Upcoming Seminar Schedule


Seminar and Workshop Schedule for 2018

  • WYL Australia

    “Write Your Life”

    The Travis Technique™ for Autobiographical Storytelling


    November 17-18, 2018

    Los Angeles, California

    “Want to write a good story? Write about what you don’t want others to know about you.

    Want to write a great story? Write about what you don’t want to know about yourself.”

    The core of every story is the internal emotional journey of the protagonist. Knowing and revealing that inner journey is every writer’s greatest challenge. Knowing and revealing your own inner journey is the foundation of all good storytelling.

    Whether you are an actor, director, professional writer, or have never written before – and whether you are working on a one-person show, memoir, article or speech – you will learn how to reveal the deeper truth of your story and fully engage your audience’s hearts and minds.

    Those of us who write do it because there are stories inside us

    burning to get out. Writing is essential to our wellbeing.

    ~ Judy Blume

    Join Mark and Elsha for a profound weekend of developing and shaping the stories that live within you. Experience The Travis Technique and ignite your writing!

    Techniques covered include:

    • A process to discover what your story is really about
    • How to develop the storyteller/audience relationship
    • How to heighten the audience’s journey
    • The two Narrators every writer needs to know: Scenic & Contemporary
    • The Travis story structure and sequencing
    • Who the “Committee” is and what it means to your story
    • The Gap: expectations vs. result
    • How to manage expanded and compressed time sequencing
    • And much more…

    Dates:              Saturday, November 17, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

                            Sunday, November 18, 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM (30 minutes longer)

    Location:         The Travis Story Center, 10799 Sherman Grove Ave, Sunland, CA 91040

    Fee:                 $600 – Register before August 15, 2018 and get 50% off: $300


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    Payment Options

    • OR: Go to paypal.com and send payment to boydenroadproductions@gmail.com
    • OR: Send check/money order to Boyden Road Productions, to 10799 Sherman Grove Avenue #82, Sunland, CA 91040. Make sure to include your name, email address and phone number.

    Mark with ScarfMark W. Travis is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on the art and craft of film directing, writing and storytelling.  All of his techniques stem from his pursuit of organic and authentic performances that are deeply felt by audiences.  Mark is renowned for the Solo Shows he has developed and directed over the past 15 years, and has been credited in the L.A. Times with having created a ‘new theater genre.’

    Since 1992 Mark has been sharing his techniques on writing, acting and directing across the country and worldwide. His first book on film directing, The Director’s Journey, became an instant best-seller (L.A. Times) and was followed by Directing Feature Films which is currently required reading by hundreds of film schools worldwide. His latest book is the insightful, The Film Director’s Bag of Tricks. 

    ELSHA RED SMILEElsha Taya Bohnert is an award-winning artist and poet, and the author of Don’t Trip over the Garden Hose (Deuxmers, 2013).

    Elsha has been a longtime student of Mark Travis’ autobiographical storytelling workshops in Hawai`i and is the only person authorized by him to teach it. With her background in multicultural learning and narrative medicine, she helps students learn The Travis Technique through playful and provocative games. “You have to be like an ancient four-year-old,” she says, “clueless and wise about the enchanted worlds we come from and still carry around in our bodies.”

    What would you write about if you had no fear?



    • 30 day cancellation required for full refund minus 3% credit card processing fee.
    • No refunds or discounts for no shows, late arrivals and early departures unless under Unique or Exceptional Circumstances
    • Boyden Road Productions reserves the right to cancel an event due to low enrollment, extreme weather, or other circumstances which would make the event non-viable. If the event is canceled, registrants will be offered a full refund.
    • Should circumstances arise that result in the postponement of an event, participants will have the option to either receive a full refund or transfer registration to the same or similar event at a new, future date or place.
    • Boyden Road Productions accepts no responsibility for travel arrangements or any other actual or perceived loss due to cancellation of a workshop.
    • Email refund requests to elsha@markwtravis.com