I was recently chosen as a Fall 2012 Glimpse Correspondent and admitted to the new Glimpse-Matador U Graduate Program to further study the art of travel journalism. I couldn’t be more thrilled to take part in this amazing program, enabling me to work one-on-one with an editor and take my writing in a new direction.
What is the Glimpse Correspondents program?
Glimpse is a space for long-form travel writing that attempts to move beyond the facile, the superficial, and the descriptive to get at the myriad complexities of travel: at its capacity to spur curiosity, challenge entrenched ways of seeing, trouble complacency, and create empathy across vast cultural and physical distances.
Glimpse is where emerging writers, journalists, photographers and filmmakers can find editorial support and funding to develop their storytelling voices, skills, and interests. Glimpse Correspondents get the opportunity to work one-on-one with an editor to shepherd their stories from pitches and rough drafts into feature narratives and essays, photo documentaries, and multi-media projects.
I was admitted to the program as a writer, and I will publish two long-form narratives pertaining to life in South Korea that will be published on Matador Network. In order to write these narratives, I will be brainstorming, researching, conducting interviews, writing drafts and working one-on-one with my editor, Jenny, in order to produce two polished final drafts. I will also be blogging about my process. I have many ideas brewing, so stayed tuned! (or don’t.)
I am also excited about the new Glimpse-MatadorU Graduate program, where the 10 Fall Correspondents will be the first class. This program has not been finalized, but first, we will have access to the MatadorU “undergraduate” course material in writing, photography and video. (I’ve already completed the MatadorU writing course, and without having taken the course, I probably wouldn’t be in this program.) Also, we will be offered more course material, readings, opportunities to collaborate, and we will create a kind of thesis that reflects on the editorial process and our development as an artist.
I want to thank everyone who has supported me this year by reading my blog, giving me feedback and encouragement, following me on Facebook and Twitter, and sharing my work. I am so grateful to have found support and camaraderie in the MatadorU Community, South Korean expat and blogging community, and my friends and family all over the world.
THANK YOU! I’m looking forward to embarking on this new adventure.
-Text and photography by Sarah Shaw @ www.mappingwords.com. All rights reserved.