Book Passage

Travel Writers & Photographers Conference

August 9-12, 2018
Corte Madera, CA (Just north of San Francisco)

The Premier Conference in the World for Travel Writers and Photographers!

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The Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference has an extraordinary reputation among publishers, editors, and writers. Alumni have published books, articles, and photos—many as the direct result of lessons learned and contacts made at the conference. There is no finer travel conference anywhere in the world.

The Conference offers an array of workshops, panels, and evening activities. There are many hours of informal interaction between faculty and students during lunch and in discussions that often last late into the evening.

The collegial atmosphere of this four-day conference attracts participants and faculty from all over the country, many for repeat visits. Opportunities abound for faculty and participants to talk, laugh, and exchange ideas in classes, workshops, panels, and informal lunches.

For a full overview of the Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference, check out Conference Days!

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The 2017 Travel Writers & Photographers Conference included publishers, magazine editors, photographers, travel essayists, and more.

Meet the 2017 Faculty

The collegial atmosphere of this four-day conference is legendary, with participants and faculty from all over the world. There are morning specialty classes, afternoon sessions on topics of interest, and evening presentations by well-known writers and photographers.

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Want to meet with a member of our faculty one-on-one? Optional 30-minute private consultations are available for $95. You may use that time to discuss a concept or proposal, or to have a faculty member review and provide feedback on your work. A list of faculty members available for consultations will also be made available prior to the conference.

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Thinking of traveling from afar to learn the craft of travel writing or photography? No problem! We have some great recommendations for places nearby where you can rest and relax.

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Conference Praise

"I owe a huge karmic debt to Book Passage! Without Book Passage, I'd be sitting in my house twiddling my thumbs instead of preparing to introduce my fifth book!"
– Paola Gianturco

"Coming to the Conference for the first time this year [2005] I was struck not just by the talent and passion (which are the norm at writing workshops) but by the friendliness and lack of pretentiousness (which aren't). Everyone — students as well as faculty — seemed well-read, well-travelled, curious, engaged, open. If good Americans go to Paris when they die, good American travel writers go to Corte Madera."
Thomas Swick, Travel Editor, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"Last night was about more than books to me. It was a about life, inspiration, a dream that began in 2006, when I attended my first event (the Travel Writers' and Photographers' Confence) at Book Passage, met Linda, and hoped, one day, that I would be able to write a book of my own. Thank you for the opportunity to celebrate this dream-come-true. You have given a great gift to me and my family during a very special time in our lives — something we will always remember."
– Elaine Bond

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2017 Faculty

Legendary travel writer Tim Cahill, acclaimed author Karen Joy Fowler, and guidebook maven Pauline Frommer are just a few of the incredible names from our 2017 faculty. Click here to see the full list! 

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Faculty members join together for some karaoke at the 2016 Travel Writers & Photographers Conference.

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Pre-Conference Classes

These optional writing workshops are taught by Don George and Robert Holmes on the Wednesday prior to the conference. They are open to the public and available to confernece participants for a reduced fee.

Don George
Travel Writing in Point Reyes

Join acclaimed National Geographic and Gadling.com travel writer and editor Don George for a day of exploration and travel writing in beautiful Point Reyes. George demonstrates the art of finding, researching, and note-taking in the field. Participants will explore the shops and sites of this seaside town, as well as the rolling hills and sweeping ocean views. The group gathers over a picnic lunch to talk about the writing experience and to discuss their work. Lunch and round-trip transportation provided.

Robert Holmes
Travel Photography in Point Reyes

Join award-winning landscape, food, and wine photographer Robert Holmes for a day of exploration and photography. Throughout the day, he will demonstrate the art of finding, framing, and capturing photos. Participants have time to wander and photograph one of Marin County’s most scenic open spaces, coming together over a picnic lunch to talk about their experiences and share their work. Lunch and round-trip transportation provided.

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Author-actor-director Andrew McCarthy and conference chair Don George in discussion at the 2012 Travel Writers & Photographers Conference.

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"Every summer some magic happens at Book Passage. For four days in August, some of the best travel writers, editors, photographers, publishers, and agents in the world convene in Corte Madera to share the art and heart of the work they love at the Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference."

– Don George, Conference Co-Founder and Chair

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Dinner between faculty and participants on the Book Passage patio at the 2006 Travel Writers & Photographers Conference.

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2017 Conference Sponsor