Travel Writers and Photographers Conference 2024

 

The Premier Conference 
for Travel Writers and Photographers!

 



The 2024

Travel Writers and 

Photographers Conference 
Thursday, August 8 - Sunday, August 11, 2024
 

  REGISTER HERE   

 

 

Our Faculty
We are welcoming an incredible faculty to Book Passage this summer to guide you through a spectacular four days. Click below to see who is coming (still more on the way!).

  2024 Faculty   

 

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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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Don George, Conference Chair 
Bob Holmes, Photography Chair

 

 

 

 

 














 

More information will be posted soon. In the meantime,  check out details from our summer 2023 Conference here!



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.

This 4-Day Conference is now in its 31st year. 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 participants during lunch and in discussions that often last late into the evening.

The collegial atmosphere of this conference is legendary. It 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 meals.



2023 Faculty

Our Faculty
We are welcoming an incredible faculty to Book Passage this summer to guide you through a spectacular four days. Click below to see who is coming (still more on the way!).

  2023 Faculty   

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Pico Iyer will be joining us on the
2023 Conference faculty.

You can see Pico Iyer in a recent conversation with TWPC Conference Chair Don George. This conversation was recorded at a Book Passage author earlier this year. This hybrid event was seen by viewers both on-line and in our Corte Madera store. Pico and Don were discussing Pico's recent book The Half-Known Life. Please click here to see this exciting event!

"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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Don George, Conference Chair 
Bob Holmes, Photography Chair

Don George, Conference Chair - Robert Holmes, Photography Chair

2023 Faculty

Click here to see the list (with more to come)!

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A Peek at the Schedule

The schedule of events for the TWPC is usually announced a few weeks before the Conference when we have all the programs lined up. However, you can be sure to find morning workshop sessions on the basics of travel writing and photography, along with an array of specialty classes, panel discussions, and presentations by well-known writers and photographers. There are also informal gatherings of participants and faculty at lunches, dinners and events throughout the days and into the nights. 

We'll be posting the current schedule here soon, but in the meantime you can get a good idea of the programs that will be presented by looking at this Conference schedule from a few years back:

Click here to see the prior schedule.

 

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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' Conference) 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.


 

Registration

Registration Rates

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The Paul Lasley Scholarship
To learn more about this opportunity and to apply, click here.

 


 

A Peek at the Schedule

Conference Schedule

To see the 2023 tentative conference schedule, click here.

 

 

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2023 Pre-Conference Classes
These optional workshops are taught by Don George and Robert Holmes on the
Wednesday prior to the conference, and by Pico Iyer on Thursday morning.

 

Travel Photography in San Francisco
Led by: Robert Holmes
Wed, Aug. 9 @ 9:00am-6:00pm

* discount for TWPC attendees

e Madera to share the art and heart of the work they love at the Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference."

Join award-winning landscape, food, and wine photographer Robert Holmes for a day of exploration and travel photography in San Francisco. The group meets at the store at 9:00 am for a discussion of travel photography, and then to take the ferry to San Francisco to photograph and document one of the city’s most colorful and historic neighborhoods in North Beach. The group returns to Book Passage to review their day’s work. Digital cameras are recommended so that participants can get instant feedback at the end of the day. Lunch and round-trip ferry ticket included.

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The Beauty and Wisdom of Travel
Led by: Pico Iyer
Thu, Aug 10 @ 10:00am - 12:00pm
* discount for TWPC attendees

Join Pico Iyer in an inspiring and rare 2-hour class that is certain to spark your creativity and hold you as he cracks open worlds. No one knows better how to sensitively approach cultures and navigate the humanity of the places you visit. Pico understands all the possibility of what you bring to travel and in turn can illuminate through your writing. Join us as he helps you to excavate the best of what you experience and bring it to the page. 

  register here 

Travel Writing in San Francisco
Led by: Don George
Wed, Aug 9 @ 9:00am-6:00pm
* discount for TWPC attendees

Join acclaimed National Geographic Traveler and BBC Travel writer and editor Don George for a day of exploration and travel writing in San Francisco. The group meets at the store at 9:00am and takes the ferry to the historic Ferry Building, while discussing how to find, research, and write travel stories. They continue to S.F.’s lively North Beach, where after a short tour they are let loose to find their own stories before meeting for lunch to discuss what they found. Participants will write a short piece based on the day’s discoveries. Lunch and round-trip ferry ticket included.

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


 

More Information

You have questions? We have answers!
  Frequently Asked Questions  

 


 

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' Conference) 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 HERE.

 



 

  Register Here