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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

My Guru, Perry Garfinkel, Offers Writing Retreat in Baja

In 1990, I left my job as an insurance broker in Manhattan and booked a four-month trip to the South Pacific, New Zealand, and Australia. The day before I left on that fateful journey, I was strolling through the Fifth Avenue Book Fair when I found a book titled “Travel Writing, For Profit and Pleasure” by Perry Garfinkel. I did exactly what the author advised, kept a journal when I was away, and when I returned home I sold my first story, “Learning to Scuba Dive in the Cook Islands” to The Miami Herald. It was the start of a prolific travel writing career, where I would write more than 1500 articles and close to a dozen books. Thankfully, Perry is still teaching his secrets to travel and memoir writing to anyone who has a desire to put a pen to paper. Join him in Baja at the CostaBaja Resort, April 14-19, for “A Writing Retreat: The Journey to Self Discovery.” Participants will learn how to find the soul of their story and source for new ideas, research in the field, conduct interviews, pitch editors, plan social media content, and make a business of writing. Cost of the 5-day, 4-night event is $2,139, double occupancy, and includes rooms with an ocean view, all meals, and inspiring lectures that will change your life.  


Posted by Steve Jermanok on 02/03/16 at 06:00 AM
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So grateful, Steve, for this and for the time I was googling myslef and found out how your story overlapped with mine. May we continue to teach each other and share the journey!

Picture of Perry Garfinkel Comment by Perry Garfinkel
on 02/03/16 at 11:07 AM

Happy to help spread the word, Perry! Hope it's a great success!

Picture of Steve Jermanok Comment by Steve Jermanok
on 02/03/16 at 11:12 AM

Mr you think when the weather gets better you could be enticed to run a New England workshop? I'm very interested, but can't make a west coast trip that week! Thanks for sharing Steve, I was similarly inspired by your travel writing with Lisa in the Boston Globe! I love to write about travel, and would certainly love to learn more about it.

Picture of Kathy Comment by Kathy
on 02/03/16 at 08:49 PM

Kathy, in June I'll be leading a great one on the Vineyard (where I lived 10 years and worked for the Martha's Vineyard Times). Details and signup here:

Picture of Perry Garfinkel Comment by Perry Garfinkel
on 02/04/16 at 01:36 AM

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