The 2021 OWAA Annual Conference will be held in Vermont at Jay Peak Resort, Oct. 4-6.

Overview: ‘Seeking Stability’

OWAA’s 2021 conference at Jay Peak Resort in Vermont is about ‘Seeking Stability.’

Few of us have lived through years with more global upheaval than 2020 and early 2021. We watched as the world shut down. We clambered to make a living, to remain relevant, and to stay safe and healthy. You told us during this year of uncertainty that you wanted support and services in a changing world. OWAA responded. We moved our 2020 conference online, began offering monthly webinars, and hosted a mid-year virtual conference.

We also heard you say you wanted more hands-on workshops and skills. As we look to the exciting in-person possibilities that 2021 brings, we’re thrilled to offer 2021’s annual conference Oct. 4 to 6 at gorgeous Jay Peak Resort in rural Vermont during peak leaf season.

You can expect the staples we love about OWAA conferences.

  • Keynote addresses by inspiring speakers
  • Panels with editors who are hiring
  • Close looks at all of the latest gear
  • Hospitality suites, socializing and networking
  • Pre- and post-tours

We’ll also bring you sessions on ways to pay for projects and navigating the ever-changing social media world. 

Most importantly, you’ll get plenty of time to do what we’ve been missing for the last year: Catch up with old friends, meet new ones, and expand your business.

Keep returning here for more updates as we formalize speakers and workshop titles. Registration is now open (and ‘early bird’ pricing available until July 16th). Outdoor media who are BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and/or disabled are very much encouraged to register and join us!

NEW: Workshops!

This year, we’re also offering something new and exciting. Instead of 3 days of 50-minute sessions in classrooms with PowerPoints, we’ll be hosting 3-hour workshops on Oct. 4 and 5 meant to introduce you to new skills and polish the ones you’ve been using for years. Expect space to practice, receive feedback, interact and spend time in the field!

Workshops will be capped around 10 students to ensure personalized instruction and interaction. Each attendee will be able to attend two. Prospective topics include:

  • Narrative writing
  • Memoir writing
  • Poetry
  • Fiction
  • Landscape photography
  • Wildlife photography
  • Macro photography
  • Digital asset management and photo processing
  • Blogging
  • Podcasting
  • Drone photography/videography

Also, anticipate plenty of opportunities before and after the conference to collect story ideas and content.


OWAA’s theme for the conference and, indeed, all 2021 content (webinars, etc.) is ‘Seeking Stability.’


Registration is now open and discounted ‘early bird’ rates are available until midnight on Friday, July 16! 

NOTE: To get the member rate, active members (and Supporting Groups) must log into the Members Area of the website first, then click the link below so that our system can recognize their membership and allow them to register at the member rate. 

Register Now. 

Hotel Reservations

To make your hotel reservation at Jay Peak Resort, call their Central Reservations Office toll free (1-800-451-4449). Attendees are required to inform the reservation agent of the Group Code (769417) and confirm the Group Name (Outdoor Writers Association of America) to activate the discounted rate. You will be required to provide a 50% non-refundable deposit at the time of reservation and charges will be applied to the credit card according to the Reservation Cancellation Policy below. The Remaining 50% is due at the time of check-in. 

Call-In Reservation Cancelation Policy:

  • More than 14 days prior to the arrival date $50 cancelation charge
  • Within 14 days of the arrival date forfeit the 50% deposit
  • Within 24 hours of the arrival date 100% of room revenue is due

Attendee Room Rates

Note that rates are available for conference attendees up to five days before and five days after the conference. So make a plan to come early and/or stay late! SEE: Resort Map

  • Stateside Hotel – King / Queen Queen $75.00 (this hotel is a bit farther from the conference center)
  • Hotel Jay – Standard King Room $85.00
  • Hotel Jay or Tram Haus Lodge – Studio Room $107.10
  • Hotel Jay or Tram Haus Lodge – 1 Bedroom Suite $121.50
  • Hotel Jay or Tram Haus Lodge – 2 Bedroom Suite $151.20

An additional taxable resort fee of $26.00 will be charged for each room/night and overall room charge is subject to 9% VT Rooms Tax.

Jay Peak Resort Will Provide:

  • Complimentary Parking
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi resort wide
  • Complimentary airport shuttles for all OWAA attendees. Additional guests/friends will qualify for the $50 discounted rate
  • Complimentary on-site shuttle transportation
Grounds of Jay Peak, Vermont
A curving stretch of road in Vermont, with verdant trees on either side and overcast skies

Getting There

Jay Peak Resort is located in Jay, Vermont in the Northeast Kingdom. It is easily accessible via major highways plus air travel from the Northeast Kingdom International Airport, Burlington, Vermont or Montreal, Quebec (once travel across the border resumes – it is currently not allowed).

Physical address:

830 Jay Peak Road
Jay, VT 05859

Ground Transport:

Jay Peak is providing a shuttle from Burlington International Airport to Jay Peak Resort for all registered attendees, based on a schedule that will be announced at a later date.

Driving to Jay Peak:

On your phone, Google maps works best. Use 830 Jay Peak Rd, Jay, Vermont 05859 as your Google Maps destination. If you’re using GPS, we’ve heard 1144 Access Road, Jay, VT 05859 is ideal, but have yet to try it ourselves. Below are estimated drive times and distances to give you an idea of how close Jay Peak Resort is to major metro centers and various major airports.

  • Albany, NY – 4.5 hours, 220 miles
  • Boston, MA – 3.5 hours, 230 miles
  • Burlington, VT – 1.5 hours, 70 miles
  • Manchester, NH – 3 hours, 180 miles
  • Montreal, QC – 1.5 hours , 137km/85 miles
  • Toronto, ON – 7 hours, 652 km/405 miles
  • Quebec City, QC – 3 hours, 307 km/191 miles
  • Ottawa, ON – 3.5 hours, 370 km/230 miles
  • Hartford, CT – 4 hours, 250 miles
  • New York City, NY – 6.5 hours, 371 miles

Draft Schedule

Our content for the 2021 conference is still very much in development (please see the call for speakers and workshop leaders above) but we wanted to start to give you an idea of what to expect. Thus we offer this draft schedule to provide you with a sense of the various professional development sessions, networking events and various opportunities to GET OUTSIDE during the event. This schedule is very much a draft and it absolutely will change. We’ll continue to update it as we know more and add speaker information as we secure keynotes, panelists, workshop leaders and others. Please do stay tuned for more information – including information on pre- and post-tours!

Time Topic
9a-4p Board Meeting (members can attend as observers)
1p-8p Registration open
2p-3p Spouse Welcome
8p-11p President’s Hospitality Suite
Time Topic
8a-930a Welcome Breakfast
830a-845a Announcements
845a-930a Keynote: TBA
10a-1130a Session 4a:
10a-1130a Session 4b:
10a-12p Spouse Trip 4: Lake Cruise
12p-1p Lunch
1215p-1230p Announcements
1230p-1p Lunch Sponsor Speaker
130p-430p Session 4c: PM Workshops
5p-6p Membership Meeting
630p-8p Welcome Dinner
7p-715p Announcements
715p-730p Speaker: TBA
730-815p OWAA inaugural film festival
830p-11p Hospitality Suites
Time Topic
630a-730a Roll n Run/Walk
830a-930a Breakfast/keynote
900a-915a Announcements
930a-1230p Session 5a: AM Workshops
930a-1230p Spouse Trip 5: Opera House
1p-2p Lunch
115p-130p Announcements
130p-2p Lunch Sponsor Speaker
230p-330p Session 5b:
230p-330p Session 5c:  Turning Paper to Video
4p-530p Meet the Editors
6p-630p Storytelling before awards dinner
630p-715p EIC Awards Dinner
7p-715p Announcements
730p-830p EIC Awards on Screen
830-930p Past President’s Mtg
830p-11p Hospitality Suites
930a-1030aBoard Meeting
930a-11aSession 6a: Guns in America
930a-11aSession 6b: Photo Scavenger Critique
1230p-1pLunch Sponsor Speaker
130p-430pBreakout Day at Gun Range
130p-430pBreakout Day at Jay Peak
430p-530pSupporting Group Business Meeting
6p-8pHonorary Awards Banquet
7p-8pAward Ceremony/Speeches
8p-9pCircle of Chiefs Mtg
830p-11pLast Chance Luau


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