|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). Youâ€™ll enjoy this monthâ€™s 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 legendaryâ€”and dashingâ€”Don 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 “Flaubertâ€™s Barometer: On Setting In Fiction” on Sunday.
Here’s an incredibly inexpensive way to experience the best of Hawaiiâ€”a 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.
|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 “Silvieâ€™s 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
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|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, youâ€™ll write and revise a personal travel essay, then take steps to get it published. Along the way, weâ€™ll cover the basics of narrative travel writing, from beginning to end, including structure, dialogue, setting, characterization, and story arc. Youâ€™ll 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, weâ€™ll 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 editorâ€™s 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 tooâ€”the 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 soonâ€”check the SF Adventure Drinks Facebook page.
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|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, sheâ€™ll show you how personal travel essays are publishable even if they donâ€™t fit the structure of conventional travel pieces.Â “Weâ€™ll 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 writingâ€”lots!
Here’s more info from Larry:
“In the class weâ€™ll 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 werenâ€™t in my morning sessions, weâ€™ll 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,
|September 22, 2013|
|9:00 am||to||1:00 pm|
Register here for The Power of Light & Color, a new photography seminar, teaches students to transform their photography and expand their understanding of how light and color can enhance the quality and impact of their images. National Geographic photographer Nevada Wier will share techniques that broaden the way you thinkâ€”and seeâ€”to create more compelling photographs. View amazing images and see your skills improve in just one day!
Topics covered include:
|February 12, 2014||to||February 17, 2014|
Registration is open for the 9th Annual San Miguel Writers’ Conference, February 12-17, 2014.Â Keynote speakers include:
- Pat Conroyâ€”The Great Santini and Prince of Tides
- Yann Martelâ€”Life of Pi
- Laura Esquivelâ€”Like Water for Chocolate
- Benjamin Alire Saenzâ€”Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club (2013 PEN/Faulkner Winner)
- David Whyteâ€”River Flow: New & Selected Poems
- Kathi Diamantâ€”Kafkaâ€™s Last Love: The Mystery of Dora Diamant
As usual, the conference also includes over-the-top workshops and activities:
- 55+ Speakers, Faculty, & Literary Agents
- 56 Daily Workshop Options
|March 10, 2014||to||March 17, 2014|
Award-winning writers Christina Ammon and Erin Byrne offer a Deep Travel Writing Workshop from March 10 â€“ 17, 2014 in Fez, Morocco.
Erin explains what she means by deep travel: “In its simplest form, travel is physical movement from one place to another: a flight from Seattle to South Africa, the long drive through Nebraska, or camel trek across the Sahara. Along the way we encounter new sights and smells, sounds and sensations: the taste of curry, the notes of a sitar, snow-peaked Andes, fresh mint mingling with dyed leather in the souks of Marrakech. If we are lucky, our expectations are scrambled. We are reminded that there are larger forces at play.
|October 12, 2013|
|9:00 am||to||5:00 pm|
“The Fifth San Francisco Writing for Change Conference is the place to discover whether your book can change the world. The theme of the conference is â€śChanging the World One Book at a Time,â€ť and the goal is to encompass business, politics, technology, social issues, the environment, culture, the law, and much more.
“The Writing for Change Conference is devoted to bringing together agents, editors, authors, and publishing professionals to enable nonfiction writers to learn about writing, publishing, marketing, and technology. Youâ€™ll also learn how to get your work published successfully, online and off.
|October 6, 2013||to||October 11, 2013|
Here’s an invitation to Robin’s upcoming Bali retreat for writers who have a book in process. The date is just before the annual Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, and workshop participants qualify for discounted tickets to the Ubud festival.
Robin says, “In the Breath Life Into Your Book retreat Oct 6-11, 2013, we will approach our writing using all of our senses.
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|August 24, 2013|
|10:00 am||to||4:00 pm|
“All the world is a stage and so is the narrative that frames your characters. Whether itâ€™s poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction, a well-conveyed sense of place is key. Jump on a magic carpet to other places and times in this one-day workshop.
“This workshop will be held on Saturday, August 24th from 10:00 a.m. â€“ 4:00 p.m. at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA, 94925. Â Sign up here.
Storytellers Wanted: the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo is hosting two immersion travel writing retreats. Aspiring travel writers can attend workshops offered August 30 â€“ September 3, or November 7â€“10.
“From Marco Polo and Mark Twain to Jan Morris and Elizabeth Gilbert, some of historyâ€™s most influential people have been inspired by and written about their travels. Do you have a great travel story that you hope to sell to a publication or website? Or just want to make your writing even better as you share your adventures through blogging, TripAdvisor, social media and correspondence with family and friends?
|September 22, 2013|
|1:00 pm||to||5:00 pm|
A Celebration of the Writing Life will be on Sunday, September 22, 2013 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Book Passage in Corte Madera. Sponsored by the California Writers Club, the event is open to both CWC members ($25) and non-members ($30) and offers writers an opportunity to connect with other writers and critique groups, chat with book coaches, freelance editors, and agents, and enjoy refreshments, wine and live music.
Pooja Menon, Carlisle Webber, Peter Beren, Little Pickle Press, and New World Library will hear pitches (sign up when you arrive).
|October 11, 2013||to||October 20, 2013|
The Writer’s Wilderness Experience with Lonner Holden, trail leader and writer, will take place October 11 â€“ 20, 2013. “Come adventure into the Inner Grand Canyon. In that timeless depth, connect with the heart of your writing where inspiration of light, sky, stone, river, and imagination pulse together at the source of creation.”
This exclusive guided rim-to-rim backpacking retreat is limited to six people.Â More infoâ€”plus gorgeous photos from previous ripsâ€”at writingwildgrandcanyon.com.