Eat, Drink and Make Money: All About Food Writing, a six-week online class, is taught six times per year. THE NEXT CLASS BEGINS MONDAY, March 5, 2007 Register now for the March session.
"Pam White’s online food writing classes provided the opportunity to explore how to actually become a food writer in a convenient and supportive environment. Her comprehensive lessons, practical writing assignments and constructive feedback gave me the tools and confidence to quit thinkingabout freelance food writing and actually start doing it. "
- Beci Falkenberg, Freelance food writer and community radio food show host.
EAT, DRINK AND MAKE MONEY: ALL ABOUT FOOD WRITING
Eat, Drink and Make Money: All About Food Writing is the original online food writing class and it has launched the food writing life of over 130 students, some of whom have published in print publications, attained newspaper food columns, secured restaurant review assignments, published cookbooks, created food websites, blogs and newsletters, and took their food writing to the airwaves.
Each year I update and revise the class based on students' comments and suggestions.
DO YOU WANT TO JOIN THE FOOD WRITING REVOLUTION?
It doesn't matter whether you are devoted unequivocally to food writing or if you want to dabble with this expanding, well-paying writing niche. You will find new ways to grow your dream and your income during the six weeks of this class.
During the six-week class each student will learn how to find food writing jobs, research the freelance food writing markets, craft query letters and non-fiction book proposals, pen food essays and memoirs, write recipes the way editors want to see them, organize for writing, review restaurants, and pitch columns.
As a bonus to all students, an ebook filled with information related to food writing will be sent out with week three’s lesson (this ebook is not for sale; it is only for the Eat, Drink and Make Money students). I love this course and believe in it so much that I guarantee it. Register for this course and you have until after the second lesson’s posting to request a refund (minus $10 administrative costs).
P.S. - Here's what some of my former students have said:
"Pam White's online food writing classes provided the opportunity to explore how to actually become a food writer in a convenient and supportive environment. Her comprehensive lessons, practical writing assignments and constructive feedback gave me the tools and confidence to quit thinking about freelance food writing and actually start doing it. "
"Pamela White's online Food Writing class delivers value for very little money. I liked the way she linked up the class members so we could, and did, communicate with one another. She was generous with the resources of her profession, her critiques and encouragement were helpful to me, and her enthusiasm was infectious."
"Pam's Food Writing course was the culinary catalyst I needed to confidently pursue my food writing dreams. Her supportive and responsive manner kept me motivated and her course material provided the very exercises I needed to practice. Step by step from resume building to brainstorming to queries and writing articles, Pam not only provided constructive feedback, she was the muse who sparked my creativity and helped me open up my food writing writer's blocks."
"Pam gives so freely of her time and the information given is second to none. The encouragement and confidence I have gained in a few short weeks cannot be surpassed. An amazing journey where each individual brings out their own creative writing skills. Don't pass up this wonderful opportunity to learn from one of the best. The information you take away with you from the course will stay with you for a lifetime!!"
Want to know what really happens during these six weeks? Week One:
Introduction to Food Writing
Food Writing Jobs
How to Organize and Write Articles that Sell
The Best Way to Write Recipes for Publication
Organizing Cookbooks and Writing Book Proposals
Researching Markets for Articles, Columns, Reviews
Crafting Query Letters for Successful Sales
The Marriage of Food and Travel Writing
Reporting for Newspapers
Add Food Science and Nutrition Writing
Ways to Review Restaurants
Writing Food Essays and Memoirs
On Week Three, a bonus ebook will be sent out to registered students. It will include chapters on:
Job Message Boards for Writers
Photos and Food Styling
Tips for Interviewing
Copyrights, Trademarks and Selling Rights
Time Management for Writers
Taxes for Food Writers
Make Your Writing a Business
Writing Television Pitches
Networking with Writers
Classes, Workshops and Seminars
Insider tips for Food Writing Conferences
Ways to Gain Expert Status
Public Relations 101 for Writers
TWENTY PLUS Markets for Food Writers
PLEASE READ Here’s how the class works. I will have no more than 10 students in each group; the course will be taught through a yahoogroup, which allows students to receive the messages in their own email boxes, or to read messages on the yahoogroup message board. Lessons will be posted each Monday, and each lesson will include one writing assignment. Students will post their questions, comments, and assignments to the group list. (Alternatively, shy students can directly email their assignments to me but they will lose the benefit of their colleagues’ comments and support).
The list will exist two weeks beyond the final class.
After teaching food writing classes for six years I am now sharing my expectations for students.
Students registering for this class are all adults. Therefore I expect that students will be responsible for emailing me if their email address changes, if they are not receiving the lessons on time, and if they have questions or needs.
Students are not required to turn in assignments. In fact, many do not, preferring to gather copies of the lessons and bonus material to work on at a later date.
In the past I allowed students who registered once to take the course again for a refresher. What happened was that some students kept signing up for the class (some were in four or five consecutive sessions), for no additional fee, yet never turned in assignments. After having one class session filled predominantly with non-paying, repeat, no-show students, I realized this plan was not working for me, or, more important, for the students.
My current policy is to ask students to be sure they can fit the lessons into the six-week session. The class takes three to five hours per week. Turn off the television, get up one hour earlier, or lock yourself in your room for three weekend hours and you should be able to finish your weekly assignment. Giving students multiple tries at finishing the class only kept some of them from focusing and achieving.
Each student will take from the class in proportion to what he or she puts into it. Therefore I cannot issue a guarantee of writing success. Writing is part dreams, passion and fun, but it is also driven by serious work.
There are certain things I do not want to hear from students:
“Grammar and punctuation are not important. That’s what editors are for.” While typos are okay in your homework assignments, do strive for clean copy by rereading, editing and refining your first draft before submitting to class.
“I did not have time to write my assignment this week so here’s a link to my latest blog entry. Does that count?” No, it doesn’t count. It’s nice to share your writing with the other students and you are welcome to do that, but part of the learning process in this class involves setting aside time each week to read, research AND write.
“I’m a busy person. Can you find me an agent/publisher/magazine that is perfect for my book/article?”Wow, I’m busy too, but that’s not even the most important thing to remember. If you are a writer, you need to also be networking with writers and editors, and researching on your own. Reading magazines, websites and newspapers are essential to finding the perfect market for your individual voice. And besides that, researching markets and publishers is fun!
While I love to keep in touch with my students and do review assignments turned in within a few months of the ending of the class, I have found that I simply do not have the time or energy to continue to review and edit articles for others beyond the scope of the class.
My role is to guide you to publish more articles, columns and essays . Your role is to do the work.
Still not sure if this course is for you? Remember, I offer a guarantee through the day after the second lesson is emailed. If you feel you are not ready to take the class or that the class is not for you, you may request a refund (minus $10 administration fees), no questions asked.
We guarantee our classes, books, and e-books, and we offer a complete refund with return of book within 30 days if you are not completely satisfied.
The online class has a 2 week guarantee period for full refund.