Meet the Mentors


David Corbett
The award-winning author of four novels, including Do They Know I’m Running, as well as the non-fiction book The Art of Character. His work has appeared in the New York Times, and Writer’s Digest. He has taught at the UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program, Book Passage, 826 Valencia, and at many writing conferences.

 Phil Cousineau
An award-winning writer and filmmaker, teacher and editor, travel leader, storyteller and TV host. His many books include The Art of Pilgrimage and The Hero’s Journey. His fascination with art, literature, and culture has taken him on a worldwide search for what the ancients called the “soul of the world.”
 Donald George
The author of Travel Writing and the editor of eight anthologies, including Moveable Feast and The Kindness of Strangers. He writes the monthly Trip Lit column for National Geographic Traveler and is Features Editor for He also edits Geographic Expeditions’ online magazine, Recce: Literary Journeys for the Discerning Traveler.
 Molly Giles
A novelist and short story writer, her books include Iron Shoes and Creek Walk and Other Stories. She teaches at the University of Arkansas and is an editor for Penguin Putnam. Giles has worked with Amy Tan and many other successful writers.
 Larry Habegger
Executive editor of Travelers’ Tales and author of the syndicated column, “World Travel Watch.” Habegger regularly teaches at writers’ conferences. He is a principal of the Prose Doctors (, editor-in-chief of, a destination discovery site, and editor of the The Travel Guide to California.
 Linda Watanabe McFerrin
Novelist, poet, and travel writer. A contributor to numerous journals, newspapers, magazines, anthologies and online publications, she is the author of Dead Love and other award-winning books. She teaches numerous writing classes at Book Passage. She is the founder and leader of Left Coast Writers.
 Amy Novesky
Award-winning children’s book author. Her picture books include Elephant Prince; Me, Frida; Georgia in Hawaii; and Imogen, The Mother of Modernism. She is a former editor for Chronicle Books, where she acquired award-winning picture books, and she is now an independent children’s book editor. Novesky teaches classes at Book Passage.
 Kathryn Otoshi
Award-winning writer and illustrator, whose books have won the E.B. White Read Aloud Honor, the Nautilus Gold Award, and the Mom’s Choice Award. Her books include Zero, One, Simon and the Sock Monster, What Emily Saw, and Marcello the Movie Mouse. She has served as Chair of the Book Passage Children’s Writers & Illustrators Conference.



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