Announcing Travel Writing Workshop with Melissa Hart

Melissa Hart, author of the memoir Gringa, leads a summer writing workshop

Melissa Hart, author of the memoir Gringa, leads a summer writing workshop

Writing Workshop: “Get Out of Town: Write and Sell Travel Articles and Essays”

Have you longed to see your backpacking adventures chronicled in the pages of Backpacker Magazine? Yearned to publish an essay about your trip to France in Hemispheres, United’s in-flight magazine? Join UO journalism teacher and author Melissa Hart on an 8-week adventure to learn how to write and sell travel articles and essays to magazines, newspapers, and radio programs.

Learn how to structure, write, query and publish travel writing

In weekly 3-hour sessions, participants will learn how to…

  • Identify topics for articles and essays
  • Spin one travel idea into several pieces
  • Use tools and research techniques on location to get a compelling story
  • Conduct and incorporate interviews into travel writing
  • Entice editors with sensory details
  • Turn local events and places into nationally-published pieces
  • Incorporate photography and multimedia
  • Revise a rough draft with professional editing from the teacher and peers
  • Approach editors with a query and/or cover letter and polished draft
  • Promote your published travel writing to build a career platform

Details & Registration

The Essay Writing/Publishing Workshop will be held on Tuesdays, July 12-August 30, 2011, from 6-9 p.m. The cost for the 8-week workshop (including handouts and professional editing) is $200.

To register: please contact Melissa Hart at

About Melissa Hart

Melissa Hart is the author of two memoirs: Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood (Seal Press, 2009) and The Assault of Laughter (Windstorm, 2005). She’s a contributing editor at The Writer Magazine. Her articles and essays have appeared in The Washington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Advocate, The Los Angeles Times, Fourth Genre, Other Voices, Northwest Review, High Country News, Orion, The Chicago Tribune, The Oregonian, Hemispheres, Horizon Air Magazine, Woman’s Day, Cat Fancy, and numerous other publications.

Melissa teaches for the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon and for Laurel Springs School. She also teaches a summer class on Memoir Writing for U.C. Berkeley’s online extension program. More information about Melissa and her works at


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