Join me on assignment.

I bring 30 years of experience on the road working for major magazines and newspapers — and the great desire to share with you all the tricks of the trade I’ve garnered in that time. You bring a notebook or laptop, a natural curiosity, respect for all people and cultures and your own great desire to write about anything… from travel to food, health, art, the environment and whatever else inspires your passion. We take care of the rest: your accommodations and ground transport, back-of-the-house hotel tour, excursions off property with regional experts, interviews with local cultural specialists and hotel executives, plus hosted welcome cocktail reception and special dinner events.

In the course of the workshop you’ll learn to:

  • Research and pitch a story idea;
  • Organize your itinerary;
  • Work in the field;
  • Write better than you have ever written;
  • Follow up promoting your published work to…
  • Get more assignments to hit the road again!



2015 Our Life Stories Writers’ Conference

Baja California, at Costa Baja Resort, April 14-19, 2016

Bainbridge Island, WA, at Field’s End, April 29-May 1, 2016

Port Townsend, WA, at Writers Workshoppe, May 2-5, 2016

Martha’s Vineyard, MA, at Noepe Center, June 5-11, 2016



Photos by Sean Davis  seandavisphotographic.com

Four Seasons Costa Rica Executive Chef Mario Alcocer takes Perry’s class into the hotel kitchen where Chef demonstrates the art of making ceviche and the participants learn the art of writing about food.

What Participants Are Saying:

“Appreciated all the personal attention”
“You made it such an incredible open forum for chatting and bouncing ideas off other writers. The activities were a blast, and so was the process of drawing compelling story ideas from them. More than anything, I really appreciated all the personal attention. I felt like you really cared – you went out of your way to look at my website, read my clips and suggest a niche to market myself as an expert. Your straightforwardness about what can realistically be expected of big magazines – what they want and advice on how to break into them – was priceless.
~ Genna Marie Robustelli


“Provided thought-provoking tips and guidelines. . .”
“The workshop was really great in providing thought-provoking tips and guidelines for writing compelling pieces. He helped me understand how to transition from the microcosm to the macrocosm, from my own experience with yoga to things that all people can relate to. Perry was able to cater it to each person’s objective, making the workshop quite personalized and useful. I would highly recommend working with Perry if you get the opportunity. The setting of the resort was a perfect backdrop for the various topics of focus we covered in our writing assignments, from architecture, to food to yoga and the spa – my personal favorite!
~ Shaffali Miglani
Shaffali Miglani


“He worked hard to be prepared with background research”
“I am duly impressed with Perry’s style, tact and the way he handled his students in my chocolate class. It was also clear that he worked very hard to be prepared with background research. He was a great contributor to the issues we discussed. I hope you will give Perry a chance to work with a larger audience. With the enthusiasm he displayed, I can only imagine how good he will be with a full group.”
~ Henrik Bodholdt


Five star review on TripAdvisor (full review on link below):
“WOW. . .It was a 3-day workshop, but we were only there for the last day. We’re disappointed we missed the first two days. Some exceptional experiences to a local elementary school and a lecture by a local chocolate wizard were the jumper starters for writing inspiration. It was a great way to relax, get a feel for some of the local culture and exercise your mind at the same time. Hopefully they’ll extend this program to some other hotels and resorts, so we can again have Perry attempt to expand our minds and divert our attention from nothingness of lying on the beach (which is very tempting here)”
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Perry Garfinkel writes about travel.I have taught writing for some 30 years, starting at the Boston Center for Adult Education, one of America’s oldest nonprofit adult ed centers. Since then I’ve led workshops and seminars at continuing ed programs at the Smithsonian Institution, UC Berkeley, Media Alliance, throughout the California State University system, on my own on Martha’s Vineyard, other sites, at hotels such as the Four Seasons Costa Rica and elsewhere. I’m a former teacher/consultant for the Bay Area Writing Project at the UC Berkeley School of Education. My book, “Travel Writing for Profit and Pleasure,” evolved from those years of teaching. Arthur Frommer called it “the definitive work in the field” at the time of its publication – admittedly a time long ago but watch for updates on it! I conduct evening talks, daylong workshops and immersions “on assignment” lasting several days.