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Day 2: Symposium 2017

Day 2: Symposium 2017

Wednesday February 22

Meadowood Napa Valley 

Leslie Sbrocco, Wednesday Master of Ceremonies


8:30 AM Breakfast & Welcome

Vintners Room

Julia Allenby, Symposium Executive Director


9:00 AM Exercise: Storytelling Warm Up

Michael Shapiro


9:30 AM Highly Rated: Today’s Best Food/ Wine/Travel Writing

Dianne Jacob, Michael Shapiro, Julia Cosgrove, Meridith May

The panelists will provide personal examples from recent publications and review the highest scoring work received in the 2017 application process.


10:30 AM Break


10:45 AM Hot Topics for 2017 and Beyond
Moderator: Leslie Sbrocco, with Paul Gregutt, Richard Bradley, Chris Knutsen, and Meridith May
Mainstream, Niche, Tabloid, Gonzo – whatever your journalistic bent, we’ll explore what’s up and coming – and what SHOULD be.


Noon to 12:45 PM Lunch 
Woodside Room


1:00 PM Making the Most of the Digital Difference 
Moderator: Karen MacNeil, with Madeline Puckette, Julia Cosgrove, Evan Goldstein, and Esther Mobley

Vintner’s Room

Exploring forays into post-traditional media, including blogs, newsletters, videos, and self-publishing. How is the writing process different? How can a writer effectively repurpose work across media platforms? What are the unique challenges and benefits of digital media?


2:15 PM A Cautionary Tale
Moderator: Jim Gordon
The Publicist: Patsy McGaughy
The Editor: Richard Bradley
The Reporter: Chris Macias
The Ethicist: Michael Shapiro
Panelists will flesh out the highs and lows of an encounter over disputed facts in a published story, and the aftermath of a Letter to the Editor. Materials will be available to the Fellows in advance.


3:15 PM Break


3:30 PM Palate Pilates: Blind Tasting Exercise


5:00 PM  to 6:00 PM Coaching (optional)


4:30 PM to 6:30 PM Grab-and-Go Wines Available

White Wine/Black Bag


6:30 PM Evening Free to Dine Around

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