Literary Geographies: Travel and Place-Based Writing with Debra Winter

    Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 6:30 PM until Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at 8:30 PMEastern Daylight Time

    Instructor: Debra Winter
    2 hour VIRTUAL sessions on Wednesdays
    6:30 PM to 8:30 PM EST
    Workshop is limited to 15 registrants

    Course Description
    Are you curious about travel or place-based writing? Or have a local destination that inspires you? This mixed-genre course is for writers interested in the world of travel narratives and place-based writing. By cultivating an eye for detail and storyteller’s flair, students will write literary geographies in various formats, including the essay, memoir, magazine features, and flash-fiction/nonfiction. 

    Readings may include writers such as George Orwell, Joan Didion, James Baldwin, Annie Dillard, Zadie Smith, George Saunders, and Pico Iyer. Students will work on a variety of writing assignments, including distant travel destinations whether real or imagined), involving history, travel, and culture, and connecting with local communities, heritage, and social or environmental issues. Each assignment will contribute to the end goal of creating a small portfolio of writing. Students will have the opportunity to share and get feedback on their work.

    Who Should Take This Class?
    This class is for nonfiction and fiction writers who want to focus on place and travel writing, particularly those who want to hone their skills for detail and cultivate a strong visual presence in the worlds they create.

    Your Instructor
    Debra Winter is a nonfiction and fiction writer, journalist, photographer, and teacher, based in New York City. She is an editor at the literary magazine March, and teaches Literature, Critical Thinking, and Literary Journalism at New York University (NYU).

    Debra has published essays, features, OpEds, and travel writing at national media outlets and magazines, including The Guardian, the Atlantic, Elle Magazine, March Journal, Collective Quarterly, and World Travel Magazine. She earned her BA in Literature from New York University and her MA in Journalism from Columbia University. Her travel photography has been published in magazines around the globe and can be seen on (Instagram) @debrawinter_ and @postcardsfromlulu. Debra is currently working on a collection of essays about her three years in Southeast Asia. 


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    Note: Details about Zoom links and any other information relevant to the workshop will be emailed to you the week before workshops begin. If you have questions about the registration process, please call us at 914-323-6170 or email

    Refund Policy: No refunds are given on one-day intensives, advanced classes, and yearlong classes where space is limited. 100% refund before 1st class (minus $50 administrative and registration fee), 50% refund after 1st class (minus $50 registration fee), no refunds after 2nd class for all other workshops. ALL cancellations and requests for refunds must be received in writing. Please contact with questions or to submit a refund request.