Writers need several elements to really thrive: lived experience, attention, ambition, curiosity, technique, company, and a wish to get it right. In its structure and design, our January in the UK promises all of these. Why a travel course, you ask? Answer: because travel offers us the new, every day – new locales, new experiences (via site visits to such places as The Roman Baths, Tintern Abbey, Stonehenge, and the like), fewer personal distractions, useful class meetings on form and technique, and the camaraderie and support of fellow Linfield writers. We’ll hear English, but not the kind that we’re used to, and we’ll see a landscape (city and countryside) that is at once similar to and quite different from the Oregon we know. Travel also offers us the distance – literal and metaphorical – to look back on prior experiences and through language explore their implications and meanings. For the right individuals, this course will present a powerful conjunction of learning opportunities. We’ll stay in Winchester, Bath, Stratford, and London – each of these quite distinct in their own ways. And we’ll also go on several day trips to various places including Lyme Regis and Oxford.
This course may naturally appeal to creative writing majors and minors, and somewhat less directly to English majors. But the course will also be taught in ways that welcome any student sincerely interested in and dedicated to making a commitment to writing within a community of others similarly dedicated – hence the CS designation. Past versions of this course have welcomed majors in biology, mathematics, psychology, economics, and history, among several others, in addition to English and creative writing.
Prerequisite: Fall semester prior to JT'15 departure, students will be required to enroll and participate in the IDST 098 Orientation to International Study (1 credit). During those pre-January meetings, we’ll preview locations and get a first look at some of the assignments and techniques that will occupy us as writers in January.
Faculty: Professor Lex Runicman
Fees: Program Fee: $5000 Estimated Air: $1500