Writing about food: getting started

Course Dates: 20/07/24
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Whether you’re keen to review dishes, interview chefs or write about sustainable eating, now is your chance. This introductory course will cover the basics of writing about food.
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Writing about food: getting started
  • Course Code: HJ125
  • Dates: 20/07/24 - 20/07/24
  • Time: 10:30 - 16:30
  • Taught: Sat, Daytime
  • Duration: 1 session
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Laura Silverman

Course Code: HJ125

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Sat, day, 20 Jul - 20 Jul '24

Duration: 1 session

Any questions? writing@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 4582 0415

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What is the course about?

This one-day session will cover a smorgasbord of different kinds of food writing, from restaurant reviewing to blogging and recipe writing.

What will we cover?

- The opportunities for writing about food.
- Restaurant reviewing.
- Food features – coming up with ideas and pitching to editors.
- Writing your own blog.

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

- Understand the key elements of restaurant reviewing, recipe writing and food features.
- Know what food editors want and how best to approach them.

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

This is an introductory course and suitable for complete beginners as well as more experienced creative writers.

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

A mix of group work, writing exercises, excerpt analysis and formal instruction from the tutor.

City Lit Writing endeavours to create a safe and welcoming space for all and we strongly support the use of content notes in our classes. This means that learners are encouraged to make their tutor and classmates aware in advance if any writing they wish to share contains material that may be deemed sensitive. If you are unsure about what might constitute sensitive content, please ask your tutor for further clarification and read our expectations for participating in writing courses at City Lit.

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

Writing materials.

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

If this short course whetted your appetite, you may want to consider our fuller 'Writing about food' course.

All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.

Laura Silverman

Laura Silverman is Features Editor of Country Living. She has also worked at Cosmopolitan, The Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Mail, editing and writing features for print and online. Her work ranges from profile interviews to pieces on food trends. She read Philosophy & Theology at Oxford University and has a PGDip in Magazine Journalism from City University.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.