Two Opportunities to Learn From Professional Wine Writers at WBC14
– 7/5/2014 update: Thank you for your submissions! We have reached the maximum number of submissions for the Sunday Wine Writers Workshop –
Interested in improving your writing? You will have an excellent chance at the upcoming Wine Bloggers Conference in Santa Barbara County.
On Saturday afternoon at 2:30 PM, we will have an all-group session with three professional wine writers. It is not often we get three people of such high quality on the same panel, two of whom were previous keynote speakers at the Wine Bloggers Conference. The session will consist primarily of answering your questions, so think about what you want to ask and send them in using hashtag #wbc14 just prior to the session. Our three writers are:
- James Conaway: Author of many books including best-seller, Napa: The Story of an American Eden and its sequel, The Far Side of Eden: New Money, Old Land, and the Battle for Napa Valley. James was the keynote speaker of WBC13 in Penticton.
- Mike Dunne: Mike is a freelance wine writer and consultant. He was the former food editor, wine columnist and restaurant critic of The Sacramento Bee and continues to contribute a weekly wine column to the paper.
- Steve Heimoff: Steve was the West Coast Editor for Wine Enthusiast Magazine and a contributor to Wine Spectator. His respected blog has been followed by the wine blogging community for years and he served as our keynote speaker at WBC10 in Walla Walla.
In addition to the Q&A on Saturday, 45 lucky participants will be able to participate in a two-hour workshop on Sunday that will help wine bloggers with their tone and writing. To participate in this session, leave a comment below by July 5 with a link to your writing sample. First come, first served. Writing samples need to be about wine, either original or published within the past year, and a maximum of 800 words. During the Sunday session, three entries that exemplify excellent wine writing will be reviewed – with no names revealed — in front of the entire group. In addition, parts of three entries that present learning opportunities will be analyzed. Afterwards, remaining writing samples will be reviewed and coached in smaller, pre-assigned, roundtable group settings of 15 people with one of the professional writers.
We are lucky to have long-time blogger, wine writer and wine industry pro Taylor Eason, Brand and DTC Manager at J Vineyards and Winery, moderating the Saturday panel and Sunday workshops. So if you are ready to jump your writing to a new level, attend the Saturday panel and submit your writing sample via a comment on this post.