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
We’ll also bring you sessions on ways to pay for projects and navigating the ever-changing social media world. (We’re still looking for speakers by the way, and you can apply here. Subject matter experts who are BIPOC, Q+ and/or differently-abled are very much encouraged to apply!)
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 will open soon!
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
- Landscape photography
- Wildlife photography
- Macro photography
- Digital asset management and photo processing
- Drone photography/videography
Also, anticipate plenty of opportunities before and after the conference to collect story ideas and content.
Workshop Instructors Wanted
For OWAA’s first in-person conference in two years, we are seeking proposals from members and nonmembers for three-hour workshops intended to hone the skills of outdoor communicators across North America.
Possible classes include, but aren’t limited to those listed above (as bullet points).They will all take place at the stunning Jay Peak Resort in rural Vermont during peak leaf season. Instructors will teach the same 3-hour course twice, once on Oct. 4 and again Oct. 5. Each class will be capped around 10 students to ensure a personalized, hands-on learning experience. These aren’t your normal conference presentations. They’re in-depth classes with active interaction between teachers and students. Instructors will be compensated $40 per student up to $800 and will receive complimentary conference registration, which includes meals, keynote presentations, networking, social hours and more.
If you’re interested in teaching a course on one of these topics (or have another idea not listed here), please fill out the Google Form using the link below. If you have any questions, feel free to email OWAA Vice President Christine Peterson at petersonoutside at gmail dot com.
Click here to apply to be an instructor! Subject matter experts who are BIPOC, Q+ and/or differently-abled are very much encouraged to apply! Deadline to apply is April 30th.
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.
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
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
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).
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
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!
|9a-4p||Board Meeting (members can attend as observers)|
|8p-11p||President’s Hospitality Suite|
|10a-12p||Spouse Trip 4: Lake Cruise|
|1230p-1p||Lunch Sponsor Speaker|
|130p-430p||Session 4c: PM Workshops|
|730-815p||OWAA inaugural film festival|
|630a-730a||Roll n Run/Walk|
|930a-1230p||Session 5a: AM Workshops|
|930a-1230p||Spouse Trip 5: Opera House|
|130p-2p||Lunch Sponsor Speaker|
|230p-330p||Session 5c: Turning Paper to Video|
|4p-530p||Meet the Editors|
|6p-630p||Storytelling before awards dinner|
|630p-715p||EIC Awards Dinner|
|730p-830p||EIC Awards on Screen|
|830-930p||Past President’s Mtg|
|930a-11a||Session 6a: Guns in America|
|930a-11a||Session 6b: Photo Scavenger Critique|
|1230p-1p||Lunch Sponsor Speaker|
|130p-430p||Breakout Day at Gun Range|
|130p-430p||Breakout Day at Jay Peak|
|430p-530p||Supporting Group Business Meeting|
|6p-8p||Honorary Awards Banquet|
|8p-9p||Circle of Chiefs Mtg|
|830p-11p||Last Chance Luau|