2013 Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference

Travel Blog  •  Jim Benning  •  08.01.13 | 11:40 AM ET

Travel publishing has undergone a transformation in recent years. Countless newspaper travel sections have shut down. Venerable guidebook publishers such as Lonely Planet have wound up in the most unlikely hands. Magazines have come and gone, and the travel blogosphere continues to evolve.

Happily, through it all, the Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference endures. Now in its 22nd year, the four-day conference kicks off Thursday, Aug. 8 in Corte Madera, California, emphasizing the craft of storytelling—on blogs and in essays, in books and through photography.

I’ll be teaching travel writing for the web with blogger extraordinaire Pam Mandel in morning sessions. As always, I’m looking forward to it. The conference is one of the highlights of my year. Conference chair Don George infuses the four days with a lot of heart. After the seminars and panels each day, students and faculty mix over meals and drinks well into the night. At some point, you realize you really don’t want the weekend to end. Everyone leaves feeling inspired.

There’s still time to reserve a spot at the conference. You can check out the faculty and conference schedule here.

11 Comments for 2013 Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference

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Carolyn Campbell 08.12.13 | 4:01 PM ET

What a great experience! I attended the conference for the first time this year. I am back in LA and savoring all the insightful conversations. Looking forward to keeping in touch with many new friends and professional contacts in the travel writing and photography world. It was terrific meeting you, Jim. Thanks for sharing your vast experience and knowledge on the different panels.

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Carolyn Campbell 09.01.13 | 8:22 PM ET

For those who were interested in the Travel Writers and Photographers Conference at Book Passage: Here’s a link to their web site: http://bookpassage.com/conferences

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