Lavinia Spalding is series editor of The Best Women’s Travel Writing, author of Writing Away: A Creative Guide to Awakening the Journal-Writing Traveler, and co-author of With a Measure of Grace, the Story and Recipes of a Small Town Restaurant and This Immeasurable Place: Food and Farming from the Edge of Wilderness. Lavinia wrote the introduction to the e-book edition of Edith Wharton’s classic travelogue, A Motor-Flight Through France, and her work has appeared in many print and online publications, including Tin House, AFAR, Post Road, Longreads, Yoga Journal, Sunset, Inkwell Journal, Off Assignment, The Guardian UK, The San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco magazine, Airbnb magazine, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Ms. Magazine, and World Hum. Her essays have been anthologized in An Innocent Abroad (Lonely Planet), Days Like This (Independent Bookstore Day), and two volumes of The Best Travel Writing. Lavinia teaches writing workshops around the world and is available for speaking engagements, corporate storytelling classes, private editing, and coaching. She is a member of the San Francisco’s Writers’ Grotto and Peauxdunque Writers’ Alliance, a faculty member of the annual Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference, and co-founder of the award-winning monthly travel reading series Weekday Wanderlust. She lives in New Orleans with her family. Watch Lavinia’s Tedx talk here, and sign up to receive occasional updates here.

It’s not a bad idea to get in the habit of writing down one’s thoughts. It saves one having to bother anyone else with them.” –Isabel Colegate