“Hungry for Words” Food Writing Weekend July 22-23

Registration is open for the two-day introduction to food writing weekend "Hungry for Words." I'll be teaching this intensive, hands-on session at the Richard Hugo House in Seattle. Cost is $337 for Hugo House members, $375 for non-members. I also provide a light breakfast both days, lunch on Saturday and an afternoon snack. Class size is limited to 15 and it generally sells out, so if you're interested, jump on it right … [Read more...]

Hungry for Words Food Writing Boot Camp in Washington, D.C. March 21-22

I've partnered with acclaimed independent bookstore Politics & Prose and The Writer's Center in D.C. to offer my weekend-long introduction to food writing camp on March 21-22, 2015. Known as "Hungry for Words," this workshop covers a lot of ground in two jam-packed days. We start with a brief look into the history of food writing and its most noted contributors, then shift into a myriad of fast-paced discussion on … [Read more...]

How to Write a Book Proposal in Four Weeks

This summer, I'll be teaching a four-week Master Class at the Richard Hugo House. Normally, I focus on food writing but so much of what can be said about food writing and the process of story and book development applies to general non-fiction as well. When trying to sell fiction, the industry expects a completed manuscript. With non-fiction, about 95% of titles are sold via a book proposal. A good proposal is part … [Read more...]

Hungry for Words? We are, too.

Last week, I turned in my third book to Viking/Penguin! They haven't said they hate it or fired me or whatever the equivalent would be for an author. After months of writing, editing and recipe testing, I had just enough time for a brief celebratory sigh before moving on to Copygate 2013, the name my assistant Marianne coined for the heroic effort it took to put together massive binders for a weekend-long writing … [Read more...]

Recipes by Radio

Another story from the upcoming book. This one, about the voice that reminds me of my childhood. The last I heard, she was retired and living in Arizona. Every morning when my mother wasn’t working, she’d park in front of our radio and listen to "Party Line," later "The Betty Clarke Show" on WFDF-AM in Flint. The host was a folksy, pragmatic woman from Flint’s sister city, Hamilton, Ontario. Her real name was Betty … [Read more...]

The Tricky Business of Tasting the Past

Behold what I call "The Shroud of Turin Chicken Pot Pie," a scan of a page unearthed from the bottom of my grandmother Inez Monk Henderson's recipe file. Folded carefully, it marked  an obvious attempt to capture in the barest forms a recipe she didn't want to forget, or perhaps, had planned to give to someone else to decipher. She had made notes on the folded exteriors for recipes as well, one too faded to detect, the … [Read more...]

Food Writing Boot Camp in Washington D.C. on October 9th

Anyone who has taken my food writing classes knows that I have great passion for teaching. So I'm excited that my D.C. stop for  The The Kitchen Counter Cooking School paperback tour includes one stop featuring a writing class. On Oct. 9, I'll  be at D.C.'s famous Politics & Prose bookstore from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. teaching a "Food Writing Boot camp" focused on some key fundamentals of food writing. We'll touch on … [Read more...]

Big News! My third book debuts in 2014

“I don’t have to tell you I love you. I fed you pancakes.” – my grandmother, Inez Monk Henderson It's official.  I've sold my third book! Viking/Penguin, publisher of my first two books, has purchased my next one.  The working title is Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: Culinary adventures from a Midwest childhood. The anticipated publication date is Winter/Summer 2014. My agent pitched it as The Glass Castle meets Ruth … [Read more...]