A lot has been written about the 2013 Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference, and now that I’ve had a few days to let the experience settle, I thought I’d add another note to the chorus. Don George spoke during his closing “filibuster” on Sunday — not wanting the conference to end — that […]
My story about floating down the Canal du Midi in the south of France appears in No Set Boundaries: Eleven Stories of Life, Travel, Misadventure, the second volume of essays from Townsend 11, a publishing entity created by my long-term writers group. Get it wherever good e-books are sold, or download it to read on […]
As I do each autumn, I’m organizing an advanced personal essay/travel/memoir writing class in San Francisco. We will meet on seven Wednesdays, Oct. 12-Nov. 30 (skipping Nov. 23 for Thanksgiving), 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Townsend Street between 4th and 5th streets. Group size: minimum 6, maximum 10. In the first session we’ll get to know each […]
My story about cruising the Nile appears in No Fixed Destination: Eleven Stories of Life, Love, Travel, a new collection from Townsend 11, a publishing entity created by my long-term writers group. Get it wherever good e-books are sold, or download it to read on your computer or phone. Here’s the lead: Up a Lazy […]
Not long ago I had a chat with Tim Leffel about the state of travel journalism on his Travel Writing 2.0 blog. Check it out.
I won a gold and a silver award in the SATW Western Chapter Awards for two stories I wrote about Egypt for the San Francisco Chronicle. “Buying a Shirt had Several Wrinkles” won the top prize in the category Newspaper Travel Story—less than 1000 words, and “Up a Lazy River: The Nile offers glimpses of […]
My friend Brian Weirum has been working for almost two decades to protect the tigers of India and Nepal through his work with The Fund for the Tiger, where I’m on the board of directors. Part of his good work has been leading an annual fund-raising trip to India and Nepal through Mountain Travel Sobek. […]
Last year’s trip was fantastic, but don’t take it from me, listen to what the participants had to say. “What a journey, everything I hoped for and so much more! There is no better place to be lost in thought, no better teacher with whom to contemplate craft, and no better way to stretch the […]
My essay about taking my young daughters on their first mountain backpacking trip appeared in today’s San Francisco Chronicle Travel Section. Read it here, or see it with photos on my blog at Triporati.com.
The Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference has come and gone and now that I’ve just about recovered from all the fun, here are my highlights. It was quite a time. 1. Alison Wright on her horrific accident in Laos and amazing recovery. Read her new book, Learning to Breathe. 2. Simon Winchester meeting […]