Memorable Journeys: The art of travel writing


Phang Nga Bay ImageOverview:
Over eight weeks, you will travel around the world with authors who have explored the furthest reaches of the planet and written poetically, humorously and meaningfully about their journeys. You will also develop your writing skills and complete your own travel piece. The course is an opportunity to engage in discussion with your peers and receive detailed feedback on your work.

This interactive workshop invites you to engage with several travel writers and their texts, to practise your writing skills in this genre, and to connect and receive feedback from others with similar interests and aspirations.

Target audience:
This course is for anyone interested in travel writing.

Learning objectives:
By the end of this course, you will have:

  • discovered several travel writers and their texts
  • discussed different aspects of travel writing with your peers 
  • completed several useful and engaging writing exercises relating to different types of travel writing
  • learned how to give and receive constructive and positive feedback
  • completed your own travel writing piece.

Course outline:
Over eight weeks, you will explore various authors and texts relating to travel, and discuss the readings with your peers. Each week provides a new writing prompt that relates to the overarching theme of travel, allowing you to explore new horizons and develop your writing skills. You will work on your own travel writing and receive detailed feedback from the tutor and your peers in a friendly and safe environment.

Session 1: Pioneers and explorers – Bruce Chatwin, Freya Stark
Session 2: The role of humour in travel writing – Bill Bryson
Session 3: The traveller’s acerbic eye – Somerset Maugham, Paul Theroux
Session 4: Travel and memoir – The Durrells
Session 5: Journalism and war – Writing about conflict
Session 6: Blogging and diary keeping
Session 7: Time travel – Isaac Asimov
Session 8: The writer as social commentator – Representations of place in a changing world

You will need to set aside time for reading and writing between classes.

A short break is held halfway through each session, and tea and coffee are provided. You are also welcome to bring your own refreshments if you wish.

Class limit:
This course is limited to 12 participants, so please enrol early

Anna Jaquiery is the author of two novels, The Lying-Down Room and Death in the Rainy Season, both published by Pan Macmillan (UK). She is currently working on a new novel and completing a PhD in Creative Writing through Monash University (Melbourne, Australia).

For further information:
Continuing Education, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140.
Phone 04 463 6556,  Email:

Please note: Courses need a minimum number of enrolments to go ahead. If your course doesn’t reach the number required, we’ll have to cancel it. If this happens, we’ll contact you by phone or email about a week before the scheduled start date and arrange a full refund. Please check your emails regularly.