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Myrna has authored more than a dozen Northwest travel guides including Off the Beaten Path Oregon (ten editions); Off the Beaten Path Washington (four editions); Visiting Northwest Public & Private Gardens; Recommended Bed & Breakfasts Pacific Northwest, and Bed & Breakfast Northwest (two editions). She teaches Travel Writing and Novel Writing at area colleges and conferences. “In more than 25 years of researching and writing about the greater Pacific Northwest, I still love this vast scenic region."

Travel and Words ’14 Program Highlights

Travel and Words ’14 Program Highlights

Sunday, May 18, 2014     2:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m. 10:00 a.m. Optional Morning Event: Flowerfield Room, Davenport Hotel Get acquainted with the area’s history with local historian, Harla Jean Biever. Learn about Spokane’s early history from the disastrous 1889 fire into the early 1900s.  Entrepreneur Louis “Louie” Davenport, architect Kirtland Cutter, and others including mining and railroad […]

Add Travel and Words ’14 to your Calendar

Add Travel and Words ’14 to your Calendar

The Northwest is a story-rich region that has the attention of travel publishers who are looking for great content. Want to write about scenic destinations in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, British Columbia and Alaska? You missed the Early Bird rate? Not to worry, the regular registration, $125, is also a great bargain that offers a […]

Program Highlights for Spring ’14

Program Highlights for Spring ’14

Here’s a sampling of events planned for Sunday May 18, 2014: 10:00 a.m. Optional morning event: Flowerfield Room, Davenport Hotel Get acquainted with Spokane’s history with a local historian. This fascinating Inland Northwest history also includes such interesting characters as Gamblers and Card Sharks, Rascals and Skinflints, Suffragettes and Temperance Union workers (during Prohibition years), […]

Pre-Conference Get-Together in Spokane

Pre-Conference Get-Together in Spokane

Get acquainted with Spokane’s history with a local historian. Learn about the city’s early history from the 1889 fire to the 1920s. This optional event will be held on Sunday May 18, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in the Flowerfield Room at the Davenport Hotel and is free for all registered Travel and Words ’14 attendees. […]

Attend Travel and Words: May 18-19, 2014

Attend Travel and Words: May 18-19, 2014

The Northwest is a story-rich region that has the full attention of travel publishers who are looking for great content. We consider the Northwest region to include, for Travel and Words events:  Oregon, Washington, Idaho, western Montana, British Columbia and Alaska. At Travel and Words Spring ’14 in Spokane, WA, May 18-19, 2014, Davenport Hotel, […]

Luxury and Upscale Markets

Luxury and Upscale Markets

You already write articles for a number of upscale markets? Or, you wonder if you have what it takes to write for these active-lifestyle and discriminating readers? Or you’d like to explore and gain savvy tips for learning how to pitch to luxury and upscale magazine markets? You’re itching to pack your bags and hit […]

Travel and Fiction Writing

What can we learn from Fiction Writers and Novelists that relates to travel writing? Can we use some of the strategies that a novelist uses when we research, pitch, write and fashion a travel article? Novelists use Dialogue, Character Action, Narration, Description, and Exposition as they develop Main Characters, Heroes, Heroines and Sidekick Characters as […]

Travel & Words Spring ’13 Conference was a winner!

Travel & Words Spring ’13 Conference has concluded.   Smooth Sailing to Seaside, Oregon on the north coast, March 17-18, 2013 Oceans of thanks to the team and crew at Seaside Civic & Convention Center. From room set up, sound and lighting and food and beverages, the team & crew were on top of our […]

Travel & Words Spring ’13 Regional Travel & Tourism Exhibitors

Travel & Words Spring ’13  Regional Travel & Tourism Exhibitors

Welcome to Spring ’13 Regional Travel & Tourism Exhibitors: ASTORIA – WARRENTON OR VISITORS BUREAU  @OldOregon BELLINGHAM – WHATCOM COUNTY TOURISM WA  Twitter @WhatcomCounty CASCADE SCENIC LOOP ASSOCIATION WA  @WashCascadeLoop CENTRAL OREGON VISITORS ASSOCIATION  @VisitCentralOR COOS BAY – NORTH BEND VISITOR & CONVENTION BUREAU  @TravelCoosBay LONG BEACH PENINSULA VISITORS BUREAU  @FunBeachCom KITSAP PENINSULA VISITOR & […]

Pitching & Writing Articles 2013

You’re into writing about  Beers, Micro-Brews, Ciders, Wines, Specialty Coffees, Teas, that is, Libations and Comestibles of all kinds? How about Ambers to Alts, Belgians to Blondes, Pales to Pilsners and Sessions to Stouts? One Story Idea:  FORT GEORGE BREWERY  & PUB, 14th and Duane Streets, ASTORIA, OR  hosts a Dark Stouts fest, Saturday,  2/16/13, […]

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Post Conference Research Trips

Touring Wineries in Southern Oregon

Southern Oregon’s wine country is crammed with story ideas for travel writers. Scores of vineyards and wineries cover thousands of acres in this diverse, scenic area. Recently I toured several wineries and found a trove of great stories, along with excellent wines, in every tasting room. As the lucky winner of a drawing held at […]

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