BCATW 2018 Symposium: Adventure Invites

This year’s theme: Adventure Travel

BCATW 2018 will be held on June 9 at the Firefighters Hall in Burnaby from 9 am-4:30 pm. 

Tickets go on sale March 15!

The BCATW 2018 Symposium is a full day of networking and professional development exploring the exciting Adventure segment.

This travel writing symposium is open to both BCATW members and non-members. 

Keynote Speakers: Jim Gordon and Darren Parkman, aka The Travel Guys

travel guys

TV’s The Travel Guys, Jim Gordon and Darren Parkman, will offer their wit and wisdom in a special keynote address.

Since launching the television show 16 years ago, The Travel Guys have filmed over 200 half-hour episodes in destinations like Australia, Canada, The Caribbean, China, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, Thailand and USA.

The Travel Guys is more than a travel information program; it’s funny and personality driven. Airing weekly on 2 networks to a viewing audience of over 2 million B.C. viewers, they can also be seen nationally on Telus TV’s VOD and soon will add more national exposure with an additional Canadian TV network.

Follow the guys on Twitter, visit their website, or tune into their YouTube Channel.

Writers Panel

This year we have three top-notch travel writers ready to dispense their knowledge and advice to all comers in a discussion titled, Practical Solutions to the Challenges of Media Today

Leslie Anthony and Garter Snake Bella Coola BC

Leslie Anthony

Leslie is a Whistler-based writer, editor, photographer and occasional filmmaker. He also holds a PhD in Zoology and Evolutionary Ecology from the University of Toronto, and has authored numerous papers in the primary scientific literature.
A former editor at Powder, Bike and SKIER magazines, he is current Editorial Director of award-winning Mountain Life Annual, pens a weekly column in Pique Newsmagazine, and writes broadly on travel, adventure, science and the environment in magazines like Canadian Geographic and British Columbia.
Author of two previously acclaimed popular books — Snakebit: Confessions of a Herpetologist (Greystone 2008) and White Planet: A Mad Dash through Modern Global Ski Culture (Greystone 2010) — his latest is The Aliens Among Us: How Invasive Species are Transforming the Planet—and Ourselves (Yale University Press 2017).

Jane MundyJane Mundy

Jane always had the urge to travel and one of her fondest childhood memories was pouring over her stamp collection, dreaming of far-flung places. Now she’s living that dream.

Since 2002 she’s been a full-time independent writer, with a focus on travel. She’s also a photographer, cookbook author and active on Social Media. She’s written for international and national newspapers and is a regular contributor to the Vancouver Sun, The Province and Postmedia News.

Due to her diverse background and education, she can write about a variety of topics, and her articles have also been published in Scientific American, as well as trade and law journals.

TMAC (Travel Media Association of Canada) gave her an award for “best environmental” article in 2017 and Taste Canada awarded her a “Gold” for her second Ocean Wise cookbook, focusing on sustainable seafood.

Lucas AykroydLucas Aykroyd

Lucas is an award-winning Vancouver-based writer and public speaker. He specializes in travel, sports, and working Van Halen into conversations. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Geographic Traveler, The Globe and Mail, Delta Sky, and Ms. Magazine.
Since 1999, he’s covered the NHL, five Olympics, 18 men’s World Hockey Championships, and three women’s World Hockey Championships. In 2017, he launched the Irene Adler Prize, an annual $1,000 scholarship for women writers.
Lucas has traveled to more than 40 countries, but is still waiting for Tourism Antarctica to return his call.



Editors Panel

Our panel of three magazine editors is still shaping up, so check back after March 15th.

Editor Pitch Sessions

After the Editor Panel, the editors will meet with writers for 5-minute pitch sessions of travel stories.

This is your “elevator moment” with an editor!

Bring a well-polished and targeted pitch, and present your big idea.

Limit one session per person.


Early-bird tickets go on sale March 15. Click here to save!

(BCATW members will receive a discount code via email.)

Breakout Sessions

We’ll have 2 sessions of 3 breakouts each of informal presentations by experts in various travel writing-related fields. Please check back for more details.


Photo Contest

The Photo Contest will be held in advance on Facebook and the winner will be announced at the end of the symposium. The theme is Adventure, of course!

Only one category this year, for non-professional photographers.

A 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prize will be given.

Symposium attendees may enter up to two images.

All entries will be displayed in a slideshow at the symposium. The winners will be announced at the symposium and must be in attendance to accept their prize.

The Photo Contest begins on May 1 and ends at midnight on June 5th, 2018. Contest winners will be announced on June 9th.

To be eligible to enter, first register for the symposium at: BCATW 2018 Symposium Page, after March 15.

After you’ve registered for the symposium, please enter at the Symposium Facebook Page where there are more contest details.

Twitter Contest

Twitter logoOur #BCATW2018 Twitter contest will be a Tweet Before event.

There is one prize for the symposium attendee who tweets the most about the symposium before June 9, using our hashtag, #BCATW2018.

Retweets will not be counted.

Please make liberal use of #BCATW2018@bctravelwriters, and the link, bcatw.org/bcatw-2018-symposium.

Twitter contest starts on May 1!  Go!

Prizes to Travel On!




As always, we’ll have drawings throughout the day. Prizes TBA.

All winners must be in attendance to accept their prize. Good luck!






After Party

Our bartender

Following the event, we’ll go downstairs and party in the Firefighter’s Public House, a comfy neighbourhood pub and nightclub.

The after-event party starts at 4:30 pm.

There will be a no-host bar serving cocktails as well as BC wine and beer.



Early-bird tickets go on sale March 15. Click here to save!

(BCATW members will receive a discount code via email.)

firefighters hall

Getting to Firefighter’s Hall

The Firefighter’s Hall is at 6515 Bonsor Ave, Burnaby, BC, Canada

Take the Skytrain to Metrotown and it’s nine blocks from there!

Parking is available under and around the Metrotown Centre.




Register for BCATW 2018

The registration fee includes coffee and rolls, lunch, snacks, prizes, and entrance to our after party.

Early-bird rates of $75 for BCATW members or $85 for non-members end on May 12th.

Afterward the admission fee is $85 for members and $95 for non-members.

If you qualify, please join BCATW and get the member rate!

Early-bird tickets go on sale March 15. Click here to save!

(BCATW members will receive a discount code via email.)

See you at the symposium!

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