We are professors of literature who are now, after fourteen and nineteen years of analyzing and discussing literature in the classroom, looking to develop a new expertise, the art of writing the kind of works that we daily study with our students. To pursue this goal, we are applying for a GLCA New Directions Initiative grant to embark on a pilgrimage, a three-week sojourn along the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Through the multiple challenges of this journey, we plan to create a writer's retreat, a crucible of transformation and invigoration leading directly to writing about the properties of travel we find crucial to defining our humanity: our sense of the rich diversity in the pilgrim population we meet and the landscape we traverse and the ways the rigors of the journey challenge ideas of self and self in the world. The Camino is replete with opportunities for writing, a figurative touchstone for two scholars who wish to tap into our creativity. By undertaking the journey together, we will be able to serve as foils for each other's reflections on each day and as accountability partners for our commitment to daily writing while on the road. At the close of the journey, we each plan to write an essay on our experience, and we further expect the journey to serve also as a vault for future work in creative writing.