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Twin City Travel Writers Group Forming

Posted by deborahmclaren on November 24, 2008

We're planning a second organizational meeting at the Wilde Roast Cafe in Minneapolis on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m.  We have reserved
the Parlor Room.  It's free, but we need a minimum of six participants and we are expected to buy something to eat.

We would like to invite all existing members as well as the members of Deborah's current Alternative Writing class to join us.  The purpose
is to discuss how we can move forward with this group and how we can continue to support each other in our travel writing pursuits.  Let us
know if you can be there.  Please respond on the TCTW group site so that everyone can follow the conversation.

In the meantime, if you have anything going on, feel free to post a message.

Joe Koppi  email:

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Spring “Loft” Travel Writing Class Announcment

Posted by deborahmclaren on November 24, 2008

Alternative Travel Writing
Instructor: Deborah McLaren
Class: M56-2, 6 Week Class, Winter/Spring 2009
Location: Open Book
Date(s): Tuesdays, March 10 – April 14
Time(s): 7:30 – 9:30 pm


Learn what it takes to be an alternative travel writer. This is a nuts-and-bolts class designed to turn personal stories into articles that are ready for publication. Be prepared to write in class and at home. Come prepared with a past trip or a new local destination for your topic. The class is fast paced: students will learn how to structure travel articles—from understanding the promise to the reader (title) to sidebar information. Through readings, written assignments, and individual critiques, students will gain a practical grasp of travel-writing techniques. Alternative travel writing introduces readers to places where they can experience something that is not mass-marketed and often features locally grown food and products, activities such as hiking and biking, birding, art events, touring farms and wineries, city infrastructure tours, and much more! Numerous resources, contacts, and magazine samples will be shared with the class each week. Copy fee of $3 payable to teaching artist.

35% presentation/lecture and review of master works
25% writing exercises & in-class writing
20% sharing student work
20% discussion of readings & publishing information

View current scholarship information Scholarships are available for this course: Full, Vaughan

Instructor Information: Deborah McLaren

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

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