The Northern Rivers Writers’ Centre Presents Food & Words


Food, glorious food! Yes, we all know food is functional, food is essential, food is fuel, but the last decade has seen an explosion of writing about not just the gourmet experience, but about all layers and levels of the production, preparation, presentation and consumption of that which sustains life.

In the NRWC’s last workshop before the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival, join The Sydney Morning Herald and Good Food Guide contributor Barbara Sweeney to discover the power of writing about food. Fiction, non-fiction or journalism, if food makes features in your writing, this workshop is for you.

Workshop: Food & Words: food writing
With: Barbara Sweeney
When: Saturday 22 June: 10.00 – 4.00
Where: Northern Rivers Writers’ Centre Office
Cost: $75 members/ $95 non-members. Please call 02 6685 5115 to book.

Want to write food stories for magazines, newspapers or online, create a cookbook, raise the steaks on your blog, pen fictional food scenes with the sizzle of sex? You’re in the right place! Barbara offers a day of discourse, tasting, and writing for those who relish food and words in equal measure.
Food writing appears in many places and guises: recipe books and cookbooks, restaurant reviews, memoir, social history, travel stories, poetry and fiction. Like all good writing, it’s about observing the details, creating a sense of place and a narrative. The best food writing engages and enthrals the reader to the very last lick.

Topics covered include: finding the story; avoiding food clichés; the craft of writing; different types and styles of food writing; food issues; and the food writing industry. You’ll participate in a sensory taste experience, interview a food producer, carve out a meaty chunk of writing time and feel inspired about your own food writing potential.

Barbara Sweeney writes about food for The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food and Country Style and is regional editor of The Good Food Guide. In 2012 she staged the inaugural Food & Words food writers’ festival in Sydney.

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