My Experience of Teaching a Travel Writing Course

I’ve been pretty fortunate to have the opportunity to teach a course called Special Topics in Travel Writing at Stevenson University, where I am a full-time professor. It’s one of my favorite courses to teach, and for years in another course I teach called Feature Writing, we cover travel writing as part of the curriculum.… Read More My Experience of Teaching a Travel Writing Course

Handling the Insecurities of Publishing A Novel

*** It’s a challenging endeavor. I’ve done it twice now with fiction, and twice with nonfiction books. And I’m about to do it again when I release my latest, third fictional novel. There will always be anxieties that manifest themselves into insecurities about putting our work out there. The tendency to feel nervous about it… Read More Handling the Insecurities of Publishing A Novel

Just For Today, I’m Feeling A Little Like Elizabeth Gilbert

* * * Here’s the thing: Today, I am feeling a little like Elizabeth Gilbert. I admire Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat, Pray, Love and the current hit The Signature of All Things) tremendously and had the privilege of hearing her speak as well when she was a keynote for Stevenson’s Speaker Series a few… Read More Just For Today, I’m Feeling A Little Like Elizabeth Gilbert

Eat (pizza), Pray (you’ll lose weight), Love (your muffin) and Buy New Jeans

I pulled out my copy of Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert because, as you’ve seen, my class has been reading works by travel writers. Although Gilbert is not a travel writer per se, her book is one of self-discovery, and she comes to many realizations about herself through the travel and culture she experiences… Read More Eat (pizza), Pray (you’ll lose weight), Love (your muffin) and Buy New Jeans