August 10, 2017toAugust 13, 2017

It’s that time of year again: Get ready for Book Passage’s annual Travel Writers and Photographers Conference, from August 10-13 in Corte Madera, CA.

Legendary travel writer Tim Cahill, acclaimed author Karen Joy Fowler, and guidebook maven Pauline Frommer are just a few of the incredible names Book Passage has assembled for faculty this year. Here’s the full list.

The conference offers an array of workshops, panels, and evening activities and has an extraordinary reputation among publishers, editors, and writers. Alumni have published books, articles, and photos—many as the direct result of lessons learned and contacts made at the conference.

October 13, 2018toOctober 23, 2018

Malecón, Cuba © 2013 by Jeff Greenwald

Jeff Greenwald reports that the Ethical Traveler trip to Cuba October 13-23 still has two spaces left. But act fast if you want to go; the trip will be closing on August 15th. Here are more details from Jeff:

As you have no doubt heard, Donald Trump has placed new restrictions on travel to Cuba. He’s very concerned with human rights, as you know (unless the perpetrator is Russia, or Saudi Arabia).

August 19, 2017
7:00 pmto8:30 pm

I’m thrilled to announce the impending launch of my new collection of travel stories, Your Crocodile has Arrived.

The party will be on Saturday, August 19th, at Book Passage in Corte Madera, and Travel Writers News subscribers are all invited. More info and a link to the invitation are here. We’ll have lots of chocolate (in honor of the story about my chocolate massage), including enough of the world’s best chocolate cake to serve the first twenty people who request it—so arrive early.

Mokule‘ia Writers Retreat 2017

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May 7, 2017toMay 12, 2017

Connie Hale, director of the Mokule‘ia Writers Retreat, has announced the dates for 2017: This year’s retreat will take place May 7–12.

There will be three morning workshops:

  • Life into Literature (covering all genres)
  • Nonfiction and memoir (including reportage and essays)
  • A manuscript workshop for those who are working on long essays or book-length projects and have a manuscript ready to workshop.

Intensive poetry and fiction workshops are scheduled in the afternoons. Details about cost and lodging can be found on the website.

February 2, 2017
6:00 pmto9:00 pm

From Kimberly Lovato and the Weekday Wanderlust gang:

Happy New Year! Due to travel schedules we are unable to host our first Weekday Wanderlust of 2017 this month, but we’re bringing it to you on Thursday, February 2—just in time to wave at January in the rear view mirror!

We can’t think of a better time to introduce you to our fantastic line up of fabulous readers: Janis Cooke Newman, Jess Silber, and Blane Bachelor. Check out their bios are below and on our Facebook page. We hope you’ll come out and bring them that famous warm WW welcome. Invite a friend and RSVP here while you’re at it.

March 6, 2016
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Ethical Travel 2016Jeff Greenwald, founder of Ethical Traveler, invites us to Ethical Traveler’s annual “Best Ethical Destinations” awards event. It’s happening Sunday, March 6th, from 7-9 p.m. at the wonderful Book Passage in Corte Madera. Join (it’s free!) in celebrating this year’s 10 winning countries. Schmooze with ambassadors, browse the bookstore, and drink good wine!

April 1, 2016

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The deadline is April 1, 2016. Here’s SATW’s announcement for the 2015-16 SATW Foundation Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition:

The contest invites work in all types of media, including online and broadcast, not just print. All entries must be made through the BetterBNC Media Awards Platform. Electronic entries are required in most categories.

What’s new for 2016:
We have added a new category, Culinary-Related Travel, which recognizes coverage of travel that is focused on food, beverages, restaurants and other eating experiences that help define a destination. This is for individual work.

August 30, 2015 12:00 amtoSeptember 5, 2015 12:00 am

Perry GarfinkelI 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 – September 5.

March 18, 2015
6:00 pmto10:00 pm

This month’s Weekday Wanderlust is a doozy!  The Three Wise Men, The Godfathers of Travel, The Travel Trio, The Three Horsemen of the … call them whatever you want. This travel-writing trifecta needs no introduction: Don George, Larry Habegger, and Jeff Greenwald are on the roster.

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Buckle up and join the fun, sure to be as illuminating as it is entertaining, on Wednesday March 18 at the Hotel Rex.  (562 Sutter Street in San Francisco). The readings start at 7 p.m., but a group of thirsty travelers can always be found at 6 p.m. in the Library Bar. Stop by and say hi!

March 21, 2015toMarch 22, 2015

Storytellers ExpoMarch 17, 2015 update: The location for this conference has changed. Please check the conference website for the most up-to-date information.

Do you have a book or literary project that might work as a movie? If you’d like to meet with representatives from studios such as HBO, DreamWorks, Warner Brothers, SyFy Channel, Lionsgate, and Universal, check out Storytellers Expo 2015. The expo will be held March 21-22 at the Hyatt Regency SFO. It includes presentations and classes taught by successful established writers, and a Pitch Fest where you can pitch your projects to New York publishers, agents, Hollywood studios, and producers.

May 6, 2015toMay 16, 2015

Karnow-workshopAn invitation from National Geographic Traveler photographer Catherine Karnow:

Dear Friends,

I am thrilled to announce my 2015 Catherine Karnow Photo Workshop in Umbria, Italy. This workshop is open for enrollment, with early registration discounts available through December 20, 2014.

This workshop will be what it is like to be me, Catherine Karnow, on assignment for my favorite travel magazine clients, such as National Geographic Traveler. I have handpicked the

December 6, 2014
10:00 amto4:00 pm

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 with Linda Watanabe McFerrin in this one-day workshop.

When: Saturday, December 6, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera, CA
How:  Register here  ($120)

September 21, 2014

SolasAwardsThe Solas Awards are an annual competition to find the best writing being done about the world today. Travelers’ Tales editors choose winners in 21 categories ranging from adventure to humor, from destination to memoir, and everything in between. The grand prize category has cash awards of $1,000, $750, and $500; all other category winners receive an awards certificate. Plus, winners may be published in Travelers’ Tales books. Check out BestTravelWriting.com for previous winners, submission guidelines, details of the awards and more.

September 24, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

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The first of three Titans of Travel events, Sex, Mishaps, and Adventure debuts on September 24th at the Mill Valley Library. Free; advance registration is recommended.

October 8, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Should-Stay-Oct8Ever get the feeling you should have stayed home? You’ll be in good company at the October 8 Titans of Travel event at the Mill Valley Public Library. Free; advance registration is recommended.

October 21, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

WeekdayWanderlustThe next Weekday Wanderlust will be on October 21. Readings start promptly at 7 p.m., but a group of thirsty travelers can always be found in the Hotel Rex’s Library Bar at 6 p.m. Come early, snag a seat, and say hello. Emcee for the evening is, as usual, the charming and peripatetic Don George.

October 22, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

AdventureStories-Oct22Aching for adventure? Don’t miss the October 22nd Titans of Travel event at the Mill Valley Public Library. Free; advance registration is recommended.

October 18, 2014
10:00 amto2:00 pm
BATW-SepcialEventBay Area Travel Writers presents an event open to the public from 10:00 to 2:00 on Saturday, Oct 18, 2014. Money: Making It in Travel Journalism will include a keynote talk from Kim Grant, focused roundtables on various topics, lunch, and a tour of the deYoung Museum. The modest fee for all that is just $16 for BATW members, or $25 for non-members.
Kim Grant is a:

  • Travel acquisitions editor for travel apps & book publisher
  • Travel journalist and the author of 45 travel guides
  • New media consultant, website strategist, and photographer
September 19, 2014toSeptember 20, 2014
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In a special for USA Today Travel, Sharon McDonnell tells us where to celebrate Octoberfest around the U.S. and in San Francisco, where “Munich brewery Spaten presents this festival on September 19-21. A 21-piece Bavarian band from Chico and the Deutscher Musikverein of the Bay Area will entertain, and exhibits on the Bay Area’s German history will be displayed.”

September 3, 2014
6:30 pmto8:30 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 masters—Bryson, Cahill, Morris, Matthiessen, Iyer and Theroux—and 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.

About the book: Great writers inspire readers to head out in search of foreign sunsets, but in this instance, they inspired travel writer Michael Shapiro to head out for the great writers themselves. A Sense of Place is one writer’s journey to visit all the heroes who have motivated him — to pack a pen and toothbrush, to find out where they live, why they chose the place, and how it influences their writing. In each scene, readers, writers, and travelers are given a glimpse of the locale and surroundings of the writer: Simon Winchester’s Massachusetts, Redmond O’Hanlon’s London, Jan Morris’s Wales, or Frances Mayes’s Tuscany. But then it’s left up to the writers themselves to situate the reader and describe their lives, their craft, and their remarkable world, which they do with living room intimacy. The result is engaging, illuminating, and transporting for writers and travelers alike.
September 24, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
October 8, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
October 22, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Titans of Travel at the Mill Valley Library

I’m (your editor, Laurie McAndish King) looking forward to being a part of the Titans of Travel reading series, playing at 375 Throckmorton, in the Mill Valley Public Library’s Creekside Room. This free and fun event is on Wednesday evenings: September 24, October 8, and October 22, from 7 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Advance registration is recommended.

September 13, 2014
10:00 amto4:00 pm

Expanding Travel Writing to Fiction—A Workshop with Linda Watanabe McFerrin
Saturday, September 13th, 2014, 10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.
Location: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera, CA 94925
$140  Register here

LindaWatanabeMcFerrinYou love writing beautifully about place, but as markets shrink, you might want to stretttttch your horizons. The great news is that, in an age where navigating the globe has never been more important, fabulous settings—along with super dialog—have become one of the keys to the best fiction, both speculative and reality-based. So leap into this bold new travel writing terrain.

September 3, 2014
7:00 pmto8:30 pm
Lost Kidnapped Eaten Alive!Want to hear your favorite passage from Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive! read aloud to you?  Come join the fun at Books Inc. on Wednesday, September 3, at 7 pm. for the East Bay Launch Party.

Back by popular demand:
I’m baking my grandmother’s brown bread for this celebration, because it was a bit hit at the Marin County Launch party. Of course we’ll also have wine for your enjoyment and refreshment.
Books Inc. Berkeley, 1760 4th Street, Berkeley, CA.

September 16, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

EvaSchlesingerEva Schlesinger will be reading at Weekday Wanderlust on September 16th. Although Eva hasn’t announced what she’ll be reading, she promises it will be as funny and heartwarming as the “You Say Gingen I Say Giengen” podcast of her Germany adventure on PlaceTales.com. By the way, where is the nearest chocolate store?

August 19, 2014
5:30 pmto8:30 pm
September 16, 2014
5:30 pmto8:30 pm
October 21, 2014
5:30 pmto8:30 pm

AdventureDrinksAdventure Drinks is an informal monthly happy hour for San Francisco Bay Area & Northern California adventure travel industry folks. It’s part of the global AdventureDrinks movement. 5:30-8:30pm on the THIRD TUESDAY of the month. More info here.

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