For the first time, I’m attending the Association of Food Journalists (AFJ) annual conference, where I will appear on a panel September 11 called Entrepreneurial Skills for Everybody, with editor and writer Chuck Reece, founder of the Bitter Southerner; and Dr. Carrie Brown-Smith, who teaches entreprneurial journalism and social media at the University of Memphis. We’ll be talking about how to keep up with new opportunities and build a brand. I’ll also be teaching this optional workshop the day before:
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
9 – 11 a.m.
Write Your Cookbook Proposal Right Now!
Felicia Suzanne’s Restaurant
80 Monroe Ave. LI
$99 for AFJ members/ $125 for the public
Write the first draft of your book proposal during the session. As you know, book publishers require a book proposal for most non-fiction books, particularly cookbooks. The acceptance rate from agents and editors is about two percent, so it’s more important than ever to get the best possible advice and coaching about how to write a book proposal that succeeds.
Whether you’re already a book author and contemplating a new book, or you want to write your first book, this two-hour interactive workshop will get you started on your path towards publication. See this page for more details and to register. You do not have to be a member of the AFJ to attend.
I’m proud to announce that I am also a new member of the AFJ, dedicated to promoting responsible food journalism.
September 19-21, 2014
International Food Bloggers Conference (IFBC)
The Westin Seattle
I’m a big supporter of this conference, where over the years, I’ve made friends, networked, and spoken on panels with superstars. This time I’m teaching a class about how to describe food using other techniques besides adjectives. You’ll be surprised by how your writing will spring to life.
October 17-19, 2014
Workshop Leader and Speaker
Food Bloggers of Canada conference (FBC2014)
Four Seasons Vancouver Hotel
I’m excited to return to my hometown of Vancouver to be part of this first-rate conference. I’ll be teaching a 3-hour class on the craft of food writing on Friday for $125, and speaking on food blogging ethics, whether for recipe writing or restaurants, during the conference on Saturday. The organizers got a great deal on rooms at the Four Seasons, so I’m expecting swank chocolates on pillows and fancy soaps.