Summer Youth: Travel Writing (Ages 12-16)

Youth, Writers

Summer Youth: Travel Writing (Ages 12-16)

Want to see the world and tell others all about it? Learn about travel writing from the author of 25 books for Lonely Planet.


$225.00 (any noted materials fee included)


$285.00 (any noted materials fee included)

Meeting Times
  1. Mon, 7/22/2024 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  2. Tue, 7/23/2024 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  3. Wed, 7/24/2024 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  4. Thur, 7/25/2024 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Mon, 7/22/2024 - Thur, 7/25/2024

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Summer Youth, Youth Ages 12-14, Youth Ages 14-16, Youth Class

Writers Studio



Whether it’s Italy, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Tuscany, or the United States, Alex Leviton has been there, and written about that.

Travel writers document their travels, provide insights into the places they visit, and share recommendations for other travelers. Travel writers create compelling narratives and stories about their travels, such as descriptions of the people and culture. Travel writers may be freelancers, or work for online and/or print newspapers, magazines, trade publications (or even the government).

You don't have to go anywhere to practice the art of travel writing. All it takes is an adventurous spirit, a love of communicating, and a little hands-on research to practice the art of writing about a place and your personal experiences in those places.

Over four days, you'll read several travel narrative pieces, and craft a narrative piece of our own. You'll also write shorter reviews and social media posts. You'll have opportunities to showcase your work if you'd like – taking over BARN's social media page for a bit, display the work at BARN, share with the community, and/or do a show-and-tell reading.

You'll spend time practicing the craft of travel writing, learn how research makes travel stories richer and fuller (and brings a place to life for yourself, as well), and engage with your surroundings at BARN itself with a "seven senses" exercise.


A few weeks before class, please visit one of the following with the upcoming class in mind:

  • The Japanese Exclusion Memorial
  • Bloedel Reserve
  • Suquamish Museum in Poulsbo
  • Fay Bainbridge Park
  • The Labyrinth on Halls Hill Road, Bainbridge Island
  • Frog Rock on Phelps Road, Bainbridge Island
  • Or one of your favorite spots on or near the island

Bonus points: Bring a notebook and write down your impressions while in situ – in the place itself.


  • Ages 12-16.
  • Bring water and a snack.
  • Registration closes Monday, July 15.

Registering Youth

  • New registrants: When you register, select Others Only in the "Who Are You Registering?" section. On the next page, Add New Registrant. Create an account for your youth.
  • Next time you register: You will be able to Search Registrants to select your youth.
  • You may register your youth for an optional supervised lunch hour from noon-1 pm for the duration of this activity.
  • Make sure to fill out your youth's emergency contact information and other details when creating their account.
  • Questions? Email


  • Bring a notebook or paper and a pen or pencil.
  • A $5 materials fee, included in the price of the class, covers everything else you'll need.

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Alex Leviton

Author of "Explore Every Day" (Lonely Planet, 2019), Alex has worked as a journalist, humorist, series editor, and columnist for The Guardian, USA Today, BBC, The Seattle Times, et al. She has mentored or managed thousands of writers and writers-to-be in diverse settings including running editorial departments, magazines or startups; leading international travel writing competitions; or mentoring poets in a juvenile psychiatric hospital. While still a professional writer (Lonely Planet’s Pacific Northwest comes out April 2024), she now also uses her superpower, which is helping others find and express their creative voice. Through her company, The Third Layer, she coaches and consults on creativity and creative thinking to both organizations and individuals around the world. Visit her online at or find her on LinkedIn at alex-leviton.

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