• Travels by Boots and Bike: A Zoomer`s Perspective

    Red Truck Brewery

    $10.00

    Having bike-toured on four continents, and hiked on six, associate member of BCATW, J. Kathleen Thompson, has a few stories to share about following your bliss-ters! In this presentation, she will focus on the zoomer`s experience of walking caminos in France and Spain and cycling mountains (The Pamirs) in Central Asia. Among her tips will be: - how to train and prepare for the trail/road - how to choose the route and tour that is best for you - how to pack effectively - how to 'stay the course' She hopes it will inspire age-defiant runs on hiking poles and all-weather bike panniers! About our sponsor, BCATW The BC Association of Travel Writers promotes, encourages and supports B.C.-based travel journalists, bloggers and videographers. We do this by: – presenting a platform for our members to network in the common cause of promoting the profession. – maintaining a policy of ethics, honesty and excellence of work in dealing with the media and the industry. – upholding the principle of producing proper material for clients in return for complimentary courtesies and press trips offered by the industry. – disseminating information and potential markets with the membership. – providing educational and experiential opportunities to help members improve the professional skills and contacts needed to succeed in the ever-changing marketplace Become a Member of BCATW at http://bcatw.org/become-a-bcatw-member! About Red Truck Brewery Red Truck brewery is a little confusing to find, but with GPS it's an easy 5 minute walk from the Science World Skytrain station. It also has ample parking in the lot. Upstairs, beyond the hustle and bustle of the Red Truck tasting room, and overlooking the guts of the brewery, is a quiet and contained boardroom where we enjoy self-served beer as well as food service. Since Red Truck is generously allowing us to use this space, we ask that you return the support by ordering food and drink. About RSVPs As this is a smaller venue, we ask that all RSVPs be firm. Meetup members with a history of no-shows will be placed on the Wait list to allow more engaged members to attend.

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  • Critique Night: Get Feedback On Your Travel Story

    Red Truck Brewery

    Have you written a travel story you’d like to get feedback on? Bring it to BCTW’s Critique Night and read your story before a live audience who will offer helpful advice on how to improve it. Got photos to accompany your story? Click through them as you read and get suggestions on the best ones to use. You’ll also receive suggestions on where to market your story and possibly get a contact name or two. How Critique Night Works Sign up to read when you arrive. Each reader will have ten minutes to read a 800-word story and recieve feedback. If you want more in-depth feedback, bring 10-15 printed copies that can be notated with more comments. If we have extra time, you may also be able to read your short pitch for the story. Feedback on Offer Among the suggestions you'll get is how to make your story more vivid, engaging, flowing, exciting and well structured. You may also receive suggestions on where you can get the story published, both general and specific. We’ll have experienced travel writers on hand to offer authoritative advice. So if you are ready to break out with new travel writing and need an extra boost of commentary to get you going, come to Critique Night at the BCTW Meetup! About our sponsor, BCATW The BC Association of Travel Writers promotes, encourages and supports B.C.-based travel journalists, bloggers and videographers. We do this by: – presenting a platform for our members to network in the common cause of promoting the profession. – maintaining a policy of ethics, honesty and excellence of work in dealing with the media and the industry. – upholding the principle of producing proper material for clients in return for complimentary courtesies and press trips offered by the industry. – disseminating information and potential markets with the membership. – providing educational and experiential opportunities to help members improve the professional skills and contacts needed to succeed in the ever-changing marketplace Become a Member of BCATW at http://bcatw.org/become-a-bcatw-member! About Red Truck Brewery Red Truck brewery is a little confusing to find, but with GPS it's an easy 5 minute walk from the Science World Skytrain station. It also has ample parking in the lot. Upstairs, beyond the hustle and bustle of the Red Truck tasting room, and overlooking the guts of the brewery, is a quiet and contained boardroom where we enjoy self-served beer as well as food service. Since Red Truck is generously allowing us to use this space, we ask that you return the support by ordering food and drink. About RSVPs As this is a smaller venue, we ask that all RSVPs be firm. Meetup members with a history of no-shows will be placed on the Wait list to allow more engaged members to attend.

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  • Putting People in Your Stories and Creating Vivid Settings

    Red Truck Brewery

    $10.00

    Even if you’re a solo traveler there are still people involved in your day-to-day adventures. These people you meet along the way and the bits of conversation and stories they tell you add a special dimension to your travel tales. People are important, not just your travel companions, but most of all, the people who you meet in the exotic places you visit. It’s also important in travel writing to convey a sense of place. You do this by describing the scenes using all FIVE SENSES: Sight, sound, texture, taste, and smell. Ruth Kozak will show you how to incorporate people and settings into your travel writing. About Ruth Ruth Kozak has been a travel journalist since 1983 and has also published a travel book on Kindle, ATHENS AND BEYOND. Most of Ruth's travels are in Greece but she's also visited places in North and South America, UK, Spain, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Egypt, Morocco and Malaysia. She is the editor/publisher of an on-line travel magazine www.travelthruhistory.com and has published two historical novels. She is also a past President of the BCATW. About our sponsor, BCATW The BC Association of Travel Writers promotes, encourages and supports B.C.-based travel journalists, bloggers and videographers. We do this by: – presenting a platform for our members to network in the common cause of promoting the profession. – maintaining a policy of ethics, honesty and excellence of work in dealing with the media and the industry. – upholding the principle of producing proper material for clients in return for complimentary courtesies and press trips offered by the industry. – disseminating information and potential markets with the membership. – providing educational and experiential opportunities to help members improve the professional skills and contacts needed to succeed in the ever-changing marketplace Become a Member of BCATW at http://bcatw.org/become-a-bcatw-member! About Red Truck Brewery Upstairs, beyond the hustle and bustle of the Red Truck tasting room, and overlooking the guts of the brewery, is a quiet and contained boardroom where we have self-served beer as well as food service. Red Truck brewery is an easy 5 minute walk from the Science World Skytrain station, and also has ample parking. About RSVPs As this is a smaller venue, we ask that all RSVPs be firm. Meetup members with a history of no-shows will be placed on the Wait list to allow engaged members to attend.

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  • Developing a Web Series Around Your Travels

    Red Truck Brewery

    $10.00

    Erica Hargreave shares what she has learned in the past year with the release of Season 1 of her documentary web series, Naturally Ours, shot on Salt Spring Island. She'll discuss everything from how she and her team shot the series, their strategy in releasing it, building a niche audience to the series, and her team's strategy as they look at funding and distribution on future seasons of the series. About Erica Erica Hargreave, the Founder and Creative Head of Ahimsa Media (http://ahimsamedia.com/) and Roamancing (http://roamancing.com/), specializes in creating cross-platform media and immersive storyworlds. In fact, she's been doing this before there were terms for this form of storytelling, which led her to create of one of the first digital / transmedia storytelling companies. Over the years, she has written for TV, magazines, books, the web and the education sector. She's worked as a creative producer for TV and theatre, directed, and starred in her own TV Show. Ultimately the adventures she's had led her to create the digital travel and culture magazine, Roamancing. Her goal with Roamancing is to uncover the beauty around the world and increase cultural understanding. Erica and her team are currently developing a web series to do just that. Season 1 of Naturally Ours (http://roamancing.com/naturally-ours/), a documentary web series on parks and the people they inspire, was shot on Salt Spring Island. It has won Best Documentary for the full version at a film festival in Romania, and has been nominated for a number of other awards in Canada, Germany and Italy. Erica also loves helping others to craft their storyworlds, and build and engage niche communities around their stories. This is something she teaches in her online courses at BCIT in Social Media Storytelling (http://storytogo.ca/bcit-media-storytelling-department/courses/online-courses/social-media-storytelling-bcst-1193/) and Building & Engaging Communities (http://storytogo.ca/professional-development/building-and-engaging-communities-bcst-1073/). About our sponsor, the BC Association of Travel Writers The BC Association of Travel Writers promotes, encourages and supports B.C.-based travel journalists, bloggers and videographers. We do this by: – presenting a platform for our members to network in the common cause of promoting the profession. – maintaining a policy of ethics, honesty and excellence of work in dealing with the media and the industry. – upholding the principle of producing proper material for clients in return for complimentary courtesies and press trips offered by the industry. – disseminating information and potential markets with the membership. – providing educational and experiential opportunities to help members improve the professional skills and contacts needed to succeed in the ever-changing marketplace Become a Member of BCATW at http://bcatw.org/become-a-bcatw-member! About Red Truck Brewery Upstairs, beyond the hustle and bustle of the Red Truck tasting room, and overlooking the guts of the brewery, is a quiet and self-contained boardroom where we have self-served beer as well as food service. Red Truck brewery is an easy 5 minute walk from the Science World Skytrain station, and also has ample parking. About RSVPs As this is a smaller venue, we ask that all RSVPs be firm. Meetup members with a history of no-shows will be placed on the Wait list to allow engaged members to attend.

  • Repurposing Content and Photographing India - a BCTW Double Header!

    Two presentations will inspire writers to hit the road! Michelle Abraham, Digital Nomad Entrepreneur & Podcaster will discuss repurposing content in the brand new travel niche of RV travel, and Craig Minielly will take us on a photographic journey through the northern frontier of India in advance of a Nov 2018 tour to the south. About Michelle Abraham Michelle is Co Founder of IndieRV.com (http://indierv.com/), The RV Industries #1 Travel resource for places to go and things to see. IndieRV partners Brands with Influencers to deliver content, community and connection. She is soon launching a podcast, RVthereYetPodcast.com (http://rvthereyetpodcast.com/). In her presentation, she'll discuss: - How to create relationships and content in a new niche to position yourself as an Expert - 10 ways to reuse content you already have to get more mileage from it - How to create revenue streams from your podcast or blog - How you can work with IndieRV.com as an Influencer About Craig Minielly A Nikon Ambassador, Craig Minielly (http://auraphotographics.com) was first published at the age of thirteen, starting his career when he was hired into the press realm two years later. As a featured presenter to events across Canada, the US & Internationally, he has a long list of credentials including multiple Photographer of the Year Awards, Association Masters degrees and the Yousuf Karsh Lifetime Achievement Award. In his presentation he’ll show us northern India in an emotional visual exploration of a beautiful people, their lives and the land they call home. He’ll also introduce a November tour, “Spices of India", a journey to the south. It promises to be another fascinating & creative adventure of colour, personalities and exciting memories of every flavour! About our sponsor, BCATW The BCTW Meetup is sponsored by the BC Association of Travel Writers (https://bcatw.org/), a non-profit organization that promotes, encourages and supports B.C.-based travel journalists, bloggers and videographers. They do this by: – presenting a platform for our members to network in the common cause of promoting the profession. – maintaining a policy of ethics, honesty and excellence of work in dealing with the media and the industry. – upholding the principle of producing proper material for clients in return for complimentary courtesies and press trips offered by the industry. – disseminating information and potential markets with the membership. – providing educational and experiential opportunities to help members improve the professional skills and contacts needed to succeed in the ever-changing marketplace One perk of BCATW membership is attending all BCTW Meetups free! Read about the benefits of membership and become a member of BCATW at: https://bcatw.org/become-bcatw-member/. About Red Truck Brewery In our ongoing audition of new Meetup venues, we are trying out the generous Red Truck Brewery at 295 East 1st Avenue in Vancouver. Their boardroom is quiet and self contained and we'll have beer and food service. The brewery is a 5 minute walk from the Science World Skytrain station, and also has ample parking. About RSVPs As this is a smaller venue, we ask that all RSVPs be firm. Meetup members with a history of no-shows will be placed on the Wait list to allow engaged members to attend. About Meetup.com Lots of changes are being made to the Meetup.com site, not all of it good. Apologies to members who are tolerating the bad design of this page, but it's out of BCTW's control. RSVP now!

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  • Trip Night with BCATW Members

    Milestones

    $10.00

    It's time once again for Trip Night! Trip Night features BCATW members giving 10-minute multi-media presentations about their favorite or most recent trip. Come and hear about fabulous travel destinations and get tips about covering them journalistically. Signups are being accepted now! Contact [masked] to volunteer. We're asking for members who DID NOT speak at last year's Trip Night (https://www.meetup.com/BC-Association-of-Travel-Writers/events/236270999/) to volunteer. We will post the presenters as they are added, first come/first served. Presentors Mari Kane - Amtrak's Coast Starlight John Geary - Paddling the Yukon River to Dawson City Avrum Miller - Southern Africa (Your name here) At this Meetup, you will: - learn a little (or a lot) about the food, culture and history of each destination - get to ask specific questions about how and where the stories were published - have a chance to mingle with travel writers to get tips and advise - spend a fun social evening out Volunteer or RSVP now! As always, BCATW members are FREE! About the BCATW The BC Association of Travel Writers promotes, encourages and supports B.C.-based travel journalists, bloggers and videographers. We do this by: – presenting a platform for our members to network in the common cause of promoting the profession. – maintaining a policy of ethics, honesty and excellence of work in dealing with the media and the industry. – upholding the principle of producing proper material for clients in return for complimentary courtesies and press trips offered by the industry. – disseminating information and potential markets with the membership. – providing educational and experiential opportunities to help members improve the professional skills and contacts needed to succeed in the ever-changing marketplace Become a Member of BCATW (http://bcatw.org/become-a-bcatw-member/)! About Milestones This month, we're auditioning a new venue since the Tap & Barrel proved too loud for our Meetups. Milestones is conveniently located near Broadway and Cambie bus stops and the Canada Line. The room is long and narrow and comes with a projector and screen. To support the venue, we ask that you purchase food and/or drinks during the meetup.

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  • How to Post on WordPress Like a Pro Blogger!

    Tap & Barrel

    $10.00

    Learning WordPress is a great way to start the new year! WordPress is everywhere and it’s only a matter of time before you’re asked to post on a WordPress site. Or, you'll want to create your own blog. Will you be ready? In this Meetup, Blogger, Web Designer and BCATW Communications Director Mari Kane will show you how easy it is to post your writing on a typical WordPress site. She will cover: • formatting text • uploading and formatting images, audio and video • optimizing posts for search engines • working with links • composing compelling headlines ...and more, all questions answered! This Meetup would be an excellent opportunity for members who haven’t created a profile page at bcatw.org and want to learn how to do it. BCATW Board Members - please arrive at 6pm for a tutorial on using our Mailchimp service! About Mari Kane Mari is a writer, blogger and WordPress web designer in Vancouver. She blogs about blogging at her site, BlogsiteStudio.com (http://blogsitestudio.com/), where you can get her latest ebook, Secure Your WordPress Website, free with subscription. Her first ebook, Create a WordPress Website in Ten Easy Steps, is available there too and you can view video excerpts of it at Mari Kane's Blogsite Studio on YouTube. (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeO7BWf__TrawjpSoovc56w) Mari also blogs about drinks at Tasting Room Confidential (http://tastingroomconfidential.com/) and about travel at the BC Association of Travel Writers (http://bcatw.org/) site. In addition to blogging and designing sites, Mari tutors business people and creatives about WordPress. Read more about Mari at BlogsiteStudio.com (http://blogsitestudio.com/). About the BCATW The BC Association of Travel Writers promotes, encourages and supports B.C.-based travel journalists, bloggers and videographers. We do this by: – presenting a platform for our members to network in the common cause of promoting the profession. – maintaining a policy of ethics, honesty and excellence of work in dealing with the media and the industry. – upholding the principle of producing proper material for clients in return for complimentary courtesies and press trips offered by the industry. – disseminating information and potential markets with the membership. – providing educational and experiential opportunities to help members improve the professional skills and contacts needed to succeed in the ever-changing marketplace One perk of BCATW membership is attending BCTW Meetups for free! Become a member of BCATW! (https://bcatw.org/become-bcatw-member/) About Tap and Barrel At Tap and Barrel in Olympic Village (http://tapandbarrel.com/locations/) you will enjoy breathtaking views of Science World, BC Place and Rogers Arena from the second story Library Room. It's accessible from the Science World Skytrain station or the Olympic Village Canada Line station. And, there's an elevator, offering wheelchair accessibility. The Library Room has a wide screen, two large tables, plus a big couch, and it fits 20 cozily. Tap and Barrel offers 24 BC craft beer taps, 14 BC wine taps, and even sparkling on tap, in addition to a full menu. Please RSVP now for this Meetup, but as usual, please respect the RSVP process by canceling promptly if you are unable to attend. No-shows will be banned for 3 Meetups if they do not cancel by 5pm on the day of. No BCATW members will be turned away if they are on the waitlist.

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  • BCATW Annual General Meeting

    Vancity  

    BCATW members, please attend the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the BC Association of Travel Writers All members are encouraged to attend. Members eligible to vote may be represented by this proxie form (http://eepurl.com/c-HYfn). Associate members are not eligible to vote. Regarding our elections of new board members, we also want to offer you the chance to nominate members (or yourself) for seats on the board. Here is a list of positions that are open, along with names of people who have come forward to stand for those positions. As mentioned above, on-the-spot nominations will be accepted. Secretary - Taylore Daniel Treasurer - Media Liaison - Travel Industry Member To nominate board members and vote for standing members, or if you are unable to attend the AGM, and want to appoint a proxy, please submit this form by November 12, 2017. AGENDA 1. Call to Order/Welcome – Baila Lazarus, president certification of proxies notice of quorum 2. Adoption of Agenda 3. Circulation & Adoption of previous Annual General Meeting Minutes of November 2016 – Baila Lazarus, President 4. Reports: Overview of 2017 Activities – Baila Lazarus, president Financial Statement (July1/16 - June 30/17. ) – Karoline Cullen, Treasurer Communications – Mari Kane Member at Large – Edward Kwan Meetup Program – Mari Kane [past, future] 5. Election of Directors: Here is a list of positions that are open, along with names of people who have come forward to stand for those positions. As mentioned above, on-the-spot nominations will be accepted. Treasurer (2 years) no nominees yet Secretary (2 years) no nominees yet Industry Media Liaison (2 year) Taylore Daniel Travel Industry Member (1 year) no nominees yet 6. 2017 Symposium Appointment of chair - Fabiano Maciel Possible speaker, date, venue, theme Committee volunteers 8. New Business 9. Open Forum Priorities for 2018 10. Motion to Adjourn We hope to see you there! Please RSVP at: BCATW's Meetup page. Members will be required to show valid government ID for sign-in purposes with the concierge. A list of attendees needs to be given to the concierge beforehand so you must RSVP to the BCTW Meetup page BY SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12.

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  • How to Write about Accessible Travel for a Growing Market

    Big Rock Urban Eatery

    $10.00

    More than 1 billion people worldwide are living with some form of disability. They have money, they want to travel, and they are intrepid travellers. Find out about accessible travel from Dannielle Hayes who will discuss why is it important now and in the future. In this unique Meetup, travel writers will learn: - what is meant by accessibility from a disabled viewpoint - what to look for when researching a destination, hotel, etc. - the advantages of writing about accessible travel - how stories about accessible travel can be pitched About Danielle After a successful career as a travel photographer and writer, a paralyzing stroke in 2010 has not slowed down Dannielle Hayes. She is the author of Traveling Light, Photographic Memories of a Global Nomad, her third book, and has just started a blog at accessiblevancouver.ca. Read more about Dannielle Hayes. (http://www.dhayesfoto.com/Home.html) About the BCATW The BC Association of Travel Writers promotes, encourages and supports B.C.-based travel journalists, bloggers and videographers. We do this by: – presenting a platform for our members to network in the common cause of promoting the profession. – maintaining a policy of ethics, honesty and excellence of work in dealing with the media and the industry. – upholding the principle of producing proper material for clients in return for complimentary courtesies and press trips offered by the industry. – disseminating information and potential markets with the membership. – providing educational and experiential opportunities to help members improve the professional skills and contacts needed to succeed in the ever-changing marketplace One perk of BCATW membership is attending BCTW Meetups free! Become a member of BCATW! (https://bcatw.org/become-bcatw-member/) About Big Rock Urban Brewery BC Travel Writer Meetups are held at Big Rock Urban Brewery (https://www.google.com/maps?q=310+West+4th+Ave,+Vancouver,+BC) at 4th Avenue and Alberta Street in Vancouver where there's a full bar and kitchen service to sate your dinnertime needs. For this Meetup, we'll meet in the downstairs tasting room next to the growler fill up station. Totally accessible! Please RSVP now for this Meetup, but as usual, please respect the RSVP process by canceling promptly if you are unable to attend.

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