January 31, 2014
12:00 am

PottsFrom Rolf Potts: As the dawn of another year begins, we here at Vagablogging are seeking out new contributors to join our ranks, sharing our vagabonding wisdom with a growing worldwide community of long-term travelers.

We’re looking for dedicated weekly contributors to post on vagabonding-related topics of their choice — from travel tips to destination suggestions to reviews of travel media.

The ideal writer should be familiar with Vagabonding and the philosophy behind it. To get an idea what we’re looking for in terms of content and style, take a look at our recent posts and archives. The best posts are informative in nature and conversational in tone. The deadline for submitting is January 31st. We’ll announce our new contributors on February 15th. More information here.

March 1, 2014
12:00 am

travelerstalesFrom Lavinia Spalding: I’m excited to announce that I’ll be editing the next edition of The Best Women’s Travel Writing.This is the tenth collection in this award-winning series by Travelers’ Tales, and the fourth I’ve edited. I’m looking forward to reading this year’s submissions! Please send me your best true travel tales for consideration. Stories can already be published, provided you retain the rights.

Details here.  The deadline is March 1, 2014.

January 29, 2014
6:30 pmto9:00 pm
Lavinia Spalding

Lavinia Spalding

Lavinia Spalding teaches travel writing at the San Francisco Grotto: “In this six-session workshop, you’ll write and revise a personal travel essay, then take steps to get it published. Along the way, we’ll cover the basics of narrative travel writing, from beginning to end, including structure, dialogue, setting, characterization, and story arc. You’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, we’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 editor’s eye so you can make difficult but essential revisions.”

January 13, 2014
6:00 pmto9:00 pm
WeekdayWanderlustFrom Weekday Wanderlust: Cannonball!! Time to dive into 2014 with some more great travel tales from Bay Area writers. We can’t think of a better way to set sail into a new Weekday Wanderlust year than with Michael Shapiro, Erin Byrne, and Derk Richardson at the mic.
As usual, Don George will be our gracious and smiling emcee for the evening. Readings start promptly at 7 p.m., but you will always find a thicket of thirsty travelers in the Library Bar at 6. Please stop by and raise a glass and celebrate Weekday Wanderlust and our great Bay Area travel writing community. Thank you for your continued support. We couldn’t do it without you!
  • 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.
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