Book Passage

Travel Writers & Photographers Conference

August 8-11, 2019
Corte Madera, CA

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

Earlybird Price: $575
(Available through Dec. 31; moves to $650 as of Jan 1.).
Alumni Price: $575

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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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2018 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.

2018 Schedule

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.

Learn More About Private Consultations

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.

Accommodations 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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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

Read more conference success stories

 

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

 

ANNOUNCING FIRST WAVE OF 2019 FACULTY

We're thrilled to welcome Jason & Yeganeh Rezaian, Mark Nepo, Photography Chair Robert Holmes & Conference Chair Don George to our 2019 Travel Writers & Photographers Conference!

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Congratulations to Anne Sigmon!

Read Anne's story -- winner of the 2018 Book Passage Travel Writing Award -- at the link below.

Hemingway, Cuba & Me (GeoEx)

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2018 Faculty

Legendary travel writer Tim Cahill and guidebook maven Pauline Frommer are just a few of the incredible names on our 2018 faculty.

Click here to see the full list! 

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2018 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 Sonoma

Wed., Aug. 8, 2018, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
$120 for conference attendees, $170 for general public

Join acclaimed National Geographic Traveler and BBC Travel writer and editor Don George for a day of exploration and travel writing in Sonoma. Participants will explore the shops and sites of this historic town together and the gather details and themes for a written passage about their experience. The group will reconvene over a picnic lunch to talk about the writing experience and to discuss their work. By the end of the day, participants will return with an appreciation of the craft and potential of travel writing. Lunch and round-trip transportation will be provided.

Robert Holmes
Travel Photography in Sonoma
Wed., Aug. 8, 2018, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
$120 for conference attendees, $170 for general public

Join award-winning landscape, food, and wine photographer Robert Holmes for a day of exploration and travel photography in Sonoma. Holmes will demonstrate the art of finding, framing, and capturing photos. Participants will explore the town together and then go off on their own to find photographic inspiration. The group will meet later on to share their work and discuss what they have learned. and to discuss their work. This interactive group will provide the tools for learning the travel photography craft. Lunch and round-trip transportation will be provided.

Candace Rose Rardon
The Art & Soul of Travel Sketching
Wed., Aug. 8, 2018, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
$120 for conference attendees, $170 for general public

Travel sketching not only helps us create rich, vibrant memories of the places we’re exploring — it’s a powerful, meaningful way to unlock deeper connections when we’re traveling. Join professional sketch artist and illustrator Candace Rose Rardon for a day of watercolor travel sketching. Whether you’re looking to hone and develop your sketching skills, or discover them for the first time, creativity will be at the heart of this workshop. The morning will begin at Book Passage in Corte Madera with a classroom-based sketching workshop and series of demonstrations covering perspective, composition, and watercolors. After lunch, Rardon will lead participants on the Larkspur Path to downtown Larkspur, where the group will sketch on-location together. By the end of the day, participants will have developed greater confidence with sketching on-location, as well as a creative new way of documenting their travels. Lunch will be provided.

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2018 Conference Sponsor

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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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