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Featured Online Food Writing Class

FOOD WRITING FOR FUN AND PROFIT: Blogs, Restaurant Reviews, Recipes, Fiction, Memoir, and More by Melanie Faith

START DATE: Friday, September 13, 2019

DURATION: 5 weeks

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Famed epicure James Beard once wrote, “Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” In this five-week course, we will explore the wide and exciting range of food-themed genres. Via the instructional text, Will Write for Food 3rd edition, by Dianne Jacob, students will find inspiration for their own weekly writing assignments. In addition, students will read food writing from some of the top journalists and food bloggers in the industry in Best Food Writing 2017, edited by Holly Hughes.

Each week, students will submit a prose assignment based on an exercise from our class text for constructive and supportive instructor feedback. A variety of writing prompts and tips, both in the texts and at the private class group, will be provided. Topics covered will include: What, Exactly, is Food Writing?; Get Published with a Food Blog; Becoming a Successful Freelance Food Writer; How to Come Up with Story Ideas; Secrets of Restaurant Reviewing; The Art of Recipe Writing; The Cookbook You’ve Always Wanted to Write; Three Ways to Make Decent Money from Food Writing; and Memoir and Nonfiction Food Writing. Join us for this cuisine-filled course!

Melanie demonstrates particular qualities in a writing teacher/coach that I would recommend for anyone looking for focused attention to help move their writing forward. I had not taken an on-line course previously, and didn't know what to expect, but Melanie melted the distance, was always accessible, and never missed a beat with out on-line communication. I always felt like I had Melanie right here around my writing table, or knocking on my door saying—“I had a few thoughts..." She provided a wealth of resources and provided us with course materials that were tuned to our course level. Her insight into my work, in terms of critique, were extremely thoughtful, thorough, and eye-opening. I feel that working with Melanie has allowed me to be braver with my writing and editing—as she was supportive of experimentation and taking chances with style, vocabulary, and theme. She provides serious critique in an atmosphere that, well, just makes me want to keep on writing!” ~ Mary Ellen Sanger

Melanie has been a total joy as a teacher and guide. I found her feedback, critiques, and comments to be extraordinarily helpful and insightful. And the daily prompts and positive reinforcement made this writing class a wonderful experience! ~ Mary Purdy

Melanie’s class taught me economy of words by using strong verbs and nouns, implying and showing rather than telling, and exploring topics outside of my comfort zone. Her feedback is prompt, detailed and constructive. ~ Rajni Gupta

Melanie knows how to offer on-the-mark suggestions for writing improvement while also being extremely encouraging (and a joy to work with). I've taken many classes with her, including the flash class, and I plan on taking many more. ~ Marilyn Fahey

The course was great. I did not want it to end. I have taken several college level creative writing courses, as well as, attended many writer’s workshops, but I have enjoyed this course the most. I really appreciated that Melanie would also critique our re-writes which was very, very helpful. This course has really helped to motivate me creatively. ~ Barb Cramer

WEEKS AT A GLANCE:

Duration: (5 weeks) Friday, September 13, 2019 – Friday, October 18, 2019

Friday, September 20, 27, and October 4, 11, 18, 2019 (student assignments due for instructor feedback)

Week One: What, Exactly, is Food Writing?; The Gastronomical You; The Way We Eat Now; Whose Food is it Anyway?

  • Will Write for Food Text Reading from: Chapters 1-2, pages 1-28

  • Best Food Writing 2017 Text Reading: Choose one essay from “The Way We Eat Now” section and one essay from the “Whose Food is it Anyway?” section.

Assignment: Complete one of the writing exercises from Will Write for Food OR write a piece in any genre (essay, short story, flash, blog, poem, you name it!) that is food-themed on a topic of your own choosing, 500 words or less, and submit for constructive feedback.

Week Two: The Food Writer’s Mise en Place; On Food and Blogging; Foodways; How My City Eats

  • Will Write for Food Text Reading from: Chapters 3-4, pages 29-96

  • Best Food Writing 2017 Text Reading: Choose one essay from “Foodways” section and one essay from the “How My City Eats” section.

Assignment: Complete one of the writing exercises from Will Write for Food OR write a piece in any genre (essay, short story, flash, blog, poem, you name it!) that is food-themed on a topic of your own choosing, 500 words or less, and submit for constructive feedback.

Week Three: Going Solo as a Freelance Writer; Dining Out; The Cookbook You’ve always Wanted to Write; Updating the Classics; Someone’s in the Kitchen

  • Will Write for Food Text Reading from: Chapters 5-7, pages 97-178

  • Best Food Writing 2017 Text Reading: Choose one essay from “Updating the Classics” section and one essay from the “Someone’s in the Kitchen” section.

Assignment: Complete one of the writing exercises from Will Write for Food OR write a piece in any genre (essay, short story, flash, blog, poem, you name it!) that is food-themed on a topic of your own choosing, 500 words or less, and submit for constructive feedback.

Week Four: Crafting Memoir and Nonfiction; A Recipe for Good Fiction; They Also Serve; Down the Hatch

  • Will Write for Food Text Reading from: Chapters 9 and 10, pages 205-240

  • Best Food Writing 2017 Text Reading: Choose one essay from “They Also Serve” section and one essay from the “Down the Hatch” section.

Assignment: Complete one of the writing exercises from Will Write for Food OR write a piece in any genre (essay, short story, flash, blog, poem, you name it!) that is food-themed on a topic of your own choosing, 500 words or less, and submit for constructive feedback.

Week Five: How to Get Your Book Published; Bringing Home the Bacon; Down the Hatch; Personal Tastes

  • Will Write for Food Text Reading from: Chapters 11-12, pages 241-312

  • Best Food Writing 2017 Text Reading: Choose one essay from “Down the Hatch” section and one essay from the “Personal Tastes” section.

Assignment: Complete one of the writing exercises from Will Write for Food OR write a piece in any genre (essay, short story, flash, blog, poem, you name it!) that is food-themed on a topic of your own choosing, 500 words or less, and submit for constructive feedback.

Materials needed: Students will need a copy of: Will Write for Food 3rd edition, by Dianne Jacob (Lifelong Books, Important: to ensure content and correct page numbering, please get the latest 3rd editing of this book that has the white cover and kitchen utensils on it, published on July 14, 2015), and Best Food Writing 2017, edited by Holly Hughes (Lifelong Books, October 17, 2017). Both texts are currently in print and readily available online at used bookstore sites as well as at Amazon.com

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Melanie Faith is a poet, fictionist, photographer, auntie, and professor. Her craft book about how to write flash fiction and nonfiction, entitled In a Flash! was published in April 2018, and a craft book for poets, Poetry Power, was published in late October 2018 (also by Vine Leaves Press). Her historical poetry collection, This Passing Fever, set in the 1918 influenza epidemic, was published by Future Cycle press in early September 2017. Her Jane-Austen style Regency novella was also published in September 2017 by Uncial Press and RONE-award nominated. Her writing has been nominated for three Pushcart Prizes. Her short stories were published in Red Coyote and SunLit Fiction. Her poetry most-recently appeared in Prometheus Dreaming (May 2019), Up North Lit, Meniscus, and in Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review. Her photography recently appeared in Barren Magazine, Fourth & Sycamore, Harbor Review, Sum Journal, and And So Yeah. In 2018, two of her craft books were published. In a Flash!: Writing & Publishing Dynamic Flash Prose and Poetry Power (both by Vine Leaves Press and available at Amazon). Signed copies of her books are available at her Etsy Shop. Her next book, Photography for Writers, will be available in December 2019 from Vine Leaves Press. Learn more about her latest projects at: www.melaniedfaith.com/blog/.

COST:  $185, which includes e-mail critique and positive feedback on student writing weekly, and a private Facebook group with writing markets, quotations, and more.

BUY NOW:  Food Writing for Fun and Profit by Melanie Faith (5 weeks, starting 9/13/2019) Limit: 10 students. Early registration is recommended.

This class is now closed. Please check here for our current schedule.

Notes: Upon successful completion of payment, your name, email address, and contact info will be submitted to your instructor. She will contact you via email so you can get started.

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Additional Testimonials for Melanie Faith:

I took the nature writing class a few weeks ago and it was one of the best courses I've even taken. Melanie Faith is an excellent instructor. ~ Jean Forsythe

Your course has jump-started me back into writing. I have missed it. Thank you. ~ Melissa Healy

Melanie Faith’s “Spark and Sizzle Flash Fiction Class” lives up to its title. The sample stories provided were examples of good writing and served as models. Melanie’s prompts came at a rapid pace and kept my pen on the page every day. Her critique comments were sharp and encouraging and challenged me to be the best writer I could be. She is easily available for questions or discussions during and after her classes via her personal email. This is the third class I’ve taken with Melanie and I am looking forward to taking many more in the future. ~ Renee Cassese

Melanie knows how to offer on-the-mark suggestions for writing improvement while also being extremely encouraging (and a joy to work with). I've taken many classes with her, including the flash class, and I plan on taking many more. ~ Marilyn Fahey

Melanie has always shown great insight into my work. Often times, she is able to pull out deeper meanings, that even I wasn't consciously aware of while writing. Her constructive criticism has moved my writing into new directions. I find that I feel more confident and prepared as a writer by having her constant editing eye. I respect that she critiques my poetry honestly, letting me know areas that are weak as well as strong points. I wouldn't be able to grow as a writer if she always told me my poems were great. It's from her perspective of my work that I grow. I enjoy learning through her and appreciate her sharing tricks of the trade that she learned in her masters program.

I'm thankful to know Melanie and hope we remain friends and a poetry support system for the rest of our lives. She's the type of person and writer that anyone would feel lucky to know. She is a great mentor and holds a wealth of knowledge in the written language. Her achievements and constant pursuit as a writer inspire so many. Her determination and skill will go very far and I suspect she'll leave a lasting imprint in the written world. She already has. ~ Courtney Burger

The course was great. I did not want it to end. I have taken several college level creative writing courses, as well as, attended many writer’s workshops, but I have enjoyed this course the most. I really appreciated that Melanie would also critique our re-writes which was very, very helpful. This course has really helped to motivate me creatively. ~ Barb Cramer

Melanie demonstrates particular qualities in a writing teacher/coach that I would recommend for anyone looking for focused attention to help move their writing forward.

I had not taken an on-line course previously, and didn't know what to expect, but Melanie melted the distance, was always accessible, and never missed a beat with out on-line communication. I always felt like I had Melanie right here around my writing table, or knocking on my door saying—“I had a few thoughts..." She provided a wealth of resources and provided us with course materials that were tuned to our course level.

Her insight into my work, in terms of critique, were extremely thoughtful, thorough, and eye-opening. I feel that working with Melanie has allowed me to be braver with my writing and editing—as she was supportive of experimentation and taking chances with style, vocabulary, and theme. She provides serious critique in an atmosphere that, well, just makes me want to keep on writing!” ~ Mary Ellen Sanger

I have taken three courses from Melanie and in each course I grow tremendously as a writer. The texts she uses as well as the handouts and daily writing prompts all contribute to what she refers to as “the writing life” and in her courses that’s exactly what it becomes. Her comments on the pieces go way beyond grammar and punctuation. She delves into the content and clarifies what is good and what can be adjusted to make the piece stronger. I can tell she spends time reading what I write and is prompt in returning the assignments so I always have plenty of time for revision. She treats me, and everyone in the class, like a writer. Her classes are a joy. If there is a course offered by Melanie and I can fit it in, I always take it. ~ Holly Helscher

I have the normal anxiousness of sharing my work while so excited to have Melanie Faith’s critical eye read my writing. It is always reviewed with an eye to improvement and an eye to the thoughts the words contain. This is the first computer class I have ever taken and want to take many more. I also look forward to many more classes with Melanie Faith. ~ Benita Cervantes

Because I love memoir writing, I have taken two memoir/personal essay classes from Melanie. I can’t believe this, but because I enjoy the teacher herself and her method of teaching so much, I’ve even taken a poetry-writing class. I’ve always steered away from writing poetry of any kind ever since I wrote a poem in college (an assignment, not a by-choice piece) and the class laughed because I wrote about a controversial topic and was so naïve that I didn’t even know it was controversial. Every time I’d mention to Melanie that I’d never write a poem, she’d encourage me to take her class, assuring me that I’d be successful. I took the class, and sure enough, I was successful, thanks to Melanie’s velvet critiquing, encouraging comments, and thoughtful suggestions, many times seeing in my writing what I couldn’t see for myself.

I have to rein myself in every time I see in the WOW classes list that Melanie is teaching another essay class. And why is this? In all of my education (B.A. in English and M.A. in English), I never took a writing class. When I was in college, writing was taught only in Freshman English; after that class, we were just expected to know how to write. I learned to teach writing myself by reading books about writing. How refreshing and educational to find a teacher/mentor who exhibits the characteristics that I know an excellent writing teacher has: the creativity to come up with topics that students want to write about, the ability to critique without finding fault, the desire to encourage students to keep on writing even when the juices aren’t flowing. Believe me . . . she’s an excellent teacher. In addition, she became my friend through being my teacher. To be a friend AND a teacher takes real talent. ~ Sandy Young

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Questions? Email Marcia & Angela at:
classroom[at]wow-womenonwriting[dot]com


 

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