Posts by Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Next Wanderland Writers™ Workshop: September 27 – October 4, 2014

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in Adventures, Blog, Calendar, Cornwall | 0 comments

Next Wanderland Writers™ Workshop: September 27 – October 4, 2014

Wandering in Camelot: Cornwall and the British Isles – September 27 – October 4, 2014 “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. —Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca We at Wanderland Writers™ are preparing for our next adventure. Join well-known writers and instructors Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar on an adventure in Cornwall, land of celebrated castles, rugged coasts, iconic characters, and sumptuous seaside cuisine. For us, this is Camelot, a rich literary landscape of myth and mystery. Birthplace of Arthurian legend, setting for the chansons de geste, it became the home of literary lions for centuries to come. You’ll be housed, retreat-style, in a...

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Workshop with “Wandering” Editor Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Blog, Calendar, Press | 0 comments

Workshop with “Wandering” Editor Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin – The Plot Thickens Sometimes even a Wanderland Writer ™ needs to do a little homework. This is the first in a series of monthly workshops on craft that I’ll be leading at Book Passage in Corte Madera. The workshops will cover plot, character building, scene making, dialogue, and more. Dominican College credit is available for workshop participants. 01/25/2014 10:00 am End: 01/25/2014 4:00 pm Sat. Jan. 25 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $105   Aristotle called plot “the most important element of storytelling.” But to plot properly, you must have a plan, and the plan must give rise to emotion. Does the plot always seem to elude you?...

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Wanderland Writers Win Top Honors from the 2013 London Book Festival

Posted by on Jan 3, 2014 in Blog, Calendar, Press | 0 comments

Wanderland Writers Win Top Honors from the 2013 London Book Festival

2013 LONDON BOOK FESTIVAL AWARDS Bay Area Travel Writers Land International Anthology Prize In This Competition “Honoring the Best in International Publishing” The winners, runner-ups and honorable mentions for the 2013 London Book Festival have been announced. Wandering in Paris: Luminaries and Love in the City of Light, edited by Bay Area poet, novelist and travel writer, Linda Watanabe McFerrin (www.lwmcferrin.com) and Bay Area author and journalist, Joanna Biggar (www.joannabiggar.org), took top honors in the anthologies and collections category. The collection, which includes a foreword by noted Paris-based author and travel writer, David Downie and the work of...

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Isak Dinesen and Paris

Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in Blog, Press | 0 comments

Writers of every genre and every generation have celebrated Paris and we will be sharing some of their musings here. Let us know if you’ve unearthed a gem. We have Laurie McAndish King to thank for this one: “I felt that Paris was illuminated by a splendor possessed by no other places.”—Isak Dinesen (Letters from Africa, 1914-1931) And of course there’s the quote we chose to express our feelings about the much-adored destination in the introduction to  Wandering in Paris: Luminaries and Love in the City of Light: “Paris is always a good idea.”—Audrey Hepburn, American actress     Share this:ShareEmailFacebookTwitterGoogleLink

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Wandering in Paris at the Alliance Francaise

Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in Blog, Calendar, Press | 0 comments

Wandering in Paris at the Alliance Francaise

The Paris Wanderland Writers are going to be reading from Wandering in Paris: Luminaries and Love in the City of Light at the Alliance Francaise in December! Join us for delicious bites and delightful tales. The reading will take place on December 12th, from 6:30-7:30 at the Alliance Francaise at 1345 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94109. The Alliance Française de San Francisco is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and enhance the knowledge and appreciation of French and Francophone culture, to increase the knowledge of the French language, and to encourage interaction among French, Francophone and American people through programs in education and...

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Linda Watanabe McFerrin: Travel, Here and There/San Francisco

Posted by on Oct 24, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Linda Watanabe McFerrin: Travel, Here and There/San Francisco

Noche de Los Muertos by Linda Watanabe McFerrin Remembering a dark night in San Francisco … We are pressed, our backs to the wall, in Balmy Alley, a bottleneck of a back street in San Francisco’s Mission District, as the dead drift by. Skeletons on stilts, in bridal gowns, playing drums in steel bands—Los Muertos, The Dead—proceed in almost single-file procession through a cramped alleyway that feels like the birth canal to another world. We are skeletons too. My husband Lowry and our friend Jeff are tall, gaunt, black-caped and spectral. The white markings on the chest of Lowry’s black shirt suggest a ribcage. Jeff’s black gloves are spidered...

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Linda Watanabe McFerrin: Travel, Here and There

Posted by on Jun 5, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

As a child, I spent years growing up under a wide blue Montana sky, cocooned in insecurity and stiff little dresses, a miniscule mote in a landscape where square miles were the yardstick by which distances were measured. And I saw nothing. I didn’t see the way dawn touched the short black mountains, first with bruisy periwinkle fingers, then with broad rosy palms, or how ...

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