Wandering in Japan, A Writers Adventure with Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Japan_-_walkwayJoin noted author, editor and Left Coast Writers founder, Linda Watanabe McFerrin, if you can, for a breathtaking once-in-a-lifetime introduction to Japan, land of mountain temples, soothing onsens and people known for their extraordinary grace and generosity. It was her home for many years, a place she has returned to again and again and one that she’s always excited to share with others both on the page and in person.

Participants will depart on Saturday, September 5th to arrive in Tokyo, “the new capital”, on Sunday, September 6th. From quiet Shinto shrines to silvery high-rise towers, from the ancient to the newer-than-new, you’ll be dazzled by one of the world’s most exciting metropolises. From there a bullet train will whisk you to “the old capital”, Kyoto, truly one of the most picturesque places on the planet, where you will relax and explore surrounded by beauty while enjoying the cultivated experience of the literati and glitterati of this centuries-old center of art and enlightenment. The journey doesn’t end in Kyoto. You’ll also enjoy a temple stay in stunning Koyasan and a fabulous finale in exciting Osaka before heading north, back to Tokyo and Narita and Haneda airports, for your return home on September 15th.

The trip is designed for writers and will, of course, have a travel-writing component, which will include an assignment.

Limited availability. For more information and to register, send a confirming e-mail by return to leftcoastwriters@gmail.com, along with your most recent literary bio.

Linda Watanabe McFerrin (www.lwmcferrin.com) is a poet, travel writer, novelist and contributor to numerous newspapers, magazines and anthologies. She is the author of two poetry collections, past editor of a popular Northern California guidebook and a winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. Her novel, Namako:  Sea Cucumber, was named Best Book for the Teen-Age by the New York Public Library. In addition to authoring an award-winning short story collection, The Hand of Buddha, she has co-edited twelve anthologies, including the Hot Flashes: sexy little stories & poems series. Her latest novel, Dead Love (Stone Bridge Press, 2009), was short-listed as a finalist in the 2007 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Competition and was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Superior Achievement in a Novel.

Linda has judged the San Francisco Literary Awards, the Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence and the Kiriyama Prize, served as a visiting mentor for the Loft Mentor Series and been guest faculty at the Oklahoma Arts Institute. A past NEA Panelist and juror for the Marin Literary Arts Council and the founder of Left Coast Writers®, she has led workshops in Greece, France, Italy, Ireland, Central America, Indonesia, Spain and the United States and has mentored a long list of accomplished writers and best-selling authors toward publication.