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Six Reasons Why I am Going to the Annual Conference (and you should consider coming, too…) by Deirdre Michalski

1. Lots of Workshops & Learning to Help Me Work SmarterWhen was the last time you did something for you? Something to hone your craft? Make your work more efficient and flow better? And even though some of the Workshop sessions will be running concurrently, they are going to videotape all of the Workshops so that Attendees of the Conference can view them all! 

Hotel conference room with guests seated for workshop presentation

- Take & Edit Fabulous Photos and iPhone Tricks and Apps
The Santa Fe Workshops’ Noreen O’Brien will be doing a presentation on the creative possibilities of iPhone photography and how to turn your photos into works of art. The Santa Fe Workshops, established in 1990, offer state-of-the-art photographic education that supports participants of all levels. With world-renowned instructors, cutting-edge technology, and dedicated staff, this is a not to be missed session.

- Wine Cuisine Travel Journalism
Presented by renowned photojournalist, and Publisher of Wine Country Intl. Magazine, meet Christopher John Davies. According to Christopher, group press trips may come and go, but building a custom itinerary with the assistance of wine and tourism boards can help you expand your coverage many times over. Christopher will share his experiences, photographs, and wine insights.



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Writers Conference & Workshop Registration Now Open

Three-day development conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico offered by IFWTWA for experienced and novice food, wine and travel writers. Substantial savings on registration fees are available now for a short time. 

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The International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association is pleased to announce Early Bird Registration is now open for its annual travel writer development conference. Substantial savings are available on registration fees for both members, guests and non-members through the month of June. Savings up to $100 is available. 

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Visit Greece! Individual Tailor-made Press Trips Just for Members

Nowhere in Greece offers the exotic story lines like Halkidiki. The region is the perfect combination of distinctive Greek culture, unspoiled landscapes, dazzling colors and mysterious fragrances.

Beautiful rustic rocky beach with crystal clear aqua ocean and cypress tree in Greece

Come experience the glorious natural setting, the famous culinary fare of the region, and the living traditions of its people. This is a place where all your senses will come to life and boundless stories can be told. Think chic, cosmopolitan beaches, secluded bays, and out-of-the-way coves. Just the tantalizing scent of the pine trees and the salt brine of the sea bring relaxation to the body and spirit, leaving you to develop stories your readers will never forget.

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Santa Fe Conference for Travel Writers & Content Creators ~ SAVE the Date!

We are so excited to announce the 2019 IFWTWA Annual Conference will be held November 11-13, 2019 at La Fonda Hotel on the PlazaTM in the exciting and culturally rich city of Santa Fe, New Mexico. IFWTWA Conferences are open to both members, their guests and any interested parties wishing to explore becoming a travel writer or experienced writers looking for networking and educational opportunities. The Conference focuses on professional development, industry connections, exhibitors and sponsor brand exposure.

Santa Fe Botanical Garden

IFWTWA holds an “all hands” conference every 12-18 months in either North America or an International location. These events often include press trips, professional training, food and wine tastings, culinary events and attraction tours all rolled into one great event at the destination and the surrounding areas of our conference. 

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Darelle Rancap receives IFWTWA's 2018 Hospitality Education Scholarship Award

IFWTWA is proud to give back to the food, wine and travel industries by selecting promising students preparing for employment in the tourism and hospitality industries to receive our Hospitality Education Scholarship (HES) Award. We are pleased to award the 2018 scholarship to Darelle Rancap, a student in the Olympic College Culinary Arts Program in Bremerton, Washington, USA.

Darelle RancapDarelle Rancap consistently maintains high academic performance and has a passion for learning and succeeding in the culinary arts. She has taken on leadership and supervisory roles with new incoming students, and she has been involved with every culinary event in which the college has engaged, both on and off campus. 

Darelle excels at plating and artistic presentation of her food. She plans to complete her education in the culinary arts and continually progress in the workforce with the goal of becoming an executive chef. 

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Congratulations Kristin Henning! IFWTWA's 2018 Excellence in Journalism Winner

IFWTWA Excellence in Journalism logoEvery year, IFWTWA members enter their best work for the Excellence in Journalism Award competition. Many entries prove our IFWTWA members have what it takes to excel in the food, wine and travel writing fields but only one entry rises to the top.

Kristin HenningPlease join us in congratulating Kristin Henning, winner of the 2018 Excellence in Journalism Award for her story Finding Your Rhythm on the Camino de Santiago published at Travel Past 50.

“Finding Your Rhythm on the Camino de Santiago” virtually puts the reader on the road with Kristin. The story is not only rich in its descriptions of the experience but also explores the question of what might motivate one to take on the popular pilgrimage. The story goes beyond mere place to plumb the depths of what makes walking the Camino a transformative experience.

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DIGIPROVE Creating Trust in Digital Content

The International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association is proud to announce DIGIPROVE as an official sponsor. Online theft of photos and stories is a constant threat to writers and artists. Internet scammers threaten and try to extort users into paying fees for alleged copyright violations. Digiprove protects the theft of stories and photos published by our journalists on our flagship publication, Food Wine and Travel Magazine.

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IFWTWA is very much aware of this threat and takes the lead among industry Associations with a unique proactive approach to protect the work of our members. Thanks to our exclusive arrangement with Digiprove, all member stories on Food Wine and Travel Magazine are signed with one-time irrefutable cryptographic signatures conferring copyright protections on member stories and photos. The proof is stored on Digiprove's servers as third-party authentication.

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