Posts by Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Library Reading: Wandering in Andalusia: The Soul of Southern Spain

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Calendar | 1 comment

Library Reading: Wandering in Andalusia: The Soul of Southern Spain

Saturday, August 5th, 2017 || 11am Novato Public Library || Novato 1720 Novato Blvd, Novato CA 94947 In many ways, Andalusia, situated as it is, at the southern boundary of the Iberian Peninsula, is a crossroads, a caravansary where settlers from northern Europe, Africa, the Mediterranean and the Middle East have left their mark. Our writers went from Córdoba to Málaga, from Granada and its Alhambra to Cadíz to bring back stories of cities, rivers, coasts, plains, food, spirit and passion. All embarked upon new roads of discovery, and all were well rewarded in their investigations. These, after all, are the landscapes that inspired Cervantes, Lorca, Machado,...

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Wandering in Andalusia Writing Workshop

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Blog, Press | 0 comments

From Wanderland Writers Workshops: Wandering in Andalusia:  Seville and The Alhambra—March 11-March 18, 2016 “Near the walls of Seville/ At my friend’s house, Lillas Pastia/ I will dance the Séguedille/ And drink Manzanilla.” From Carmen, by Georges Bizet. Well-known writers and instructors Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar are off on another adventure and invite you to join them in Andalusia. In this legendary region of Southern Spain many worlds meet: classical (Hercules was the supposed founder of Seville) and medieval; Jewish, Christian and Moorish; colonial, imperial, and modern. From our hotel in central Seville, with its graceful Moorish-style tiled decor, its fountains and secluded courtyards, we will explore them all through art (Murillo and Velásquez were native sons), architecture, music and food. Adapting our curriculum to the locale—and our schedule to the land of the siesta—we will give several workshops and private

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Writers Return from Japan

Posted by on Sep 19, 2015 in Adventures, Blog, Press | 9 comments

Writers Return from Japan

We’re back! After wandering all over Japan, the writers have returned with some amazing stories. I’ve heard bits and pieces and can’t wait to read, edit, help publish and celebrate many of those fantastic tales. You’ll find some of them here on our Wanderland Writers website. For others you’ll need to go to additional publications, but we’ll try to shout out where and when right here on the blog. What’s always amazing to me are the ways in which our experiences of a place differ and the ways in which they connect. For example, some of us were alone in our passion for pickles, but I don’t think there was a soul among us who...

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Wanderland Writers at Laurel Books

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Calendar, Press | 0 comments

Wanderland Writers at Laurel Books

Wanderland Writers, Authors of Wandering in Cornwall: Mystery, Mirth, and Transformation in the Land of the Ancient Celts at Laurel Books Friday, October 2nd, 2015 || 6pm Laurel Bookstore || Oakland 1423 Broadway Oakland, CA ||www.laurelbookstore.com It’s another Wanderland Writers celebration. Wine, snacks, readings, and a brand new book in the series. This time Wanderland Writers venture deep into Cornwall, exploring it’s castles, its contrast. They find, of course, its legacy of Camelot, the lingering shadows of Arthurian legend, tragic love, magic, and Merlin. They also find its sorrows, buried deep in its history like the now closed mines, where the...

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Wandering in Japan with Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in Adventures, Blog, Calendar, Press | 2 comments

Wandering in Japan with Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Join noted author, editor and Left Coast Writers founder, if you can, for a breathtaking once-in-a-lifetime introduction to Japan, land of mountain temples, soothing onsens and people known for their extraordinary grace and generosity. It was her home for many years, a place she has returned to again and again and one that she’s always excited to share with others both on the page and in person. Participants will depart on Saturday, September 5th to arrive in Tokyo, “the new capital”, on Sunday, September 6th. From quiet Shinto shrines to silvery high-rise towers, from the ancient to the newer-than-new, you’ll be dazzled by one of the world’s most...

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Travel Writers and Photographers Conference 2015

Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in Blog, Press | 0 comments

Travel Writers and Photographers Conference 2015

August 13-16, 2015 – Corte Madera, CA The Premier Conference in the World for Travel Writers and Photographers! Join Left Coast Writers Founder Linda Watanabe McFerrin, some of our Left Coast Writers and Wanderland Writers and a host of publishers, editors, agents, and other travel industry professionals this August at the 2015 Book Passage Travel Writers Conference. The Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference has an extraordinary, international reputation among publishers, editors, and writers. Now in its 22nd year, this four-day Conference offers an array of writing and photography workshops in the morning, a full afternoon of panels and...

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Left Coast Writers Ferry Plaza Book Party: Wandering in Cornwall

Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in Blog, Calendar, Cornwall, Press | 0 comments

Left Coast Writers Ferry Plaza Book Party: Wandering in Cornwall

LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY:  Wanderland Writers, Authors of Wandering in Cornwall: Mystery, Mirth, and Transformation in the Land of the Ancient Celts Monday, August 10th, 2015 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com It’s another Wanderland Writers celebration. Wine, snacks, readings, and a brand new book in the series. This time Wanderland Writers venture deep into Cornwall, exploring it’s castles, its contrast. They find, of course, its legacy of Camelot, the lingering shadows of Arthurian legend, tragic love, magic, and Merlin. They also find its sorrows, buried deep in its history like...

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Announcement – Wandering in Cornwall Book!

Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in Blog, Books, Press | 0 comments

Announcement – Wandering in Cornwall Book!

Wanderland Writers introduces their new “WANDERING IN CORNWALL” anthology WANDERING IN CORNWALL: Mystery, Mirth, and Transformation in the Land of the Ancient Celts $14.95 ISBN# 978-0-9964390-1-5 This time Wanderland Writers venture deep into Cornwall, exploring it’s castles, its contrast. They find, of course, its legacy of Camelot, the lingering shadows of Arthurian legend, tragic love, magic, and Merlin. They also find its sorrows, buried deep in its history like the now closed mines, where the windswept moors and jagged coasts made everyday events of shipwrecks, isolation, cave-ins. Yet, as workshop leaders Joanna Biggar and Linda Watanabe McFerrin and...

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Writing Workshop: Southern Sampler Artists Colony, Words and Rhythm

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Adventures, Blog, Calendar | 0 comments

Writing Workshop: Southern Sampler Artists Colony, Words and Rhythm

Charleston, South Carolina April 15-22, 2015 Southern Sampler Artists’ Colony:   Words and Rhythm – High Notes in the Lowcountry with Linda Watanabe McFerrin   Write . . . Embrace Music . . . Create Art . . . Relish Culinary Delights . . . Set your Pace to a Gullah Geechee Beat while Celebrating the Charleston New Renaissance. Be Inspired Writing workshops taught by award-winning author, LINDA WATANABE MCFERRIN, as well as individual consults on your literary and creative projects and an opportunity to contribute to the next SOUTHERN SAMPLER anthology. HARLAN GREENE, author and historian extraordinaire, introduces the Charleston Renaissance....

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Romance in Cornwall

Posted by on May 11, 2014 in Blog, Cornwall | 3 comments

Romance in Cornwall

Looking for romance? Writers don’t have to go far to find it in Cornwall—at least not the literary kind. Rocky coasts, heroic characters, unrequited love—nature, intense emotion and elevating personal experience—these are the not-so-secret romantic ingredients in poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction, ingredients that Cornwall supplies in an abundance that is, quite literally, legendary. Right. Flash back to the 12th Century and one of the Western world’s most popular romantic tales. The origins of the story of Tristan and Iseult are debatable, but whatever the designated source, much of the action is centered in Cornwall. It is King Mark of Cornwall who...

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