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Course schedule
(subject to change, so don't print out once and treat as gospel; refer back regularly)

Class session
Texts, Readings, Resources

Week 1: Friday, July 2

Reviewing first assignment | Beginnings

Biography (


Roads Not Taken, Swick

Paris on $100/day, Kugel

Jan Morris on travel writing

Set up your blog:

Week 2: Monday, Wednesday

July 6, 8

First impressions and 'ugly Americans'

Prep for dinner cruise

Observation, metaphor (Hugo, Colette)

Avoding cliche

Monday: WEDM, Chapter 1


Wednesday: WEDM, Chapter 2, Paul Muldoon's un-cliche


First field trip: Thursday, July 9

Tino Rossi Park, depart 8:30 pm from Cite main building steps

Why We Travel, Salon

Week 2: Monday, Wednesday

July 13, 15

Field trip recap


Prep for Bastille Day

Style & Voice

Bastille Day recap and workshopping

Headline writing and layering


Monday: Read WEDM, Chapter 3.

DUE: blog post no. 2 (converting one journal entry into a 750-word or so blog post); one paragraph description of your cafe using a metaphor or/and analogy

Wednesday: Read WEDM, Chapter 4 (Listicles)

DUE: J4 entry due (on Tino Rossi)

Fieldtrip 2: Tuesday, July 14

TBA: Bastille Day fan-out (parade, fireworks, canals, parties) DUE Thursday by end of day: J5 (Bastille Day)

Week 3: Monday, Wednesday

July 20, 22

Closeups, mid-range, wide-angle

Use of dialogue


Monday: Read WEDM, Chapter 5 AND Bullet in the Brain

DUE by 1pm Monday: B2 revisions

Wednesday: WEDM, Chapter 7, Revising With Feedback

DUE: B3 (Bastille Day postcards)

Fieldtrip 3: Thursday, July 23

Musee du quai Branly (Brandon leading)

Le Musee Art Ludique (BC leading)

Musee Rodin (Raven leading)

Meet at Cite main bdg arches at 10am

DUE by midnight Thursday night: J6 from dialogue activity in the park

Week 4: Monday, Wednesday

July 27, 29



Descriptive phrases


Monday: WEDM, Chapter 8, Ideal post lengths

DUE by 1pm Wednesday: Collaboration on "off the beaten path" blog post (B4)

Wednesday: WEDM, Chapter 9, reading 1 on punctuation, reading 2, reading 3

Fieldtrip 4: Thursday, July 30 Outdoor markets of Paris (divide and conquer)  
Friday, July 31 Last class: Social media strategy DUE by 1pm Friday: J7 (outdoor markets)
Week 5: Saturday, Aug. 1

Where to publish

Major takeaways from the course

Self-inventory, self-evaluation

DUE: Final exam (B5), capstone blog post on the theme of "Dear Paris"

Some digital sources:


Course Description

Students will write and develop, revise, and publish to the web multimedia travel narratives. To do this, they will learn descriptive and narrative writing, as well as photographic and videographic skills and techniques. Students will learn to read Paris as a text by looking beyond the surface and by avoiding stereotype or the treatment of subject as a sort of exotic ‘other.’ As mostly a writing course, its emphasis is on writing as process.

Core course questions include:

  • Why do we travel?
  • Why do we write about travel?
  • What are the core genres and styles of travel writing?
  • What are the components of a skillfully crafted travel article?
  • What are the habits of successful travel writers?

Course Purpose & Objectives: By the end of this course, my goal is for students to --  

  • learn how to write travel articles for publication
  • improve techniques of observation, description, and narration 
  • explore the ethics of travel writing
  • learn basic photography, videography, and multimedia storytelling
  • publish layered, multimedia travel stories to the web

What you will need (required):

  • Writing & Editing for Digital Media, Brian Carroll (Routledge, 2015)
  • Travel Writing: See the World, Sell the Story, L. Peat O’Neill (Writer’s Digest, 2005)
  • A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway

What you may want (recommended but not required):

  • Associated Press Stylebook, 2013 edition
  • A writer’s handbook (any writer’s handbook)

Stuff you need to know:

Professor: Dr. Brian Carroll
Home page:
Blog: Wandering Rocks


  • Attendance: Every absence that is not excused by the program director results in the drop of a letter grade. Three instances of tardness will be treated as one absence.
  • Field trips & fees: Field trips are an integral and required component of Program courses, and students pay their own way. The instructor will collect these fees at the first class meeting.
  • Distractions: This instructor is easily distracted. Ringing cell phones, therefore, will be lobbed out of the classroom window and into the Paris streets. Chatter during lecture will result in "professionalism and participation" point deductions, as will Facebooking, texting or any other unauthorized Internet use during lecture or topic presentations.
  • Preparation: Complete the assignments, do the readings and be ready to tackle the activities of the day. Be ready to discuss and debate ideas and approaches.
  • Academic integrity: Because academic integrity is the foundation of college life, academic dishonesty will result in automatic failure on the assignment in question. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following: cheating, unauthorized collaboration, plagiarism (reproducing ideas, words, or statements without giving proper credit to original sources), fabrication, submitting the same work in multiple courses, and aiding and abetting (collusion). For definitions of these terms, please consult the instructor. If you breach this academic integrity policy, you will fail the course and be referred to your college or school dean for disciplinary action. Writing assignments will be submitted to, a plagiarism detection database.
  • Late submissions: Because the due dates for written assignments are known well in advance, there is no reason why the assignments cannot be completed on time. Moreover, it would be unfair to selectively grant extensions. All late work, therefore, will be penalized. Assignments received from one class period late will be penalized one letter grade. Assignments received two class periods late will be penalized two letter grades. No assignments will be accepted more than one week late.

How you will be graded:

Journal entries 40%
Blog articles 35%
Exercises 15%
Professionalism and participation 10%

To compute your final grade, add up your point totals, apply the appropriate percentages, then refer to the grading system summarized here:

59 and below

Definitions of the grades can be found in the Berry College Bulletin. “A” students will demonstrate an outstanding mastery of course material and will perform far above that required for credit in the course and far above that usually seen in the course. The “A” grade should be awarded sparingly and should identify student performance that is relatively unusual in the course.

Berry Viking code
Academic dishonesty in any form is unacceptable because any breach in academic integrity, however small, strikes destructively at the college’s life and work. The code is not just policy, it is foundational to the academic environment we enjoy and in which scholarship thrives. It is in force in this classroom.

For the complete Viking Code, please consult the student handbook. In short, each student is “expected to recognize constituted authority, to abide by the ordinary rules of good conduct, to be truthful, to respect the rights of others.” The College’s mission, in part, commits to a community of integrity and justice. During an era when ethics are sometimes suspect, there seems no higher goal toward which students ought to strive than that of personal honor.

Students with special needs
If you have special needs of any kind, including learning disabilities, please let me know. Come discuss it with me. I want to make sure on the front end that we prevent any problems associated with the course. The Academic Support Center suggests the following: “Students with disabilities who believe that they may need accommodation in this course are encouraged to contact the Academic Support Center in Memorial Library as soon as possible to ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.”

Finally, I believe we are here for a good time, not a long time, so let’s have some fun!

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