The Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference

Book Passage - Corte Madera , California
August 10 to 13, 2017

I'm delighted to be teaching again at the annual Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference in Corte Madera in 2017!

It's always a highlight of my year to spend four days at the world's best bookstore, on faculty with some of the world's best travel writers and photographers, in the company of loads of fabulous people, talking and listening, teaching and learning, eating and drinking, and (it's no secret this is my favorite part) singing karaoke! (Optional for you, not for me.) This singular conference is pure magic and inspiration, and I hope you'll join us this year!

Book Passage , 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera , California

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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. 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 will start, revise, and aim to finish an essay or a collection of short 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 thrilled to announce that I'm teaching a 10-day writers workshop in the Himalayas with my good friend, the amazing and inimitable Jeff Greenwald!

Join us for a life-changing journey through Nepal....

This one-of-a-kind workshop will bring a dozen intrepid writers to the Kathmandu Valley. More info coming .... and for now, more information here!


May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.” –Edward Abbey