Instructor: Frankel
TR 12:30 PM -2:00 PM

In recent years, the subculture of “writing the outdoors” has exploded. People spend months traveling, exploring, and fulfilling wanderlust–often in pursuit of self-discovery–and writing along the way to document their journeys for the public eye. In this course, we’ll analyze writing such as books and social media posts that document how and why people “write the outdoors,” and we’ll spend time composing our own writing related to this theme. We’ll learn about the publicized journeys of people like Christopher McCandless, Cheryl Strayed, and Gabby Petito, and interrogate the relationship between writing, the outdoors, the self, and audience. In this course, students will also be challenged to consider how issues such as class, culture, privilege, and more affect this type of writing, and what consequences may arise for these participants.