As you may have heard, big changes are afoot for Travel & Words 2017. While we fine-tune an expanded program that better serves our attendees, please peruse the following highlights we have in store.
Sunday, 6-9 p.m. Welcome reception with refreshments, when you arrive
Monday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Conference session; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Networking Mixer.
Tuesday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Conference Session.
“Writing for Consumer Magazines in 2017 and Beyond”, by Irene Edwards, Editor in Chief, Sunset magazine
“What the Iowa Writer’s Workshop Taught me about Travel Writing”, by Dan Weeks, Freelance editor, former editor of The Iowan magazine
“The New World of Cannabis Tourism”, by Niki Terzieff, President, Leading Edge Public Affairs
“Oregon Wines and Wine Country for the Travel Writer,” by Jade Helm, wine consultant, writer, educator
Editors Panel: Learn what magazine editors are looking for and how to get an editor’s attention with story ideas targeted to their publication.
Destination Marketing Panel: Destination marketer are a travel writer’s and blogger’s best resource. Learn the dos and don’ts of building productive relationships with them.
Experienced Writer Workshops (Experienced Writers will select 2 workshops at the conference; you may elect to attend Beginning Writer workshops instead):
“Business Planning for Freelance Writers”
“Advanced Social Media for Travel Writers”
“Find Your Writing Niche”
“Writing for Meetings and Events Publications”
Beginning Writer Workshops (Beginning Writers will attend all 5 Beginning Writer workshops):
“Travel Writing 101”
“Using Social Media to Build Your Writer Brand”
“Crafting Pitches that Work”
“Double Your Income: A Travel Writer’s Introduction to Editorial Photography”
“How to Make Editors Love You (and Your Work)”
Networking Mixer: an informal gathering of travel writers and bloggers, destination marketers and editors, unwinding with local wines and food.
Destination Marketer – Writer Matchmaking: Writers attending Travel & Words are looking for story ideas and possibly press trips. These “speed dating” sessions connect destination marketers with freelance writers and bloggers on the “Experienced” track.
Visit Destination Marketer and Corporate Exhibitor Booths: Meet the exhibitors who are your story sources and learn about their destinations (for both Beginning and Experienced Tracks).
Writer – Editor Q&A Sessions (for “Beginning writer track”): Your chance to ask editors anything about travel writing and getting published.