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AP Up for Wine Blogger Scholarship!

April 14, 2010
So for this edition of Wine Wednesday, I thought I’d post my application for the Wine Bloggers SCholarship which I sent in over the weekend and tell you, my dear reader, why I should go to this year’s Wine Bloggers Conference in Walla Walla, Washington where the emphasis on tasting, tours, and education will be on Washington wines.
Because nothing beats a Wine Bloggers Conference! Check out the video above to hear my views and others from the European Wine Bloggers Conference I went to last fall.
One reason is the opportunity to really get to know the wines of the region that is being showcased. Recently, to learn more about Washington wines and to write about them in the hopes of winning a ride on the WBC-Or-Bust bus (see the badge on the side bar?), I’ve been looking for Washington wines and come up short. Local grocery outlets Trader Joe’s and Vons offer little in the way of Washington wines, and my favorite wine store, the Ventura Wine Company, carries mostly California wines with only a smattering of wines from other places, and very few from Washington.
And I’m not one of those wine bloggers swimming in samples either!
Traveling on my own to Washington wouldn’t be the same as attending a Wine Bloggers Conference where we’ll taste vast quantities of Washington wines, learn different regions, meeting winemakers, and tour wineries.
When the Wine Bloggers Conference sold out way before the conference in mid-June 2010, the scholarship deadline moved up too. And because fundraising has come up short, the scholarships offered will be fewer. Learn more about the Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship here and how you can help send a wine blogger (like me!) to Washington!  Find out more about the Wine Bloggers Conferences.

So without further ado, here’s my application about why I want to go to Walla Walla Washington and why the committee should select me for a Wine Bloggers Scholarship:
  1. Full Name:
    Gwendolyn Alley
  2. Contact information:
    gwendolynalley AT yahoo DOT com
  3. Blog addresses and what you’re all about:

    Art Predator
    https://artpredator.wordpress.com is my main blog and has the most readers with an average of 350 page views a day. On it, I follow Coleridge’s definition of the aesthetic as that which engages the whole soul. Wine, food, literature, travel, environmental activism, art and more engage my soul and so I write about an eclectic range of topics there.Wine Predator http://winepredator.wordpress.com As I wrote more and more about wine on Art Predator, I decided to start a blog dedicated to my adventures in wine: what I was drinking and what I was learning. Because of my background in literature, writing, education, and environmental studies, I am most interested in writing stories about wines, the people who produce them, and the land where they come from. I posted extensively on this blog about the Wine Bloggers Conferences that I have attended as well as wine related news that catches my attention and which I think will interest my audience. I often cross-post between the two blogs.

    The Write Alley http://whisperdownthewritealley.wordpress.com focuses on ideas about writing and literature. While my primary audience is my college students, my readers there come from all over the place. When my wine blog posts have literary merit, I’ll cross post them here.

    bikergogal http://bikergogal.wordpress.com discusses how to develop a bicycle culture from rides to cycle chic to bicycle travel. Mostly, the blog helps readers know about the ArtRides that I lead once or twice monthly. Since Anacapa Brewery sponsors our rides, I more often talk beer on this blog than wine!

  4. Requested funds – please be specific, and indicate if you need the registration fee, full or partial hotel, full or partial airfare.  Remember, that times are tough and a lot of people need assistance, so please be honest and realistic about your requirements.In order to attend, I need to have most of my expenses covered: my full registration fee ($85 as I’m an Open Wine Consortium member), my full hotel (approximately $300 for a shared room for three nights), and most of my travel funds (about $350). I am therefore asking for $700 from the WBC scholarship fund to pay for my hotel and registration and to reimburse me the remainder toward my travel.
  5. In 250 words or less, please tell us why you would like to attend the WBC and why we should consider your application.

Have Macbook, will travel! And blog too about this year’s Wine Blogger’s Conference in Washington! That is, if you offer me a scholarship!

Why choose me, an established blogger who has live blogged at the 2008 and 2009 WBCs in Santa Rosa and in Lisbon, and at WordCamp etc? Because I promise to enthusiastically live blog again, bringing WBC to those who can’t attend, AND I love wine, love to write, love the WBC, need a job and need the help! Select me because

1) I love wine: it’s a complex, confounding, incredible, wild, beautiful experience.

2) I want to write about wine, and do it better: capture it, find the words for it, understand the story behind it, get to know the people and the land that created it—and share those stories with readers.

3) Because when I attend the WBC, I get to taste A LOT of wonderful wines, to meet the people who made the wines, and to see and smell and walk the places where the wine came from: I connect with the source.

4) I am an underemployed college writing teacher trying to transition into employment in social media, wine writing, and the wine industry. At the WBC, I learn so much from my fellow bloggers and other industry professionals. They are wonderful, fun, smart people.

5) I need help this year: it’s far (previous years, I drove and slept in my car), I’m unemployed right now, and my husband is on disability because he broke his neck (details: https://artpredator.wordpress.com/2010/03/23/how-lots-of-good-friends-a-hard-head-saved-a-neck-other-great-news/)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 21, 2010 2:48 am

    Go AP! Who could have better qualifications than you. Look forward to the reports.

  2. April 21, 2010 2:57 am

    thank you Paul!! and guess what? I won! I’m working on a post about it now!

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