Category: Wine Making and Wine Writing

Seattle Writing Class Discusses Travel Writing

My winter Seattle Writing Class, Follow the Story, will focus on genre in narrative writing. We will discuss travel writing and many other genres during the eight- session class. Here are some tips for the would-be travel writer:   START

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Restaurant exemplifies ideal of Travel Writing Classes

In my Travel Writing Classes, I love to visit restaurants with a strong sense of place. Though European restaurants often exhibit this connection with place, North American restaurants are making this a priority, too. Thus, it was a great pleasure

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Steve Smith: Recommended Travel Guide for Travel, Food and Wine Writing Classes

One of my favorite places to run Travel, Food and Wine Writing Classes is France, one of the most geographically varied countries in the world, with everything from towering alpine peaks like Mont Blanc, sybaritic beaches of the Riviera, and

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Homage to Travel, Food and Wine Writer Jim Harrison

Travel, food and wine writing can come in all forms. One of my favorite writers in this genre is the late, great Jim Harrison, a larger than life travel, food and wine writer, who will be sorely missed. Among other works,

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Travel Writing Marketing

I had the pleasure of speaking at Roy Stevenson’s recent Travel Writing Marketing Workshop. I’m including below a guest blog post from Roy about how to market your travel stories, including some very helpful books and articles: The majority of

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The Five Best Ways of Opening a Story

“The easiest thing in the world for a reader to do is to stop reading.” Barney Kilgore, former editor of the Wall Street Journal. The opening is the most important part of the story. If your lead is not interesting,

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Write on the Sound: Quest Narratives

I had the pleasure of speaking at the annual Write on the Sound writers conference in Edmonds, Washington, yesterday. I talked about Quest Narratives, one of the oldest and surest ways of telling a story. Here’s some of my advice

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Ode to Travel Writing Cliches

Kelly Wisecarver, one of the students in my Travel Writing in Tuscany class, wrote this very funny little send-up of the clichés in Travel Writing. Let me know if you have favorites of your own that you love to hate!

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Kerfuffle Over Teaching Writing

The following is a link to a Seattle Times story about the teaching of writing at MFA programs and beyond. It raises some interesting questions about the role of a teacher in a writing class.

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Travel Writing in Tuscany Class

Excellent story on local companies offering trips to exotic locales, including my Travel, Food and Wine Writing classes in Europe.

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