Learn how to deal with rejection (Steve will share his file of over 250 rejection letters from when he started) and how social media is your friend (you don’t have to put all the power into the hands of an editor any longer).


About Steve Jermanok


Everyone likes to eat, and nearly everyone likes to talk or write about and visually document their favorite culinary experiences. How do you translate that passion into getting your food content published in books and magazines, online and elsewhere? Food and travel writer Mike Urban will share what he knows and what he’s experienced as an editor and a writer during his 40 years in publishing and freelancing. From food blogging to finding an audience to developing a niche to knocking on doors to get published, Mike will share the good, the bad and the ugly and ultimately offer tips and encouragement to food and travel writers eager to spread their knowledge and passion for food as far and wide as possible.

About Mike Urban


Travel writing is a “dream job” for many, but therein lies the problem: There are a lot of people out there calling themselves travel writers and competing for a limited number of assignments. Hear about the challenge and necessity of building a diverse base of business in travel writing that includes both consumer and trade publications, including often more lucrative niches like website content creation and custom publishing. Explore ways to leverage your personal interests and knowledge into travel writing expertise that can set you apart from the crowd, as well as ways to have fun and make money writing even on assignments that may not neatly fit the description of “travel writing.”

About Bob Curley


Travel writing used to be something only a few people—those lucky enough, wealthy enough, adventurous enough to travel—could do. In an age when everyone is traveling, and anyone can blog, what do professional writers bring to the table? How can you be original and say something different? This session will focus on narrative technique, structures, and themes, as well as basic travel writing technique. The focus will be on using these in the context of modern travel writing realities (and competition) and giving attendees the tools to stand out.


About Karen Berger


Hear and share strategies for tuning out distractions, making the most of short windows of writing time, working on the road, and prioritizing writing without neglecting your other responsibilities… or your sanity. Plus, learn how to find travel stories in your own backyard and become known for your local expertise.

About Kim Knox Beckius




Kim is a Connecticut-based travel writer and photographer who has hugged a baby moose, tasted 38 different whoopie pies in one sitting, and sent hundreds of free fall leaves in the mail to autumn lovers around the world. She is a Yankee Magazine Contributing Editor, owner of, New England expert for (formerly, and the author of seven books including Backroads of New England and New England’s Historic Homes & Gardens. Kim has worked with clients all over the world including the Kennebunkport Resort Collection, Frommer’s,, The Telegraph, Nasheed Events, the Official Connecticut Visitors Guide,, Town & Country, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Aer Lingus CARA and many other print and online publications. In addition to writing about travel in New England and beyond, she has also presented on travel and wellness to corporations in the region, spoken at libraries and events such as the Connecticut Governor’s Conference on Tourism, and served as a step-on guide for groups touring New England. She also works with clients to design customized New England itineraries. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW).

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Karen is the author of 18 books including Great Hiking Trails of the World (Rizzoli, 2017) and America's Great Hiking Trails (Rizzoli, 2014), which won a gold Lowell Thomas Award for best travel book and was a New York Times bestseller in the travel category. She writes about travel, the environment, hiking and backpacking, scuba diving, and health. Her work has appeared in scores of magazines and websites, including National Geographic Traveler, Robb Report, The Saturday Evening Post, Islands, and Backpacker.


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Bob is a freelance journalist and travel writer who has authored two travel guidebooks on his home state of Rhode Island (Rhode Island Off the Beaten Path and 100 Things to Do Before You Die in Rhode Island) as well as thousands of articles for magazines, newspapers and websites. Bob is the former Caribbean Travel editor for and currently wears multiple hats including Caribbean editor for Jax Fax, a publication for travel agents, and North American editor for Business Traveller UK. Bob’s consumer-oriented travel writing has appeared in a wide variety of publications including Four Seasons Magazine, USA Today, Coastal Living, AFAR, Forbes, Fodors, Caribbean Journal, Marriott Bonvoy, Google Touring Bird and Global Traveler. Bob also has written for a variety of travel trade publications, such as Recommend, Travel Agent, Luxury Travel Advisor, Travel Weekly, Meeting News and Business Travel News. When he’s not writing about travel, Bob contributes healthcare stories to, where he often draws on his knowledge of health and wellness gained from years spent as an editor and writer at MeYouHealth, Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Weekly and Mental Health Weekly. He is also a frequent contributor to New England Home magazine as well as Rhode Island Monthly, Providence Monthly and Newport Life. Bob lives in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, in a pond-front cottage that serves as a placid home base when he’s not off annoying friends with social media posts about his travel writing assignments.


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Steve has explored close to 100 countries and written over 1750 articles on a broad range of subjects, from food to art to adventure. He has worked as a columnist for National Geographic Adventure, contributing editor for Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, guest editor for The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, and continues to write regularly for Global Traveler, Virtuoso Traveler, and Yankee Magazine. In May 2012, Steve and his wife launched ActiveTravels, a new type of travel agency where your travel advisors have more than likely been to that one country that entices you. Since ActiveTravels opened their doors, Steve and Lisa have booked over 1,000 trips to all corners of the globe. Their clientele currently includes many people in the travel industry including Steve Kaufer, founder of TripAdvisor, and Mark and Gwenn Snider, owners of The Winnetu Resort on Martha’s Vineyard and The Nantucket Hotel on Nantucket. Steve has been blogging daily at since 2009. He has been hired for his social media package, weeklong content marketing projects to locales around the world, by more than 40 tourism departments and outfitters, including Backroads, Abercrombie & Kent, RIU Resorts, Swiss Tourism, Ko Orina Resort, Tourism Nova Scotia, Tourism New Brunswick, Quebec Tourism, and California Tourism. He has also been the speaker at 15 state tourism conferences in the US.


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Mike is an editor, writer and book packager with 40 years of experience in book publishing and nine years concurrently as a food and travel writer. He has worked for such travel publishers as Rand McNally, Passport Books, the Globe Pequot Press, Appalachian Mountain Club, Lyons Press, Falcon Publishing and others. He served as vice president and associate publisher of Globe Pequot for 10 years. Mike is the author of four commercially published books (Clam Shacks, Lobster Shacks, The New England Diner Cookbook and The New England Seafood Markets Cookbook). He has also written 30 food and travel articles for Yankee Magazine, as well as stories for Coastal Living, USA Today and other publications.


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9:00 - 9:30         Check in

9:30 - 10:00       Panel Discussion: How I Became a Travel Writer

10:15 - 11:15     Session 1

11:15 - 12:15     Session 2

12:30 - 1:15       Networking Lunch

1:30 - 2:30         Session 3

2:30 - 3:30         Session 4

3:45 - 4:45         Session 5

5:00 - 6:00         Refreshment Hour and Public Book Signing Event

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