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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 and participation opportunities through our Webinar Series. 

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December 2, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific:
Improving your online presence:
Bios and Media Kits with Diane Dorby

First impressions are formed within seconds of meeting an editor, publisher, potential sponsor or client. But what if they are not meeting you personally? Then, those valuable first seconds occur while they read your bio and see your portfolio. Knowing what to include and how to present yourself quickly and effectively is key. As we go into a new year it is a good time to take a fresh look at your bio and work samples with the hopes of travel opening up more in the year ahead, and new opportunities presenting themselves. IFWTWA members should be prepared to update their profiles, and guest host Diane Dobry, a course director at Full Sail University for the PR master’s degree program, will share some ideas from her work teaching graduates heading out into new careers. She will also give pointers on putting together a media kit that expands on the bio to include a varied portfolio of your work.

Upcoming Webinars
Webinar Series Schedule (subject to change). All times are Pacific time zon

  • Jan. 6, 2021 11 AM
    Deep In The Heart Of Texas, Part 1: Visit Austin with Julie Chase

  • Jan. 20, 2021 5 PM
    Deep In The Heart Of Texas, Part 2: Texas Fine Wines with Denise Clarke

  • Feb. 10, 2021 11 AM
    How And Where To Sell Your Stories with Chris Cutler

  • Feb. 24, 2021 5 PM
    Discover Hungarian Wine with Diane Dobry

  • March 10, 2021 11 AM
    Global Tours Connect with Midgi Moore

  • March 24, 2021 11 AM
    Visit Phoenix with Doug McKenzie

  • April 28, 2021 11 AM
    Whidbey and Camano Islands with Sherrye Wyatt

  • October 6, 2021 5 PM
    Craft Wine Association with Carole Lawson

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Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes

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In the Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes, you’ll find quintessential small-town Americana without compromising on world-class experiences. Between the extraordinary landscape and exciting outdoor adventures (there are nearly 1,000 miles of wilderness footpaths for one thing), charming small towns, the variety and affordability of activities, world-renowned art, one of the country’s top wine regions, a burgeoning craft brew scene, and the laid-back, unpretentious vibe that distinguishes the region’s personality, it is difficult to find anywhere quite like The Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes.

Visit Park City

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Park City, Utah has just come through a very successful summer visitor season – exceeding all local projections – as the town promoted a ‘Stay Safe to Stay Open’ campaign. The winter season will focus not only on downhill sports, but also dog sledding, sleigh riding, tubing, snowmobiling, ice skating, snowshoeing and cross country, yoga in the caves, the Midway ice castles and the Comet Bobsled at Utah Olympic Park.  Join Dan Howard (Visit Park City) in learning what lies ahead for Park City.

Craft Wine Association
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The Distinctive American Wine: The mission of the Craft Wine Association is to make Craft Wine as available as craft beer and spirits by certifying wineries and building a thriving marketplace for hand-crafted, American wine. Learn about the growth of this group and how they serve small wineries and the Craft Wine community.

 Michigan Wine Collaborative

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Michigan Wine Collaborative grows more than 30 varieties of wine grapes and its unique terroir is influenced by the Great Lakes. The main grape-growing region is at the same latitude as Bordeaux and Willamette Valley. Michigan wines are gaining international notoriety. Find out what all the excitement is about.

Costa Mesa—City of the Arts

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At the heart of Southern California is Orange County, the destination of choice for more than 46 million visitors each year. And nestled within Orange County is the internationally acclaimed arts and theater district – Costa Mesa—City of the ArtsLearn about this vibrant travel destination, just perfect for your next getaway or article. 

Valle de Guadalupe
with Stacie Hunt

Valle de Guadalupe

The Valle de Guadalupe (Guadalupe Valley) is an area of Ensenada Municipality, Baja California, Mexico increasingly popular for wine and Baja Med cuisine.

Everything you want to know about Video
with Scott Kendall and Ken Bornstein

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From tips on shooting video to editing, member Scott Kendall along with Ken Bornstein, film and TV editor in Los Angeles, present a panel discussing and answering questions about shooting a video. 

 CityPASS Program and the Return of American Tourism
with Deborah Wakefield

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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.

 Chocolate Bliss
with Susie Norris

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Pastry chef, educator, and food-focused traveler, Susie Norris taught baking at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts and ran an award-winning artisan chocolate business in Los Angeles for a decade. Your perfect chance to develop articles and social media posts for World Chocolate Day (July 7).

 Rioja: Where Worlds Collide
with Nina Sventitsky 

Sierra Cantabria rolling vineyards & hills

Rioja is Spain’s oldest and most famous wine region, known for wines that can age for decades. This region in Northern Spain has close ties to France, Great Britain, and America. Led by Nina Sventitsky, we will explore how outside forces shaped one of Europe’s premier wine regions and how to travel within Rioja to experience this history. Get ready to learn about the old and the new, architecture, and gastronomy and the strong abiding culture of Rioja, Spain. Open a bottle of wine and “share” with others on the webinar. 

 San Juan Islands: Inspiration for the Senses
with San Juan Convention and Visitors Bureau

San Juan Islands

Explore the natural beauty, abundant wildlife and calm island culture of the San Juan Islands, located between three Northwestern cities, during this webinar with the San Juan Convention and Visitors Bureau.   

Celebrate Oregon Wine Month
with Travel Medford & Rogue Valley Vintners 

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Celebrate Oregon Wine Month with Travel Medford and Rogue Valley Vintners and infuse your life with the unexpected sights, sounds, and experiences of the Rogue Valley. Open a bottle of wine and “share” with others on the webinar. Here is a list of Rogue Valley wineries.

 Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels
with Kimberli Munkres

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We are a consortium of over 75 independently owned, boutique hotels loaded with visually-appealing inspiration. From quirky to charming, mid-century modern to clothing optional, Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels has the perfect stay.

 Magical Malbec
with Dave Nershi

Four Malbec Wine bottles

Participants are invited to open a bottle, share their tasting notes with the group and why they chose that Malbec. This will give you time to prepare your stories or social media posts for Malbec World Day, April 17.