February 26, 2016 | Leave a Comment
Italy, in Other Words, Memoir Writing Retreat returns to its sumptuous location, Villa Monastero, in the tiny town of Varenna at Lake Como for its 2016 session from September 18th to 24th.
Workshop leader Kathryn Abajian says, “Picture yourself writing amid botanical gardens, lakeside with a cappuccino, or in your room with a view of peaceful Lake Como. Plan to enjoy thoughtful instruction, honest and supportive discussion and insightful excursions.”
Jeff Greenwald is co-conducting the first Himalayan Writers Workshop with his friend and mentor, Laurie Wagner. “If you’re feeling bold, and want to shake up your life,” Jeff says, “here’s your ticket.” The workshop is from April 4th-14th, and as of today there are two spots left.
Registration has opened for the fourth annual gathering of writers and editors at Camp Mokuleia, a stunning but rustic beachfront retreat center on Oâahuâs North Shore. 2016 dates are May 1 to 6.
This intimate writersâ gathering is led by Constance Hale, a native of Mokuleâia. Daily workshops in fiction and nonfiction taught by nationally recognized authors. Additional sessions in poetry, childrenâs book writing, and developing your voice. A New York agent is available for coaching.
For 2016, the Gold Rush Writer’s Conference conference is April 29, 30, & May 1. Sign up by March 30 for the discounted rate of $165; after that it goes up to $185. Price includes a picnic supper, dinner and brunch, plus four workshops. On Sunday afternoon Erika Mailman talks about The Tourist, the Expat and the Native: A Travelerâs Guide to Writing Historical Fiction.
The conference is held at Hotel Leger in Mokelumne Hill, CA.
|August 30, 2015 12:00 am||to||September 5, 2015 12:00 am|
I recently interviewed author, longtime New York Times contributor, travel writer and writing teacher Perry Garfinkel for the Lowell Thomas Award-winning podcast, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer.
Listen to Perry and me here as we discuss travel writing, percussion, Buddhism, stealing, Woody Allen, and using what Perry calls the “Travel Writer’s Mindset” to extend your vacation and make it more enjoyable. I also got a sneak peek at the curriculum for Perry’s upcoming travel writing class, which will be on Martha’s Vineyard from August 30 â September 5.
|September 3, 2014|
|6:30 pm||to||8:30 pm|
Michael Shapiro be teaching a three-evening class called A Sense of Place on Wednesdays at Book Passage (September 3, 10, 17) from 6:30 to 8:30. Michael says, “We’ll study the mastersâBryson, Cahill, Morris, Matthiessen, Iyer and Therouxâand discuss their techniques to improve our own writing. And there will be wine!”
Michael knows as much as anyone about creating a sense of place. In fact, he wrote the book on it! A Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration. Plus, he’s a fun guy and a generous teacher. This should be an excellent class.
This looks like a wonderful trip! November 10-15, 2014. Complete itinerary, pricing, extremely enticing photos, and other info here.
“The Inca Tale Writing Workshop in Peru:Â a six-day writing workshop for women, hosted by award winning travel author and anthology editor, Lavinia Spalding, at the âliving Inca townâ of Â Ollantaytambo. Youâll spend five nights at Apu Lodge (named the best Posada in South America by the Guardian.UK ), take a train ride through the jungle to explore Machu Picchu, and youâll have a Peruvian concierge/guide/translator (the owner of Peru Breathtaking Trips) for the entire expedition to pamper, entertain, educate, and offer up hidden adventures and new
“Each expedition will be themed and will be catered to suit the needs and desires of participants. Some trips will place stronger emphasis on workshop classes while others upon adventure.
|August 14, 2014||to||August 17, 2014|
It’s just around the proverbial corner! The Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference has an extraordinary, international reputation among publishers, editors, and writers. Now in its 22nd year, this four-day Conference offers an array of writing and photography workshops in the morning, a full afternoon of panels and discussions, and evening faculty presentations. There are optional, working field trips to explore the resources of the Bay Area. The faculty includes publishers, magazine editors, photographers, travel essayists, food writers, restauranteurs, guidebook writers, and more. There are hours of informal interaction between faculty and participants during lunch and in discussions that often last late into the evening.
|April 21, 2014|
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Mark your calendar for Monday April 21 and bring your virtual passports to the Hotel Rex (562 Sutter Street, San Francisco). Youâll enjoy this monthâs line-up of three talented writers: Lisa Alpine, Andy Murdock, and Angie Chuang.
Readings start promptly at 7 p.m., but a group of thirsty travelers can always be found at the Hotel Rex Library Bar at 6 p.m. Come early, snag a seat, and say hello. As usual, emcee for the evening is the legendaryâand dashingâDon George. Feel free to RSVP on Facebook.
|May 2, 2014||to||May 4, 2014|
Join the ninth annual Gold Rush Writers Conference, May 2, 3, & 4, at the historic Leger Hotel in picturesque Mokelumne Hill, where writing professionals will guide you to a publishing bonanza through a series of panels, specialty talks, workshops and celebrity lectures.
Go one-on-one with successful poets, novelists, biographers, memoirists and short story writers. The conference includes a picnic supper in a Victorian garden Friday evening, Saturday dinner and Sunday brunch.
This year’s featured speaker and workshop leader is Christian Kiefer, a full-time professor at American River College. His first published novel has garnered rave reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Christian will conduct a workshop “Flaubertâs Barometer: On Setting In Fiction” on Sunday.
Here’s an incredibly inexpensive way to experience the best of Hawaiiâa room with a view, all lodging and meals, presentations by Hawaiian cultural legends, excursions to sacred sites led by local experts, awesome private beach, far away from the tourist scene, live music, yoga … plus writing workshops and readings
The retreat is led by North Shore native Constance Hale, the author of Sin and Syntax, the editor of more than two dozen books, and a journalist whose stories about Hawai`i appear on CD liner notes, as well as in publications like The Los Angeles Times and Smithsonian magazine.
What could be better than creating literature from your own experienceâin Italy? Join instructor Kathryn Abajian to experience a step back in centuries and a step forward in awareness as she returns for a fifth yearÂ to the medieval hill town of Santo Stefano di Sessanio, an enchanting and unspoiled gem locatedÂ in the Abruzzo region ofÂ Italy. Enjoy daily instruction, a private room, regional Abruzzese cuisine, local wines and cultural excursions with ItalyinOtherWords Memoir Writing and Cultural Retreat, June 15â21, 2014. Click the link for details, photos, endorsements and enrollment information.
|February 18, 2014|
|5:30 pm||to||8:30 pm|
Adventure Drinks is an informal monthly happy hour for San Francisco Bay Area & Northern California adventure travel industry folks. Part of the global AdventureDrinks movement. 5:30-8:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month, which means the next event is on February 18th. Check the Adventure Drinks San Francisco Facebook page for the venue, which changes each month.
|February 24, 2014|
|6:00 pm||to||9:00 pm|
Weekday Wanderlust has already posted info about one of the readers, “the charming and talented Dr. Marianne Rogoff. She is the author of the memoir “Silvieâs Life” and numerous travel stories, short fictions, essays, and book reviews. She teaches Writing & Literature at California College of the Arts and Dominican University. During winter and summer, Marianne leads weeklong Studio-Workshop trips for writers to exotic locales, including two awesome collaborations with Lavinia Spalding, co -founder of WW and the series editor of Best Women’s Travel Writing, in which many of Marianne’s stories have appeared. Please come give Marianne a warm Weekday Wanderlust welcome.”
Class: Writing the Literary Travel Essay: From Inspiration to Publication with Lavinia Spalding 1/29-3/5
January 11, 2014 | Leave a Comment
|January 29, 2014|
|6:30 pm||to||9:00 pm|
Lavinia Spalding teaches travel writing at the San Francisco Grotto: “In this six-session workshop, youâll write and revise a personal travel essay, then take steps to get it published. Along the way, weâll cover the basics of narrative travel writing, from beginning to end, including structure, dialogue, setting, characterization, and story arc. Youâll develop and strengthen your writing voice, awaken your senses, and come to recognize your juiciest, most compelling material. In addition to writing and revising your own story, weâll study published pieces and discuss what made these essays shine. This is a great opportunity to learn from a professional travel editor not only what an editor looks for in story submissions, but also the invaluable skill of viewing your own writing with an editorâs eye so you can make difficult but essential revisions.”
The Grotto’s Winter Session begins the week of January 19, 2014. No travel-specific classes, but doesn’t this list look good?
To be the first to hear about the Grotto’s frequently sold-out classes, subscribe to Grotto Class Notes, a monthly e-newsletter that includes writing tips from Grotto teachers.
|January 13, 2014|
|6:00 pm||to||9:00 pm|
- Michael Shapiro, award winning writer; author of A Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration; wrote the text for the pictorial book, Guatemala: A Journey Through the Land of the Maya. Michael’s work also appears in Islands, American Way, and the Washington Post.
|January 15, 2014|
The deadline is January 15 to get your submission into the Lit Camp writers conference, co-sponsored by Litquake. This year’s faculty includes authors Andrew Sean Greer, Susan Straight, Karen Joy Fowler, Tom Barbash, Peter Orner, Janis Cooke Newman, and Emily Rapp, as well as agents Amy Williams, Danielle Svetcov, and Mollie Glick. This year’s editors include Ben George of Little Brown, Ethan Nosowsky of Gray Wolf, Casey Jarman of McSweeney’s, Oscar Villalon of Zyzzyva, and Zoe Ruiz of The Rumpus. Lit Camp 2014 runs May 15-18.
|November 25, 2013|
|6:00 pm||to||8:00 pm|
“We know it’s the week of Thanksgiving but we figured you might be home, dreaming of far away places and adventurous journeys. If you can’t get away then at least escape at the Hotel Rex with a glass of French wine or Spanish Cava along with some intrepid tales from three great writers: Jill Robinson, Jenna Scatena and Colleen Kinder. Bring along your out of town guests, family, in-laws, and significant others tooâthe more the merrier! We look forward to seeing you and to another great Weekday Wanderlust event. Thanks for your continued support. We couldn’t do it without you! Readings begin promptly at 7 pm but we’ll be spiking the eggnog at 6 pm.”
|November 19, 2013|
|5:30 pm||to||8:30 pm|
Save the date: Third Tuesday is Nov 19th, and per tradition, AdventureDrinkers will be gathering for happy hour. Venue TBA, but it will be in the East Bay, and BART-friendly. More info soonâcheck the SF Adventure Drinks Facebook page.
October 28, 2013 | Leave a Comment
|June 29, 2014||to||July 6, 2014|
Join Sondra Holtzman, Connie Burke and Barbara Euser in legendary Southern Greece (Neapolis) June 29-July 6, 2014 for an incredible journey of exploration and creativity.
Working in small format, we’ll incorporate sketching and painting in watercolor into personal journals, inspired by writing tips and techniques to fully capture this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
|October 26, 2013|
|10:00 am||to||4:00 pm|
“Do you love to travel? Keep a travel journal? Why not take the next step and turn your daily scribbles into well-crafted, memorable narratives that entice readers, family, and friends? You can do this by learning two things: 1) how to improve your storytelling abilities, and 2) how to market your work.”
|October 26, 2013|
|10:00 am||to||4:00 pm|
In this workshop Lisa Alpine will share her wealth of experience on how to bring your travel stories to life and get them out into the world. For example, sheâll show you how personal travel essays are publishable even if they donât fit the structure of conventional travel pieces.Â “Weâll also discuss ways to generate other travel-related sources of income, such as
There are still a few spots left in Larry Habegger‘s Advanced Personal Essay/Memoir Workshop in San Francisco. I took this class a few years back, and improved my writingâlots!
Here’s more info from Larry:
“In the class weâll work on your stories, with lots of discussion and development to move those stories to deeper levels. It will pick up where we left off at Book Passage, or for those of you who werenât in my morning sessions, weâll emphasize strengthening your writing and storytelling through accessing memory and emotion, discovering the right structure, and using fiction techniques, among other things.
“This series of classes will run seven consecutive weeks,