometown. You will also have the option to write from memory, write about food and travel issues that feel currently pressing, maybe even profile that chef you've always had a crush on. And you can do it all from the comfort of your home.
You will learn about all the different directions food and travel writing can take, from lyrical essays to serious reporting. Weekly writing prompts will let you experiment with different projects and community interaction will give you support and feedback on your work. I will share great published essays for instruction and inspiration. By the end of the class, you will have drafts of four pieces of travel and food writing.
ONLINE COURSE STRUCTURE:
This class is entirely asynchronous with weekly deadlines and there is plenty of interaction with Diana and your peers within Wet Ink, our dedicated online classroom. Craft materials, lectures, reading assignments, and writing prompts are all available through the online classroom. Students also post work and provide and receive feedback within the online classroom environment. You can get the work done as you see fit week-to-week, so it is perfect for any schedule. There are discussion questions each week inspired by the assigned readings and topics in the lecture notes. Students are encouraged to take these wherever is most compelling and/or useful for them. Each writer will have one opportunity to workshop a piece of writing, receiving detailed feedback from their peers as well as Diana; follow-up questions and conversations often occur. Diana engages with these discussions throughout the week.
Instructor: Diana Spechler
Class size limited to 12 writers
Class Starts October 26th, 2020
Course is fully ONLINE; students can work according to their own schedule within weekly deadlines. Once you have enrolled the instructor will send you a link to our online classroom, provided via Wet Ink.
Instructor Diana Spechler is the author of the novels Who by Fire and Skinny and of the New York Times Opinion series Going Off. Her work has appeared in GQ, the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Harper's, Esquire, Playboy, National Geographic Traveler, BBC Travel, Washington Post, Travel + Leisure, Afar, Saveur, Bon Appetit, Ploughshares, and many other publications. She is the recipient of a number of awards and fellowships, including a Hawthornden Castle Residency, a Yaddo Residency, the Steinbeck Fellowship, and the Orlando Creative Nonfiction Prize from A Room of Her Own Foundation. She is also a seven-time Moth Story Slam winner who has been featured on NPR.
"I completed my first Writing Workshops Dallas with Diana Spechler and it was actually my first writing class ever! It changed my view on writing/my writing. Diana was such a positive force for authentically and constructively encouraging the writer in me. I am forever grateful."
“I cannot say enough about how much I enjoyed my online class through WWD with Diana Spechler. I was encouraged, challenged and had a blast; and my writing is finally getting the workshopping it needs. Thank you Blake and Diana for creating such an incredible experience! Will definitely be taking more classes ASAP!”
“Diana’s personal essay workshop was a very good experience. It provided some good direction and structure for my writing, and that is exactly what I needed. I may want to repeat the course in the not too distant future in hopes of taking the next step with my personal essay writing.”