Writing Abroad: A Guide for Travelers

University of Chicago Press
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“Tell me all about your trip!” It’s a request that follows travelers as they head out into the world, and one of the first things they hear when they return. When we leave our homes to explore the wider world, we feel compelled to capture the experiences and bring the story home. But for those who don’t think of themselves as writers, putting experiences into words can be more stressful than inspirational.
Writing Abroad is meant for travelers of all backgrounds and writing levels: a student embarking on overseas study; a retiree realizing a dream of seeing China; a Peace Corps worker in Kenya. All can benefit from documenting their adventures, whether on paper or online. Through practical advice and adaptable exercises, this guide will help travelers hone their observational skills, conduct research and interviews, choose an appropriate literary form, and incorporate photos and videos into their writing.
Writing about travel is more than just safeguarding memories—it can transform experiences and tease out new realizations. With Writing Abroad, travelers will be able to deepen their understanding of other cultures and write about that new awareness in clear and vivid prose.
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About the author

Peter Chilson is professor of creative writing and literature at Washington State University. He is the author of Riding the Demon: On the Road in West Africa, Disturbance-Loving Species: A Novella and Stories, and We Never Knew Exactly Where: Dispatches from the Lost Country of Mali. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger. Joanne B. Mulcahy teaches at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and the Northwest Writing Institute of Lewis and Clark College, where she created and directed the Writing Culture Summer Institute. She is the author of Birth and Rebirth on an Alaskan Island: The Life of an Alutiiq Healer and Remedios: The Healing Life of Eva Castellanoz. She has led three study abroad programs.
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University of Chicago Press
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Oct 13, 2017
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Language Arts & Disciplines / Composition & Creative Writing
Reference / Writing Skills
Social Science / Anthropology / General
Travel / General
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