Classes, Seminars Coming Up

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Man, I’ve got a busy year ahead, with lots of events to come. Here’s whats on the calendar for this month and next, from a two-hour teleconference to a week at one of the world’s finest spas. Come join me!

(If you have questions about whether these classes would be right for you, email me at, or comment below and I will answer.)

  • April 22-25, 2010
    Experts are In and Coaching Sessions (SOLD OUT)
    International Association of Culinary Professionals Annual Conference
    Portland, Oregon
    $85-$745, depending on day pass or full pass
    If you’re a member of IACP, I hope you’ll make it to the conference. The sessions are particularly intriguing this year, and held in a food-loving city to boot. I’ll be coaching during an Experts Are In session, and hosting two evening Night Owl sessions on how food writers need to continually reinvent ourselves to stay in business. Find me and say hello.
  • April 27, 2010
    What You Need to Know to Start a Food Blog
    One Night Virtual Class, 8:45-10:45 EST
    Take this 2-hour telephone class through Leite’s Culinaria to learn about blogging: Why you should start a blog, how to begin and keep going, how to get people to care and notice. Q&A follows lecture.
  • May 1-8, 2010
    Do You Have a Book Inside You?
    Rancho La Puerta
    Tecate, Mexico
    (stay can be variable)
    $2715 to $4105 per week per person, in US dollars
    Rancho La Puerta is one of the best spas in the world and a bargain compared to many. Join me on your exploration of writing a book as I lead four 1-hour workshops over the course of a week. Take a cooking class while you’re there too, at an exquisite school nestled in the middle of a vast organic garden.
  • May 12, 2010
    How to Write a Killer Cookbook Proposal

    One Night Virtual Class, 8:45-10:45 p.m.
    Take a step forward to getting published with this 2-hour virtual class through Leite’s Culinaria. Just call in at the designated time and be part of a conference call, lecture and Q&A. Handout includes a successful book proposal.
  • May 17-June 21, 2010
    Want to Sell Your Book? Write a Fabulous Book Proposal

    5 Mondays (skip May 30th), 7-9:30 p.m.
    The Writing Salon
    Berkeley, CA
    $185 Member/ $215 Non-Member
    Time again for my popular class for non-fiction writers, including memoirists, who are working on a book and know there’s a book proposal in their future. That’s the sales pitch, business plan, and outline of your book to show agents and editors. See link for details. Includes the opportunity to pitch a prestigious literary agent during the class.
  • May 22, 2010
    Food Writing for Food Lovers
    Foodportunity Expressions

    Seattle, WA
    A 1-day class for aspiring food writers and bloggers, covering exercises to improve writing skills, how to interview, getting your blog to stand out in a crowd, and insider information about cookbook publishing.


    • diannejacob says

      So far the people who have signed up are quite sophisticated, and that affects the level I’ll teach. It’s a general class covering freelance writing, blogging, cookbooks, recipe writing, and writing technique. Let me know if you are interested in a particular topic, Chris.

  1. says

    Hi Dianne ~

    First off, I’m thrilled that you offer classes and hope I can take advantage of the opportunity!

    Can you tell me what class(es) you offer that are good for beginning bloggers (me)? The April 27th class might not apply? I’m interested in learning how to find my own voice to improve my writing, finding a rhythm and taking my ideas from concept to my blog.

    And will you be offering classes this summer?

    • diannejacob says

      The only class I’m doing just on blogging, for right now, is the one at Leite’s Culinaria. That one might be too basic for you.

      Yes, I’ll have more classes coming up later this year, but don’t know of any specifically on blogging. Maybe I need to offer a different class on Leite’s Culinaria for people who have already started a blog and are dealing with the issues you mention. And if nothing else, you’ve given me some fodder for future blog posts. Thanks!

  2. LoAnn Mockler says

    Hi Diane, I’m signed up for both your food blogging class and your cookbook proposal class but the email first promoting it from Leite’s Culinaria gave the date for the cookbook proposal class as 5/12 — your info says 5/17 — Which is it? I don’t want to miss it! Thanks!

  3. says

    Sadly, I found out about the blogging class after it occurred and I have a conflict for tonight’s class. Hopefully there will be more virtual classes!