Course Description

Adventure Writing & Digital Storytelling

In this class we will explore the adventure narrative in the digital age. Equipped with laptop, camera, audio and video recorders–the tools of today’s investigative journalists–students will undertake their own adventure in the Middlebury area (anything from dog sledding to ice fishing on Lake Champlain), then sharpen their skills as writers, focusing on setting, character, history and the narrative thread. In addition to blogs and essays from Outside Magazine, we will read from books such as Joe Kane’s Running the Amazon and Joan Didion’s Salvador, and write in the adventure-travel genre, incorporating interviews, photos, audio and video files in the final writing projects.  (Students will need a laptop, camera, and a small hard drive to house Adobe Premiere Pro files for video editing. This course counts as a Creative Writing elective.)


Pete Lourie

Write Your Own Adventure:  Middlebury Magazine Online Edition

Some former classes and class projects

Adventure 16

Adventure 15

Journey 15 spring

Adventure 14

Adventure 13

Adventure 12 fall

Adventure 12


Jterm at Middlebury


‘J-term’ expands students opportunities: the Addison Independent


Peter DiPrinzio built and sailed an iceboat