Wednesday February 22
CRAFT OF WRITING DAY
Meadowood Napa Valley
Leslie Sbrocco, Wednesday Master of Ceremonies
8:30 AM Breakfast & Welcome
Julia Allenby, Symposium Executive Director
9:00 AM Exercise: Storytelling Warm Up
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
1:00 PM Making the Most of the Digital Difference
Moderator: Karen MacNeil, with Madeline Puckette, Julia Cosgrove, Evan Goldstein, and Esther Mobley
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