Lavinia Spalding is series editor of The Best Women’s Travel Writing, author of Writing Away, and co-author of With a Measure of Grace and This Immeasurable Place. She introduced the e-book edition of Edith Wharton’s classic travelogue, A Motor-Flight Through France, and her work appears in such publications as AFAR, Longreads, Tin House, Y oga Journal, Sunset, AirBnB magazine, Ms., Post Road, Inkwell, The Bold Italic, Westways, San Francisco magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Guardian UK, and has been widely anthologized. She teaches writing workshops around the world and is available for speaking engagements, corporate storytelling classes, private editing, consulting, and coaching. She is a member of The Writers Grotto and Peauxdunque Writers’ Alliance. She lives in New Orleans. Watch Lavinia’s TEDx talk here, and sign up to receive occasional updates here.

The world is before you, and you need not take it or leave it as it was before you came in.” –James Baldwin