March 10, 2014toMarch 17, 2014

erinAward-winning writers Christina Ammon and Erin Byrne offer a Deep Travel Writing Workshop from March 10 – 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 amto5:00 pm

“The Fifthwfc San Francisco Writing for Change Conference is the place to discover whether your book can change the world. The theme of the conference is “Changing the World One Book at a Time,” 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. You’ll also learn how to get your work published successfully, online and off.

December 31, 2013
12:00 am

press53.pngThanks to Eva Schlesinger for sending this information about an upcoming anthology: “In the 21st century, knowledge of the world around us grows increasingly important, and fiction set in other countries has become extremely popular. Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet (Edited by Clifford Garstang, to be published by Press 53 in Fall 2014) is an anthology (and potential series) of short fiction (short stories of any length, short shorts, and flash) set around the globe, including the United States.

October 6, 2013toOctober 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.

robinsparksRobin says, “In the Breath Life Into Your Book retreat Oct 6-11, 2013, we will approach our writing using all of our senses.

August 24, 2013
10:00 amto4:00 pm

lwfI’ve taken several of Linda Watanabe McFerrin’s workshops, and loved every one. Next up is one that will help both travel writers and fiction writers create a lively sense of place:

“All the world is a stage and so is the narrative that frames your characters. Whether it’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. – 4:00 p.m. at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA, 94925.  Sign up here.

August 19, 2013
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

bwtw-vol9San Francisco magazine named Weekday Wanderlust “Best Mental Escape” in their 2013 Best of the Bay issue. This month’s salon, on Monday, August 19th, will celebrate the release of co-founder Lavinia Spalding’s latest book, the Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 9. Published by Travelers’ Tales, this year’s anthology includes essays from thirty intrepid travelers, including the evening’s three wonderful readers: Rachel Levin, Natalie Baszile, and Suzanne Roberts.

As always, the event will be at the Hotel Rex (562 Sutter Street in SF). Cocktails and conversation from 6-7 p.m., readings from 7-8. Giveaways? You betcha.

August 22, 2013

world-in-focusThe World in Focus photo contest is open for entries until August 22nd, 2013. One professional winner and one amateur winner will each receive:

• A one-week, hands-on photo workshop in Maine, courtesy of Maine Media Workshops.
• A full-conference pass to PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo ($499 value)

FIVE professional winners and five amateur winners will each receive:

August 20, 2013
5:30 pmto8:30 pm

Update: The August 20th Adventure Drinks meeting will be at: America’s Cup Sports Bar, Pier 27, San Francisco.

Advena-cupture lovers from around the world are in SF now to see who will win the world’s oldest sports trophy, the America’s Cup. Like good sailors, they’ve arranged to have a bar on the waterfront. We’re going to investigate for ourselves, this coming Third Tuesday.


adventuredrinksHead on over to AdventureDrinks on Facebook for info on the informal monthly happy hour for San Francisco Bay Area & Northern California adventure travel industry folks. Part of the global AdventureDrinks movement.

August 22, 2013
5:00 pmto7:00 pm

vignettesWidely published, award-winning writers and instructors Erin Byrne and Sabrina Crawford will discuss the history and current concept of the literary salon, offer a trip inside the legendary Shakespeare and Company Bookstore and present Vignettes and Postcards, Writings from the Evening Writing workshop at Shakespeare and Company. A lively discussion will spark ideas about how we can bring a bit of la vie littéraire into our own lives.

Thursday, August 22 at 5:30 p.m.
The Depot Bookstore and Cafe
87 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley
(415) 383-2665

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September 22, 2013
1:00 pmto5:00 pm

cwcA 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, 2013toOctober 20, 2013

grand-canyonThe Writer’s Wilderness Experience with Lonner Holden, trail leader and writer, will take place October 11 – 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.  More info—plus gorgeous photos from previous rips—at

August 8, 2013 12:00 pmtoAugust 11, 2013 3:00 pm

BPconfThere’s still time to sign up for the Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference, which runs from August 8th to 11th, 2013, in Corte Madera, California.

I (Laurie McAndish King) attended this conference ten years ago, and it kickstarted my travel writing career by giving me the information, inspiration, and contacts I needed to become a successful travel writer and photographer.

August 7, 2013
7:00 pmto8:00 pm

tt-vol9Travelers’ Tales’ The Best Travel Writing, Volume 9 celebrates the world’s best travel writing — from Nobel Prize winners to emerging new writers. The points of view and perspectives are global, and themes encompass high adventure, spiritual growth, romance, hilarity and misadventure, service to humanity, and encounters with exotic cuisines and cultures.

Hear authors read excerpts from their stories at Book Passage in Corte Madera at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 7th.

August 12, 2013
6:00 pmto7:00 pm
August 17, 2013
7:00 pmto8:00 pm

Paris-coverPlease join me (Laurie McAndish King) and other contributors to the anthology Wandering in Paris, as we read selections of this new release from Wanderland Writers. I haven’t decided which story I’ll read from, but it will be one of these:

  • French Kiss: In which I research Parisian intimacies in an attempt to discover what makes French women so … French. And what makes a French kiss French. Also involved: Parisian household appliances and expensive lingerie.
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