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Cara Waterfall

Cara Waterfall

Session: Spring 2012
Location Abroad: Cote d’Ivoire
Bio: Cara is a pack rat, runner and writer, who currently lives in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. She has Canadian and British citizenship and makes liberal use of both passports. She has a postgraduate diploma from the London School of Journalism. Find her at www.caraincocody.com or www.belledejournal.com.

Sarah Baughman

Sarah Baughman

Session: Spring 2012
Location Abroad: Germany
Bio: Sarah Baughman has worked as an English teacher in international schools on three continents. She and her husband, along with their two children, currently live in Germany. In addition to teaching, Sarah has published non-fiction articles and essays in a variety of print and online publications. She blogs about parenting, traveling, and living overseas at A Line At A Time.

Randianne Leyshon

Randianne Leyshon

Session: Spring 2012
Location Abroad: Russia
Bio: Randianne Leyshon is currently wading through icy puddles in Syktyvkar, the capital of the Komi Republic, a region in the northern reaches of Russia. She’s a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, which, in addition to her regular teaching duties, allows her to discuss subjects like mail-order brides, the lack of a Russian word for “efficiency,” and how much fast food Americans really eat. She dreams of living in St. Petersburg, eating pickled mushrooms, and writing for a Russophile publication.

Ellen Freeman

Ellen Freeman

Session: Spring 2012
Location Abroad: Egypt
Bio: Ellen Freeman thinks the best thing to do in any foreign country is go to the grocery store. Since graduating with a degree in comparative literature from Haverford College in 2011, she’s perused the aisles in six countries. Ellen is currently resurrecting her Arabic and traffic-dodging skills in Cairo where she previously studied in 2009–at home in Portland, Oregon she writes, teaches yoga, and rides a bike with no hands.

Avery Carpenter

Avery Carpenter

Session: Spring 2012
Location Abroad: Cape Town
Bio: Avery Carpenter is an aspiring journalist who loves reading horizontally almost as much as traveling vertically. After graduating from Vanderbilt University in May 2011, she lived in Cape Town, South Africa for six months and worked as a Reporter for the Cape Times. In South Africa she covered stories that ranged from rhino poaching and government-funded housing to round the world boat races and the bungee jumping industry. Back in New York City, Avery is now working part-time for GQ magazine- temporarily employed but permanently looking for a good story and a spicy bowl of curry.

Abigail Higgins

Abby Higgins

Session: Spring 2012
Location Abroad: Kenya
Bio: Abigail Higgins lives in Nairobi, Kenya where she writes, travels and works for Shining Hope for Communities, an organization that combats gender inequality and extreme poverty in Kibera, a slum in Nairobi. When she isn’t in Kenya, she’s in her hometown just outside of Seattle cooking, doing yoga and spending as much time as possible outdoors. You can read more of her writing at abbyhiggins.com.

Sophia Guida

Sophia Guida

Session: Spring 2012
Location Abroad: Peru
Bio: Sophia Guida is a freelance writer and photographer currently based in Lima, Peru. She blogs at http://sguida.blogspot.com.

Stephanie Sun

Stephanie Sun

Session: Spring 2012
Location Abroad: Grenada
Bio: Born and raised in a small Canadian town, Stephanie Sun was at one time or another an Evolutionary Biologist, an Olympic swimming hopeful, or working as an advocate for women’s social housing and environmental sustainability. Her studies have taken her to China, Mexico, Costa Rica, Morocco, Spain, Barbados, the UK, and now Grenada, West Indies, where she is currently completing her second year of medical school.

Kirsten Schrier

Kirsten Schrier

Session: Spring 2012
Location Abroad: Kyrgyzstan
Bio: Kirstin, 23, has wanted to live abroad for as long as she can remember. After stints in Jordan and Iraq, she moved to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in August 2010, where she and her husband started a research organization called Oxus International. When she’s not mangling the Russian language, she can usually be found honing her skills as an amateur photographer or posting on her blog, Ivory Pomegranate.

Tyler McCloskey

Tyler McCloskey

Session: Spring 2012
Location Abroad: The Philippines
Bio: Tyler McCloskey has been an environmental volunteer in the Philippines nearing two years. He studied writing at the University of Pittsburgh, lived in Costa Rica and Peru, speaks three languages and three dialects, and misses his mother’s carrot cake. Initially wary of suspect foods abroad, his stomach is now steeled to appreciate more courageous fare. He swears his blonde hair and blue eyes have something to do with it.

Testimonials

“The Glimpse Correspondents program provided me with the opportunity to further examine the society that I’d been living in and get to know some incredible people while doing so. As a correspondent I was able to delve deeper into the coal mining culture that I’d been so fascinated by since arriving in eastern Ukraine two years ago. On the editorial side of it all, I received a great amount of support and learned some valuable lessons on revising and editing, for which I am very grateful.”
Christopher Miller, Ukraine
Fall 2011 Glimpse Correspondent

Once the writing process started Sarah’s intuition was invaluable. My first drafts were completely muddled, but she was able to read through them and extract my underlying intentions. She often seemed to know instinctively what I was trying to say, even when I wasn’t sure myself. She also knew when to kick my ass over some bad writing habits.

I totally underestimated the scope of the work required for the program. Mostly this is down to the impeccable standard Sarah held me too. I would send off a draft that I felt certain looked good; she would return it and ask me to push it further. Every sentence had to justify its own inclusion.

The great strength of the Glimpse program is that it recognises that we all have different abroads, and that great stories aren’t just found out there in the abroad, but rather that they have to be created, shared, worked at, struggled with, and shared again. And again and again.”
Philip Johnson, United States
Fall 2011 Glimpse Correspondent

From the beginning, Sarah was both a supportive and demanding editor. I had to adjust my technique and voice back from blogging to essay writing. I was in the habit of writing little vignettes: parts of stories, anecdotes, and funny wonderings. My blog posts did not necessarily have a beginning, middle, and end. With Sarah’s help, I set about reorganizing my writing, creating a structure to guide my conversational tone.

Working with Sarah helped me understand my strengths and weaknesses as a writer. I needed her critical-eye in editing, and pushing me beyond my comfort zone. She asked me provocative questions that inspired new descriptions of a scene or character. As it turned out, crafting a cohesive essay inside a country of chaos proved a formidable task. There were moments of great frustration that Sarah reminded me were normal; were part of the process.

In the end, Glimpse provided me with an invaluable learning experience. I gained awareness about my creative self, from evaluating my writing habits to understanding the conditions under which I’m able to be most productive. I discovered my weaknesses even as I celebrated my strengths. I began to understand what becoming a professional travel writer would be like. Writing for Glimpse was an incredibly opportunity and one that I would whole-heartedly recommend to any aspiring writer.”
Brittany Jordt, India
Fall 2011 Glimpse Correspondent

“The Glimpse Correspondence program was hugely beneficial for my writing. More than building clips and a byline, the main value of the program for me was the editorial guidance. The editor really took the time to work deeply with my pieces, and the quality of her feedback was on par with what I’ve received in university workshops. With publications strapped and editors stretched, such personalized, professional feedback is rare these days. The fact that Glimpse offers this not just free-of-charge, but actually provides a stipend for participants, makes it a truly unique opportunity for early-career writers.”
Lauren Quinn, Cambodia
Fall 2011 Glimpse Correspondent

“For someone with no background in creative nonfiction, writing for Glimpse while I was farming in Uganda was challenging. I welcomed it, and grew from it, thanks due to an excellent host on site and the thoughtfulness with which Glimpse editors approached my work. This experience pushed me to go back to re-learning the fundamentals of writing – being concise, using precise imagery, and avoiding overused metaphors. My writing improved so much and eventually was of a quality I was unable to produce before.

The program humbled me, showing me that in an imperfect world, I have more than enough room to improve as a writer. I don’t know what this means for my career (now that I am in law school, haha), but I am truly grateful for Glimpse giving me the opportunity to share my perspective in a space that supports critical thinking and dialogue about the world.”
Julian Hill, Uganda
Fall 2011 Glimpse Correspondent

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