Travel Now, Write Later
A workshop presented at the Peace Corps 40th Anniversary Conference

Saturday, 2:00–3:30 pm, Mall Tent

Other workshops presented by Peace Corps Writers at the 40th Conference:

The Peace Corps Novel as Literature

Poetry from the PC Experience

Publishing Translations

Write! Edit! Publish!

Writing about the Environment

Writing Children's Books

Writing On-Line

Writing Your Peace Corps Story

Working with Words

Peace Corps Volunteers come home with a love to travel, and many RPCVs have published articles, books, and made careers writing about where they have been. These published writers explain how to turn travel experiences into articles and books.
Mishelle Shepard (Czech Republic 1994–96) makes her living as a commercial and travel writer while she works on a novel set in Prague. She has an MA in French Literature and has spent the last two years as a roaming freelancer.
Hayward Allen (Ethiopia 1962–64), author of two traveler’s guides to Native America is currently the editor of Ethiopia & Eritrea RPCV news magazine, The Herald. He lives in Pittsford, New York.

Peter Chilson (Niger 1985–87) is the author of Riding the Demon: On the Road in West Africa. His writings have appeared in The American Scholar, Ascent, and The North American Review. He teaches writing at Washington State University.

Kathleen Coskran (Ethiopia 1965–67) co-edited two books of women writing about travel, Tanzania on Tuesday and An Inn Near Kyoto. She has also published a collection of short fiction, The High Price of Everything. She lives in Minneapolis.

David Espey (Morocco 1962–64) directs the Writing Program in the English Department at the University of Pennsylvania and is Vice President of the International Society for Travel Writing.

Nancy Scheper-Hughes (Brazil 1964–66) has written extensively on Ireland, Brazil and South Africa. Among other books, she is the author of Saints, Scholars and Schizophrenics and Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil. She is a professor of Anthropology at Berkeley.

Mike Tidwell (Zaire 1985-87) is a travel writer and the author of four non-fiction books, including the Peace Corps memoir The Ponds of Kalambayi. He is a frequent contributor to The Washington Post, where his writing has earned him three Lowell Thomas Awards, the highest prize in American travel journalism.

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