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Alternative Travel Writing Class

Posted by deborahmclaren on October 27, 2008

Have you ever wanted to write about one of your unique travel experiences?
Are you know an avid traveler with stories to share? Would you like to get
published? Then take the 6-week Alternative Travel Writing Class at the
Loft.  We meet every Thursday from 5-7.

Please let your friends know about the class. 

Alternative Travel Writing
Instructor: Deborah McLaren
Class: M52-2, 6 Week Class, Fall 2008
Date(s): Thursdays, October 30–December 11 (no class November 27)
Time(s): 5:00–7:00 pm
Enrollment: Open

Learn what it takes to be an alternative travel writer, from pre-trip
research and note taking to selective observation. Discuss story ideas,
create structure for your story, and turn recollections into a draft
travel piece. Be prepared to write in class: choose a past trip or new
local destination for your topic; and bring notes, travel guidebooks,
photos, postcards, journals, promotion material, clippings, and any other
source materials. Be prepared to discuss ethics in travel writing as well
as various forms of “alternative travel,” such as ecotourism,
voluntourism, cross-cultural exchanges, or off-the-beaten-path. The class
is fast-paced, with lots of reporting, writing on firsthand experience,
and revision. Each student can expect to produce a draft article and a
query letter by the end of the course.

25% presentation/lecture—25% writing exercises/in-class writing—20%
sharing student work—10% discussion of readings—10% reviewing published
travel writing—10% publishing information

View current scholarship information Scholarships are available for this
course: Full, Partial
Instructor Information: Deborah McLaren

View current sliding fee scale This class uses a sliding fee scale. Please
proceed to checkout to determine final fee.

Deborah McLaren
The Loft Literary Center
Suite 200, Open Book, 1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN, 55415
        612-215-2575/main, 612-215-2576/fax,,

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National Preservation Conference, October 21-25, 2008

Posted by deborahmclaren on October 21, 2008

I’ll be presenting the “sustainable” portion of a workshop “Rural Strategies: The Good, The Bad, and the Sustainable” Friday in Tulsa at the NPC. The powerpoint presentation will be available next week.  Let me know if you are going to be in Tulsa for the conference!

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Who deserves to be named and shamed for the most deceptive or misleading lobbying campaign in Europe this year?

Posted by deborahmclaren on October 21, 2008

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) – has been nominated for its deceptive lobbying campaign to avoid CO2 reduction obligations in the aviation sector. Along with four other lobbyists in the EU, citizens are encouraged to vote and decide! Cast your votes until 30 November! The winners will be announced at a special ceremony in Brussels on Tuesday 9th December.

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American Indian and Alaska Native Tourism Assocation Conference

Posted by deborahmclaren on October 8, 2008

Last week I joined people from across the US in Couere D’Alene, Idaho for the AIANTA conference 2008 “Tribal Tourism: Culture and Commerece.”  For more information about AITANTA go to I joined Kathy Aplan, the Director of Oglala Lakota College’s TV Production Program (unfortunately Juanita Lindsay of White Earth Land Recovery Project was unable to join us) to give a presenation about “How We Tell Our Stories: New Media, Technologies, Tourism and more.”  You can download a copy of the power point presentation from this weblog.


Having problems? You can also download this file from slideshare!  Go to

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