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Southern Sampler Artists Colony 2016!

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Blog, Calendar, Press | 0 comments

Southern Sampler Artists Colony 2016!

Southern Sampler Artists Colony presents: The Heart in Art, 2016 Charleston, South Carolina April 20 – 27, 2016 Words . . . Images . . . Music Inspiring ties and friendly tides of the South Carolina Lowcountry Want to experience the real Charleston, celebrate belonging with new and old friends, discover the Gullah culture, bask in creative renewal, and feel the sand between your toes? Join us! Heartfelt Workshop Experiences: Writers Workshops Workshops are taught by award-winning author, Linda Watanabe McFerrin, as well as individual consults on your literary and creative projects.

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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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Workshop: The Plot Thickens with Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 in Blog, Calendar, Press | 0 comments

Workshop: The Plot Thickens with Linda Watanabe McFerrin

The Plot Thickens Workshop with Linda Watanabe McFerrin Saturday, October 10th, 2015, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Location: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera, CA 94925 $120 Register here

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? Spend a day planning and plotting and find out what you’re missing. Bring your flat-lining fiction and nonfiction and fix it.
Poet, travel writer, and novelist Linda Watanabe McFerrin (www.lwmcferrin.com) is a contributor to numerous newspapers, magazines and

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Ten Ways to Know When You Are in Japan

Posted by on Sep 20, 2015 in Blog, Press | 4 comments

Ten Ways to Know When You Are in Japan

Ten Ways to Know When You Are in Japan
By Tania Amochaev

  • If the beds are hard and cold, and the toilet seats are soft and warm, you are in Japan.
  • If breakfast looks like pickled cocktail party snacks that would go well with sake, you are in Japan.
  • If everyone bows 15° when they approach you, or 30° if you seem important, you are in Japan ....

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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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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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