In September of 2013, outdoor writers from all over the nation will be visiting Lake Placid and the surrounding region for the Outdoor Writers Association of America's annual conference.
The conference is expected to draw more than 250 professional outdoor communicators. While a majority of the participants will be writers, there will also be other communication professionals, such as photographers, lecturers, publishers and those who work in public relations.
The heart of the conference will take place at the Conference Center at Lake Placid from Sept. 14 to 16, with presentations by acclaimed outdoor writers, scientists and other respected leaders in the outdoor field. There will also be workshops and field events.
The Outdoor Writers Association of America will be hosting a conference in Lake Placid in September 2013. Writers from all over the country will be looking to explore the region’s natural resources, such as the West Branch of the AuSable River shown here.
(Enterprise photo — Mike Lynch)
The specifics are currently being worked out by the OWAA, based in Missoula, Mont., and the Lake Placid Convention and Visitors Bureau.
This year's conference is taking place at the Chena Hot Springs Resort in Fairbanks, Alaska. Some of the speakers at this year's event are Richard Louv, author of "Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder"; Paul Anderson, superintendent of the Denali National Park and Preserve; and ornithologist John C. Robinson, a 26-year veteran of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service and author of "Birding for Everyone, Encouraging People of Color to Become Birdwatchers."
While these activities will take place indoors, a big reason the Adirondacks landed this conference is because of what the region offers as a destination for those who love to hunt, fish, hike, paddle, rock climb and generally enjoy outdoor pursuits.
Many of the writers will be looking to improve their craft during the three-day workshop. However, many of them will be in town prior to and after the conference, working on multiple stories about the Adirondacks. Some of these stories will be emailed off to editors as the conference is taking place and will appear in publications within days of the event. Other articles will appear in magazines weeks or months later. Overall, the region should receive a big boost in publicity from this event.
Those who work in the local outdoor or tourism industry should benefit from the articles generated by the visiting writers. The writers are contributors to a variety of publications from major newspapers to magazines such as Backpacker and Field and Stream.
In order to ensure that the writers have ample material to write about while here, the Lake Placid Visitors Bureau is working to set up trips for the writers that would be featured in articles. They are looking for outfitters and guides to lead trips for free or at reduced rates. These would include fishing trips, hiking or any other appropriate outdoors activity.
The majority of trips will be centered in the Lake Placid region, but they are also looking for a sampling of trips from other areas of the Adirondack Park. Guides and businesses from areas as far away as Old Forge and Lake George are welcome to participate. These writers will be coming from all over the country and some won't mind traveling a couple extra hours to get to a desired location.
Those who are interested in leading a trip or providing or services related to the conference should contact Ashley Andrews of the LPVB at 523-2445 x104 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for contacting Andrews is Aug. 10 because the trips will be presented to the writers this September in Alaska.
In addition to being an opportunity to promote the park, this conference will also be an opportunity for local outdoors writers to improve their craft and make connections within the publishing world.
Writers, photographers and others who want to attend should look into joining the OWAA or the NYSOWA or simply contact the organizations to find out more about participating in the conference.
NYSOWA will be holding their own conference in Lake Placid during this same time period and its members have been invited to partake in the OWAA events.