Jun 28, 2011


Students already are piling into the travel-writing master class, a 12-week workshop online that kicks off in September. So I'm busy revising the curriculum and expanding the instructor line-up, which included Tom Swick, David Farley, Charyn Pfeuffer and Edward Readicker-Henderson last term.

Joining some (or all) of that roster will be Stephanie Elizondo Griest. We met back in 2004, when Random House published her memoir Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana. In it, she mingled with Russian Mafiya, polished propaganda in China, and belly danced with Cuban rumba queens. How could I not keep in touch with such an awesomesauce author and activist?

Stephanie went on to write Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines and edit 2010's Best Women's Travel Writing, among other projects. She's currently fellowshipping at the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program. Don't let all the corn fool you, people. That's one of the planet's finest programs for authors.

Recently, Stephanie has taught in Iowa, Wyoming, Singapore and the Philippines (next up California and Texas). We're thrilled to welcome her to Writers.com too, so even more far-flung students can soak up her inspiration.

Learn more about Stephanie Elizondo Griest at www.aroundthebloc.com and the master class at Writers.com.

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