SONDRA HOLTZMAN studied architecture and fine art at Rhode Island School of Design and California College
of the Arts and has been painting in various media for the past three decades. As founder of The Traveling Studio,
she guides people toward their ultimate creative potential with workshops in watercolor and mixed media,
focusing on the joys and benefits of sketching and painting in a personal journal or sketchbook.

JOANNA BIGGAR is a teacher, writer and traveler whose special places of the heart include the California coast
and the South of France. She has degrees in Chinese and French and, as a professional writer for twenty years, has
written poetry, fiction, personal essays, features, news, and travel articles for hundreds of publications including
The Washington Post Magazine, Psychology Today, The International Herald Tribune, and The Wall Street Journal.
Her book Travels and Other Poems was published in 1996. She has taught journalism, creative writing, personal
essay, and travel writing at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland since 1984, and “Spirit of Place” at the
Writer’s Center of Marin in San Rafael, California.

LINDA WATANABE MCFERRIN, poet, travel writer, novelist and teacher, is a contributor to numerous journals, newspapers, magazines, anthologies and online publications including the San Francisco Examiner, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, Modern Bride, Travelers' Tales,, and
She is the author of two poetry collections. Her novel, Namako: Sea Cucumber was named Best Book for the Teen-Age by the New York Public Library. Her collection of award-winning short stories, The Hand of Buddha,
was published in 2000. When she is not on the road, she directs art, consults on communications and product development, and teaches Creative Writing.