Click & Register!
TRAVEL & WORDS SPRING ’14 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS WILL BE POSTED SOON.
Conference Theme: Research at Home & Away. Pitch. Write. Publish!
FREELANCE WRITERS, TRAVEL WRITERS AND TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHERS WILL MEET REGIONAL TOURISM PROFESSIONALS AND GATHER RESOURCES AND STORY IDEAS FROM THROUGHOUT THE GREATER NORTHWEST INCLUDING WASHINGTON, OREGON, IDAHO, WESTERN MONTANA, ALASKA, and BRITISH COLUMBIA.
FOLLOW US ON TWITTER @NorthwestWriter @WildAboutTheNW @Carrie_Writes @RavenousTravelr @MarilynMcF @EuropeUpClose
TRAVEL & WORDS SPRING 2013 EXHIBITORS INCLUDED THE FOLLOWING REGIONAL TOURISM ORGANIZATIONS AND LOCAL SUPPORTERS:
ASTORIA – WARRENTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OldOregon.com, Facebook @TravelAstoria
BELLINGHAM – WHATCOM COUNTY TOURISM, Bellingham, WA Bellingham.org Twitter @BHamEXP
COOS BAY – NORTH BEND VISITOR & CONVENTION BUREAU, south Oregon Coast area OregonsAdventureCoast.com Twitter @TravelCoosBay
KITSAP PENINSULA VISITOR & CONVENTION BUREAU VisitKitsap.com Twitter @VisitKitsap
LONG BEACH PENINSULA VISITORS BUREAU, Long Beach WA FunBeach.com Twitter @FunBeachCom
TRAVEL MEDFORD Medford, OR TravelMedford.org Twitter @VisitMedford
GRANTS PASS TOURISM Grants Pass OR VisitGrantsPass.org Twitter @VisitGrantsPass
MOUNT VERNON – SKAGIT VALLEY VISITORS CENTER, Mount Vernon, WA mountvernonchamber.com/visitors
OLYMPIC PENINSULA TOURISM OlympicPeninsula.org Twitter @visitPt @PortLudlow @VisitOlympics
CITY OF SEASIDE VISITORS BUREAU SeasideOR.com Twitter @VisitSeasideOR
TRAVEL PORTLAND TravelPortland.com Twitter @TravelPortland
MOUNT HOOD TERRITORY MtHoodTerritory.com Twitter @InMountHood
TRAVEL SALEM TravelSalem.com Twitter @TravelSalem
VISIT TRI – CITIES (Kennewick, Pasco, Richland WA) VisitTri-Cities.com Twitter @TriCitiesWA
WASHINGTON’S SCENIC CASCADE LOOP ASSOCIATION, North Cascades Highway 20 from Sedro Woolley to Highways153 & 97 and Highway 2 across Stevens Pass to Snohomish and Everett CascadeLoop.com Twitter @washcascadeloop @VisitWenatchee
JERRY’S ROGUE JETS, GOLD BEACH, OR RogueJets.com Twitter @JerrysRogueJets
PROVENANCE HOTELS, PORTLAND, OR www.provenancehotels.com Twitter @ProvenanceHotel
WOODEN HORSE PUBLICATIONS, ASTORIA, OR @WoodenHorsePub www.woodenhorsepub.com
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS SPRING 2013 (CONCLUDED)
DAVE PETERSON, PUBLISHER, NORTHWEST TRAVEL MAGAZINE
MARALYN HILL, PAST PRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL FOOD, WINE AND TRAVEL WRITERS ASSOCIATION (IFWTWA)
SUNDAY, MARCH 17, 2013 SEASIDE CONFERENCE CENTER
1:00 p.m. Check in, Meet & Greet, Visit Exhibitor Tables and meet travel & tourism staff
1:30 p.m. Welcome & Introductions
1:45 p.m. INTRODUCE REGIONAL TRAVEL & TOURISM EXHIBITORS
2:20 p.m. Washington Tourism Alliance Update: Christina Pivarnik @EnjoyPt
2:30 p.m. Travel Oregon Update
2:45 p.m. “EXPAND YOUR FREELANCE WRITING: CAST A WIDER NET FOR GREATER SALES” Presenter: MARALYN HILL, Board Member and past President, International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA)
3:45 p.m. FREELANCE WRITERS PANEL: “MARKETING YOUR NICHE” Panelists: LEE DALEY, Sausalito CA (Luxury travel & Photography, member SATW); CRAIG ROMANO, Mount Vernon WA (Guidebook author with NW outdoors a major interest); MICHELLE WINNER, Sandy OR (luxury travel, culinary travel, & regional travel including Canada; President, International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association/IFWTWA); BRIAN YAEGER, Portland OR (Beer aficionado, writes about everything beers/brews/ales)
4:45 p.m. NETWORKING MIXER BISTRO No-host Bar with selection of Oregon and Washington hand-crafted ales, wines, hard ciders (including non-alcohol choices). Special Oregon Coast Appetizers by chef & staff from Oregon Coast Culinary Institute (Coos Bay Community College) and special appetizers from Seaside Restaurants. Nibbles-galore-time!
MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2013 SEASIDE CONFERENCE CENTER
9:00 a.m. Necanicum Room, Welcome
9:15 a.m. “WRITING AND PUBLISHING ROUNDUP 2013″ Presenter: DAVE PETERSON, Publisher, Northwest Travel Magazine
10:00 a.m. BREAK & VISIT REGIONAL EXHIBIT TABLES
10:30 a.m. WORKSHOP INTENSIVES
1. “TUNE UP YOUR WRITING FOR ARTICLES EDITORS LOVE“ ALLEN COX, Freelance Lifestyles writer and Editor-in-Chief, Northwest Travel Magazine; board member and Vice President, International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) shares tips for turning your freelance articles into winning gems that Editors love.
2. “EARN A LIVING AS A FREELANCE WRITER” NAN DEVLIN, Freelance writer, tourism consultant, and adjunct instructor at University of Alabama, shares how to expand your Freelance writing horizons farther afield, from writing more articles to other writing avenues that also pay.
3. “DOUBLE YOUR ONLINE WRITING INCOME“ JASON BRICK, Freelance writer, house dad, and prolific online writer for markets that pay freelance writers, will share his strategies for increasing your online writing income.
4. “EXPAND YOUR NICHE: RESEARCH & WRITE FOR LUXURY & HIGH-END MARKETS” MARALYN HILL, Board member and Past President, International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA. From exclusive, trendy and affluent to epicurean, red carpet and first cabin, Maralyn will share her strategies for researching and writing for luxury and high-end markets.
5. “SOCIAL MEDIA FOR WRITERS, 101″ – JESSICA SPIEGEL, Social media consultant and Travel Blog Exchange (TBEX) community manager, shares tips on getting started & being confident with social media, staying engaged without spending all day on Twitter and using social media as a tool in your marketing arsenal.
6. “IMPROVE YOUR PHOTOS WITH LIGHTROOM DIGITAL TECHNIQUES” JOHN SUNDSMO, Award winning photographer shares tips and tricks to make ordinary photos popping spectacular.
11:30 a.m. Reconvene, Necanicum Room: Q&A with WORKSHOP INTENSIVE PRESENTERS
1: 00 p.m. VISIT REGIONAL EXHIBIT TABLES
1:35 p.m. WORKSHOP INTENSIVES, SESSION TWO
2:45 p.m. PANEL: Q & A WITH WORKSHOP INTENSIVE PRESENTERS
3:15 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. EDITORS PANEL: “TARGET YOUR PITCHES TO GET THE EDITOR’S NOD” PAUL FRICHTL, Seattle, Editor, Alaska Airlines magazine; KEVIN MAX, Bend, Publisher, 1859 Magazine; ALLEN COX, Tacoma, Editor-in-Chief, Northwest Travel Magazine, GARY HAYES, Seaside, Publisher, Coast Explorer
4:30 p.m. EVALUATIONS and CLOSING
“Travel deeply at home and away. . . Have real experiences in your region and abroad. . . Find your writer’s voice. . .Tell a story. . .Publish!”
–Adapted from Travel writer & photographer, Judith Fein
Travel & Words Spring ’13 Planning Team:
Allen Cox, Tacoma WA, Editor-in-Chief, Northwest Travel Magazine
Trudy Brennan, Hillsboro OR, travel aficionado and former grant writer, SOLV
Jason Brick, Hillsboro, OR, www.jasoncommabrick.com
Terri Fogarty, Portland OR, EuropeUpClose.com Twitter @europeupclose
Karen Gilb, Vancouver WA, WildAboutTheNW.com Twitter @WildAboutTheNW,
Janet Goetze, Portland OR, Freelance writer and former Staff writer, The Oregonian
Bobbie Hasselbring, Beavecreek OR, Freelance writer and publisher, Real FoodTraveler.com Twitter @realfoodtravel
Marilyn McFarlane, Portland OR, Guidebook author, FL writer LightheartedTravel.com Twitter @marilynmcf
Myrna Oakley, Portland OR, Guidebook author, FL writer TravelAndWords.com Twitter @northwestwriter
Carrie Uffindell, Portland OR, FL writer Carrie_Writes.com Twitter @carrie_writes
More About Us
We are a group of freelance writers, journalists, editors, and travel and tourism professionals who live and work in the Pacific Northwest: Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, and British Columbia.
- To present workshops and seminars on marketing freelance articles and photography to both print and online publications in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
- To explore changes and trends in the freelance writing world, particularly the use of social media in managing and marketing one’s brand and also to explore developing income-producing web sites related to travel writing.
- To offer support to travel and tourism industry professionals who highlight Pacific NW destinations, attractions and activities, historical sights and sites, and all-season recreation.
Comments from attendees, previous Travel & Words conferences
“I am inspired. . .incredible, relevant material.”
“Serious how-to plus take home advice.”
“. . .a great diversity and depth of experience among the speakers. . .well organized, thoughtfully planned, and thought-provoking. . .it proves the value of small conferences.”
“I liked having the travel exhibitors in the same room as the conference. . .I made good contacts and got several assignments. . .”