Sitka Center Workshop on Writing Travel Articles/Essays with Melissa Hart

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

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

Writing Workshop: Jump into Adventure with Travel Articles and Essays

At the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology in Otis, Oregon

This exciting 3-day workshop will introduce participants to travel articles and essays. We’ll identify compelling topics and discuss research tips. We’ll examine how to locate and interview sources. In addition, we’ll cover how to take a publication-worthy photo to supplement text.

We’ll take a field trip and each participant will identify one location or event, then craft the rough draft of a travel article. We’ll critique this draft in groups. Participants will write a second draft, then meet with the instructor. We’ll discuss how to approach editors with a travel piece and conclude with a reading of final drafts. To register, please visit:

Details & Registration

  • Instructor: Melissa Hart
  • When: June 4-6, 2011, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $195 Tuition, plus $5 Material Fee (Total Cost: $200)
  • Minimum Age: 16
  • Skill Level: All skill levels welcome

Students bring:

  • Pen and notebook
  • Laptop computer (optional but very useful)
  • Printer (optional but very useful)
  • Camera (optional but very useful)
  • Blank white paper

Instructor provides: Photocopies of magazine and newspaper articles and essays

About Melissa Hart

Melissa Hart’s travel writing has appeared in “Orion”, “High Country News”, “Hemispheres”, “Horizon Air Magazine”, “The Christian Science Monitor”, “Oregon Quarterly”, and “The Boston Globe.” She teaches Journalism at the University of Oregon, and a summer course in Memoir Writing for U.C. Berkeley’s online extension program. Melissa believes travel articles are an excellent way to inspire appreciation for the natural world. To that end, she’s written about raptor rehabilitation centers, Louisa May Alcott’s orchards, and backpacking on the Alaska Marine Highway ferry. Website:


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