Women's Travel Fest in NOLA: anyone else going?
I’ll be representing Matador in New Orleans at the Women’s Travel Fest. Would love to know if anyone else is going to be there. It’ll be my first time attending the fest, second time in NOLA. Let’s meet up!
Anyone been in the past? What should I expect?
They’ve announced that 100% of the proceeds will go to the ACLU — pretty cool!
As a budding travel writer with no conference experience, I thought I would start local with the Book Passages Travel Writers & Photographers Conference in Corte Madera, CA. The Women’s Travel Fest is on my radar. Emma, has MatadorU published a list of or track conferences that we (students) can access?
I was wondering the same thing. It’d be nice to see what MatU recommends for those of us looking around. @Tamara, I’ve been interested in the Book Passages conference for a long time…have you heard any firsthand news about it?
@Amy I have not heard a firsthand review. I read Don George’s Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing and found it informative with great exercises. I think it will be a good way to get my feet wet, since it’s local, then branch out.
Hey Tamara and Amy, I’m actually a first-time conference goer this year as well. I’ve never been to anything like the Women’s Travel Fest before so I’m looking forward to learning a little more about the conference process as I go. As far as I know, we’ve never published a round-up of conferences. That’s a great suggestion, though, and I’ll look into it.
I was able to find this interview that our senior editor conducted with Trish Miller from the Travel Writers Exchange. It makes a case for why writing conferences are especially important for travel writers. It was written way back in 2009, but still seems to hold true today.
I support travel writers checking out general writing conferences. Desert Nights, Rising Stars is a terrific one. https://piper.asu.edu/conference Here’s Cochise Community College’s 2017 conference – Sierra Vista, Az. http://www.cochise.edu/cwc/ And this general list: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_writers’_conferences Working in a writing conference is a chance to give yourself the kind of concentrated time we often promise ourselves, but don’t give ourselves. ms