Food Writing

Nonfiction Pathways
If you’re not sure what kind of nonfiction to write...
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Next Steps
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Food Writing

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.

About Food Writing
Food Writing

An excellent introduction into the many possibilities the food writing genre provides--from memoirs to recipes, articles to cookbooks--and a solid overview of how to make your writing work.

Alan Denniberg



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

Upcoming Classes

To ensure everyone's good health, students in NYC classes must provide proof of full Covid vaccinations (the initial series of Covid vaccines plus at least one booster). We will accept your Covid vaccine card (or a digital scan), a NY State Excelsior digital card, or another form of government-approved proof. We will contact you before class begins about showing us proof. Masks are encouraged, but not required. We'll provide masks for those who need them.

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Registration fee $25, paid once per term

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To register for a 10-Week course, you need to pay in full to guarantee your place in class. Or you can pay a $95 deposit plus a $25 registration fee (total $120) to temporarily hold your place, but tuition must be paid in full 10 business days before your class starts or you risk losing your spot.



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:
     Writing exercises
     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.

Online classes 
Week 1
Introduction to Food Writing: Appeal of food writing. Types of food writing. Angle. Timeliness. Audience. What to write about. What a food writer needs.

Week 2
Memoir/Essay: Memoir—focusing on an aspect, telling a story, scene and reflection, facts and memory, people and place. Essay—topics, structure, personality.

Week 3
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.

Week 4
Cooking: Cooking articles. Cookbooks. Writing about cooking.

Week 5
Reviews: Overview of reviewing. Facts and opinion. Structure. Creativity. Ethics.

Week 6
New Media/Photography: Blogs. Social networking. Photography 101. Photographic artistry.

Week 7
Description: Using the senses. Specificity. Techniques for creativity. Finding the right words. An eye for detail. Writing tight.

Week 8
Voice: Voice defined. Exploration of the various types of voice. Understanding style—syntax, diction, and paragraph length. Tone. Tips for finding your voice. Humor.

Week 9
The Business: Selling short pieces. Selling books. Query letters. Clip files. Targeting. Making contact. Response. Contracts.

Week 10
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
Andrew Collins

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.

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