Writing about food: a taster

Course Dates: 17/02/19
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Nikki Spencer

Love food and want to write about it? There’s never been a better time with so much happening in the world of food - from street food markets and pop-up restaurants to 24-hour fine dining and gourmet takeaways. Explore the opportunities in print and online, including blogs.

Improve your photographs of food on this related course – Food and drink photography for bloggers


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Writing about food: a taster


What is the course about?

This practical course has a bit of everything and will appeal to anyone who is enthusiastic about food, whether they have written before or not. The day will include tasting some new product samples, writing about a memorable meal and coming up with ideas for blogs and articles.

The Tutor
Nikki Spencer is an experienced freelance journalist and media tutor. She has written about food for numerous publications including The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Independent and for years she was a regular contributor to Michelin’s website, ViaMichelin. She is a member of The Guild of Food Writers and has judged their food writing awards on numerous occasions. Nikki was Series Producer of Channel 4’s Sophie Grigson TV series Taste of the Times.

City Lit reserves the right to change course tutors from those advertised in this outline. In line with our refund policy we are unable to grant a refund on the grounds of a change of tutor.

What will we cover?

- The range of opportunities out there from more traditional media to online and niche publications.
- Sample new food products
- Coming up with ideas for articles
- How to pitch to editors
- Restaurant reviewing & the language of food
- Blogging
- Recipe writing.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Demonstrate a wider understanding of the world of food writing
- Identify opportunities in the market
- Identify a project to take forward from the course.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introductory course. You will need a reasonable standard of English to keep up with the course and an enthusiam for writing about food.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Tutor inputs, based on her experience; activities; discussion; exploring examples of food writing.

All writing courses at City Lit will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.

For classes longer than one day regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

If possible bring along a piece of writing by a food writer you admire as well as pen and paper.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Starting in May, Nikki Spencer will run an in-depth Food journalism course for 8 weeks. Search for course code HJ042 for more details.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


Customer Reviews 2 item(s)

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Nice to have a bit of practical work (tasting and writing) as well as getting guidance on getting published. A good taster, and there's another course for those wanting to take it further.
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Review by purpleboots / (Posted on 06/03/2018)
This was a great course! Nikki was an amazing tutor - she definitely knew what she was talking about, and she is generally such a lovely person. She gave us some really useful tips and information and we took part in some exercises to start us off on our journey. I have already enrolled on the in-depth eight-week course. If you like food and want to write about it, don't hesitate to take this course - you won't regret it!
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Review by VG / (Posted on 20/02/2018)

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Course Code: HJ031

Sun, day, 17 Feb - 17 Feb '19

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £59.00
Concession: £24.00

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