Nov 192012
 

Al fresco sunset dinner the night before the conference, at the nearby Hilton.

You know what I discovered about food bloggers at Eat.Drink.Blog in Australia and at my dinner talk with food bloggers in Auckland?

They’re just like food bloggers here in the US and in Europe. They’re excited to Continue reading »

Jun 192012
 

Students at my May class at the Santa Ana, CA home of blogger Kim Burnell of Rustic Garden Bistro. That's blogger Sanam Lamborn of My Persian Kitchen, snapping a photo. In the foreground are vibrantly-iced cookies by Lana Watkins of the blog Bibberche (behind Lamborn in red).

This summer and fall I’ll be traveling for three workshops. I love these face-to-face connections with other writers, full of positive energy and excitement. Not to mention how fun it is to answer burning questions about writing, blogging and cookbooks, and learn about food in new destinations. This time my classes are in St. Louis, MO and — drum roll please — in the UK.

Yes, for the first time, I’ll be teaching in Ireland and in London in September! Details are below. The craft of food writing is the focus of all three classes. As you know, I have a thing about overused words in food writing, why to use action verbs and similes, and don’t even get me started on Continue reading »

Nov 292011
 

Why go to a conference or workshop? I can think of a million reasons. It’s fun. It’s a great way to hear speakers you admire, or people you only know online. You’ll be energized, you could make contacts leading to more writing assignments, and you’ll definitely get out of your usual routine.

In the sessions, even if you think you’ve heard it all, you could:

  • Be inspired to reach for a new goal
  • Remember something important that you need to work on
  • Think about a current project in a new way, breaking through clutter or obstacles
  • Hear messages you’ve heard before, but this time they sink in!

Whether you’re a food writer, food blogger, or food historian, here’s a big list of upcoming food-based conferences to tempt you (and some where I’m speaking):

December 9 – 10, Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Conference. Held at the University of Las Vegas campus, this conference attracts academics who speak on agriculture industry, geography, culture and aesthetics and policies. Las Vegas, NV

January 28, 2012, Food Blog South. This year’s one-day conferences features a keynote by Kat Kinsman, managing editor of CNN’s food blog Eatocracy, and vice chair of the James Beard journalism committee. I’ll be speaking on food blog ethics, a favorite topic. Birmingham, AL

February 9 – 11, The Roger Smith Cookbook Conference. Tracks on the past, present and future of the cookbook, with panelists from the cookbook, agenting, publishing and literary worlds. New York

March 16th – 18th, Food Sense: 8th Annual MU Life Sciences & Society Symposium. This symposium investigates “how our taste for food is shaped by biological triggers, cultural norms, economic activity, and Continue reading »