Travel Writing: From Teaching It to Doing It
You’ll have to forgive me for just getting around to sharing this; my family and I were on vacation last week.
This month, I had the opportunity to write for a travel publication called marylandroadtrips.com. After teaching feature writing at my university for many years (having formerly been an editor of a magazine) with aspects of travel writing incorporated into the course, I was thrilled at the opportunity to do some travel writing of my own. If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know that I often blog about my trips here, writing it in feature style, to use as a learning tool in the classroom. Writing for a travel publication is a great way for me to not only practice what I preach, but also to demonstrate to my students that if they love it, they can do it, too.
Additionally, I have taught a “Special Topics in Travel Writing” course several times, and my students have always impressed me with the caliber of their writing. They do such a good job dissecting their locations and offering readers an understanding of the places they cover.
I’m looking forward to writing additional travel pieces. I’m working on a second piece, and we’d love it if you would check out the site Maryland Road Trips (marylandroadtrips.com) for ideas about local travels within our state.