Do you adore Italy and Italian food? It’s hard to find a food-obsessed person who doesn’t. So now you have at least two reasons to join me September 6 to 10, 2017, for Food Writing for Food Lovers, a writing workshop in Italy.
I’m partnering with Demet Güzey, a food historian, scientist, and food writing instructor at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. A Turk living in Verona, Demet speaks Italian and will be our guide as we discover the foods, wines and countryside of the Valpolicella region outside Verona. Demet writes about culinary travel and has a certificate in Wine education, which will also be part of our workshop. Her first book, Food on Foot: A History of Eating on Trails and in the Wild, debuts this spring.
Demet and I met last year when she attended my food writing workshop in Chinon, France. Since then we have been exploring beautiful villas (virtually, in my case) in the countryside to find the right one for our workshop. And we found a beauty, only 15 minutes from the town of Verona, with manicured grounds full of statues, and huge bedrooms.
There’s only one catch: There are six bedrooms, so students are limited. This is good news for you, as you will benefit from the extra attention that occurs with a small, intimate group. Some of the bedrooms have adjoining rooms, making them the perfect set-up to bring a a friend. We’ve offered steep discounts to two students who do so. And if you want to travel around Italy with a friend before or after, bring a non-participating partner who will join us for all meals and outings.
What you’ll do at this Italy writing workshop:
- Learn techniques to make your food writing sparkle
- Visit culinary artisans and a winery, and write about them. Receive immediate feedback from an instructor
- Demet will teach us how to taste and describe wine
- Learn about trends in writing books, feature articles and blogs
- Sharpen your pitching skills for feature stories.
Not to mention our fabulous outings:
- Take a tortellini-making class at one of the best restaurants of the region
- Visit a salumeria to taste cured meats
- Visit one of the region’s oldest wineries, a favorite of Hemingway’s, and eat lunch al fresco
- Dine at exquisite restaurants that Demet has chosen for us, all specializing in regional specialties and local produce
The atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable, with time for group sharing and writing alone.
At the end you’ll have private consultations with Demet and me about writing technique, career goals, or whever else you’d like to discuss.
Sound good? Let’s enjoy the late summer garden and vineyards, eat well, and work on our craft. Our group will be small, between six and eight students. So don’t wait to register, because attendance is limited.
Cost ranges from €1800 per person (approximately $1,900 US) to €2250 (approximately $2,375 US) per person, depending on lodging preferences.
Meanwhile, enjoy one last photo, of the Valpolicella countryside and vineyards:
Let me know if you have any questions or comments. Demet will also chime in. Arrivederci!