My Food Writing Class

Monday nights have taken on a whole new meaning for me. Last week after thinking about it for sometime, I began my first, but certainly not my last, class at the Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE). Located only a few blocks behind my office, the BCAE is a clean, contemporary space that offers classes in everything from yoga to cooking to Adobe Creative Suite. My class, Writing About Food, meets for three sessions for an hour and a half each time and is well worth the $97 fee. Comprised of only five students, the class is interactive and allows for active participation from all of the students. Our instructor is the Boston Sustainable Food Examiner, and she is interesting, passionate, and approachable. In our first class, we worked on rewriting the narrative piece from recipes. My piece was a hamburger recipe from M.F.K. Fisher, and to rewrite the narrative, I took the wordy but lovely narrative from the recipe and simplified it into numbered steps for today’s busy at home chef. I had never thought of doing something like this before, but this exercise is something that I want to repeat with a variety of different recipes. Our homework for the next week was to read three selections, one from Ruth Reichl, one from Calvin Trillin, and one from Elizabeth Gilbert. We were also to note our observations on food throughout the week. In tonight’s class, we discussed each of the selections and the concept of food memoir then each spent twenty minutes writing our own food memory. I wrote about a time in London several years ago where I had the pleasure of having a Middle Eastern dinner with my former, fabulous co-workers who I miss and love dearly. :( Hearing the others’ food memories was so much fun; I feel like this is a great way to get an insight into who people are, especially foodie people. We tend to associate food with memory and memory with food :) In our final week we will be looking at reviews, and I am really looking forward to it. Though my classwork right now is scrawled out in a notebook, I plan on finishing it and posting it here someday soon. This class has been an amazing start for me to learn more about food writing and to spend time with people who have a similar interest. As I prepare for the third and final class, I wonder what is next. BCAE offers a travel writing class, and I am thinking about signing up for that. Ultimately I would love to have more time to write and to get a better sense of where my job experience combined with my love of food, travel, and wine can take me. Have you/are you taking any classes at a local adult education school? Any recommendations? I would definitely recommend my Writing about Food class!

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  1. talesfromtwocities’s avatar

    I love the BCAE, I’ve taken an Italian cooking class and a wine class there and I am taking Spanish in a couple weeks. I was looking at the travel writing too! Good to know food writing course is good.

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  2. leslie’s avatar

    this makes me miss my college writing classes. a good teacher makes or breaks those classes – it sounds like you’ve got a good one. i developed so much as a writer through exercises like the ones you described. i love hearing about the steps you’re taking towards pursuing the interests you’re passionate about! i’m trying hard to do the same.

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  3. theredmenaceeats’s avatar

    Thanks for writing a bit more about the class – I was curious!

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  4. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)’s avatar

    That sounds like such an interesting class – and perfect for a food blogger!

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  5. whitney’s avatar

    i wish my school offered a class like that! sounds perfect for bloggers :)

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  6. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite’s avatar

    I am working my way through the Food and the Media certificate at George Brown College here in Toronto (cooking, writing, food history, photography, food styling and plate presentation). The food writing one left a little to be desired so I am taking a 10 week course at writers.com being instructed by Candace Dempsey – it’s awesome and the feedback, honest and constructive – I love it!! Glad you are enjoying yours too!!!

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  7. Simply Life’s avatar

    Sounds like a great class an perfect for blogging about food! :)

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  8. RunToFinish’s avatar

    Wow that sounds like a really neat class! I wonder if there is a place around here with classes like that…I’m always interested in learning new things I think it’s fun!

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  9. traveleatlove’s avatar

    Definitely Google it, I bet there is something close by!

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  10. traveleatlove’s avatar

    Oooh that certificate sounds great! Are you doing your Phd and that at the same time? And teaching and becoming a world famous food blogger and brand ambassador?? That’s sort of amazing!

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  11. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite’s avatar

    All that. Yes. At the same time. Waiting for it to all come crashing down!!! ;-)

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