Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Join Outdoor Writers for 'Words, Pictures, Money' Conference

Missoula, Montana - Several hundred outdoors communicators are expected to participate in Outdoor Writers Association of America's (OWAA) annual conference; this year's theme, "Words, Pictures & Money."

OWAA's 82nd conference will offer opportunities for education, skills enhancement and networking among members of the outdoor communications industry.

Members of the outdoor media will meet June 13-16, 2009, at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich. A few of the featured sessions:

Trade Secrets: Tips on Tapping into an Oft-Ignored Market. Ideas from trade magazine editors can give you important insights on how to successfully break into this market. Speaker: Glenn Sapir.

Beyond Hook & Bullet Writing: Success in other venues. Outdoor writers who label themselves as such may be overlooking a key marketing angle. Speaker: Tom Huggler.

Amortizing your digital assets. In a time when the industry is being squeezed out of the old ways by economic forces, it's a new way of considering valuation of work. Speaker: Jim Shepherd.

Making Money from Small Publications. Learn how to work for smaller markets and use them to make a good living.
Speaker: Wayne Van Zwoll.

The Future of Radio. What lies ahead for this medium and for those who depend on it to earn a living? Where is outdoor radio is headed in the next decade? Speaker: Wade Bourne.

Profitable Travel Writing in Tough Times. With outdoor markets drying up, it's only natural to consider travel markets. Speaker: Chris Batin.

Setting up a Digital Photo Show. Setting up a riveting and successful digital photo show using ProShow Gold.
Speaker: Tom Ulrich.

Viral Journalism - Spreading the word through social networking. Come and see what your colleagues are doing to take advantage of the opportunities in cyberspace. Speaker: Anthony Jones.

Meet the Editors Event. Meet with acquisitions editors to discuss their editorial needs and sell your work. Editor participants, so far: Craig Springer, Eddies Magazine; Paul Queneau, Bugle Magazine; Phil Bloom, Outdoor Indiana Magazine; Wayne van Zwoll, Intermedia Outdoors. Ten acquisitions editors expected.

Blog: Stupid name, Stupendous Potential. Find out why every outdoor communicator should have a blog. Speakers: Paul Queneau, Matthew Miller.

The Big Three: USFWS, USFS and BLM. Representatives from the Big Three federal land and resources management agencies will give their perspective on the Obama administration's changes to land-use policies.

Why Let the Kids Have All the Fun? Find out how you can utilize your own personal podcasts as additional income or method to promote your writing, photography or radio-television broadcasts. Speaker: Jim Ferguson.

Attend OWAA's conference and partake in the above sessions and annual favorites including the Scavenger Hunt Photo Contest, Nutty Irishman Bash, the OWAA Auction and hospitalities. Special this year is a Ladies Only Shooting Event sponsored by Smith & Wesson. Plus an extraordinary welcome from the Grand Rapids Convention and Visitors Bureau. At this event, learn about Hemingway's Michigan at the Public Museum of Grand Rapids.

Join OWAA and your friends June 13-16, 2009, at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids, Mich.!

Complete Meeting Agenda:

To Register:


General Information:

To learn more about OWAA's 82nd conference, contact OWAA Conference Planner Robin Giner at or 406-728-7434, or visit the OWAA Web site:

Outdoor Writers Association of America is the oldest and largest association of professional outdoor communicators in the United States. It was organized in 1927 by members of the Izaak Walton League of America and includes professional communicators dedicated to sharing the outdoor experience. OWAA's professionals include writers, photographers, outdoors radio and television show hosts, book authors, videographers, lecturers and artists. The association is headquartered in Missoula, Mont. For more information, go to .

Press release found at The Outdoor Wire

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