The Art of the Travel Memoir
Saturday 2 December 2023, 10am-4pm
Full Price: $210
Conc Member: $135
This travel memoir writing course with Jan Cornall takes place at Writing NSW in Sydney.
Do you have travel stories you don’t want to forget? Others that happened so long ago no-one would believe you now?
Join Jan Cornall to learn how to transform your travel memories into a great travel memoir in a few easy steps—identify the goal of the traveller, evoke the settings and worlds they encounter, describe the characters they meet on the journey, the difficulties they face and the lessons learned.
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In this workshop, you will discuss and learn from some of the greats — Robin Davidson, Paul Theroux, Dervla Murphy and more — and look at current trends in travel memoir. You will set up writing routines and realistic goals, explore techniques for using photos, research, travel notes to collate a scrap book of memories to keep us motivated. Then using meditative writing and visualisation methods you will go deep into sense memory to bring all the moments of your unique travel story to life. Your guide on this journey, writing tutor Jan Cornall, has been taking writers travelling and writing in the Asia Pacific region since 2004. Two of her books are set in Indonesia and her most recent travel memoir is set in Vietnam and Cambodia.
Expected learning outcomes
- Gain practical tools for transforming memorable travel experiences into a travel memoir
- Build confidence in your ability to evoke the world of your book, to describe settings and characters while developing a compelling narrative arc
- Gain the motivation to set up writing timetables, goals and support networks to complete your travel memoir and choose the best publishing options.
Willingness to learn and participate in class writing exercises and discussion, read work in class, and accept supportive feedback. Pen and paper, fully charged device if required.
Please read our FAQ before enrolling.
If you have questions about this course, please contact us.
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About the tutor
Writer/performer Jan Cornall has written 15 produced plays and musicals, a feature film, and two books set in Indonesia— a fictional memoir Take Me To Paradise, and a collection of poems and stories, Archipelagogo. Awarded several grants and fellowships, Jan has an MA in Cultural and Creative Practice and has taught writing at writer’s centres, […]