Guerila kisses - photo by Kirsten Koza

Two Writing-Workshop Expeditions in Peru

Taking Reservations Soon NOW for Two Writing-Workshop Expeditions in Peru: I have posted the full details about two adventures for both writers who like to travel and travellers who like to write. The first two-week expedition will navigate through Peru’s south (in August, 2013), and the second (in June, 2014) will travel throughout the north.

We will excite all the senses (and maybe find some that you never knew you had) as our Peruvian guide immerses us in the real Peru.

(below image: sandboarding, Olympic-skeleton-style, at Huacachina) image

Our small ensembles will seek out the best local Afro-Peruvian music, eat chocolate, smell the guano, dance with bulls (literally), drink pisco and chicha (not the kind made with spit), hike in lush rainforest to the base of the world’s third tallest waterfalls, stuff our faces with pachamanca, go sandboarding and cross dunes on super-charged dune buggies, see spatuletail hummingbirds and condors in the wild, soak up the humidity in high elevation Amazon jungle in the north and shrivel like the mummies in the dry heat of Nazca.

(below image: writing workshop hosts Lavinia Spalding and Rolf Potts) imageLavinia Spalding (writing workshop host for August 2013): is an award-winning writer and a journaling advocate. She’s the author of Writing Away: A Creative Guide to Awakening the Journal-Writing Traveler, named one of the best travel books of 2009 by the L.A. Times, and co-author of With a Measure of Grace, the Story and Recipes of a Small Town Restaurant. She is also the editor of the 2011, 2012, and 2013 editions of The Best Women’s Travel Writing. She is a regular contributor to Yoga Journal, and her work appears in a wide variety of publications, including Gadling,The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Best Travel Writing Volume 9.

Rolf Potts (writing workshop host for June 2014): is the author of Vagabonding, and Marco Polo Didn’t Go There. He has reported for National Geographic Traveler, The New Yorker, Outside, Guardian UK, New York Times Magazine, Sports Illustrated, National Public Radio, the Travel Channel, and his stories appear in dozens of anthologies.
“Potts is one of the best travel writers to emerge in the last decade. Intrepid and thoughtful, he’s a Paul Theroux for the backpacker generation.”—San Francisco Chronicle

Rolf Potts is “Jack Kerouac for the Internet Age” —USA Today

(Kirsten Koza) I will be hosting and organizing both June and August’s workshops:

“Some writers are famous for writing love poetry—Pablo Neruda, for instance. Others, like Scott Adams, have managed to pin to the page the preposterousness of corporate America. Rohinton Mistry is known for his poignant portraits of Mumbai; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle changed the face of detective novels by creating Sherlock Holmes. But no one can describe an unfamiliar bathroom quite like Kirsten Koza.” —CBC Radio Canada International