06/07/2022 – St. Helena, California – The Wine Writers’ Symposium returns virtually August 8-10, 2022, exploring the theme “The Changing Landscape of Wine Media”. The program is one of a kind in the world. In last year’s virtual format, the Symposium attracted over 300 writers from 23 countries.
“Our hope is that attendees will come away from the 2022 Symposium with new skills, a deeper understanding of wine writing and editing in general, and a greater network. This year, we also hope attendees have more insight into journalistic ethics, other creative outlets, and additional ideas on how to monetize their talents, as classic full-time wine writing positions are increasingly rare,” said Sarah Bray, executive director of the Wine Writers’ Colloquium.
During three half-days of conferences, panels and round tables, topics essential to today’s wine writer will be explored. Creative versus technical writing will be considered, as will the art of separating story from subject. Practical skills such as conducting interviews and interpreting data will be discussed, and an overview of the increasingly complex publishing landscape will be presented.
The program is designed to capture this unique moment in the history of wine writing, with topics developed for working writers who wish to deepen their understanding of the field of wine writing and develop their communication skills.
Day One – Below the Surface: the objective of this day is to lay a solid foundation to support the profession of writer in the face of the major changes that wine writing has undergone in recent years.
Second day – Culture: the second day of programming represents the act of cultivation: the hard work a writer must apply to their career to bear fruit.
Day 3 – Harvest: After setting the playing field, defining the boundaries and sharpening the tools, the final day will focus on how to reap the benefits.
The symposium seeks to expand its reach through a virtual platform and help foster new voices in the industry with a focus on inclusivity and diversity. The topics and speakers selected for this year’s symposium reflect these goals.
New this year is the insight of three new writers board members: Dorothy J. Gaiter, Ray Isle and Elaine Chukan Brown, all of whom joined the Wine Writers Symposium board in January 2022.
“We are thrilled to announce the addition of three new board positions to reflect the program’s ‘for writers, by writers’ premise. Their input and leadership has been a critical part of reinventing the program and redefining our audience and our mission,” Bray said.
There is no entry fee, but registration is required to participate, and all applicants must submit a work sample by July 30. All submissions will be reviewed for authenticity, as all work must be his own and published within the last 36 months. To view the full list of speakers and further explore the agenda, interested authors should visit: WineWritersSymposium.org. A complete list of FAQs is also available on the site.
About the Wine Writers Symposium
The Wine Writers’ Symposium, born the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, founded by Meadowood Napa Valley and the Napa Valley Vintners, attracts top wine authors and editors, wine magazine writers and reviewers, columnists newspapers, bloggers and other creators of editorial content. together to talk, listen, debate, explore common themes in contemporary wine writing and network with their peers. When held in person, a combination of lectures, panel discussions, group and individual writing sessions, wine tastings and gourmet meals make the Symposium an unparalleled career enrichment opportunity for editorial writers in the fields of wine and wine.