The International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) represents more than 300 professional journalists, bloggers, photographers, and travel industry professionals around the world. The organization gives its writer members an edge in making contacts and finding out crucial information about the industry. It provides industry professionals a direct path for networking with the writers who promote them. It also provides a mentorship program for writers from other genres who are interested in becoming food wine and travel writers.
IFWTWA is the preeminent place for writers to develop their skills and connections. The elite organization offers its members a minimum of four organized press trips a year, a monthly online newsletter, an individual member homepage, an annual conference and member award opportunities. IFWTWA is a renowned organization acting as the central point for accurate, reliable information relevant to the professional writer and industry professional.
Our members are professional writers, bloggers, photographers and industry support groups such as public relation firms, convention and travel bureaus, and industry professionals in culinary arts and sciences, the wine growing and production industry, and the hotel and hospitality management industries. IFWTWA was formed in 1981 in California. It was conceptualized, based on a Paris group who reviewed restaurants starting in the 50s. It holds a 501 (C)(6) nonprofit status. Headquarters are in Murrieta, California.
Members’ writing focus on sense of taste and place. Niches include food, wine, travel and destination activities, as well as a destination’s culture and history. Regular, Blogger and Associate Memberships are available. IFWTWA members are screened via an application, are approved by the board of directors and pay nominal annual dues.
IFWTWA offers a six month to one year mentor platform called The Emerging Writer Program. This is an opportunity for writers from other genres who would like to learn the finer points of writing on food, wine, and/or travel topics. This program is a step toward membership in the organization offering writers who would not otherwise qualify under current requirements to become part of the association. The program is for experienced, published writers only — it is not a writing course. Participants are expected to already be able to write well and demonstrate published materials in another genre.
Interested in joining this powerful group? Additional information and application forms can be found at www.IFWTWA.org.