You can get a lot done online, but sometimes great opportunities come from face-to-face, particularly at conferences. Here is how my upcoming Dubai workshop in October came about:
Last summer I did a writing workshop at Food Blogger Connect in London (see this year’s conference July 5-6, with keynoter David Lebovitz). I was there because chef Dorcas Berry had invited me to Ireland on Twitter for a workshop, so I could combine trips after the London invitation arrived by email. How’s that for two amazing opportunities that came from online?
Now for the face-to-face. In London last year, some of my workshop students came to the conference from Dubai (including Sally Prosser of My Custard Pie and Samantha Wood of FooDiva). Organizer Bethany Kehdy and I started talking about Dubai. She said she was intrigued and would think about doing a workshop there with me. So this January, Bethany went to Dubai and scoped it out, talking with food bloggers about an event.
And on October 4, I will do a full-day writing workshop in Dubai! I can’t write this without wanting to scream with excitement. My colleague, the esteemed food writer Martha Holmberg, will c0-teach a workshop the following day, with photographer Ellen Silverman. The FBC DxB Roaming Workshops are open to 20 people, so it will be a cozy group. My class will focus on writing craftsmanship in the morning and getting published in the afternoon.
Need an excuse to come to Dubai?
I am so grateful to people like Dorcas and Bethany (and Amanda too, in Australia) who invite me to travel the world and meet fellow writers and bloggers. What a life!
See you next week. I’m having a glorious time at Rancho La Puerta this week, teaching classes on writing.