Summer’s almost over and we’re back to work. Perhaps you’re thinking you’ll take a class or two this Fall. If you’ve wanted to sharpen your skills and knowledge, I’ve got a new line-up of Fall food writing classes. They’re all online, and designed to meet your needs, time period and pocketbook.
Here’s how you can up your game with one of these fall food writing classes:
1. Food Writing With Dianne Jacob
Monday, October 4, 2017
92nd St. Y, New York, New York
7-8:15 p.m. ET / 4-5:15 p.m. PT
Do you want to get started in writing about food? You need to know what’s out there and how the system works. This short class breaks down the most popular ways to write. There’s recipe writing for blogs and cookbooks, feature writing, and social media writing. Get an overview and get going on what resonates for you.
2. So You’d Like to Write a Cookbook?
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Civic Kitchen Zoom Class
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. PT/ 1 – 4 p.m. ET
If you’ve always wanted to write your dream cookbook, and you’re wondering what’s involved in getting published (whether traditional, hybrid or self-published), this is the class for you. We’ll cover many topics, including how traditional publishing works, what kinds of recipes editors look for, who does the photography, and whether to go an alternate route.
3. Jumpstart Your Cookbook Proposal
Three Tuesdays, November 2, 9 and 16, 4 – 7 p.m. PT/ 7-10 p.m. ET
Civic Kitchen Zoom Class
13 students maximum
Writing a cookbook or book proposal is a daunting tasks for most of us. If you’re procrastinating about writing your cookbook proposal, you’re not sure what to write, or you need accountability and support, this is the class for you.
This class is packed with practical and strategic advice. And you won’t just sit there: you’ll be writing your firsts draft. I’ll cover how the publishing industry works and what editors and agents look for in a proposal. Then I’ll discuss what goes in each section. You will write first drafts of several sections in class. At the end of three weeks, you’ll have the start of a proposal, with the knowledge of how to make it irresistible to an agent or editor.
Book proposals have a 1 percent success rate, so it’s critical to learn all you can to improve your chance of success.
Bonus: It’s very difficult to get someone’s successful cookbook proposal, but I’ll share one of mine, which led to a beautiful cookbook by Rizzoli.
If none of these seem right, there’s always this:
One-hour consult: $250 online
Want some personal consulting on a specific issue or project? For years I’ve had a five-hour minimum for consulting. But now, through Delicious Experiences, we can do a Zoom call for just one hour. If you’ve wanted to figure out which cookbook to write, how to get your book published, or how to get better freelance assignments, let’s have an hour together to move you forward with your goals. Despite the title (Learn to be a Food Writer), writers at all levels have booked me for a variety of topics.
Maybe something here will work? I’ve tried to get as much variety in these classes as possible. The first one is for beginners, and it’s only 45 minutes long. The second is 3 hours long, and the third takes place over three weeks.
One more thing: As you know, I’ve been featuring lots of guests on my blog, writing helpful posts about writing, publishing and promoting. If you miss hearing from me directly, sign up for my free newsletter, now on Substack. You’ll find trends, news, analysis and opinions about food writing, including lots of great links to click on.
If you’ve been waiting to take a class with me, I hope one of these scratches that itch! If you have any questions, drop me a line at dj AT diannej DOT com.
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(Photo courtesy of Laura Rivera on unsplash.)