Do you need an excuse to fly to Paris? Take a short train ride to the Loire Valley? Eat and drink fabulous food in France? Go on a truffle hunt?
…Work on your food writing skills and career goals?
Ahem. I thought so.
I’m partnering with Jamie Schler, an American food writer I’ve known for years. We’re doing a food writing workshop in the town of Chinon [SHEE-no], where she and her husband own a charming 15th Century hotel. Come join us December 7-11, 2016.
About the Instructors
Jamie has lived across the pond for more than two decades. She started her food blog Life’s a Feast in 2008, and shares thoughtful food-related stories of her life in France. Her writing has appeared in Fine Cooking and The Art of Eating, among other publications. Jamie has taught writing workshops for years and was a 2014 Saveur magazine Best Blog Award finalist for Best Writing.
As for me, recently I won the Grand Prize in Les Dames Escoffier’s annual MFK Fisher for Excellence in Culinary Writing for The Meaning of Mangoes, in Lucky Peach. The same piece won a national award from The Association of Food Journalists. The cookbook I co-wrote, The United States of Pizza, won a national cookbook award from Foreward’s IndieFab. And my book, Will Write for Food, won its third international award. If you’d like to read more, my bio is here.
A 4-Day Writing Retreat in France
During our time together, you’ll learn about several aspects of food writing and getting published, including:
- How a workshop in a cobbled French town can inspire your writing (seriously — sometimes you just have to get away)
- Techniques of today’s best food writers
- Prompts and exercises to strengthen and hone your writing
- The latest trends in blogs and cookbooks
- How to pitch publications for optimal success.
The atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable, with time for group sharing and writing alone.
At the end you’ll have private consultations with both Jamie and me about writing technique, career goals, or whever else you’d like to discuss.
And during the workshop, we’ll break up the instruction with quintessentially French experiences. We’ll dine at a winery, go on a truffle hunt, eat in Chinon’s best restaurant, and visit the local market. All from your base at a romantic boutique hotel.
Sound good? I can’t wait to hang with you. Our group will be small, between 8 and 12 people. Don’t wait to register if interested.
Cost is a reasonable $1450 US for single occupancy or $1375 per person for double occupancy. For more details on our four-day workshop, see this website page.
Let me know if you have any questions or comments. Jamie will also chime in.