Travel Writer’s Workshop in China


A Travel Writers Workshop is being held China’s Southwest Himalayas from March 3-14, 2011, a forum for writers who want to overcome creative and spiritual challenges in order to push their works to the next level. Combining focused workshops with local excursions and encounters, this 11-day retreat is designed to help writers refine their skills, while challenging them, as the Nobel laureate Gao Xingjian did in Soul Mountain, to reaffirm their existence in a new setting, with a new focus.

The program is being held in one of Asia’s most popular intellectual retreats—The Linden Centre. Located on Tea Horse Road, on the estate of a former merchant, the Centre is nestled at 7,000 feet, between the 14,000-foot Azure Mountains, and the 35-mile-long Lake Er. The complex is owned and managed by Americans Brian and Jeanee Linden, both longtime residents of Asia. The complex offers the perfect blend of comfort and intellectual support, and provides writers with a safe base from which to explore the China of Pearl Buck and W. Somerset Maugham.

Don George, chair of the annual Book Passage Travel, Food, & Photography Conference, will lead the workshop. The former Global Travel Editor for Lonely Planet Publications, Don is currently Contributing Editor and Columnist for National Geographic Traveler and Special Features Editor for

The cost of the program is not cheap — $4,589 — even though it includes all in-country accommodations, food, tours, and workshop fees. On top of it, international airfare is not included. So, it’s an expensive endeavor but there for the taking for those who make the trek and afford it. (Let’s really call it ‘tuition’ for 11 days).

Renee Blodgett
Renee Blodgett is the founder of We Blog the World. The site combines the magic of an online culture and travel magazine with a global blog network and has contributors from every continent in the world. Having lived in 10 countries and explored nearly 80, she is an avid traveler, and a lover, observer and participant in cultural diversity.

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