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

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

Wandering in Camelot: Cornwall and the British Isles – September 27 – October 4, 2014

Castle in Cornwall

Castle in Cornwall

“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 handsome lodge on the vast grounds of a spectacular castle. Workshops will be conducted on site. From this romantic setting, a convenient distance from the seashore and picturesque seaside villages, you’ll set out on adventures to woodland and coast, exploring the area known as the British Riviera and returning to your elegant wi-fi-outfitted digs to share your discoveries in conversation and on the page.

Authors Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar have created a curriculum designed especially for the locale. There’ll be hearty breakfasts every morning; writing workshops almost daily; excursions to the villages, lighthouses, and the castle keeps of legend and song; high teas; feasts; private consultations; and a chance to wander and write to your heart’s content in the literary terrain that inspired the works of the French trouvères, Virginia Woolf, Daphne du Maurier, Agatha Christie, Thomas Hardy and more.

Workshop fees, accommodations, transportation to and from town and on all excursions, various entrance fees and most meals are included.

And, of course, work produced on this journey will be featured in the next Wanderland Writers™ anthology!

Cost: $2250 payable to Wanderland Writers if you register with a  $1000 deposit made out to Wanderland Writers™ before January 31, 2014. $2465 if you register after that date. For more information and to register, please contact: Linda Watanabe McFerrin: or Joanna Biggar,

VERY limited space.

Additional details and full itinerary available upon registration.

 About the Instructors:

Linda Watanabe McFerrin, poet, travel writer, novelist and teacher, is a contributor to numerous journals, newspapers, magazines, anthologies and online publications including the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, the Washington Post, the Salt Lake City Tribune, Modern Bride, San Francisco Bride, Travelers’ Tales, and She is the author of two poetry collections and the editor of the 4th edition of Best Places Northern California, 4th edition. A winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, her work has also appeared in Wild Places, In Search of Adventure and American Fiction. Her novel, Namako:  Sea Cucumber, was published by Coffee House Press and named Best Book for the Teen-Age by the New York Public Library. Here collection of award-winning short stories, The Hand of Buddha, was published in 2000. She is also the co-editor of a prize-winning travel anthology and the Hot Flashes: Sexy Little Stories & Poems series. Her latest novel, Dead Love (Stone Bridge Press, 2009), was short-listed as a finalist in the 2007 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Competition and was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Superior Achievement in a Novel in 2009.

Linda has judged the San Francisco Literary Awards, the Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence and the Kiriyama Prize, served as a visiting mentor for the Loft Mentor Series and been guest faculty at the Oklahoma Arts Institute. A past NEA Panelist and juror for the Marin Literary Arts Council, she holds an undergraduate degree in Comparative Literature and a Master of Arts in Creative Writing and is the founder of Left Coast Writers® ( When she is not on the road she writes, consults on communications and product development, and teaches Creative Writing. She has led workshops in Greece, France, Italy, Ireland, Central America, Indonesia and the United States and has mentored a long list of accomplished writers toward publication.

Joanna Biggar is a teacher, writer and traveler whose special places of the heart include the California coast, the South of France, and Africa, where she lived (in Ghana) for many years while raising small children and learning the joys of adventurous travel.  She has degrees in Chinese and French and, as a professional writer for thirty years, has written poetry, fiction, personal essays, features, news and travel articles for hundreds of publications including The Washington Post Magazine, Psychology Today, The International Herald Tribune, and The Wall Street Journal.  Her books include Instinct for Healing; Political and Medical Reflections of Dr. C.P. Li, published in 1985 after extensive travel and research in China; a book of poems, Travels and Other Poems published in 1996; and a novel, That Paris Year, published by Alan Squire Publishing in 2010.  Recent travel essays have appeared in the Venturing series, whose anthologies include books on France, Greece, Ireland, and Italy; and the Wandering series,with volumes on Costa Rica, Bali and Paris, which she co-edited with Linda Watanabe McFerrin. Wandering in Paris: Luminaries and Love in the City of Light won the Best Book Award in the Collections/Anthologies category for 2013 from the London Book Festival.

Joanna is a longtime member of the Society of Woman Geographers, an international organization of women explorers, and for many years has served as a judge for the annual awards of the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She has taught journalism, creative writing, personal essay and travel writing since 1984 on many continents.  She has also taught reading and writing at St. Martin de Porres Middle School and Emiliano Zapata Street Academy in Oakland, California, where she lives. Contact her through email (, Facebook at That Paris Year, or her blog:




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