The Writer's Journey

"There are patterns in storytelling and they are ancient. As much as we, the literary artists of the world, might wish to believe that we have some new angle, a new method or insight, the truth is otherwise. We are telling the same story, all of us." Jamie Grove

"Your job as an author is to find the story within the story. The healing transformation of good writing depends on making it your own from within. In other words, what you write is not separate from your deepest self. These are the stories needed today. First you must discover meaning for yourself in the story. Then discover the necessary form that can make it meaningful to others." -- Catherine Ann Jones. Catherine is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter whose films include UNLIKELY ANGEL (Dolly Parton) and THE CHRISTMAS WIFE (Jason Robards) and whose television work includes Touched by An Angel.

Links, Resources & Websites for Writers

View the VideoElizabeth Gilbert on the Creative Divine Spark, author of the wonderful memoir "Eat, Pray, Love," about anguish and creativity. "We have accepted this notion that creativity and suffering are inextricably intertwined," she says. Elizabeth's best-selling book "Eat, Pray, Love" will be released as major feature film starring Julia Roberts in August 2010.  In this talk, Elizabeth shares the idea that all of us have a genius inside of us, instead of the rare person "being" a genius. A funny, personal and moving talk.

Writers Resources

Writer's Digest

Writers Online Workshops

Brainy Quote

Need a famous quote for your article? Stop by Brainy Quote and search by topic, author or type to find the words of wisdom (or humor) you desire. Translater

Do you have an English phrase that you need translated to Spanish? This site will help bring your characters to life—even if they speak a different language than you do.

Freelance Writing Organization-International

With more than 11,000 registered members (membership is free), Freelance Writing Organization-International offers thousands of online resources and job offerings. It also gives members a free blog listing (as long as the blog deals with writing).

Worldwide Freelance Writer

Sign up for this site’s e-newsletter and receive access to a list of more than 500 magazine market listings. There’s also a European market listing available through a subscription.

Critique Groups for Writers

Members of this site can form private groups to workshop their writing. There’s also a section dedicated to publishing news, agents and signings.

Edit Red

Head over to Edit Red for peer critiques, publishing tips and opportunities to promote your writing and connect with publishers. The site offers a free personal webpage, and promotion and marketing tools.


Founded in 2000, this site presents free contests and peer-to-peer reviews. One fairly unique feature offered by the site is the ability to create your own contest and challenge other writers.

My Writers Circle

This forum boasts nearly 6,000 members and an active critique section. There’s also a job board, a resource center and a section of writing games.

The Internet Writing Workshop

If you’re not into message boards, The Internet Writing Workshop offers discussions and critiques delivered right to your e-mail inbox. There’s no fee for this service, but there’s a minimum participation time of 30 minutes a week.

Armchair Interviews

Take off your glasses, kick up your feet, relax and listen to interviews with some debut and bestselling authors. Armchair Interviews also offers an excellent list of resources.

Writers FM

Created by writers for writers, this online radio station broadcasts author interviews, writing prompts, music to inspire and mini-mysteries. Most of the material is available for podcast download.

Travel Memoir Books

  1. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson 
  2. A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle
  3. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes 
  4. Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across… by Elizabeth Gilbert 
  5. The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial… by J. Maarten Troost
  6. Down Under by Bill Bryson 
  7. Without Reservations by Alice Steinbach 
  8. Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson 
  9. Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck 
  10. I'm A Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America… by Bill Bryson 
  11. Getting Stoned with Savages: A Trip Through the Islands of… by J. Maarten Troost 
  12. Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris by Sarah Turnbull 
  13. Bella Tuscany by Frances Mayes 
  14. Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Capetown by Paul Theroux 
  15. Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure by Sarah Macdonald 
  16. Bill Bryson's African Diary by Bill Bryson 
  17. A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle 
  18. Arabesques: a tale of double lives by Robert Dessaix
  19. Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe by Bill Bryson 
  20. A fortune-teller told me by Tiziano Terzani 
  21. Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik 
  22. Long Way Round: Chasing Shadows Across the World by Ewan McGregor 
  23. The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux
  24. Eastward to Tartary: Travels in the Balkans, the Middle… by Robert D. Kaplan 
  25. Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Andalucia by Chris Stewart 
  26. The Travels of Marco Polo by Marco Polo 
  27. Blue Highways: A Journey into America by William Least Heat-Moon 
  28. Old Glory : A Voyage Down the Mississippi by Jonathan Raban 
  29. River Horse by William Least Heat-Moon 
  30. The Kingdom by the Sea: A Journey Around the Coast of Great… by Paul Theroux 
  31. A Cook's Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines by Anthony Bourdain
  32. In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin 
  33. Extra Virgin: A Young Woman Discovers the Italian Riviera by Annie Hawes 
  34. Passage to Juneau by Jonathan Raban
  35. A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins 
  36. My Love Affair with England: A Traveler's Memoir by Susan Allen Toth
  37. The Ends of the Earth: From Togo to Turkmenistan, from Iran… by Robert D. Kaplan 
  38. Educating Alice: Adventures of a Curious Woman by Alice Steinbach 
  39. England as You Like It by Susan Allen Toth 
  40. The Road to Oxiana by Robert Byron
  41. Sorcerer's Apprentice by Tahir Shah 
  42. Survivors in Mexico by Rebecca West 
  43. The Bird Man and the Lap Dancer: Close Encounters with… by Eric Hansen 
  44. Pillars of Hercules by Paul Theroux
  45. The Royal Road to Romance: Travelers' Tales Classics by Richard Halliburton 
  46. Stranger in the Forest: On Foot Across Borneo by Eric Hansen 
  47. Malaria Dreams: An African Adventure by Stuart Stevens
  48. French Lessons in Africa: Travels with My Briefcase Through… by Peter Biddlecombe 
  49. Riding the Iron Rooster by Paul Theroux 
  50. Colossus of Maroussi by Henry Miller 
  51. Slowly Down the Ganges (Picador Books) by Eric Newby 
  52. In Tuscany by Frances Mayes
  53. Japanland: A Year in Search of Wa by Karin Muller
  54. The Sea and the Jungle by H. M. Tomlinson 
  55. Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell 
  56. Bad Land: An American Romance by Jonathan Raban
  57. Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World by Rita Golden Gelman
  58. Honeymoon with My Brother: A Memoir by Franz Wisner 
  59. Nothing to Declare: Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone by Mary Morris 
  60. The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America by Bill Bryson 
  61. No Touch Monkey!: And Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late… by Ayun Halliday 
  62. Istanbul : memories of a city by Orhan Pamuk 
  63. Transit of Venus by Julian Evans 
  64. Monkey Dancing: A Father, Two Kids, and a Journey to the… by Daniel Glick 
  65. Swahili for the Broken-hearted by Peter Moore 
  66. Spanish Steps by Tim Moore
  67. The Happy Isles of Oceania: Paddling the Pacific by Paul Theroux 
  68. Route 66 A.D. by Tony Perrottet 
  69. A Year in the World: Journeys of A Passionate Traveller by Frances Mayes 
  70. The Possibility of Everything by Hope Edelman 
  71. A Thousand Days in Venice (Ballantine Reader's Circle) by Marlena De Blasi 
  72. Falling Off the Map: Some Lonely Places of The World by Pico Iyer 
  73. An Area of Darkness by V.S. Naipaul 
  74. Iron and Silk by Mark Salzman 
  75. The Reluctant Tuscan by Phil Doran 
  76. A Thousand Days in Tuscany: A Bittersweet Adventure by Marlena De Blasi 
  77. Great Plains by Ian Frazier
  78. Encore Provence by Peter Mayle 
  79. Italian Neighbors by Tim Parks 
  80. Roads : Driving America's Great Highways by Larry McMurtry 
  81. For a Pagan Song: In the Footsteps of the Man Who Would Be… by Jonny Bealby 
  82. Serpent in Paradise by Dea Birkett 
  83. Africa Solo: A Journey Across the Sahara, Sahel, and Congo by Kevin Kertscher 
  84. C'est La Vie: An American Woman Begins a New Life in Paris… by Suzy Gershman 
  85. European Journey by Philip Gibbs 
  86. Unconducted Wanderers,With 72 Illustrations - Travel… by Forbes 
  87. Pictures from the Water Trade: Adventures of a Westerner in… by John David Morley 
  88. Hovel in the Hills: An Account of the Simple Life by Elizabeth West 
  89. Black on Black: Iran Revisited by Ana M. Briongos 
  90. Floreana: A Woman's Pilgrimage to the Galapagos by Margret Wittmer 
  91. Gelato with the Pope: and Other Adventures of a Travel… by Kim Herdman 
  92. Travelers' Tales: Spain (.) by Lucy McCauley 
  93. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville 
  94. The Silent Traveller in Oxford by Chiang Yee 
  95. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig 
  96. The Southern Gates of Arabia: A Journey in the Hadhramaut… by Freya Stark 
  97. Constant Rider Omnibus: Stories from the Public… by Kate Lopresti 
  98. Hokkaido Highway Blues by Will Ferguson 
  99. Along the Edge of America by Peter Jenkins 
  100. Inhaling the Mahatma by Christopher Kremmer 
  101. Long Way Down by Ewan McGregor 
  102. Een seizoen in het paradijs : dagverhaal, nachttaal :… by B.B. Lazarus 
  103. De pracht van het dagelijks leven by Suzanne Visser 
  104. South from Granada by Gerald Brenan 
  105. Italy, A Love Story: Women Write About the Italian
  106. A Book of Migrations by Rebecca Solnit 
  107. Walk the Land : A Journey on Foot through Israel by Judith Galblum Pex 
  108. Black Lamb and Grey Falcon by Rebecca West 
  109. French Impressions : The Adventures of an American Family by John S. Littell 
  110. The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey by Ernesto "Che" Guevara 
  111. The Innocent Traveller by Ethel Wilson 
  112. Fellowship of Ghosts: A Journey Through the Mountains of… by Paul Watkins
  113. The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest… by Eric Weiner
  114. Lost in Transmission by Jonathan Harley 
  115. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smollett 
  116. At Home in France by Ann Barry 
  117. Forbidden Journey (Marlboro Travel) by Ella Maillart 
  118. Passionate Pilgrims: English Travelers to the World of the… by James C. Simmons 
  119. Fire Ox and Other Years: An Account of His Travels in
  120. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze (P.S.) by Peter Hessler 
  121. The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff 
  122. The World of Bemelmans by Ludwig Bemelmans 
  123. A Visit to the United States in 1841 by Joseph Sturge 
  124. The Snoring Bird: My Family's Journey Through a Century of… by Bernd Heinrich 
  125. A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World by Tony Horwitz 
  126. Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez 
  127. The Arabs by David Lamb 
  128. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain 
  129. Here's England; a highly informal guide by Ruth McKenney 
  130. In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams by Tahir Shah 
  131. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain 
  132. The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen 
  133. Pass the Butterworms: Remote Journeys Oddly Rendered by Tim Cahill
  134. India: A Million Mutinies Now by V.S. Naipaul
  135. I'll Never Be French (no matter what I do): Living in… by Mark Greenside
  136. Lonesome Traveler by Jack Kerouac
  137. Civil and Savage Encounters: The Worldly Travel Letters of… by Pavel Nikolaevich Golovin 
  138. Long Ago In France: The Years In Dijon (Destinations) by M. F. K. Fisher
  139. Escape: Stories of Getting Away by Lena Lencek 
  140. Petticoat Vagabond in Ainu Land and Up and Down Eastern… by Neill James 
  141. The Names of Things by Susan Brind Morrow
  142. My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell 
  143. Touch the Dragon: A Thai Journal by Karen Connelly
  144. The Lost Men: The Harrowing Saga of Shackleton's Ross Sea… by Kelly Tyler-Lewis
  145. Mantras & Misdemeanours: An Accidental Love Story by Vanessa Walker
  146. Thailand : zacht als zijde, buigzaam als bamboe by Sjon Hauser
  147. Connemara: Listening to the Wind (Connemara Trilogy 1) by Tim Robinson
  148. American Nomads by Richard Grant
  149. Narrow Dog to Carcassonne by Terry Darlington
  150. The Road from the Past: Traveling through History in France by Ina Caro
  151. Amazing Traveler Isabella Bird: The Biography of a… by Evelyn Kaye
  152. A Journey to Vienna by Mrs Robert Henrey
  153. Shopping for Buddhas by Jeff Greenwald
  154. The Olive Farm: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Olive Oil in… by Carol Drinkwater
  155. Love and War in the Apennines by Eric Newby
  156. Surrender or Starve: Travels in Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia,… by Robert D. Kaplan
  157. A Place in Normandy by Nicholas Kilmer
  158. Die Seidenstraße. Mythos und Gegenwart. by Claus Richter
  159. God's Middle Finger (US) / Bandit Roads (UK) by Richard Grant
  160. The Reader's Companion to Alaska by Alan Ryan
  161. Toujours Provence by Peter Mayle
  162. Gullible's Travels: The Adventures of a Bad Taste Tourist by Cash Peters
  163. Traversa: A Solo Walk Across Africa, from the Skeleton… by Fran Sandham
  164. In Wonderland by Knut Hamsun
  165. On Persephone's Island: A Sicilian Journal by Mary Taylor Simeti 
  166. Mad Monks on the Road/a 47,000-Hour Dashboard… by Michael Lane 
  167. The Road by Jack London 
  168. Asian Aphrodisiacs: From Bangkok to Beijing--the Search for… by Jerry Hopkins
  169. Ripe for the Picking by Annie Hawes
  170. Quer durch Borneo : Ergebnisse seiner Reisen in den Jahren… by A.W. Nieuwenhuis
  171. Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer by Lynne Cox
  172. The Best American Travel Writing 2003 by Ian Frazier 
  173. Looking for Lovedu: A Woman's Journey Through Africa by Ann Jones 
  174. Ugandan Travelogue by Donna Kakonge
  175. The Old Patagonian Express: By Train Through the Americas by Paul Theroux
  176. The Atlas by William Vollmann 
  177. Borderlines : A Journey in Thailand and Burma by Charles Nicholl
  178. Crete on the Half Shell by Byron Ayanoglu 
  179. In Southern Light: Trekking Through Zaire and the Amazon by Alex Shoumatoff 
  180. Four Months in a Sneak Box: A Boat Voyage of 2600 Miles… by Nathaniel H. Bishop
  181. Het Spaanse van Spanje by Cees Nooteboom
  182. Don't Tell Mum I Work on the Rigs, She Thinks I'm a Piano… by Paul Carter
  183. In the Land of the Blue Poppies: The Collected… by Frank Kingdon Ward
  184. Expat: Women's True Tales of Life Abroad (Adventura Books) by Christina Henry de Tessan 
  185. Spanish Lessons: Beginning a New Life in Spain by Derek Lambert
  186. In Search of Nomads: An English Obsession from Hester… by John Ure
  187. Le Dossier: How to Survive the English! by Sarah Long 
  188. Robert Young Pelton's The World's Most Dangerous Places:… by Robert Young Pelton 
  189. The Best American Travel Writing 2000 
  190. In Afrika by Adriaan van Dis
  191. In India by Hans Plomp
  192. Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of… by Fuchsia Dunlop
  193. Carnet De Voyage (Travel Journal) by Craig Thompson
  194. The Naked Tourist: In Search of Adventure and Beauty in the… by Lawrence Osborne
  195. Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawks 
  196. The Shadow of Kilimanjaro by Rick Ridgeway 
  197. The Jungle and the Damned by Hassoldt Davis 
  198. Not So Funny When It Happened: The Best of Travel Humor and… by Tim Cahill

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