Peter Lourie

Winter Term Faculty

 Monday and Wednesday 4:00-5:00 and by appointment



  • 1989   M.F.A. nonfiction, Columbia University School of the Arts
  • 1978  M.A. English Literature, University of Maine
  • 1975   B.A. classics, New York University


  • Nonfiction Writing, Middlebury College, 2010-2015 including courses:    Adventure Writing & Digital Storytelling; Get Outdoors: Environmental & Adventure Writing in the Digital Age; Writing the Journey

MidMagazine Multimedia story:

  • Literary Travel Writing, University of Vermont 1990-1992
  • Freshman Composition, Columbia College 1987-1989
  • Composition 101, Dutchess Community College 1980-1986
  • Freshman Composition, University of Maine, Orono 1976-1978

School Programs in Elementary and Middle Schools & Professional Development



  • Jack London in the Klondike, Henry Holt, 2016


  • Polar Bear Scientist -- Houghton Mifflin, 2015 paperback
  • The Manatee Scientists: Saving Vulnerable Species -- Houghton Mifflin, 2011 (*starred review Kirkus March 15, 2011) 2016 paperback
  • Writing to Explore: Discovering Adventure in the Research Paper Grades 3-8 (with David Somoza) Stenhouse Publishers, 2010 (review)
  • Whaling Season: A Year in the Life of an Arctic Whale Scientist,Houghton Mifflin, 2009
  • On the Texas Trail of Cabeza de Vaca, Boyds Mills Press, 2008.
  • Arctic Thaw: People of the Whale in a Changing Climate, Boyds Mills Press 2007
  • The Lost World of the Anasazi, Boyds Mills Press, 2007
  • Hidden World of the Aztec, Boyds Mills Press, 2006
  • First Dive to Shark Dive, Boyds Mills Press, 2006
  • The Mystery of the Maya, Boyds Mills Press, 2004
  • Tierra del Fuego: A Journey to the End of the Earth, Boyds Mills Press, 2004
  • Lost Treasure of the Inca, Boyds Mills Press, 2002
  • On the Trail of Lewis and Clark: A Journey up the Missouri River, Boyds Mills Press, 2002
  • On the Trail of Sacagawea, Boyds Mills Press, 2001
  • The Lost Treasure of Captain Kid (children's novel), Boyds Mills Press, 2000
  • Mississippi River: A Journey Down the Father of Waters, Boyds Mills Press, 2000
  • Rio Grande: From the Rocky Mountains to the Gulf of Mexico, Boyds Mills Press, 1999
  • Sweat of the Sun, Tears of the Moon: A Chronicle of an Incan Treasure (nonfiction for adults) Atheneum 1991; (paperback) Bison Books, University of Nebraska Press, 1998)
  • Erie Canal: Canoeing America's Great Waterway, Boyds Mills Press, 1997
  • River of Mountains: A Canoe Journey Down the Hudson (nonfiction for adults), Syracuse University Press, 1995
  • Everglades: Buffalo Tiger and the River of Grass, Boyds Mills Press, 1994
  • Yukon River: An Adventure to the Gold Fields of the Klondike, Boyds Mills Press, 1994
  • Hudson River: An Adventure from the Mountains to the Sea, Boyds Mills Press, 1992
  • Amazon: A Journey Through the Last Frontier, Boyds Mills Press, 1991



  • photos in National Geographic Traveler and Smithsonian Magazine
  • photographer for three books of children's poetry by Ted Scheu
  • photographer for 18 of my own books




Funded by the National Science Foundation, and housed at Purdue University's Climate Change Research Center, this site is an ongoing collection of video interviews with people who work and live in the Arctic.

Summer 2015 Icebreaker out of Woods Hole on the Beaufort Gyre Exploration Project



Course List: 

Courses offered in the past four years.
indicates offered in the current term
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CRWR 0386 - Writing the Journey      

Writing the Journey
In this course we will write personal journey narratives that fuse objective observation and exposition with strong narrative and subjective experience. Readings will include works of literary travel writing including The Song Lines and The Snow Leopard, as well as the picaresque novel On the Road. We will also practice the travel article. For the final project students must write about a journey they plan and take during the semester, preferably during Spring Break. (ENAM/CRWR 0170) (or approval from instructor required; please apply online at or at the Department office) (Formerly ENAM 0386) 3 hrs. sem. ART CW LIT

Spring 2015

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CRWR 0560 - Special Project: Writing      

Special Project: Creative Writing
Approval Required.

Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Winter 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Spring 2019

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CRWR 1005 - Adventure Writing      

Adventure Writing & Digital Storytelling
In this class we will explore the adventure narrative in the digital age. Equipped with laptop, camera, audio recorder, and/or video camera—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 narrative thread. In addition to blogs and essays from Outside Magazine, we will read from adventure 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 project. (Students will need a laptop, camera, and a small hard drive to house Final Cut Pro files for video editing. This course can count as an introductory CRWR workshop. (Approval required; please complete an application form available on the following website: Not open to students who have taken INTD 1105. LIT WTR

Winter 2015, Winter 2016, Winter 2017, Winter 2018

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Department of English & American Literatures

Axinn Center at Starr Library
15 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753