Lavinia Spalding is a writer, editor, teacher, public speaker, and lapsed Luddite. She’s series editor of The Best Women’s Travel Writing, and author of two books: Writing Away: A Creative Guide to Awakening the Journal-Writing Traveler, and With a Measure of Grace, the Story and Recipes of a Small Town Restaurant, and she introduced the reissued e-book edition of Edith Wharton’s classic travelogue, A Motor-Flight Through France. Lavinia’s work has appeared in many print and online publications, including Yoga Journal, Sunset magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco magazine, The Guardian UK, Tin House, Post Road, Gadling, Overnight Buses, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Lonely Planet’s An Innocent Abroad, and The Best Travel Writing, volumes 9 and 10. She teaches writing and journaling workshops and is available for speaking engagements, private editing, and coaching. She had the extreme good fortune of studying photography in South Korea with acclaimed photographer Kim Hong-Hee. Lavinia lives in San Francisco, where she’s a resident of the Writers’ Grotto, faculty of the annual Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference, and co-founder of the award-winning monthly travel reading series Weekday Wanderlust.
Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.” –Ayn Rand