Reinvention keeps me in love with my career. It gives me the ability to shape my work into what interests me. So far I’ve had lots of inventions, since graduating from journalism school decades ago. I’ve been a
- newspaper reporter and editor
- magazine editor
- interactive book editor
- freelance writer
- website designer
- book author
- book collaborator
- manuscript editor
And I’m just getting started. It’s a privilege to work this way, and I know it. Not everyone gets to go off in new directions.
But you probably do it too as a food writer. Your career might include cooking teacher, caterer, photographer, food stylist, and writer-of-other-content-that-actually-pays-decently (a broad category). Or maybe it’s the other way around: you have a day job, and food writing is your reinvention.
My latest reinvention is to hold private day-long classes on food writing. It’s not much of a stretch. I’ve taught food writing at schools and at conferences for more than 10 years, and I’ve coached people privately for more than a dozen years. Plus, I get to travel, hang out with food-obsessed writers, and eat well. What’s better than that?
My debut was in Hawaii last December, when food blogger Mariko Jackson brought me to Honolulu to teach at a beautiful Japanese tea house for the day. Most recently, food blogger Liz Schmitt brought me to San Diego to do a workshop with members of a San Diego food blogger group. A few of the bloggers wrote lovely posts:
- Write Your Heart Out
- a breath: writing workshop with Dianne Jacob & a bite: easy brunch casserole
- Grapefruit-avocado-kumquat salad
- For the Love of Writing
- Writing Workshop with Dianne Jacob.
Now word is spreading and more bloggers are creating workshops. There’s one coming up in Southern California on May 19, hosted by food blogger Kim Burnell; and a September 21 workshop outside Dublin, Ireland, hosted by multi-tasker Dorcas Barry of the Irish Food Bloggers Association. I’m always interested in what’s next, so if you’d like me to come to your town, shoot me an email at email@example.com.
Now, how about you? What is your latest reinvention? How’s it working for you?