Posted by Linda Watanabe McFerrin in Exploration, Workshops
on Oct 1st, 2015 | 0 comments
We’re almost booked up for this terrific Writers Workshop in Spain!
From Wanderland Writers Workshops:
Wandering in Andalusia: Seville and The Alhambra—March 11-March 18, 2016
“Near the walls of Seville/ At my friend’s house, Lillas Pastia/ I will dance the Séguedille/
And drink Manzanilla.” From Carmen, by Georges Bizet.
Well-known writers and instructors Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar are off on another adventure and invite you to join them in Andalusia. In this legendary region of Southern Spain many worlds meet: classical (Hercules was the supposed founder of...
Posted by Linda Watanabe McFerrin in Exploration
on Sep 23rd, 2015 | 3 comments
The Shell Game
The girl in this picture has a ponytail.
Her face is stern.
She is collecting seashells on a deserted Hokkaido shore,
north of Hachinohe.
You see, the beach is littered with these shells,
she, tiny, picking her way among them.
This was my sister
before the sea swept her away.
I wanted to extract her from the photograph
before it was too late.
Next to it I pile up photos of the two of us,
trying to shift the balance
for that child on the shell-strewn strand,
but the wind is always blowing in these pictures
and they are in black and white.
She brought me her favorite stories to...
Posted by Linda Watanabe McFerrin in Exploration, Recent Explorations, Workshops
on Sep 19th, 2015 | 0 comments
We’re back! After wandering all over Japan, the writers have returned with some amazing stories. I’ve heard bits and pieces and can’t wait to read, edit, help publish and celebrate many of those fantastic tales. You’ll find some of them here or on our Wanderland Writers website. For others you’ll need to go to additional publications, but I’ll try to shout out where and when they will be appearing right here on the blog.
What’s always amazing to me is the ways in which our experiences of a place differ and the ways in which they connect. For example, some of us were alone in our passion...
Posted by Linda Watanabe McFerrin in Dispatches, Exploration, Recent Explorations, Workshops
on Apr 22nd, 2015 | 1 comment
Morris Island, South Carolina, April 2015
Here we are again, the writers and illustrators who have come together for this year’s Southern Sampler Artists Colony, on Morris Island with Captain Anton DuMars and Sharon Cooper-Murray, aka The Gullah Lady. Anton has stayed with his boat and Sharon has taken us on a walk along the shore and is teaching us something many little Gullah children once knew how to do: make dolls with little twists of yarn.
The Gullah culture developed in the southeast along the coast from North Carolina to Florida in the late sixteenth...
Posted by Linda Watanabe McFerrin in Dispatches, Exploration, Recent Explorations
on Apr 8th, 2015 | 5 comments
Marbella, Spain, 2015
The pop-eyed fish ogle us from the walls of El Estrecho, a little tapas bar in the seaside village of Marbella on the Mediterranean coast. Bubble-eyed and kite-tailed, they have no business being here, spying upon us as we eat our tapas, drink our wine, lament the unavailability of gazpacho at this particular establishment on this particular day.
Here, on the sunny Costa del Sol, these fish seem out of place. We are thousands of miles from Japan, Asian terrain of my childhood, where we used to buy them at fairs by the pair, sometimes singly, in their inevitable take-home...
Posted by Linda Watanabe McFerrin in Workshops
on Jul 25th, 2014 | 0 comments
WRITING BESTSELLING MEMOIRS WITHOUT THROWING EVERYONE UNDER THE BUS
July Member Teleseminar with Linda Watanabe McFerrin
July 25, 2014
11 AM PDT 12 PM MDT 1 PM CDT 2 PM EDT
Any professional editor will tell you that the key to writing a fantastic, bestselling memoir is drama and relevance, but sometimes it hard to amp up the intensity without causing major collateral damage with family, community or friends, not to mention ex-spouses and lovers.
In this seminar you will learn how to take those quiet moments and turn them into spellbinding revelations and how to do it without throwing all of...
Posted by Linda Watanabe McFerrin in Dispatches
on May 18th, 2014 | 0 comments
May 17, 2014
I’m totally flipping my lid again. It’s another day at the races, another day of hats and horses, and once again California Chrome, the three-year-old American Thoroughbred foaled in Coalinga, California, is a winner. This time he (yes, I will use the gender specific personal pronoun) won the Preakness Stakes which, when added to his early win at the Kentucky Derby, makes him a contender for the Triple Crown. The last time a horse did that was 36 years ago when Affirmed became the 11th horse to take the title. Since then 12 horses have won both the Kentucky Derby and the...
Posted by Linda Watanabe McFerrin in Dispatches, Workshops
on May 12th, 2014 | 0 comments
Two great pieces of news arrived in my e-mail message box this morning.
The first piece of super news: They are finally sending the gold stickers for the front cover of Wandering in Paris: Luminaries and Love in the City of Light, the prize-winning anthology of stories produced at our last international literary workshop. You might remember that Wandering in Paris: Luminaries and Love in the City of Light took top honors in the anthologies and collections category at the London Book Festival in an awards ceremony honoring the best of international publishing in January of this year. That’s...
Posted by Linda Watanabe McFerrin in Workshops
on May 6th, 2014 | 0 comments
EROTICA: WRITING SEXY STUFF
with Linda Watanabe McFerrin
Saturday, May 31st, 2014, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera, CA 94925
If you have trouble steaming up the page, this is the workshop for you.
Spend a day this month with poet, travel writer and novelist Linda Watanabe McFerrin loosening up and learning the techniques for adding spicy, sensual, and sometimes hilarious sizzle to your work. The class is full of quick free-writes and entertaining exercises that will have you moving from comfort zones to erogenous zones in no...
Posted by Linda Watanabe McFerrin in Dispatches, Recent Explorations
on May 2nd, 2014 | 3 comments
It’s Derby Day today and that means hats!
©Linda Watanabe McFerrin
Hats matter, always for some of us, and today and tomorrow—along with mint juleps, thoroughbred horses and other grand Southern traditions—at this year’s Kentucky Derby. Having just returned from South Carolina and the Southern Sampler Artists Colony where we were celebrating and memorializing Charleston Jazz Initiative (CJI) co-founder (along with Dr. Karen Chandler), Jack McCray, with a multi-venue, week-long ritual play entitled Under Jack’s Hat—created, directed and produced by Charleston Black Theatre...