London, United Kingdom;Paris, France
Exploration - Spring
Concordia College applicants only
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W. Scott Olsen
English 377 or English 477
Imagine a week in two of the most interesting and historic cities on Earth.
Urban Travel Writing is an exploration trip embedded in English 377/477, the nonfiction seminar. It’s open to others on a space-available basis.
It’s also a deeply fascinating experience.
We will spend half the week in London, then ride the train and spend the second half of the week in Paris. During the day we will visit historical sites, museums, iconic geographic sites, meet people, observe city landscape, etc., and engage in a dedicated field-note-taking that is the staple of travel writers and journalists. In the evenings we gather to share our observations and talk about how those observations become successful writing for others.
Yes, you will see the British Museum, Big Ben, the London Eye, the changing of the guard, the Globe Theatre, the Tower of London, as well as the Eifel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame, Montmartre, Shakespeare and Company, and a great deal more. You can attend a play in London and a day later go to the Paris Opera House. However, for the travel writer, it is just as important to visit an out of the way café, to talk with a stranger in book store, or to simply describe what you see. Travel writing is storytelling not only about where you have been, but what that place was like. It is both descriptive and emotive. It’s a lot of fun.