Food WritingGUIDE TO NONFICTION COURSES
Food Writing is a 10-week workshop, which includes lectures, exercises, and the critiquing of student projects. It’s for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on the fundamentals. Farther down, you can view a syllabus for this course.
If you savor eating and drinking, food writing will suit your taste. You can write a review of a new restaurant in town, an article about the secrets of saffron, a story about helping grandma in the kitchen, or a collection of recipes for catfish. And you can experience the deliciousness of food writing without gaining a single pound.
Food writing requires a passion for food and the ability to summon its wonders in words. Here you will learn about the full spectrum of food writing—reviews, memoir, essay, articles, blogs, books—as well as writing craft and how to market your work.
Whether you seek to write about producing, preparing, or partaking of food, we’ll show you how to spice your writing just right.
A welcome to the food world, the writing world, and the opportunity to discover who we are as writers and eaters.
Gotham only offers Food Writing at Level I. After that, if you want to continue working on food pieces, you have these options:
Memoir I or Memoir II – for food-related memoirs
Essay & Opinion I – for food-related essays and reviews
Feature Article – for food-related articles
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Starts Tuesday, April 11Online, anytime10-Week Workshop
Registration fee $25, paid once per termSee Payment Options
Anytime, week-long sessions
Tuition: $419 (returning students: $389)
This course gives you a firm grounding in the basics of food writing gets you writing a short piece (or two) or a book. Course components:
Workshopping of student projects (each student presenting work two times)
New York City/Zoom classes
The syllabus varies from teacher to teacher, term to term. Many topics will be similar to those covered in the Online classes.
Introduction to Food Writing: Appeal of food writing. Types of food writing. Angle. Timeliness. Audience. What to write about. What a food writer needs.
Memoir/Essay: Memoir—focusing on an aspect, telling a story, scene and reflection, facts and memory, people and place. Essay—topics, structure, personality.
Journalism: Types of food articles—features, health, roundups, advice, front of book pieces. Angles. Structural mainstays—lead, nut graf, body, kicker. Food books. Point of view.
Cooking: Cooking articles. Cookbooks. Writing about cooking.
Reviews: Overview of reviewing. Facts and opinion. Structure. Creativity. Ethics.
New Media/Photography: Blogs. Social networking. Photography 101. Photographic artistry.
Description: Using the senses. Specificity. Techniques for creativity. Finding the right words. An eye for detail. Writing tight.
Voice: Voice defined. Exploration of the various types of voice. Understanding style—syntax, diction, and paragraph length. Tone. Tips for finding your voice. Humor.
The Business: Selling short pieces. Selling books. Query letters. Clip files. Targeting. Making contact. Response. Contracts.
Research/Revision: Importance of research. Food writing resources. Plagiarism and “borrowing." The research process. The revision process. Editing.
Note: Content may vary among individual classes.
Andrew Collins contributes to various guidebooks (including Mexico City, Pacific Northwest, New England, Utah, and National Parks) for Fodor's Travel, and he’s the author of the LGBTQ travel book Destination Pride and the book Ultimate Road Trips USA & Canada (both Hardie Grant). He’s the editor of the official visitor guides of Washington State, Washington State Wine Commission, Seattle, and Asheville, and has written for New Mexico Magazine, Travel + Leisure, The Advocate, and Sunset. He holds a BA from Wesleyan University.Read more
contributes to various guidebooks (including Mexico City, Pacific Northwest, New England, Utah, and National Parks) for Fodor's Travel, and he’s the author of the LGBTQ travel book Destination Pride and the book Ultimate Road Trips USA & Canada (both Hardie Grant). He’s the editor of the official visitor guides of Washington State, Washington State Wine Commission, Seattle, and Asheville, and has written for New Mexico Magazine, Travel + Leisure, The Advocate, and Sunset. He holds a BA from Wesleyan University.