From Tibet to the Galapagos, from the Arctic Ocean to Polynesia, Catherine Watson, journalist and former Star Tribune travel editor, will share encounters with other lives and insights into the human spirit through a class scheduled from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in the Business and Industry Center at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.
Tuition is $6.
Watson’s travel dreams took flight in grade school, when she and her best friend discovered Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan books. Long family road trips and two student exchange programs — American Field Service to Germany in high school, and the Minnesota SPAN Project to Lebanon in college — strengthened that passion.
Trained as a journalist, Watson became the first travel editor at the Minneapolis Star Tribune and continued as its chief travel writer and photographer from 1978 to 2004.
Her work has taken her to 115 countries and won numerous awards, including the top two in her field: The Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year and the Society of American Travel Writers Photographer of the Year.
She has been published in more than a dozen anthologies and is the author of two collections of travel essays, “Road Less Traveled” (Syren Books, 2005) and “Home on the Road” (Syren, 2007), both of which were Minnesota Book Awards finalists. Watson teaches workshops in travel writing and memoir in the United States and abroad, and divides her home time between Minneapolis and Galena, Ill.