Food Writing — Syllabus

Introduction to Food Writing: Appeal of food writing. Types of food writing. Angle. Timeliness. Audience. What to write about. What a food writer needs.

Memoir/Essay: Memoir—focusing on an aspect, telling a story, scene and reflection, facts and memory, people and place. Essay—topics, structure, personality.

Journalism: Types of food articles—features, health, roundups, advice, front of book pieces. Angles. Structural mainstays—lead, nut graf, body, kicker. Food books. Point of view.

Cooking: Cooking articles. Cookbooks. Writing about cooking.

Reviews: Overview of reviewing. Facts and opinion. Structure. Creativity. Ethics.

New Media/Photography: Blogs. Social networking. Photography 101. Photographic artistry.

Description: Using the senses. Specificity. Techniques for creativity. Finding the right words. An eye for detail. Writing tight.

Voice: Voice defined. Exploration of the various types of voice. Understanding style—syntax, diction, and paragraph length. Tone. Tips for finding your voice. Humor.

The Business: Selling short pieces. Selling books. Query letters. Clip files. Targeting. Making contact. Response. Contracts.

Research/Revision: Importance of research. Food writing resources. Plagiarism and “borrowing." The research process. The revision process. Editing.

Note: Content may vary among individual classes.