For seven consecutive years, the Michael Jacobs Travel Writing Grant has not only resulted in the appearance of new books of the genre produced by the winning chroniclers, but has also set in motion a remarkable number of journalists from Ibero-America who, year after year, apply with projects of interest and potential. The characteristics of the applications have opened questions not only about the quality of the proposals, about their virtues and about what they still lack to become more solid projects, but also about the limitations and possibilities of travel writing, and its link with literary journalism and with the anthropological, sociological and historical look that many projects propose.
The creation of a workshop to discuss the concepts and tools of travel writing and its link with other ways of approaching the world and telling it, can be a plus that raises the quality of the proposals, strengthens the interest in travel writing, promotes a new space for reflection and work on the subject, and enhances the legacy of Michael Jacobs and his narrative heritage.
2. Target audience
Journalists and/or writers from Ibero-America interested in travel writing, with or without experience, who are developing a chronicle or travel book project.
3. Modality of work
The workshop will be held at Hay Festival Arequipa with a group of up to fifteen participants. The development will take place in three face-to-face meetings of three hours each, on consecutive days.
Day 1: Reading tools
First part: Narrative journalism and travel chronicle. Genres, characteristics and essential texts.
Second part: The work of Michael Jacobs. Analysis of "The Factory of Light" and contributions to the genre.
Day 2: Writing tools
First part: Narrating the Other and breaking with common sense, reporting and writing tools based on the experience of "Soñar con las islas", by Ernesto Picco.
Second part: Reporting and writing tools based on the experience of "Antarctica, 25 días cerrado en el hielo", by Federico Bianchini.
Day 3: Proposal workshop
We will work on the students' topics: we will talk about the approaches and decisions to carry them forward.