Saturday May 4th, 10 am-4 pm San Francisco
$95 members/$110 others
Testimonials for Lisa
Do you love to travel? Keep a travel journal? Why not take the next step and turn your daily scribbles into well-crafted, memorable narratives that entice readers, family, and friends? You can do this by learning two things: 1) how to improve your storytelling abilities, and 2) how to market your work.
Instructor Lisa Alpine’s thirty-year journey as a travel writer has taken her down an ever-evolving path. She went from writing conventional destination pieces for the Sunday travel sections in regional newspapers, to her own syndicated column in the Pacific Sun, and then into the world of writing for special interest magazines, ezines, blogs, anthologies and writing contests/awards.
In this workshop she’ll share her wealth of experience on how to bring your travel stories to life and get them out into the world. For example, she’ll show you how personal travel essays are publishable even if they don’t fit the structure of conventional travel pieces. “We’ll also discuss ways to generate other travel-related sources of income, such as writing press releases and doing guidebook research,” says Lisa. “Whether you’re writing about your neighborhood or rafting down the Zambezi, you can develop specialty travel angles that open up additional publishing avenues —and still pay decently!”
In-class writing exercises and discussion will focus on the following:
* Journaling on the road. What tools to use? iPad, spiral notebook, mini recorder, cocktail napkin, video cam, Internet cafe?
* Options for chronicling your trip from blogging; to ePub; to full-color one-off (print-on-demand) books.
* How to gather and incorporate direct quotes and dialog.
* Writing from the senses. How to weave a sensual tapestry for your readers.
* Scene setting.
* Developing humor.
* How to write a destination piece that is both lyrical and practical, incorporating where you went and what you did without being too linear or chronological.
* Researching and incorporating useful, interesting, and unique details (historical, political, botanical, etc.) that educate both you and your reader.
* How to boldly reveal the unexpected, the ribald and the odd.
Lisa Alpine: Curiosity about what is beyond the curve of the horizon has fueled Lisa’s adventures since she left home at 18 to live in Paris. She owned an import company (Dream Weaver Imports in San Francisco), published a newspaper (The Fax in Marin County, CA), wrote a travel column, and taught dance and writing workshops around the world. She is the author of Exotic Life: Laughing Rivers, Dancing Drums and Tangled Hearts (Best Women’s Adventure Memoir in the BAIPA 2011 Book Awards) and the recent winner of the 2012 Solas Awards gold medal for Most Unforgettable Character in her story, “Rada’s Bloom.” Her travel essays appear in numerous anthologies, including Travelers’ Tales Best Travel Writing 2011, BATW’s Travel Stories From Around the Globe 2012, I Should Have Stayed Home, Hyenas Laughed at Me and Now I Know Why, and Lonely Planet’s Tales From Nowhere. She is often a guest speaker at numerous travel writer conferences, and is a member of the Bay Area Travel Writers.