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TW-logo-CopyVeteran travel and food writer, Bobbie Hasselbring, founder and editor-in-chief of, will be teaching, “Creating Killer Pitches,” at the Travel & Words Writers’ Conference in Spokane, WA, May 18-19.

The conference is an intimate gathering that gives experienced and would-be travel writers the ins and outs of travel writing. Conference goers also have the opportunity to meet regional and national magazine editors and talk with tourism representatives about media opportunities. Unlike many conferences where attendees compete with hundreds of other writers, this conference limits attendance to 50 or so writers and creates opportunities to mix and mingle with editors and tourism representatives and create relationships that can advance their writing careers.

This year at the sixth annual T& W Conference, 19 destinations are represented and five top editors will speak and be available for one-on-one conversations with writers.

The Travel & Words Conference offers an intimate setting to meet editors and tourism representatives.

The Travel & Words Conference offers an intimate setting where writers meet editors and tourism representatives.

Workshop Intensives
The conference also offers attendees the choice of two hour-long workshop intensives presented by veteran travel writers/editors. This year’s line-up includes:

“Expand Your Brand as a Freelance Writer,” presented by travel veteran Crai S. Bower who publishes in 25 different publications such as Alaska Airlines and Journey magazines.

“Tuned Up Articles that Editors Love,” taught by Allen Cox, Editor-in-Chief of Northwest Travel Magazine.

“Social Media for Freelance Writers,” offered by Mattie Bamman, an expert in using social media to advance your career.

“Creating Killer Pitches,” by award-winning writer and editor RFT Editor Bobbie Hasselbring, will examine the ins and outs of getting editors’ attention in an increasingly competitive market.

“Double Your Online Writing Income,” presented by Jason Brick will help writers increase their bottom line.

“Write Travel Memoirs & Travel Guidebooks,” offered by three Freelance Writer Hosts who will talk about putting your travel experiences into book formats.

Bobbie Hasselbring, Editor,

RFT Editor Bobbie Hasselbring will teach “Creating Killer Pitches.”

“Travel writing is a fun and exciting career,” says RFT Editor Bobbie Hasselbring, “But it’s also extremely challenging. More and more people are freelancing and many print publications are struggling. My workshop, “Creating Killer Pitches,” will help writers learn how to grab busy editors’ attention with provocative story pitches that will result in assignments and wonderful travel adventures.”

Bobbie will also be moderating the Editors’ Panel which will offer advice and insider tips from editors from publications like Chile Pepper, Montana, Idaho, Washington Travel & Life, and Northwest Travel magazines.

Still Time to Sign Up

The Travel & Words Conference, which is open to both experienced and would-be travel writers, will be held Sunday and Monday, May 18-19, at the historic Davenport Hotel in Spokane, WA. For more information or registration go to


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Bobbie Hasselbring

RFT founder and the website's former editor-in-chief, Bobbie Hasselbring has been a travel junkie her entire life. She's been an award-winning writer and editor for more than 25 years and author of the regional food-travel bestsellers, The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest and The Chocolate Lover’s Guide Cookbook.