4/9/2021 - St. Helena, CA – The Symposium for Professional Wine Writers returns this May 10-12. This year the Symposium seeks to expand its reach through a virtual platform and to 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.
“One of the benefits of conducting the Symposium virtually is the ability to more easily bring together writers from around the globe. Our goal is to provide a forum for established wine writers to explore key issues alongside those newer to the field, with a focus on enhancing the writing profession for all,” said Sarah Bray, Interim Director for the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers.
This year’s program will take place over the course of three half days, with each day presenting a unique topic explored through keynote addresses, panels and activations. The lineup of speakers includes the who’s who in the writing world. The themes are as follows:
The program is designed to seize upon this unique moment in wine writing history, with at-home exercises to maximize takeaway for virtual attendees. Topics were developed for both established writers and active writers who would like to further their understanding of the editorial space in wine and expand their communication skills.
“We are honored to have been part of so many journeys in wine, food and travel writing and are thrilled to be supporting the writing community through the continuation of the Symposium virtually this year” said Linda Reiff, President and CEO, Napa Valley Vintners.
“We recognize the importance of continuing the program and are committed, as we have been since its inception in 2005, to providing resources for writers,” said David Pearson, Managing Director, Meadowood Estate.
There is no cost to attend, but registration is required for participation, and all applicants must submit a work sample by April 30th. All submissions will be reviewed by a committee, with applicants accepted based on the quality of their writing. To see the full list of speakers and further explore the agenda, interested writers should visit WineWritersSymposium.org.
About the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers
The Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, founded by Meadowood Napa Valley and the Napa Valley Vintners, draws top wine book authors and editors, wine magazine writers and critics, newspaper wine columnists, bloggers and other editorial wine content creators to Napa Valley to speak, listen, debate, explore themes prevalent in contemporary wine writing and network with their peers for four days. A combination of lectures, panel discussions, group and individual writing sessions, wine tastings, and fine dining make the Symposium an unmatched career enrichment opportunity for editorial wine, wine-food, and wine-travel writers.
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