Working on your story arc? Focused on scenic depiction? Seeking an agent? Trying to determine the right publishing path? Did you have any idea when you sat down to write your book that there would be so many details to consider?

Lisa Dailey from Sidekick Press and Cami Ostman from The Narrative Project have teamed up to form Wayfaring Writers. Our mission is to give writers the support they need at every stage of the publishing journey through good advice, good food, industry connections, and most importantly, fascinating adventures. Travel is the best thing we know to spark your adventurous spirit and inspire creativity. And travel WRITING offers opportunities to be inspired by PLACE and CHARACTER like nothing else.

In December 2022, Wayfaring Writers is heading to Oaxaca, Mexico, and we want you to come along! This is not your average writer’s conference. The retreat is a rare opportunity for a small group of writers to immerse themselves in their craft while experiencing the food, drink, art, and history of Oaxaca. We’ll revel in the ancient architecture, stroll through bustling markets, experience culinary adventures (crickets anyone?), and enjoy panoramic views from lofty lookout points.

And we’re bringing two very special guests. Read on to learn more…

The Details..

Wayfaring Writers invites you to Oaxaca, Mexico, from December 4-13, 2022.

Craft Talks: On class days, we’ll hold craft talks in the mornings and then give you the afternoon to write and explore on your own. Topics will include watching for off-the-beaten-track experiences, what great travel writing does and doesn’t do, character study, writing about place, flash fiction/memoir, integrating history into your storytelling.

Tours: On tour days, we’ll explore the art, history, culture, food, and natural beauty of Oaxaca.

Hosted Dinners: We will have four hosted dinners where you will dine with each host and guest in a small group to get all of your questions answered. Cami, Lisa, Laura, and Grant will also be available for one-on-one sessions during the week for more personal feedback.

Who We Are…

Lisa Dailey is an avid traveler and writer. In 2015, she traveled around the world with her husband and two teenage sons visiting 14 countries and nearly 100 locations. Lisa is a voracious reader and writer, and has published more than 20 titles and 200 authors at her company, Sidekick Press, including her own travel memoir, Square Up: 50,000 Miles in Search of a Way Home.

Cami Ostman has traveled to all seven continents and to twenty-four countries. She is the author of Second Wind: One Woman’s Midlife Quest to Run Seven Marathons on Seven Continents and co-editor of Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme Religion. She runs a program for writers called The Narrative Project and has a passion for changing unhelpful narratives so people can be in charge of her own stories. She coaches people into their truest expression of themselves.

Laura Mazer specializes in adult nonfiction with a focus on women’s issues, intelligent pop culture, counterintuitive self-help, packaged gift or “concept” books, and books that take us on geeky deep dives into fascinating facets of everyday life. She adores history, biography, and celebrations of literary legacies, especially when they offer fresh stories about women. She also represents select upmarket fiction. Before joining Wendy Sherman Associates, Laura was executive editor of Seal Press, an imprint of the Hachette Book Group, where she edited bold voices in adult nonfiction. Her New York Times bestselling books include So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo and From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars by Virginia Grohl. A longtime advocate for underrepresented voices, Laura sits on the board of The OpEd Project and teaches publishing workshops for Bold Voice Collaborative.

Grant Faulkner is the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the co-founder of 100 Word Story. He has published two books on writing, Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo, and Brave the Page, a teen writing guide. He’s also published All the Comfort Sin Can Provide, a collection of short stories, Fissures, a collection of 100-word stories, and Nothing Short of 100: Selected Tales from 100 Word Story. His stories have appeared in dozens of literary magazines, including Tin House, The Southwest Review, and The Gettysburg Review, and he has been anthologized in collections such as Norton’s New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction and Best Small Fictions. His essays on creativity have been published in The New York Times, Poets & Writers, Lit Hub, Writer’s Digest, and The Writer. He serves on the National Writing Project’s Writer’s Council, Lit Camp’s Advisory Council, and Aspen Words’ Creative Council.

Join us for an information meeting…

Join us this Wednesday, July 20 at 5:00 p.m. to learn more about our trip and get all your questions answered. Don’t worry if you can’t make it, we’ll make sure you get the recording!

Register for our zoom meeting here:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Learn More…

To find out more about our trip and fill out an application, please visit

Don’t delay…space is limited to 20 participants!

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