Interested in writing about Oregon’s High Desert region? If so, here’s a list of article idea-starters in and around the Bend area that I wrote for the Northwest Travel Writers Conference. Are you an aspiring or veteran travel writer looking to connect with editors, writers and travel professionals? There’s still time to register for the Northwest Travel Writers Conference, Travel and Words, will be held April 26-27 at Sunriver Resort, Bend, OR.
Fellow writers, the annual Northwest Travel Writers Conference, Travel and Words, is a fantastic event for both aspiring, beginning and experienced travel writers. I’ve attended the last three years and many of my article assignments came from contacts I made at the conference.
Travel and Words is designed to help attendees cultivate story leads. As of February, confirmed editors on this year’s editor’s panel are:
- Northwest Travel Magazine editor Allen Cox
- Montana Magazine editor Jenna Cederberg
- Chile Pepper Magazine editor Rick McMillen
- Washington Travel & Life, Prime, Inland Business Catalyst and Spokane CDA Woman editor Stephanie Regalado
- Idaho Magazine editor and publisher Kitty Delorey Fleischman
The conference also features tourism exhibitors from throughout the Greater Northwest to help travel writers focus their leads. These representatives share information about the regions they represent, which include Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, British Columbia, and Alaska, to help you take story ideas to the next level.
Attendees can also choose to attend up to two conference workshops. This year’s topics are:
- Create Killer Pitches for Editors Near & Far
- Expand Your Freelance Writing
- Tune Up Your Travel Articles
- Cast A Wider Net: Expand Regional Research
- Writing Travel Guidebooks & Travel Memoirs
A Networking Mixer with no-host bar on Sunday will offer hearty appetizers prepared by the Davenport Hotel and selected regional wineries and cideries. “Travel & Words is an interactive forum for travel and tourism industry professionals, editors, publishers, and freelance writers to connect, share resources, and explore story ideas,” said Myrna Oakley, Chair of the conference.
For further details or to register visit the Travel and Words website.
Fellow writers, save the dates and join writer colleagues March 17-18 in Seaside, Oregon, for a dynamic and affordable conference, Travel & Words Spring ’13.
I’ve attended Travel & Words for the last few years. One of my favorite aspects of this conference is that it provides a comfortable forum for writers interested in creating and selling travel stories in a rapidly changing world. Freelance writers will gain a wealth of story ideas and contacts with not only editors, publishers, and writer colleagues but also travel and tourism specialists from Oregon and Washington. Through Travel & Words, I’ve found markets for my articles while connecting with editors, writers, and travel bureaus.
Workshops are led by experts cover online paying markets, ways to benefit from social media, tips on earning freelance income, and more. Dave Peterson, publisher of Northwest Travel Magazine, and Maralyn Hill, immediate past president of International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) are the main speakers. The $125 registration fee covers all workshops, panel talks, beverages, snacks, lunch and will also highlight special appetizers at the Networking Mixer. No host bar at the Mixer will feature Pacific NW brews, wines, and ciders.
See details and program highlights at Travel & Words. Follow updates on Twitter @NorthwestWriter and @WildAboutTheNW. Join the conversation at #travelwordsconf. Hope to see you there!
Calling FL writers, Travel Writers, Travel Writer Bloggers, Journalists, Columnists, and Editors in the greater Portland – Vancouver area and beyond!
Freelance Writers Fall Meet-Up
Hot Trends for FL Writers, Hot Social Media Trends
Thursday, November 1st, 6 to 8 p.m.
McMenamin’s Kennedy School, NE 33rd Avenue, Portland, OR
Are you texting, tweeting, blogging, and/or using Pinterest? Into Facebook, RSS feeds, YouTube, Yelp, Tumblr, Reddit, and/or LinkedIn? Do you have a creative plan for coordinating Tweets, Facebook posts, posting on YouTube, generating updates, texting & posting on your High Tech and Mobile Devices as well as on your Writer’s Blog?
Or, are you frustrated, wondering if it’s worth the time and effort to stay connected in this fast-paced, somewhat confusing & always-changing High Tech world?
Get acquainted with other Oregon – Washington area FL writers, Travel Writers, and Travels Bloggers who are making it all work. Enjoy an informal panel of writers and bloggers: John Foyston @BeerHereJohnny; Jessica Spiegel @andaimo; Mattie John Bamman @ravenoustravlr, Paul Gerald @pdxbreakfastguy, and others. Bring your questions!
Partake of hearty Nibbles and no-host microbrew ales and hard ciders as well as coffee and teas.
Suggested donation for Freelance Writers Fall Meet-Up: $5 at the door
Reservations required due to space limitations in the Parsons Room, main floor at McMenamin’s Kennedy School, NE 33rd Ave. Off street parking, rear of building.
To reserve your space: email asap M. Oakley at email@example.com
Follow us on Twitter @northwestwriter, @WildAboutTheNW, @MarilynMcF, @Carrie_Writes
Freelance Writers Fall Meet-Up hosted by:
Pacific NW Travel Writers Conference Travel & Words Spring ‘13
Seaside Conference Center Seaside, OR
March 17-18, 2013