The Art of the Travel Essay

Barcelona, Spain
Sunday September 10, 2017 @ 6:00 PM

This September, I'll be leading a five-day travel-writing workshop in one of my favorite cities in the world, Barcelona! Here are all the exciting details.

Experience vibrant, extraordinary Barcelona the best way possible: as a travel writer.

In this dynamic five-day workshop, you’ll awaken your senses and ignite your creativity. You'll learn the art of the narrative travel essay through daily writing sessions, craft discussions, and innovative journaling prompts. Your days will be filled with inspiration, and you'll come to recognize your most meaningful travel experiences and shape them into powerful stories. During the workshop, you'll start, revise, and aim to finish one long-form essay or a collection of shorter works. Meanwhile, you'll immerse yourself in the culture—relax, roam, eat, drink, shop, take tours (on your own or as part of our optional excursions), take siestas!

Travel has the ability to make writers of us all, and this trip will turn that potential into reality.


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Writing the Journey

Transformation through Travel Writing

- Scotts Valley, California
October 8 to 13, 2017

Join me for an immersive five-day travel-writing program at 1440 Multiversity, the nation's newest learning destination. This stunning campus is on 75 acres of redwoods near Santa Cruz.

Travel awakens the mind and deepens consciousness. Writing about your experience has the capacity to change not only who we are as storytellers, but who we are as humans.

If you embark on your journey with a heightened sense of awareness and a sincere desire to connect across cultural barriers, the discoveries you will make can lead to profound breakthroughs.

Let travel open your writing with award-winning writer Lavinia Spalding, editor of The Best Women’s Travel Writing series. Focused discussions, readings, journaling exercises, and innovative writing sessions will stir your senses, spark your creativity, and shape your story.

You will take home positive journaling and writing practices to guide you through the journey of travel writing and enrich your journeys to come. Do you have a travel tale you’re ready to share? Have you ever imagined being a travel writer? Consider this your passport.

1440 Multiversity, 800 Bethany Drive, Scotts Valley, California

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Turning the Wheel

A Spiritual and Creative Journey into Nepal

the Khatmandu Valley, Nepal
March 5 to 15, 2018

I couldn't be more excited to announce that I'm teaching a 10-day writers workshop in the Himalayas in March of 2018 with my good friend, the amazing Jeff Greenwald!

As we move through our lives, we all turn a wheel of stories. Some arcs are brief, while others span decades. All help define who we are—and the stories we gather on our travels are often the most compelling of all.

Nepal is a country of vivid colors, unforgettable faces, and countless stories waiting to be told: a place where the sacred and profane spin together. During our 10-day exploration of the Kathmandu Valley, we'll visit ancient temples and hidden alleyways, meet with artists and spiritual leaders, and shop for beads and Buddhas in the labyrinthine bazaars of the old city.

While we’re immersed in this world, we’ll compose short, powerful sketches of the people and places that move us. These “flash nonfiction” pieces will reflect pivotal moments and may serve as the seeds for longer narratives. Committing them to the page will become a kind of spiritual practice, supported by our morning meditation sittings.

We invite you to join us aboard the chaotic, magical wheel of Nepal this coming March.

Find more information and register here!


To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” –Oscar Wilde