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Revision Date: 08-May-23

Summer 2023 | ENG-2090-VO01 - Travel Writing

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 05-23-2023 to 08-14-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-12-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-10-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Emily Casey
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Cindy Swanson

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following VSC General Education Requirement(s) for Catalog Year 21-22 and later:
Arts & Aesthetics
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

In this course, students explore the fundamentals of travel writing. Through critical reading and extensive writing, students discover how to craft pieces that evoke a sense of time, place and personal journey. Students also focus on developing points of view and description, and draw upon personal experience and research to build skills in the full range of travel writing including blogs, memoirs, essays and guidebooks.

Essential Objectives

1. Identify and analyze elements of good travel writing through reading the works of notable travel writers.
2. Accurately and skillfully record observations and reflect critically upon them.
3. Discuss and demonstrate features of travel writing, such as voice, imagery, time structure, and evocation of place and culture.
4. Develop a process for getting started, developing, and structuring drafts of his/her own travel writing, as well as revising toward a final product.
5. Analyze personal strengths and weaknesses in writing, as well as critique one another's work constructively.
6. Create and submit a final portfolio of selected work that demonstrates a commitment to the writing process and competence in the craft of travel writing.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

*** This is a low cost ($50 or less) textbook or resource class ***

This course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations.

Summer 2023 textbook details will be available on 2022-11-28. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

ENG-2090-VO01 Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


  • weekly reading responses to selections of travel writing
  • creative writing from life experience
  • online discussions
  • peer review / reading for positive feedback & engagement
  • revision of your writing
  • final writing project

Course Texts:

The Best American Travel Writing 2020
By Wilson, Jason; Macfarlane, Robert
A Small Place
By Kincaid, Jamaica

Evaluation Criteria

25% reading responses & discussions

25% peer review & engagement

25% creative writing & revisions

25% final project

*note that engagement and effort our key to success in this course. grading is not based on an arbitrary value I place on your writing. revisions to your work are key!

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Diving In - Crafting the big picture


Best American Travel Writing (BATW)


Writing journal, online discussion



Self as character: your voice & inner journey




writing journal, online discussion, group 1 write your first piece



Critical Moments & Unforgettable Images




writing journal, online discussion, first piece due next week for group 2, peer review for group 1



Power of the Image




writing journal, online discussion, peer review of group 2



Structure - Creating a Narrative Thread




writing journal, online discussion, group 1 complete second writing, peer review



Backstory - Integrating research




writing journal, online discussion, group 2 complete second writing







writing journal, online discussion, peer review



Topics in Travel Writing




writing journal, online discussion forum, complete review of your travel book



Ethics of Travel


A Small Place


writing journal, online discussion



Ethics of Travel


A Small Place


writing journal, online discussion





Selected reading on revision


writing journal, online discussion, work on revision of final writing project





no new reading


Complete revision of final writing project, online discussion


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

Participation is key to success in any course. If you miss more than three weeks of coursework you will not pass. If you don't engage in online discussions and peer review, you won't pass.

We'll discuss how to participate in online courses - what works, what doesn't, your ideas as well as my own.

Missing & Late Work Policy

You have one week to turn in late work no questions asked for a 10 - 20 % lower grade. However, you may miss out on peer reviews (points and the experience) if you turn in late work and no late responses are allowed for the online discussion forum.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.