The content is mostly set and the Agenda is updated for the 2017 Wine Bloggers Conference.
We had 38 sessions proposed for the conference this coming year and were only able to take 13. Thank you to everyone who proposed a session, whether it made it via our alumni vote onto the agenda or not.
Please keep in mind the agenda is tentative, as we reach out to confirm the presenters who suggested each session. The agenda is also not entirely complete as we need to finalize some additional speakers, confirm sponsored wine tasting sessions, and wait for the results of the 2017 Wine Blog Awards to staff the winners panel.
But here are a few items you can look forward to:
- We have added four 30-minute wine writing sessions to be presented by four professional writers and editors. We thought this was so important we made it an all-conference two-hour session.
- The top rated session overall was “What Companies Want From Wine Bloggers” and we made that an all-group panel too.
- We have three hours of breakout sessions with three sessions per hour, so nine topics from which you can choose.
- We decide not to have an “industry” non-blogger track as we did in 2010 in Walla Walla but did select one session during each hour that was rated highly by our non-blogger alumni. So industry folks should have breakout sessions that match their interests.
- We also decided not to have “beginner” and “advanced” sessions but will, instead, ask all our presenters to present advanced sessions. We did this, in part, because the large number of proposals allowed our alumni to select sessions naturally of interest to them.
Thank you to everyone who participated in this process, whether you suggested a session or simply voted on the options!