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2014 Food Writing and Recipe Workshops

 

FOOD WRITING THAT SELLS

This course is designed for chefs, aspiring culinary students, journalists, authors, and food aficionados who want to learn how to translate their passion for food and writing into marketable works. Skills taught include developing story and book ideas, writing book and story proposals, pitching editors, finding an agent, navigating a contract, blogging and writing for the web, working with a ghostwriter and connecting to professional organizations.

Saturday, January 25, 2014
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
at Good Keuken (behind Old Salt Marketplace), 5031 NE 42nd Ave., Portland, OR 97218

 Course Schedule
9:00–9:15am Introductory material, handouts, coffee
9:15–10:00am The ins and outs of a career in food writing. What are today’s skills?
10:00-10:30am Writing for the web, blogs, public relations, newspapers and magazines
10:30–10:45am Break
10:45–11:30am Skill-building: developing and pitching story and book ideas
11:30–12:15pm Working with a literary agent, building a platform, developing your literary talents
12:15–12:45pm Lunch
12:45–2:00pm The step-by-step details of writing a pitch letter, query letter, and book proposal

Cost is $125.00 per person (includes morning coffee and lunch). Attendance is limited to 20 participants, so reserve your place early. For additional information, please email diane@dianemorgancooks.com, or call Diane at 503.799.4994.

Register and signup here

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RECIPE WRITING INTENSIVE WORKSHOP

This workshop focuses on the nitty-gritty details of recipe writing.  The craft of recipe writing is really a technical skill that requires a lot of detailed focus and precision. This enlightening course will demystify the art and technical side of recipe writing. Topics include basic rules of recipe writing, formatting techniques, concisely defining an ingredient list, tailoring a recipe to a publication’s specifications and designing recipes that include sub-recipes and multiple steps. The class will cover creative headnotes and recipe titles.

This course is for writers, chefs, culinary students and hobbyists wanting to strengthen their recipe writing skills.

Saturday, February 1, 2014
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
at Good Keuken (behind Old Salt Marketplace), 5031 NE 42nd Ave., Portland, OR 97218

 Course Schedule
9:00–9:15am Introductory material, handouts, coffee
9:15–10:00am Level I: Recipe demonstration and basic recipe writing skills
10:00-10:30am Independent recipe writing from demonstrated recipe
10:30–10:45am Break
10:45–11:30am Level II: Recipe demonstration and sub-recipe skill building
11:30–12:15pm Independent recipe writing from demonstrated recipe
12:15–12:45pm Lunch
12:45–2:00pm Lecture and detailed discussion including recipe review, formatting, ingredient lists, step-by-step instructions, sub-recipes, etc.

Cost is $125.00 per person (includes morning coffee and lunch). Attendance is limited to 20 participants, so reserve your place early. For additional information, please email diane@dianemorgancooks.com, or call Diane at 503.799.4994.

Register and signup here

 

A Sample of Previous Classes taught by Diane:

Food Writing Course

For the past eight years, Diane Morgan, cookbook author, freelance food writer, and cooking teacher, has taught a highly-focused, six-week food writing course in Portland which typically begins in early January and is structured as a once-a-week, evening class. This is a unique opportunity to learn the trade from an established culinary and literary professional.

While no six-week course was offered in 2013, please send Diane an e-mail if you are interested in learning about future classes.

The course description listed below gives the details regarding this past year’s winter Food Writing Course. Classes typically sell out, so be sure to get on the first-to-know mailing list. Class size is limited to 16 students.

Here’s a sample registration form:

Download Registration form (Adobe PDF Format)

Course Description:

The Art of Food Writing with Diane Morgan is a course designed to take your thoughts, musings, insights, and experiences with food and translate them into marketable works for print. This course is for cooks, food aficionados, students, journalists and authors who would like to learn more about writing on food. Plus, you’ll get the “inside scoop” on how to submit a story proposal, how to navigate a contract, how to work with a ghostwriter and other industry tips.

The six-week course begins in January and is held each Thursday from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Classes are held at Diane’s home, in the Eastmoreland section of Portland. Highlights of the course include a detailed examination of how to write a recipe, the process of creating a great story or book idea and the research skills involved in developing that idea, writing book proposals, pitching story ideas to newspapers and magazines, finding an agent, writing blogs and creating websites, and connecting to professional organizations. The class features guest speakers including:

Diane Morgan
Cookbook Author, Director of Food
Writing Course
The ins and outs of a career in food writing, recipe writing, introductory materials.
Jack Hart
Author, Writing Coach and Former Editor at The Oregonian
A Freelance Career in Food Writing
A Writing Workshop for the Aspiring Writer.
Martha Holmberg
Former Editor, MIX and FOODday, The Oregonian
Writing for Public Relations, Newspapers, and Magazines.
Lisa Ekus-Saffer
Founder and owner of
The LISA EKUS GROUP,
Working with a Literary Agent, Building a Platform, Developing your Literary Talents.
William LeBlond
Cookbook Editor, Chronicle Books
How to Write a Cookbook
Cole Danehower
Author, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Northwest Palate Magazine
Writing for Magazines from a Publisher’s Perspective.

 

Cooking Classes

Here are some of my favorite places to teach and I taught at many of these schools when I released my newest book, Roots: The Definitive Compendium with more than 225 Savory and Sweet Recipes. At the moment I have no currently scheduled classes or appearances. Check back to see an updated schedule for future classes and appearances.

Recommended Cooking Schools

In Eugene, Oregon:
Cook’s, Pots, and Tabletops
To register, call 541-338-4339,
or visit, www.cookspots.com

In Phoenix, Arizona:
Les Gourmettes Cooking School
To register, call 602-240-6767,
or e-mail barbara.fenzl@cox.net

In Texas: Central Market Cooking Schools
To register, call toll-free
1-866-299-7046, or visit www.centralmarket.com

In Westlake Village, California:
Let’s Get Cookin’ Cooking School
To register, call 818-991-3940 or visit, www.letsgetcookin.com

In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:
The Crate Cooking School
To register, call 412-341-5700, or visit www.cratecook.com

In the San Francisco Bay Area:
Draeger’s Market Cooking Schools
To register, call 1-800-642-9463 x261, or visit www.draegerscookingschool.com