IFWTWA Professional Development

IFWTWA members continually grow in this fascinating business of writing, photographing, and sharing about food, wine, and travel. The International Food, Wine & Travel Writers AssnTM is proud to offer our members the following learning opportunities.

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CityPASS Logo— Registration Open —

July 8, 2020 11:00 AM Pacific – CityPASS Program and the Return of American Tourism.

Join CityPASS Vice President Deborah Wakefield as she discusses CityPASS® tickets, a must-have travel accessory for tourists who want to immerse themselves in a destination’s top attractions while enjoying big savings. Learn about visitation planning by attractions and expectations for the return of travel post-COVID-19.

To register, email Cori Solomon at [email protected] 

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Please take a few minutes to review the E-learning links below. 

Upcoming Webinars:

July 22 -- TBA. We are working on finalizing the details of a very exciting webinar. Watch this space for updates.

August 5 -- Exploring Albariño with Dave Nershi, CSW. Albariño is a white grape that produces wines with clean flavors and rich, ripe fruit. Uncork and share a bottle with us as we discover Spain's flagship white wine that is gaining popularity throughout the world.

September 9 -- Paso Robles. We are working on finalizing the details of a very exciting webinar. Watch this space for updates.

Watch the Replays!
  • Chocolate Bliss with Susie Norris (June 24, 2020)

  • Rioja: Where Worlds Collide with Nina Sventitsky, Certified DOCa Rioja Educator, WSET Level 3, & Silver Pin Sommelier (June 10, 2020)

  • San Juan Islands: Inspiration for the Senses with San Juan Convention and Visitors Bureau (May 27, 2020)

  • Celebrate Oregon Wine Month with Travel Medford & Rogue Valley Vintners (May 13, 2020)

  • Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels with Kimberli Munkres (April 29, 2020)

  • Magical Malbec with Dave Nershi (April 15, 2020)

Pro Perspectives — Videos on-demand

Pro Perspectives is a series of member-produced videos approximately six minutes in length that focus on professional development topics for travel, wine and food professionals. If you are interested in becoming a content creator, contact Dave Nershi at [email protected].

View our newest Pro Video graphicTake Your Stories to the Next Level With Video and Photography

Effective use of videos and photography can transport your readers to a raft racing down a Slovenian river, on a walk through an English castle, or to any destination. Join writer Scott Kendall and learn insider tips to elevate your stories and posts to garner wider readership and elevate your craft.

Scott Kendal AvatarAbout Scott Kendall: Scott Kendall is Editor of PlayStayEat.com as well as a freelance travel writer, photographer, and videographer based in The Woodlands, Texas. He has traveled extensively throughout the US and Europe, including several trips to Italy, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, England, and France. In addition to writing for PlayStayEat, Scott has written for EuropeUpClose, Epicurean Traveler, Food Wine Travel Magazine, International Living, Miles Geek, Touring Bird, Airguides, Travel and Talk, and other publications. His published work and videos can be seen at PlayStayEat.com and ScottKendallTravels.com, and he can be reached at [email protected]. Scott is a member of IFWTWA and SATW.


Solid Gold Videos

Quick tips and to the point.

  • Scheduling Tools to Keep you on Track with Social Media by Joy Steinberg
  • How to Break into Big Magazines with John Owens by John Owens
  • 2 Minute Tips: Who to Follow on Social Media by Kathleen Walls
  • 2 Minute Tips: Growing your Social Media by Betsi Hill
  • How to use Twitter with Chef Dennis by Dennis Littley
  • Learning Twitter with Chef Dennis Part 1: Twitter Lists by Dennis Littley
  • Learning Twitter with Chef Dennis Part 2: Buffer by Dennis Littley
  • Learning Twitter with Chef Dennis Part 3: Share Groups by Dennis Littley
  • Learning Twitter with Chef Dennis Part 4: Meet Edgar! by Dennis Littley

IFWTWA Certificate Course — in development

IFWTWA LogoWhat better source of travel, wine and food knowledge than IFWTWA and its accomplished members? This project is in the planning phase. The courses will be delivered through an online education learning platform. Those who successfully finish the course will receive a certificate of completion.

If you are interested in contributing to any of our projects or joining the Professional Development Committee, please contact Dave Nershi at [email protected]

Additional E-Learning links

We've gathered a few links here to information we think you will find interesting.

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