- May 31, 2013
How to Turn Your Passion for Food into a Career
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Come out for this lively session at Woodstock's indie bookstore about how to have a career as a food writer. Wether blogging, writing cookbooks, or writing corporate website copy, there's lots of ways to express your love of food, cooking, and dining.
- June 1, 2013
Food Writing for Food Lovers
The Cook's Warehouse
My first class at the Cook's Warehouse gives you a full day workshop about food writing, including the craft of writing with exercises; the art of blogging; and writing recipes and cookbooks. (Scroll down to see class details.)
- June 20, 2013
5 Ways to Get More Comments on Your Food Blog
Bakespace Google+ Hangout
5 p.m. PST/8 PM EST
How do some people get so many comments and others do not? Do you want more? How about when commenters engage with each other? That's nirvana for me. Come join this interactive discussion of how to grow community on your blog.
- June 29 - July 4, 2013
Rancho La Puerta Spa
Tecate, Baja, Mexico
I am so lucky to teach here! The first time I got to this beautiful place, all I could think about is how to come back. My subject is "Is There a Book in You?" I'll give a lecture one night and teach several one-hour classes during the week. Meanwhile, you can hike, lie by a pool, eat pescaterian cuisine, tour the organic garden, take a cooking class, and get a massage. See you there?
Interviews, Videos and Podcasts
speak more highly of the class. I found
your book and teaching style to be informative
more than I could imagine from the other
students. The format of your classes was
perfect.Starting with a review of the writing
assignments and then moving onto the new
content was just right.
had a profound impact on my awareness of
food writing and appreciation of the skill
set needed to succeed in this specialized
writing arena.You are an outstanding teacher.
I recommend your class to all interested
in the world of food writing.
I love it when food bloggers write posts about my classes, because you get photos of the people attending, and often the food! See this post about teaching an all-day private class in San Diego; this
post on a food writing class I taught at Food Blogger
Camp in Ixtapa, Mexico; this post on a class I taught in Seattle; and this one on a blogging class in San Francisco.
Thanks again for the wonderfully inspiring
class. It is always a thrill to meet the author
of a book that I open again and again.
- Anna Mindess,
"I took a class on food writing from Dianne and found her to be an inspiring
and down-to-earth teacher. She made me believe that a career in food writing
was more than a dream, that it could be a reality, as long as I broke it down
into small steps.
Her segment on writing a book proposal was
especially enlightening to me. Despite having
worked in journalism and public relations in
the past, I would not have known how to "get
it right" without her class. I know from
after class discussions with other participants
that it was especially helpful to them as well.
Her class was a life-defining experience for
me. I plan on taking future seminars from her
and would not hesitate to recommend others
interested in food writing do the same."
Oakland, CA, who started Blog
"As far the
Smithsonian class is concerned, it was one
of the best, if not the best class I've ever
taken on creative writing. Your in-class exercises
were inspirational and idea generating. I especially
loved your analysis of metaphors and memory
in food writing which made the whole process
come alive with possibilities. I read your
handouts which were perfect examples of original
and diverse writing and made me look at writing
in a new way.
I was also very entertained by your guest speakers
and found your questions to be exactly the
kinds of things I would have liked to have
As I said, I'd take the class again tomorrow
if I could. If you give it again, please reserve
a place for me!
I'm half way through your book and feel both
prepared and inspired to write but daunted
by the hard work it takes.
Thanks again for teaching me something.”